New exhibits at the Aiken Center for the Arts will take visitors on a visual exploration of South Carolina, and capture the energy and essence of spring.

Artwork in the main gallery will explores both places and perspectives of artists from across the state. Titled, “The Places We Belong: South Carolina Explored,” the exhibit brings together artwork created by two groups of artists from around the state. 

The Upcountry Fiber Artists, a group of six textile artists from across the Upstate specialize in quilt-like artwork. These artists will share their Carolina experiences through an exhibition titled “Carolina Mountains to the Shore” in the main gallery.

The Carolinas have a beautiful and diverse landscape, abundant with natural resources. Whether in the Upcountry, central hills and plains, or Lowcountry, each region provides opportunities for recreation, exploration and geological inspiration. Yet the landscape also reveals moments from our history and helps tell the

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The Black Hills Art Gala will be an elegant evening of fine art to support a boy fighting cancer.

Tickets are on sale now for the Black Hills Art Gala, which will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 18 at Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. The work of nine artists from five states will be on display and available to purchase. This formal gala will include light appetizers catered by Killian’s Food & Drink in Spearfish, beer and wine, red carpet photos by Black Hills Photography, and videos of the evening by 605 Media and Entertainment. A silent auction of paintings will benefit Grayson Chapeau of Spearfish, who is undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumor.

Tickets for the gala are $50 and must be purchased in advance at AlexandraHansenArt.com. Hansen is a wildlife artist from Aladdin, Wyo., who organized the gala and will have her work at

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Thursday

Luncheon Series: ‘Emerging Stars of Sarasota’

11 a.m. at Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Drive

$54

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org.

Celebrate the talents of Sarasota’s next generation of virtuoso performers. These youngsters have worked with the Sarasota Youth Orchestra and are plotting their path through schooling and toward a potential future career in music. 

‘PMP Alumni: At-Home’ 

11 a.m. virtual performance

Free

Visit PerlmanMusicProgramSuncoast.org.

Cellist Chase Park is working toward his master’s degree at Juilliard, and he’s already managed to perform on stages in Paris and Berlin. Park’s performance will be available for free at Perlman Music Program Suncoast’s website or on their YouTube page.

‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

7:30 p.m. at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

$15, $5 students and staff

Visit SCF.edu.

The students of SCF’s Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir bring you a celebration of

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A special reception will be held Feb. 25, 4-6 p.m., for the current art gallery show, “But I guess I’m already there,” at the Winona County History Center. Explore the show and the notions of home through March 6. It is free to view and much of the art is for sale.

Home is flimsy and firm. Home silly and clumsy. Home is a cage, but home is where we want to be. “But I guess I’m already there” is an art show curated by Roger Boulay, assistant professor of photography and gallery coordinator at Winona State University. The group show features work by Izel Vargas, Kathleen Hawkes, Alessandra Sulpy, James Wade, Chris Rackley, and Jonathan Thunder.

This exhibition explores notions of home as something contested and unstable, despite desires for it to be secure and constant. Through different materials and representational strategies, the five artists in this exhibition treat

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