Truth be told, Charleston is as lovely in autumn as it is in spring, and the twelfth edition of the CFADA Charleston Fine Art Annual makes a marvelous excuse for a visit. The Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend offers an array of cultural activities that celebrate the city’s vibrant visual arts community, including exhibitions, artist demonstrations, and social gatherings. The event has been hailed by Charleston Magazine, American Art Collector, American Style, and Art & Antiques as the most important fine arts festival in South Carolina.
Join the Charleston Renaissance Gallery on Friday evening, November 5 to celebrate the opening of our latest show, “Southern Sisters,” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The historic district will be buzzing with activity that night as a mix of local and visiting art enthusiasts stroll between the eleven CFADA member galleries. On Saturday morning, the fine art weekend participants are invited to gather at Washington Park from 9:00 a.m. through noon. The most popular event of the weekend, “Painting in the Park” offers partakers the opportunity to meet and observe popular artists at work en plein air. Held at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel on Saturday evening, the Charleston Art Auction gets underway with a preview/reception beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by an art auction showcasing historically significant paintings and drawings, as well as contemporary works by recognized American artists.
For the women artists featured in the gallery’s upcoming exhibition, the ideal room of one’s own held an easel or sketchbook—as well as the promise of time and space to create freely. With careers spanning the last 150 years, these women balanced home and hearth with palette and brush, and, in many cases, helped pioneer professional paths for the fairer sex. In the hallowed halls of academic proving grounds and at leading galleries of the day, this select sorority—including Emma Lambert Cooper, Clara Davidson, Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, Lena Gurr, Marie Atkinson Hull, Anna V. H. Huntington, Nell Choate Jones, Augusta Denk Oelschig, Hattie Saussy, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Mary Russell Smith, Alice Barber Stephens, Anna Heyward Taylor, Martha Walter and Ludmilla Pilat Welch—lived out Georgia O’Keeffe’s belief that “to create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”
The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is the founding member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, a cooperative launched in 1999 for the purpose of advancing Charleston as a premier fine art destination. Since its founding, CFADA has donated over $245,000 to high school art programs in Charleston County Schools. For more information on the 2010 Charleston Fine Art Annual, please visit the CFADA website.