The PopCulteer
May 18, 2012

We had another wonderful ArtWalk last night, as Charleston’s finest galleries opened their doors late so that the denizens of Charleston’s art scene could check out their latest exhibits. The Dr. Sketchy’s crew was all over the place promotiing this Sunday’s Star Wars-themed session at Kanwha Players Theater. That’s your PopCulteer’s imaginary daughter, Kitty Killton at right, decked out in Wookie gear. That’s cameos in PopCult photo essays in two consecutive days for the kid!

Your PopCulteer took in a truncated list of galleries so that he and his lovely fiancee, Melanie Larch, could catch Thursday’s performance of The Charleston Stage Company production of Steve Martin’s play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” It’s a great, intelligent comedy with wonderful performances by the cast and deft direction by Tim Mace. You have two more chances to see the play, tonight and Saturday at 7:30 PM at the WVSU Capitol Cente Theater on Summers Street. You should go see it.

We lucked into something very cool just outside of Ellen’s Ice Cream on Capitol Street. A stripped-down line-up of Qiet was performing. We were attracted by the musical saw, but were hooked by the bass brass (I want to call it a tuba, but I know that’s wrong). Luckily I have a video setting on the camera.

You can catch Qiet with The Demon Beat and Tofujitsu June 15 at The Boulevard Tavern. We’ll tell you more about that in the coming weeks. Now, it’s picture time!

Katheryne Hawkins at Roman Associates

Katheryne Hawkins showed some amazing work at Romano Associates. I expect we'll see more from this talented newcoming in the future.

Like I said, the Dr. Sketchy's crew was everywhere!

Taylor Books Annex Gallery

"Legacy of the Lines" is a breath-taking new exhibit of large-scale works by Tierra Floyd.

There's also cool new work by Mary Hurst...

...and Jamie Miller.

Hale Street

The Chemical Valley Roller Girls were on hand to promote Saturday's "Festivbrawl" 5 M at the Charleston Civic Center

I dont know who this guitarist was, but he was amazing. I slipped him an RFC card, so I hope he gets in touch.

These guys are raffling off a beautiful print. They'll be back at next month's ArtWalk and other events in the coming weeks.

Art Emporium

Steve Pauley's Rock Show at Art Emporium showcased his incredible granite-generated prints and other works

Kitty Killton in Wookie mode, still promoting Dr. Sketchy's Star Wars session, with Bob Hart, who will not be one of the models.

The Purple Moon

There's new work by Sharon Lyn Stackpole on display in the Purple Moon's Over Te Moon Gallery. Here's Sharon with fellow artist, Dick Allowatt.

In addition to Sharon's work, The Purple Moon also has cool stuff from other artists, like Dr. sketchy's local mastermind, Chase Henderson

Plus cool antiques

And glassware

Modern by Design

Warhol's Marilyn on a white wall. You can't go wrong with that.

Sadly, Warhol never created a grilled cheese sandwich to go along with this.

This cool chandelier shadow decal caught my eye.

Cool vase set at Modern by Design

Street Stuff

White Oak Photography has relocated to the old Sub Shop on Quarrier Street

Once again we run into the Dr. Sketchys crew, Benjamin Bryan, Kitty Killton and Chase Henderson

Not every table of curios has a taxidermied cat in a TV set

Wookie vs. Rollergirl

The Rollergirls wanted us to remind you, CVRG bout this Saturday at the Civic Center. Got it?

As we walked back to the car, we were seduced by what sounded like a theremin. It was, in fact, a musical saw, and as such, it was attached to the band Qiet, whom you see in video form at the beginning of this post.


That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer, but we will return with the IWA East Coast photo essay sometime this weekend. Plus we have a couple of episodes of RFC in the pipeline, so stay tuned.