Helena Fox Fine Art specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists. Artists represented: Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, John Cosby, Julyan Davis, William R. Davis, Terry DeLapp, Arnold Desmarais, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Jeffrey T. Larson, Joseph McGurl, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, William McCullough, and Kent Ullberg.
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Arnold Desmarais’s paintings are narratives that tell stories of a coastal environment with subtlety and understanding that only comes from a lifetime by the sea. Fond childhood memories of many idyllic summers on Block Island, RI, provided a treasure-trove of images for artistic seascapes which whisper of gentler times. Although he put himself through school by holding one-man watercolor shows in Maine and New Hampshire, he now works exclusively in oil from his studio and home on Cape Cod, where he has resided with his wife, Patti, and son, Grant, since 1992.
His formal training began at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he attained his early exposure to art. Arnold then attended Bryant College, where he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. It was his career in the fashion industry, however, that gave him the opportunities to hone his skills and to work with the “royalty of design” here and abroad. His global itinerary enabled him to view and learn from the masters in museums and galleries from Russia to the Orient.
Drawing on his background in jewelry design enabled Arnold to create interest with even the simplest subject. His experiences with color and light in the fashion industry are skillfully interpreted in his compelling compositions, which evoke emotions of comfortable familiarity and serenity.
In many of his seascapes, one can feel the power of the ocean. “I enjoy the power of the ocean, its ever changing aspects, its elusive qualities of color and reflective light . It’s hard to capture, but I always love a challenge. Art is all about challenging yourself all the time,” reflects the artist.
Arnold is a member of the Cape Cod Art Association and is represented by the Admiralty Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida; the Powers Gallery in Acton, Massachusetts; and the Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport, Maine. He was also awarded a one-man show at the Heritage Plantation Museum in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
In addition to his painting, Arnold gives back to the art community by teaching. He has taught workshops at the Inn At Sandwich in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He teaches weekly at the Cape Cod Art Association and sponsors an annual plein-air trip to Europe. Arnold is represented by Helena Fox Fine Art.
Mary Erickson represented by Helena Fox Fine Art has been painting since she can remember. She grew up sketching the beaches of Long Island Sound in Connecticut and has always been able to find beauty in her surroundings, whether along a southern shore or in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She sold her first painting to Gulf+Western Industries in Stamford, Connecticut at 13.
Raised in Connecticut, Mary Erickson studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially pursued a career in business. Her passion for painting, and a move to Florida in 1986, stirred the desire to pursue art as a career. Finally, she realized a long held dream, and in 1993, Mary began painting professionally.
Preferring to work on location, in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists of the 1800′s, Mary continues to seek new opportunities to capture moments in time and place on canvas.
Since 1998 Mary has divided her time between Marshville, NC and Venice, Fla. Plein air painting tours have taken her to Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, Ireland and throughout the United States. She travels extensively, either with her husband, John Edmondson, or with other artists.
Mary’s day begins before sunrise, and ends after the last sunset painting. A weeklong painting tour will end in exhaustion, and the unique accomplishment of creating anywhere from 10 to 20 paintings for each artist!
Whether solitary excursions (like hiking through the Smokies with her golden retriever, Petey) or group efforts with other professionals or students, Mary believes these painting trips are essential to an artist’s career and growth. “Besides, they’re fun!” she says. Future trips are planned to Italy, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and New Zealand.
Mary has studied with contemporary masters Don Demers, Tim Theis, Ken Backhaus, Louise DeMore and John Seerey-Lester. She is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists,) and a member of The Group of Eight, a Florida-based alliance that paints and shows together, intent on recording the scenery of a rapidly vanishing natural Florida. Memberships also include the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Painters.
Mary’s work is collected throughout the United States and Europe. Her largest project to date is the creation of artwork for the WaterStreet Hotel in Apalachicola, Florida. This luxurious waterfront property features Mary’s original oil paintings and reproductions in the hotel lobby and each of the suites.
One of the leading American artists in the representational/plein air tradition, West Fraser represented by Helena Fox Fine Art has built his career on richly painted, atmospheric vistas of cities, coasts, and the landscape throughout the United States and internationally—from the pristine Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, to the hill towns of Tuscany. An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of the Georgia and South Carolina Coast.
Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1955, and raised in nearby Hinesville until 1964, when his family moved to Hilton Head Island. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in 1979. The following year in Savannah, he worked independently as an illustrator and began his first serious painting in watercolors. From 1980 to 1984, he lived in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, and began traveling up and down the New England coast to paint maritime subjects and harbor scenes. In 1984, he settled in Charleston, and continued his work in watercolor through the late 1980s. The realistic, detailed marine compositions from this period resulted in early critical recognition, with a 1984 two-man show at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City, and his first one-man exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston in 1986 through early 1987.
