It’s OK Aster Hall. We don’t like getting all that extra attention on our brithdays either. Though the King Street art gallery and store may technically be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Friday, Sean Ferneau, the director of Aster Hall, explains that the special event they’re hosting is focused more on Southern arts and Southern words. So don’t light any candles just yet.

The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and includes the opening of Points of Origin, featuring contemporary artist Alex Leopold from Atlanta, Ga. “Alex is one of our most popular artists,” says Aster Hall’s owner, Angela Hall. Leopold began his artistic journey about five years ago after years of being intrigued by successful artists and photographers around him. Much of his inspiration comes from colors and words. Some of Leopold’s pieces have a deep meaning and some don’t mean anything at all. This is his third exhibition in Charleston.

At 7:30 p.m., Marcus Amaker will give an intimate poetry reading titled Beautiful Strange. Recently, Amaker was featured in the Contemporary Charleston 2010 exhibition.

Aster Hall features work from more than 40 different artists, many who will be in the store for the anniversary celebration. There will be beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.