When: Sat., July 7, 4 p.m., Sat., July 14, 4 p.m., Sat., July 21, 4 p.m. and Sat., July 28, 4 p.m. 2012
Just when we thought we were all grown up, the A Long Time Ago… exhibit — which opened at the City Gallery as part of Piccolo Spoleto back in May — managed to bring out our inner child. Curated by Hirona Matsuda, the show features the work of nine artists and explores the theme of storytelling through painting, sculpture, collage, pen-and-ink drawings, and paper-cutting, as well as taxidermy. Starting this week, the venue will host artist lectures to give the public a more inside look at the pieces and inspirations of each artist. “It’s one of the best shows that the City Gallery has presented since it opened in 2003. It makes the case for what a wonderful group of young, rising stars in the contemporary art scene we have here in Charleston,” says Ellen Dressler Moryl, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “It’s full of fantasy, imagination, and creativity. It’s totally delightful.” First up are Liz Vaughan and Baird Hoffmire this Saturday, followed by Lisa Abernathy and Lisa Shimko (July 14); Becca Barnet, Seth Corts, and Michelle Jewell (July 21); and Xin Lu and Trever Webster (July 28).