First Friday is back with a potpourri of new art and a fix for your inner pirate. As usual, the French Quarter galleries will open their doors with free food and wine tastings.
Don't forget: you can get a head start on Thursday night. Nothing at the Moment, featuring work by Tony Csavas and Karen Ann Myers, opens at Outer Space on Thursday night. And an exhibition inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's writing has its opening reception in North Charleston.
Galleons Lost, a new pirate treasure gallery, is taking advantage of First Friday to hold its grand opening with salvaged treasure from around the globe. Afterward, drop your sailor lingo, slow down, and take a moment to peruse Richard Sexton’s Languid Moments, architectural photography with a touch of culture, opening at the Rekebah Jacobs Gallery on King Street. An exhibit centered around birds — appropriately titled The Birds — opens at Wells Gallery.
Classically inspired Southern scenes from Craig Crawford debut at Carolina Galleries. Sylvan Gallery will show off fresh oil paintings from Linda Keyser Smith, and new oils from Shannon Smith are on display at Smith-Killian Gallery. There's a sampler platter of fine art at Helena Fox in their gallery artist show, featuring William R. Davis, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, and Joseph McGurl.
New paintings from Ben Long are on display at Anne Long Gallery; the artist will be on hand as well. Just down the street, Wanda Steppe’s Nectar of Life opens at Martin Gallery with an array of delicate scenes. Then, stroll toward the Cooper and discover charming local scenery in the new work by Carolyn Francis at Waterfront Gallery. If simply sipping the free samples isn’t enough for to satisfy your inner sommelier, Rodney Huckaby has delved into the world of all things wine for his new uber-realistic still lifes set to open at Coco Vivo on Broad.
Cap the evening off with some trashy art (in a good way) from sculptors Bill Moden and Densaboro Okur, collage artist Frederick Reber, and oil painter Jami Kunkle. These guys are taking the old adage "one man’s trash…" to a whole new level with work focused on others’ junk, both for inspiration and for materials. See Trash to Treasure at Mary Martin Gallery.
Robert Lange Studios has a special music-themed night, with new work by Jessica Dunegan and Nathan Durfee.
The events are from 5-8 p.m., leaving you the rest of the night to find a place to show off your new doubloons.