Visual Arts, City Picks

Shell Shocked: Stephen Elliott Webb

When: Fri., March 4, 6-8 p.m. 2016

To say that artist Stephen Elliott Webb has roots in the Lowcountry would be an understatement — his family goes back five generations in both Charleston and Beaufort. Webb says, “I believe in where I live, I believe in where I’m from. And I think if you’ve been given a gift in the form of an art, it is your responsibility to pay it forward. One gift should become another.” And he knows that no matter how well-funded a school is, it can always use more help. So Webb put together 15 pieces to be featured at Mitchell Hill Gallery in this three week show where 15% of all proceeds will go to the College of Charleston School of the Arts. In addition, Mitchell Hill has also offered to donate 15 percent of proceeds from the sale of all home furnishings or accessories during the exhibit’s opening night. The word and theme of the show, Shell-Shocked, means three things to Webb. One, it is simply his abstract take on the iconic symbol. Two, the term itself means you’ve gone through something, possibly traumatic, and are waking up in it. Webb has introduced writing to his work for the first time with words layered on the canvas among the paint flow depicting childhood stories — good and bad. Lastly, Webb ironically developed a horrible allergy to oysters in his twenties so in his words, “If you can’t eat ’em, paint ’em.” While the show’s opening night is RSVP only, the exhibit will be on display until Mar. 25.

Madison Kois

Price: Free to attend

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