Abstract art can be challenging to the viewer. For some it is unsettling and confusing. For me it is exhilarating. I don’t feel a since of dread as some might. When I view an abstract painting that inspires me I embrace the unknown and revel in it’s bold complacency.
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Christopher Murphy will be attending the festival this year as a representative of the Charleston Artist Collective. He will be exhibiting his artwork as well as demonstrating his painting process from 12 – 4 at the Cistern.
Charleston’s vibrant arts scene can be a bit overwhelming — it’s hard to keep track of all the groups, theater companies, and cultural organizations that make their home here. That’s part of why the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts hosts the OPEN Arts Festival, which brings them all together under one roof (make that sky — it’s held outside). “OPEN is the kickoff to the fall arts season in our community and celebrates local talent and creativity in a fun way open to everyone,” says Maggie Hendricks, executive director for the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts. More than three dozen organizations will attend, including local museums, art schools, and libraries, and there will also be live performances by musicians, actors, and storytellers. “We want people who have never had the opportunity or for whatever reason haven’t participated in the arts to come to OPEN, learn about our diverse arts community, and feel welcome to enjoy and support the arts throughout the year,” says Hendricks. —Corinne Boyer