Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Charleston, SC (October 3rd, 2009) -- For one night only, Gallery 57 will transform into “STUDIO 57,” a performance piece that will embody the dazzling spirit of the 1970s disco era. Art and dance fuse together in one night, featuring paintings by Charlie McAlister, Matt Foreman and Timmy Pakron, and the crunchy grooves of DJ Geoffrey Hernandez.

The idea for this exhibition came to Jill Hunter while struggling with a large debt to the IRS. “I wanted to focus on something completely fun,” says Hunter. “The gallery’s main impetus was the idea of ‘hard times bring new opportunities.’” After selling most of her furniture and valuables to repay the IRS, Hunter came up with the idea of converting the empty downstairs of her house into an art gallery. The next logical step would be to throw a giant disco party where the glamor of the 1970s combines with the gallery’s slogan of “frivolity, absurdity, hilarity.” At this point in time, Gallery 57 will not attempt to show art that tackles important world issues. The recession is on everyone’s mind right now and Gallery 57 will attempt to put fun in its place.

The opening disco night party for “Studio 57” will be October 3rd at 9:00pm and will run through October 13th. Gallery 57 is located on 57 Chapel Street, Charleston. Admission is $5 at the door and includes party favors.