Stephanie Walz Britt can't decide on her art discipline of choice. So when her show at The White Mule opens Thursday, three of her favorites will be represented: painting, wood burning and jewelry.
"I've taken a lot of different avenues," Britt said. "My parents said they put a pencil in my hand, and it's been that way ever since."
But what's her favorite to work on?
"It is kind of whatever strikes my fancy for the most part because I have to be into whatever I'm doing," she said. "I usually do have five things going at once."
Some of Britt's jewelry has the chunky-cool that is favored by stylists such as Rachel Zoe (it's much more affordable than the pieces Zoe puts on her clients). For this show, Britt has spent a lot of time on her paintings. The images she has created will be presented on wood instead of canvas.
"I like to work with different mediums," she said. "And wood's just one of those things where it's a neat idea."
One more reason: "And canvas is outrageously expensive."
Britt is an artist who doesn't pass (all of) the cost to the art consumer.
"I just try to stay reasonable," she said. "I count the cost of whatever I used on it. I try to price accordingly. I'm not going to double anything
"I want people to buy it."
The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. The White Mule is at 1530 D Main St. (803) 661-8199
OTHER ARTS EVENTS
Trustus Theatre will open "Rent," a musical about bohemian living in New York, on Friday. The production will be directed by Dewey Scott Wiley with musical direction by Christopher Cockrell. The musical will run through Dec. 13 before a holiday break. The show will resume Jan. 7 and through Jan. 23.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Trustus is at 520 Lady St. $25; (803) 254-9732
"Babes in Toyland," the holiday musical, will run at Town Theatre on Friday through Dec. 6. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Town Theatre is at 1012 Sumter St. $10; (803) 799-2510
"9x3," a new ART+Cayce show, has an interesting concept: The show is made up of nine artists, each with three works represented.
The nine artists are Tom Nakashima, Virginia Scotchie, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Frieda Dean, Laura Van Camp, Yen Yu Lu, Bri Kinard, Ashley Padgett and Chris Johnson.
The show will feature prints, ceramic sculpture, photography and paintings.
The show opens Thursday, and there will be a gallery talk by Nakashima from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through Jan. 14.
ART+Cayce is at 1329 State St. The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday. (803) 765-0838
USC's Dance Company will offer a double bill Tuesday through Friday at Drayton Hall Theatre.
The dancing will begin at 6 p.m. with eight original contemporary pieces by student and guest choreographers. At 8 p.m., Wideman/Davis, the resident professional dance company, will perform "Balance." The dance is social commentary about homelessness.
The theater is on College Street, between Sumter and Greene streets. $10 to $16 for both shows; (803) 777-5112
Midlands Clay Arts Society will host its annual show and sale beginning at noon Thursday at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808. There is an opening reception at 5 p.m. What you'll find: hand-crafted pottery, tile, sculpture and other ceramic work. The sale runs through Saturday.
Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 is at 808 Lady St. (803) 252-6134
The USC art department will have its annual Christmas sale Monday and Tuesday at McMaster College and Gallery, 1615 Senate St. Items for sale: ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, prints and more. For more information, call (803) 777-4236.
Three days - three renditions of "Messiah."
Columbia Choral Society will present "Messiah, Part I" plus additional choruses at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Devine Street. For tickets and more information, call (803) 933-9060 or visit www.columbiachoralsociety.org.
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra and the Dutch Fork Choral Society will present a performance of "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at McGregor Presbyterian Church in Irmo.
Then join the orchestra in a community sing-along of "Messiah" with the two companies at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin. For more information, visit www.lmso.org or www.dutchforkchoralsociety.com.
If you miss those? On Dec. 21, Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia holds its annual "Messiah" sing-along.
- Otis R. Taylor Jr.