May in Charleston is an exciting time, and what better way to kick off the month than with an art walk?

On Friday, stroll the streets of Charleston and check out some of the best new exhibits throughout the city. Unless otherwise noted, all opening receptions are free and open to the public and will take place from 5-8 p.m.

Anglin Smith Fine Art: Local favorite Shannon Smith Hughes will have her newest collection called "Barrier Islands" on display at Anglin Smith Fine Art. Many of the pieces in the show were inspired by Dewees Island, one of the most unspoiled places in Charleston. 9 Queen St. 853-0708 or www.anglinsmith.com

Atelier Gallery: Christy Kinard's vibrant mixed-media floral paintings at the Atelier Gallery are the perfect thing for this time of year. Inspired by the South and by Southern quilting styles, Kinard says, "The boldness of my work can also be related to the Southern character. Beyond the well-kept exterior and femininity of a Southern woman, like my work, the women of the South can be strong, creative and playful. As related to the whole, to be Southern is to be happy and laid back, to say hello to strangers who you pass on the street, and to spend time sitting on the porch enjoying the simple beauty that nature provides." 153 King St. 722-5668 or www.theateliergalleries.com

Lowcountry Artists: Oil painter Rana Jordahl and wood artist Robb Helmkamp are presenting a show of their works together. Both bodies of work are representative of their interpretations of the renewal of spring and the show is aptly titled "Renewal." 148 East Bay St. 577-9295 or www.lowcountryartists.com

Charleston Artist Guild Gallery: The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery is adding jewelry artists to its roster and will be launching the first this week with a special exhibition called "All that Glitters ..." featuring the works of jewelers Pam Miller-Schussel, Gale Roland and Bonnie Taylor. Expect to see a collection of unique, contemporary jewelry that features materials such as silver, copper, bronze, leather, beads and crystal elements. All works are handmade. 160 East Bay St. 722-2425 or www.charlestonartistguild.com

Corrigan Gallery: Check out the sculptures by artist Joe Walters at Corrigan Gallery. "His intriguing animals and insects, at times separate, other times presented in a tableau or a large installation, are reminiscent of the past: relics, abandoned objects, something forgotten or ignored," says gallery owner Lese Corrigan. Walters' pieces have the appearance of rusted metal and/or volcanic ash and really are something to see. 62 Queen St. 722-9868 or www.corrigangallery.com

Robert Lange Studios: In keeping with the theme of flowers and spring, Amy Lind's newest body of work at Robert Lange Studios is quite stunning. The artist herself says, "This new series of paintings focuses on narrative as something dynamic and multilayered. I wanted to find images that captivated my own imagination and renewed the spirit; flowers seemed a natural motif." 2 Queen St. 805-8052 or www.robertlangestudios.com

'Twentieth Century'

Opening this week on the performing arts scene is a play called "Twentieth Century," the story of a Broadway director and his quest to woo his former lover and star back to the Broadway stage.

"Oscar Jaffe will do anything to get Lily Garland's signature on a contract for his latest play," explains Melonea Marek, director of development at the Footlight Players Theatre. "He lies, cheats and even pretends to be dying. Adding to the chaos are Jaffe's longtime assistants, Ida Webb and Owen O'Malley, Lily's lover George, and a religious fanatic who may or may not be a millionaire. Rounding out the cast are a doctor who happens to be a playwright, his mistress, a detective, the conductor, two porters and Max Jacobs, a producer intent on getting Lily in his play."

"Twentieth Century" will be performed at the Footlight Players Theatre starting Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for military and seniors, and $15 for students. To purchase tickets or find out additional show dates and times, go to www.FootlightPlayers.net or call 722-4487.

The Footlight Players Theatre is at 20 Queen St.