Spoleto doesn’t officially start until Friday, but tonight you’ll find a handful of preview shows, a festival eve concert, and several art openings. Below are the galleries hosting receptions tonight, but don’t forget about the other exhibits that have already opened that are still on view, like Jason Hackenworth at Redux, Carol Ezell-Gilson at the Dock Street Theater, Art and Music in Times of War on the USS Yorktown, and Manifesting Memory at the Art Institute (you can find a full list here).

The Halsey is hosting Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto, a site-specific installation created by the Japanese artist. Working for the past two weeks, Yamamoto has tangled the Halsey floor into a complex maze of salt. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. and is rumored to be Japanese-themed with Japanese food and beverages.

  • Lisa Abernathy

Over at City Gallery, join local artists like Lisa Abernathy and Xin Lu for A Long Time Ago… where they explore the ancient art of storytelling through painting, sculpture, paper cutting, collage, and pen and ink composition. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.

  • Mikayla Mackaness

Night & Day: The Sun Always Rises brings together musicians, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, and installation artists to unravel the constants in life that go unnoticed. The goal is to reveal those constants we may take for granted and unleash a new and original perspective on life. The reception is at Citadel Square Baptist Church from 5-9 p.m.