By 1986 Fraser had already developed a looser, more lyrical watercolor style. By 1989 he started producing his first oil paintings created from life in open air—en plein air—a style based on an impressionistic rendering of light, color and atmosphere on the forms of landscapes, city scenes, and marine views. Since then he has explored his vision in this vein—constantly developing his formal and expressive skills in portraying subjects ranging from panoramic urban rooftop views, to intimate streetscapes, to remote island marshlands. Working in plein air liberated Fraser from his studio, placing him into the rich fabric of urban life, or by contrast, into unspoiled natural environments, where he has recreated the light and colors of seasons, times of day, and varied atmospheric effects on landscapes and city scenes.
In 1990, he shifted to representational/plein air painting in oil. Since then, he has primarily specialized in coastal landscapes, streetscapes and travel paintings. Through his many accolades and awards, he has achieved a national and international reputation as a master of creating a natural light in his lumanist paintings. Fraser has had 8 solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, the Southeast, and California. His most recent exhibition will take place this February 2012, A Native Son, Paintings by West Fraser at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA.. Fraser has been published extensively, including features in Art and Antiques, Plein Air Magazine, The Robb Report, Southern Accents, American Artist, Nautical Quarterly, Southwest Art and Hemispheres, to name a few. In 2000, he represented South Carolina in the bicentennial celebration calendar published by the White House Historic Association. In 2001, the University of South Carolina Press published the monograph Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition to Southeastern museums. In 2006, Fraser painted the official portrait of SC Governor Mark Sanford.
Fraser is a current Commissioner of the South Carolina Art’s Commission, an elected member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club, an elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and a Signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) and a member of the California Art Club. He garnered his first award in 1984, The John Young Hunter Award from Allied Artists of America. Since then he has been honored with the Award of Excellence from Mystic International, The Mary S. Litt Award from The American Watercolor Society, the Pursuit of Excellence/American Master award from the Hubbard Museum of Art, The Edgar Payne Gold Medal Award for Best Landscape from the California Art Club’s 100th Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, among many others. Fraser hangs in permanent collections in 9 museums across the United States and Bermuda. As well, in permanent collection at The White House Historical Association. His audiences include museums, art associations, resorts, The Heritage annual PGA Tour winner, yacht clubs, historical societies, health institutions, corporate and private collections, and educational institutions.
Donald Demers represented by Helena Fox Fine Art was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. Demers, having drawn and painted from a very early age, furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.
Demers’ maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers. He continues to be an avid sailor. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. Because of Demers’ love of illustration, it continues to play a role in his career. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as “Reader’s Digest,” “Sail Magazine,” “Field & Stream,” “Sports Afield,” “Yankee” and “National Geographic.” Demers’ paintings have been featured in a number of publications including “American Artist” magazine, “Yachting” magazine, “Nautical Quarterly,” “Nautical World,” “Offshore” magazine and “Marine Boats and Harbors.” His work has also been featured and discussed in a number of texts including “Concordia Yawls,” “The First Fifty Years,” by Elizabeth Meyer, “Marine Painting” and “Yachts on Canvas,” both authored by James Taylor, of Greenwich, England. “Yacht Portraits” published by Sheridan House, “A Gallery of Marine Art,” Rockport Publishers, an instructional textbook titled “Marine Painting,” “Techniques of Modern Masters” published by Watson Guptill and “Bound for Blue Water” written by J. Russell Jinishian and published by Greenwich Workshop.
Demers’ diversity has enabled him to apply his skills to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service. Various projects have included creating art for national television advertisements, educational television programming and designing art glass for Steuben.Recently, Demers’ body of work has expanded to the study and creation of plein air landscape painting. These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond, often in consort with other artists of similar inspiration. His landscape work garnered him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2001 and 2002.
Demers’ is a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America). He has won a record twelve awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. Demers’ illustrations have been recognized by the Museum of American Illustration four times in their national competition representing the finest examples of work in the field. Recognized for his communication skills, Demers conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional videos and DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.
Posted in fine art events, Palette and Palate Stroll, tagged anson, cfada, charleston fine art, charleston fine art dealers association, helena fox fine art, palette and palate stroll, palette and palate stroll charleston sc on June 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Helena Fox Fine Art, located south of Broad in Historic Charleston, specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists, including renowned Southern painter, West Fraser. The varied collection of work mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, maritime paintings, plein air travel paintings, still lifes, and trompe l’oeil, with modernistic architectural paintings. Wildlife sculptures by internationally acclaimed sculptor Kent Ullberg and exquisite handcrafted 22K gold jewelry by celebrated Welsh goldsmith Sarah Amos will also enthrall you on your visit to the gallery
Helen Fox Fine Art proudly represents the following artists: Sarah Amos, William R. Davis, John Cosby, William McCullough, Arnold Desmarais, Julyan Davis, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Terry DeLapp, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Joseph McGurl, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, Kent Ullberg, and Jeffrey Larson.
