The Meeting Place Window to exhibit works by Francina Smalls-Joyner

Evil Shall Not Consume Me by Francina Smalls-Joyner

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will host a solo exhibition of works by local artist Francina Smalls-Joyner in the display windows of The Meeting Place from January 3 through February 29. 

In Through the Window: A Moment in Francina’s Time, Smalls-Joyner presents a collection of original abstract oil paintings signifying memorable and personal moments of joy and spirituality from the past year of her life. Francina comments on her work: “Seen through a window, this body of curvaceous work will allow viewers to get a glimpse of my beautiful and blessed life told by me through color and texture.  By capturing this spiritual stage in my life on canvas, these paintings depict a brief, but never ending moment in my time.  So, as viewers look through the window and enjoy a moment in my time, I am asking them to reflect on the various stages of their lives, and enjoy those never ending moments in their time too.”

Francina was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but raised in Historic St. Helena Island, SC. Growing up on Historic St. Helena Island made Francina spiritual, well-rooted, and cultivated.  She takes great pride and is largely inspired by the small town and its unique heritage, dialects, and interesting folk fables.  In December of 1995, Francina graduated from the College of Charleston, earning a B.A. in Art History and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Painting.   She studied under such greats as Michael Tyzack, Michael Phillips, and Manning Williams.  She is currently the Volunteer Services and Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit

The Meeting Place is located at 1077 East Montague Avenue in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston. Parking is free. Display window exhibits offer visitors a continuous opportunity to view artwork by different artists every other month. Proposals are being accepted and considered on a continuing basis. Further inquiries about this exhibition and exhibition opportunities may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at