Art Matters — A Conversation with  Gale Ray

Art Matters — A Conversation with  Gale Ray

Artist actively painting, retired weaver and faux finish painter Describe your work I capture passages and pathways, both manmade and in nature by painting landscapes and sculpting and making paintings of shells. Current project Making pottery based on shells that I...

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Standup Being Counted

Standup Being Counted

West Ashley’s comedy scene continues to grow by Bill Davis | News Editor The only thing that’s migrated over from the peninsula to West Ashley that’s been welcomed has been comedy. Thank God (or Richard Pryor, your choice). Not traffic or gentrification or development...

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Art Matters

Art Matters

Why Does Art Matter? Eight local artists were asked this question, this is what they said Henry Wolfe | Expressionist Painter There has to be a medium on the earth to show creativeness, what I do with my hands matters. It blurs the lines. Kristi Ryba | Painter...

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Gore in 60 Seconds

Gore in 60 Seconds

A group of local filmmakers present the 60-Second Horror Challenge at Frothy Beard by Lorne Chambers | Editor   * originally scheduled to be held at Craft Conundrum, the event has moved because of closure of that business. It will now be held at Frothy Beard...

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Shear Madness Provides Sheer Fun

Shear Madness Provides Sheer Fun

Charleston Stage’s interactive whodunit Shear Madness takes the stage at The Pearl this month by Lorne Chambers | Editor Charleston Stage officially debuts “The Pearl” theatre this month with its first full-length production when it stages the popular interactive...

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Art Matters — Kurtis Lamkin

Art Matters — Kurtis Lamkin

Kurtis Lamkin Musician, singer, songwriter, poet, storyteller, activist, teacher Kurtis plays the 21 stringed harp-like lute from Africa called the kora. His poems have been broadcast, animated, choreographed and recorded. He was Poet in Residence at the New School...

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Where Art Thou?

Where Art Thou?

Piccolo Spoleto picks up where Spoleto left  off in West Ashley with a handful of events by Bill Davis | News Editor Ever since Spoleto Festival USA pulled its annual finale from Middleton Place after the 2017 performance, it’s been up to Piccolo Festival to pick up...

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Still ‘Rocking’ Out

Still ‘Rocking’ Out

Former Plane Jane drummer finds a new creative expression with business venture by Lorne Chambers | Editor For 25 years Trey Smith has been banging on the drums in various rock bands, including The Pondering, Heavy Water Meter, and The Rhythm Method. Most notably,...

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Art Matters — Kate Kennedy

Painter, author, illustrator, new artist this year at Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show ... My work ... Portrays nature’s rhythms. Flowing, like water or silk fabric. Simple but complex. Reflections, transparency, and lots of light. And goats. Lots of goats and other...

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A Little Bit of Luck

A Little Bit of Luck

Lucky locals head to Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch for Luck Reunion, an intimate musical experience by Lorne Chambers & Lindsey Chambers The mission of the West Of Free Press has always been to keep the focus on the area west of the Ashley River. Technically,...

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Another Dramatic Addition

Another Dramatic Addition

The Cultural Arts Center for Charleston becomes West Ashley second performing arts theatre by Lorne Chambers | Editor The grand opening of The Pearlstine Theatre at Charleston Stage’s new West Ashley Theatre Center last month was met with excitement and anticipation....

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