I've always loved the look of a Venetian Carnival, which of course was a masked ball for adults who loved to dress up in costumes.

Most modern day fancy dress balls take their inspiration from them. So it will be fun to hear what Chamber Music Charleston has up its sleeve Saturday when members present an evening with the second installment of the "Ovation Concert Series."

Chamber Music Charleston flutist Regina Helcher Yost and bassoonist Sandra Nikolajevs will be featured in a program that includes Paul-Agricole "Carnival of Venice" for flute and strings, Antonin Vivaldi's "Concerto in e minor for Bassoon and Strings" and Franz Joseph's Haydn's "Emperor" string quartet.

CMC's concerts at Memminger Auditorium have become a highlight of the season, with exceptional music paired with food, wine and decor to create a unique social event. Guests choose table seating directly in front of the stage (with the option to purchase a Bistro Box filled with culinary delicacies) or theater seating.

Wine comes complimentary with table seating and is also available to purchase for theater seating.

Earlier in the day, the group will present one of its popular kids' concerts at 1 p.m. where younger audiences will be introduced to members of a string quartet, which will recount the history of the Carnival of Venice.

The 45-minute concert will include sing-along songs and a reading of "Bravo, Zan Angelo," a commedia dell'arte tale brought to life through story, pictures and music.

That sounds like fun no matter what your age.

Doors for the evening concert open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$40 and are available online at chambermusiccharleston.org or by calling (843)763-4941.

New venue for S'ville Artist Guild

The Summerville Artist Guild will be having their annual judged show at the North Charleston Convention Center City Gallery. This is their largest show with 110 paintings. A few of the recognizeable names are Diane Watkins, Yvonne Rousseau, Sherri Bardsley, and Jane Dalton just name several prominent Guild members.

The awards reception will be 5-7 p.m. March 6. The works will be on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1-29. Parking and admissions are free.

Call for craft artists in North Charleston

It's the time to look for venues to show art this spring, and fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 13th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. This fine craft competition and exhibition, allows artists juried into the show to compete for $6,500 in cash prizes.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media.

And unlike the Piccolo Spoleto crafts festival, this one is indoors in a climate-controlled environment so some of the more delicate crafts can be protected from the elements.

The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 2-10, 2014 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Dr. in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on May 2.

The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Deadline for submissions is March 14.

Artists guild seeks scholarship applicants

The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild is seeking applicants for a scholarship worth up to $1,500 for a qualified high school senior who lives east of the Cooper River.

Applicants should be seeking an undergraduate degree in an art-related field beginning this fall and reside in East Cooper. It doesn't matter where applicants attend high school. East Cooper includes Mount Pleasant, Awendaw, McClellanville, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Daniel Island.

The deadline to apply is March 21, and judges reserve the right to split the $1,500 award.

Applications will be available at East Cooper high schools, on the guild's website or by contacting the guild scholarship chair at (803) 606-2029. For information, go to www.mtpleasantartistsguild.com.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557.