Bluffton artist Amiri Geuka Farris, a multi-disciplinary contemporary artist known for dynamic, powerful artworks, will debut a summer touring exhibit at the Palmetto Theater in Hampton County on Juneteenth (June 19).
The exhibition will culminate its Hampton run with a spectacular send-off event featuring Farris painting live onstage during a concert headlined by the Grammy Award-Winning drummer Quentin Baxter (of Ranky Tanky fame) and his Quentin Baxter Quintet, offering a unique evening of art and entertainment.
The exhibition will be open daily June 19-25, during the famous Hampton County Watermelon Festival. On June 25, Amiri will be on site in Hampton, behind Studio 111 (111 Lee Ave.) with award-winning printmaker Ian Welch, creating signed, limited edition prints of his work.
That evening at 8:30 p.m. he will host an interactive party for the whole community in Hampton’s Art Alley. The evening event, “Artscape After Dark,” will feature pop-up street performers, glow-in-the-dark art, and original music created for the exhibit.
After June 25, the remainder of the collection’s time in Hampton will be open by appointment for school and community groups and individual collectors.
The closing send-off concert and live action painting event will begin at 7 p.m. July 8. Tickets are $25.
The exhibition is a collection of new works by Farris and will highlight 92 pieces of artwork inspired by this season of summer in the year 2022. Original artwork for the tour will include various works from smaller postcard-sized pieces to large mural sized artworks, and will be composed of paintings, assemblages and multimedia works.
Each piece is an unfiltered look into the artist’s reality, as seen through the prism of hues, culture, memory and perceptions on the artist’s view of summer. From Hampton, the pieces will travel throughout the Lowcountry for the rest of the summer.
“One of my goals is to make artwork more accessible to art lovers in out-of-the-way places and new viewers of contemporary art,” said Farris. His work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the United States, including the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian.
Farris will be collaborating with museums, art centers, collectors, and unexpected partners including libraries and doctors’ offices to bring art out into smaller, underserved communities without a formal arts presence. The pieces will be available for purchase but prices will be set by the public, who can offer a donation, similar to a private auction. The exhibition will also be available to view online and on various social media outlets.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the concert, visit palmettotheater.org.