If you go
What: Downtown Charleston ArtWalk
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today
Where: Downtown galleries
Charleston artist Nik Botkin is going international for the final ArtWalk of the year.
His Apartment Earth studio will feature work of visiting international artists in an exhibit called "Prediction and Memory."
"It's about muscle memory and how we can predict the future by doing the same thing over and over again," Botkin explained.
The exhibit will include artists from Daegu, South Korea, Canada, Germany and the United States. Botkin said live music, poetry reading, belly dancing and a live art-making experience also will be a part of the exhibit.
"My basic rule with the Apartment Earth studio is generally to try to show things that won't or can't show anywhere else in Charleston," Botkin said. To that end, he's open to new ideas suggested by friends, such as creating art on the spot, which he has done at earlier events.
"I do this because I enjoy it and I want to introduce Charleston to stuff you wouldn't typically see," he said.
Botkin said he won't have much of his own work on exhibit, other than pieces taking shape in his studio.
He will bring back the metal bird he sculpted earlier this year after chronicling the process on Facebook.
Botkin said fans have been asking about the bird so he will have it on display. It features more than 1,000 pieces of silverware that were crafted to form the bird, titled Saber Hawk.
His gallery is located at 223 1/2 Hale St.
Other highlights of today's ArtWalk include:
The Purple Moon on Quarrier Street will feature vintage Christmas decorations, vintage jewelry from the Hamilton family collection and vintage glass.
Entertainment will be provided by Tofujitsu.
Galley 11 on Quarrier Street will feature all of its member artists.
Delfine's Jewelry on Capitol Street will feature a Department 56 Christmas in the City Display with a Lionel Polar Express train.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4830.