This year, the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival will run from May 27 to June 12, 2022 in the city of Charleston, SC, open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can choose from a variety of events including concerts, street performances, opera, dance, theatre, classical music and jazz, as well as the outdoor art exhibition air of Piccolo Spoleto in Marion Square located in Meeting and Calhoun streets in the center of the city. Local Charleston artist Victoria Platt Ellis has been a part of the festival for decades and recently shared an in-depth article on her website about the festival.
More information can be found at victoriaplattellis.com
There are over 700 events celebrating the performing, literary and visual arts, showcasing the highest quality professional work. Almost half of the events are free and the rest are offered at affordable prices.
The outdoor art exhibition in Marion Square is free and during this season the area becomes an outdoor market for local visual artists to display and sell their creative works – original oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, encaustics , photography, sculpture, engraving, drawings, etc.
Among the artists presenting works at the outdoor exhibition is Victoria Platt Ellis. Her paintings include local architecture, ocean waves and the creatures within it, as well as animals, insects, people and plants, especially flowers which she uses as reference. Her works are created using a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil and watercolor. She says she loves being an artist living near the ocean because of the abundance of reference material available. She painted several series of paintings which can be viewed on her website.
She has a Charleston flare and maybe that’s because she’s been creating art in the Charleston area for quite some time. Nautical Charts is a series in which she incorporates meandering rivers and waterways into her art as well as actual nautical charts often depicting the area near Charleston. 95 Days of Summer is another one of his series that started with a challenge to draw or create a painting for each of the “95 Days of Summer”. His studio in Summerville, SC is home to the garden that is the inspiration for his “In My Garden” series from January through December.
Along with the outdoor art exhibit, the City of Charleston’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs presents the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition Cash Awards for Best Photograph, Best Print, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, Best drawing and the best of the exhibition. This event takes place at the City Gallery at Joe Riley Waterfront Park during the Festival.
With so much to do and see during the festival, multiple days are recommended. The guide on the website above is a great starting point for those wishing to attend the festival.
Name: Victoria Platt Ellis
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Organization: Victoria Platt Ellis Fine Art
Address: 329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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