For the 2012 Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery’s selection of the finest regional and national art will once again be complemented by Anson‘s decadent cuisine which blends worldly sophistication with Lowcountry lifestyle.
Anson Restaurant is a favorite Charleston restaurant with Southern architecture, an elegant interior and gracious hospitality, serving Lowcountry favorites like Shrimp and Grits. Anson’s newest rising culinary star is Chef Jeremy Holst. With an emphasis on the abundance of seafood from the Lowcountry waters and utilizing local farmer’s produce, Chef Holst is working to provide Anson guests with the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Anson is proud to have Chef Holst leading a team that is dedicated to making this goal a reality.
After growing up in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000, Chef Holst began his professional career at Panos & Pauls located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. From here, he continued his culinary path at a five star five diamond resort, The Woodlands in Summerville, South Carolina. Upon his departure, the Ritz Carlton in Las Vegas, and the acclaimed Six Tables Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant that earned a Tripe AAA Four Diamond Rating, and The Troutdale, a popular farm-to-table restaurant in Bristol, Tennessee, would be next in providing Chef Holst with ample experience in fine dining expertise before returning home and joining Anson.
Located in the historic French Quarter of Charleston, Helena Fox Fine Art is a unique gallery that specializes in fine contemporary representational art. The gallery presents fine American art by nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, Christina Bates, John Budicin, Don Demers, Marie Fox, West Fraser, Billy O’Donnell, Becky Parrish, Edward Rice, William Woodward and Kent Ullberg. The gallery’s collection of work mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, plein-air travel paintings, realistic still-life, trompe l’oeil, with wildlife sculpture and exquisite hand crafted 22K gold jewelry. Helena Fox Fine Art Gallery is committed to art that is not only beautiful but also thought provoking and innovative. It represents highly renowned artists and continues to put forth work that is outstanding. For the 2010 Palette and Palate Stroll, Helena Fox Fine Art will be paired with seafood restaurant Amen Street, located at 201 East Bay Street.
The Amen Street menu includes a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters, clams, and shrimp in addition to a raw bar. Amen Street supports Charleston’s local produce as well, an endeavor that Todd Garrigan, Executive Chef, finds to be particularly important. Todd cooked his way through college as an English major and then pursued his passion for cooking as a choice career. Having completed studies in the Culinary Arts at the prestigious Art Institute of Atlanta, Todd brings over 15 years of experience in the Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, and Charleston, SC, markets. Specializing in fresh meats and vegetables prepared American style, Todd oversees Amen Street’s Lowcountry seafood menu featuring of Daily Market Fresh Seafood, Shrimp, Oysters, Clams and more. This pairing of fine art and fine food will be a valuable addition to this year’s much anticipated event.
Posted in art, fine art events, tagged art walk may 7 charleston sc, cfada, Donald Demers, helena fox fine art, Joseph McGurl, Mary Erickson, west fraser, William R. Davis on April 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Join Helena Fox Fine Art in May to view new works by gallery artists: William R. Davis, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser and Joseph McGurl. The opening reception will take place on May 7 from 5-8pm. The show will be on display till May 28, 2010.
Helena Fox Fine Art specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery features a compilation of work by national and international artists. Representing Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, Christina Bates, John Budicin, William R. Davis, Terry DeLapp, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Joseph McCurl, William McCullough, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, and Kent Ullberg.
Posted in art, fine art events, tagged cfada, charleston fine art, gallery, helena fox fine art, Joseph Paquet, Kenn Backhaus, Mary Erickson, sarah amos, Terry DeLapp, west fraser on February 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Helena Fox Fine Art is excited to announce the opening of its new sister gallery. The Palmetto Bluff Gallery presents fine American art in the idyllic location of Palmetto Bluff, in the South Carolina Low Country. With artwork ranging from representational landscape paintings to wildlife sculpture, and southern photography to maritime oil paintings, the Palmetto Bluff Gallery showcases museum quality pieces for the discerning collector.
Each artist represented at Palmetto Bluff Gallery exemplifies the finest in American art. Donald Demers’ Maritime and Travel Paintings, West Fraser’s American Impressionism, Jack Leigh’s American Documentary Photography, Joseph McGurl’s American Luminist Paintings and Kent Ullberg’s Wildlife Sculpture will be on display alongside a select group of others.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff recently received the distinction of being named the “#1 Best Resort in the Continental U.S & Canada” in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 World’s Best Awards. The Inn also ranks as number 14 in the “World’s 100 Best Hotel’s Overall.” The Palmetto Bluff Gallery is situated at 64B Boathouse Street, Bluffton, SC 29910.
To contact the gallery, call (843) 706 3888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.