Carolina Galleries is pleased to present Chestee Harrington’s work titled “Working in Wood” inspired by the South Carolina Lowcountry as a part of the 2009 CFADA Fine Art Annual, a highly anticipated weekend of fine art in Charleston. The reception takes place on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8pm. Please visit the website to view all of Harrington’s work available at Carolina Galleries. The gallery is located at 106 A Church Street, Charleston SC 29401.
Chestee Harrington grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana, along the beautiful and historic Bayou Teche. Her now-famous use of wood as an artistic medium originated in her father’s cabinet shop, where she developed an affinity for the fragrance and feel of various woods. As a child, the materials simply seemed in harmony with the scenes of weathered cabins and mossy oaks that surrounded her. Decades later, Chestee’s polychromatic bas reliefs – carved and painted works in wood – have been shown across the United States and abroad.
Her original works, capturing Louisiana life, moods and settings, have been universal favorites and are particularly cherished by serious collectors. Chestee’s creation of a polychromatic bas relief begins with a delicate, low-relief carving of a sketch into a wood panel, which is given a stain underpainting. Oil paints are applied, along with layers of glazing, to produce a three-dimensional effect. Although she has made the relief her signature medium, Chestee is equally adept at painting, sculpture and printmaking.