Arts planner: Workshop, fashion showroom, exhibit — all at 701 CCA

March 16, 2014 

Charleston fashion designer Leigh Magar turned heads in 1996 when she opened Magar Hatworks and sold stylish lids. Her pieces were sold in New York and Toyko, and could be seen on the heads of celebrities such as Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt and singer Christina Aguilera.

Magar extended her style sense to dresses and accessories in 2010 with the Madame Magar line.

Since February, Magar has had a residency at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Starting Tuesday, you’ll be able to see a living workshop and showroom of Magar’s work.

View many of her pieces, including hats, frocks, aprons, her working materials and pieces that she created for her new Mill Collection.

Another must-see? Up to 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms.

The artist reception is 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the gallery, on the second floor of 701 Whaley.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.


The Southern Exposure concert series concludes Friday with a performance by yMusic, a sextet that’s part of the convergence of music called “indie classical.”

Enjoy the sextet of three winds and three strings in a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly.

The sextet also will do a workshop with student at Dreher High School earlier in the day. The related Artist Exposure series features works by Sara Schnekloth.


The award-winning Parker Quartet will coach high school quartets at the University of South Carolina the week of March 24-31. The world renowned group also will mentor high school quartets in the Chamber Music Day and competition on March 29. A free concert by the Grammy-winning group will be Sunday, March 30.

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