For this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art selected works by a group of talented artists: Evgeny and Lydia Baranov, Craig Nelson and Roger Dale Brown. The gallery is delighted to welcome Roger Dale Brown, a member of the Oil Painters of America and an award winning painter, into its stable of national and international artists. Roger has a passion for capturing the Southern landscape and knows how to mesmerize his viewer with the extraordinary light in his subjects. In his coastal paintings, award winning artist Craig Nelson depicts the peace and tranquility of the ocean and its special relationship to humanity. Craig’s passion for the coast is evident in his paintings which depict foliage covered dunes, shapely cypress, majestic cliffs, and mirrored wet sands. Evgeny Baranov and Lydia Velichko Baranov represent a unique combination of artists painting together – simultaneously, on the same canvas. A very small number of collaborative studio work examples can be found throughout the history of art, however, the Baranovs collaborate not only in the comfort of the studio, but in plein air as well. Working in a duet enables the artists to perform faster in the ever-changing plein air conditions and also to evaluate their own accomplishments in a more comprehensive and more captious manner. The Baranovs demonstrate the mastery of psychological painting, their works show remarkable depth and saturation with feeling, both of these so often missing from contemporary paintings.
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to be joined by one of Charleston’s most exciting restaurants, Social Restaurant and Wine Bar, for this special event. Located in the the heart of downtown Charleston, Social Restaurant and Wine Bar offers a casual and cosmopolitan setting. The restaurant is renowned for its wine selection and exceptional wine and food pairings.
Executive Chef Norwood Pryor has spent his whole life in the food industry. When he was a child, Pryor’s parents owned a restaurant in Richmond, VA. Later at age 16 he took his first culinary job at a family owned Italian café. Pryor has worked at many Charleston restaurants, including 82 Queen, Sea Biscuit Café, Cordavi, Oak Steakhouse and before joining Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, Carolina Yacht Club. Pryor says that he finds cooking to be the perfect art form. “Food is my paint, the sauté pan my brush, the seasons are my muse, the plate is the piece, the palate is the critic and the memories of a great meal are the museum that the pieces hang in,” said Pryor. “I love the joy that my artwork brings to the people indulging in it.”