This week is full of visual arts openings and exhibits to help you stretch out your cultural appreciation muscle before Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto start on Friday.

Monday. Francis Sills presents paintings and drawings during Wood, Stone, Sky and Steel at Jericho Advisors until May 31.

Check out a variety of artists at the group show Material Matters where Lauren Frances Moore, Conrad Guevara, Katya Usvitsky, Sarah Boyts Yoder, and Camela Guevara  display 20 pieces in 2 and 3D.

Corrigan Gallery presents Semi-Automatic featuring the works of Alan Jackson and Allan Wendt.

Tuesday. Folly Beach fans should head on over to the book signing with Stratton Lawrence, author of Folly Beach in the Images of America series.

Take the kids to Kids Korner at the Sewee Visitors’ Center, where they will learn how to make their own butterfly and flower and observe bees and butterflies in Sewee’s butterfly garden.

For some live music, go to the Tattooed Moose to see Bill Wilson + the Secret Ingredients for some funk and jazz, or if you’re more in the mood for acoustic singing, reggae and rock, go to Loggerhead’s Beach Grill to see Derek Cribb perform.

Be one of the first to see performances on the X-Factor with Simon Cowell at North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday. You can never be too safe when it comes to guns, so get informed on gun laws in South Carolina and learn about firearm safety at the Quickshot Free Firearm Safety Seminar.

For a different type of gun show, head to the Big Gun Burger Shop for the Big Gun Show, an open mic comedy night hosted by local stand-up Dusty Slay.

Thursday. Get a head start on Spoleto with the opening of Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art at the Halsey.

Experience music from all over the world, including jazz and electronic music at Black Tap Coffee via

Singer Fiona Phillips and guitarist Bill Cool of 2 Cool will play an acoustic mix of rock and pop at TBonz Gill & Grill.

Friday. Head to the Real Estate Studio for the opening of Dawn and Dusk, featuring works by Marty Biernbaum, Patricia Huff, Mary Sayas, and Brenda Orcutt.

What would a Friday night be without live music? The Chilly Willy Band will be playing blues and rock at the Brick House Kitchen; Dead on Time will be playing classic rock at K.C. Mulligan’s; The Shane band will be playing blues at Kickin’ Chicken Mount Pleasant; and the Senyl Brothers will be playing acoustic at Kickin’ Chicken West Ashley.

Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto start today — check out our festival calendar for free events.

Saturday. Enjoy the first weekend of the expanded Farmers Market today and tomorrow. There will be a Piccolo Spoleto outdoor art market in addition to all the yummy fruits and veggies.

If you think handbell ensembles are just meant for classical music, get ready to be proved wrong. The Palmetto Bronze Handbell Ensemble perform a range of classical arrangements from all periods and rock songs. They will play songs ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

Keep the kids active at Louie’s Kids’ Saturday Morning Workouts No advance sign-up is necessary, but if your child is under 18, make sure they have signed parental consent. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel and a water bottle.

If you didn’t get your music fix on Friday night, there are plenty of more options. Graham Whorley will be playing acoustic tunes at Brick House Kitchen and Nevertheless will be playing rock, alternative and pop at K.C. Mulligan’s.

Sunday. Wrap up the weekend by seeing some Piccolo visual arts exhibits. See Mary Edna Fraser’s batiks in Ethereal Edges, check out the City Gallery’s Tales Transposed, or head to the Citadel Square Baptist Church to see Artists on Fire’s Sweet.