This Friday evening, Broad Street will transform itself into a lively night of fine arts, entertainment and fun, as February has come in full swing with great galleries and events not to be missed. Gallery doors will remain open past their normal operating hours, allowing the later crowd an opportunity to stop in and see some great art.
At Ellis-Nicholson Gallery (1.5 Broad Street), the work of internationally and nationally distinguished artists as well as emerging talent of the Southeast will be on display.
Hamlet Fine Art (7 Broad St.) will be featuring a selection of original artworks by a local family of contemporary artists.
Martin Gallery (18 Broad St.) brings together national and international contemporary artwork from a variety of media in a historic Grand Salon.
COCO VIVO (25 Broad St.) will be displaying blues inspired art, with original works by Rodney Huckaby, Angela Trotta Thomas, and Danny Laran. A venue for the 20th Annual Lowcountry Blues Bash, Friday night will also feature the music of Juke Joint Johnny & Drew Baldwin from 6 - 8 pm.
UTOPIA (27 Broad St.) will feature a unique mixture of artwork and fashion for Charleston’s urban contemporary scene.
Visit Atmah Ja's (29 Broad St.), Charleston’s first yoga/massage studio and art gallery, to see works reflecting the art of core consciousness.
Head over to Edward Dare Gallery (31 Broad Street), for blues inspired work by painter and musician Jim Darlington and Fine Art Photographer Ron Anton Rocz. More Blues Bash performances will take place here, with the harmonica and guitar duo, Freddie Vanderford and Brandon Turner.
Stop by Mary Martin Gallery (39 Broad St.) to view original art from notable and acclaimed award winning contemporary American and international artists
Bernie Horton Gallery (43 Broad St.) features artwork by the North Carolina native, most recognized for his golf images.
Spencer Galleries (55 & 57 Broad St.) will feature contemporary fine art by international, national, regional, and local artists who work in a broad range of styles and media from many different levels in their artistic career.
Go to SCOOP Studios (57 ½ Broad St.) for the opening reception of Christopher Murphy’s current exhibition Lines of Communication, a collection of new abstract works.
At Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art (58 Broad St.), classical realist and impressionist paintings and sculptures by renowned American, Dutch, Russian and Korean artists will be on view.
A little off Gallery Row, be sure to visit Robert Lange Studios (2 Queen St.) for the opening reception of BLACK vs WHITE, a group exhibition with over 60 works from more than 30 artists. Black and white attire is encouraged and there will be special giveaways at the event.
For refreshments, coffee or a nice meal, you can stop by the following establishments along Gallery Row: Jake's (19 Broad St.), Blind Tiger Pub (38 Broad St.), and Oak Steakhouse (17 Broad St.).
First Fridays on Gallery Row will run from 5 - 7 pm, with some galleries remaining open later for special events. Free and open to the public.