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Art Districts in Charleston

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Charleston’s beautiful streets, sprawling marshlands, and sparkling beaches draw people in from all over the world and also serve as fantastic inspiration for the numerous artists in town. Recently a guest on one of our tours remarked at how many artists were in town, but more importantly they pointed out what fine artists they truly are.  Take a stroll down our streets and pop in and out of the galleries. You can meet the artists and you just may find yourself with a gorgeous souvenir hanging on your own wall in short order.

The galleries can be found in the same general area. There are really two “gallery districts”in Charleston, but they are literally within a block or two from each other. The first is called Gallery Row. You can find Gallery Row along Broad Street. The other gallery district is within the French Quarter. The French Quarter encompasses Church, State, Queen, and Chalmers Streets, just a block north of Broad Street.

The best way to see the art, meet the artists, rub elbows with locals, and have some wine and nibbles is to attend an art walk. Art Walks are on Friday evenings.

Charleston Art Galleries Schedule:

Gallery Row Art Walk - The First Friday of every month. 5pm - 8pm

French Quarter Art Walk - The First Friday of March, May, October, and December 5pm - 8pm

  • The galleries are generally open until 7 or 8pm on most days of the week, so you can always go on your own evening stroll art walk even if you’re not here on a Friday.

Another cool way to enjoy the art and crafts in town and do some shopping is to attend the Night Market in the City Market. Fridays and Saturdays 6:30pm - 10:30pm, March through December.

Written by Diana Dupuis 

About The Author

Scott Nelson

Scott has led over 2,000 tours of Charleston and has more than 1000 5 star reviews. He started working in museums at the age of 16 (Unsinkable Molly Brown House) and hasn't looked back. He was the Executive Director of Heurich House and on the historic interpretation/ education staff at Mount Vernon, both in Washington DC, for over 6 years. Scott moved to Charleston in 2012 for a job with the Historic Charleston Foundation and began leading tours for Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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