Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture, established in 2001 by Jaynie Milligan Spector and located on Church street, is a source for dog and horse paintings and sculptures by top quality nationally and internationally known artists in the United States and Europe who create 21st century works of art, as well as portraits of animals and their human counterparts. Ms. Spector studied with Sothebys Auction House in London, England, and worked as an art advisor in New York City, North Carolina and Florida. She is able to find the best quality artists who reflect 21st century art while also masterfully depicting dogs and horses. A former director of 19th century art at Christies also assists Ms. Spector with earlier period paintings.
Dog & Horse offers top quality artists who work in styles from traditional to contemporary. Clients are able to find the right artist to suit their taste and budget, whether they want the number one painter of dogs in the world or affordable top quality artists. Many of the gallery’s artists also masterfully paint men, women and children. For this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery will feature an equestrian artist, Jan Lukens, in an exhibit titled “The Power of the Equine.” His paintings are sure to be complemented by the innovative, delicate cuisine of Trattoria Lucca.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of downtown Charleston’s Elliotsborough neighborhood lies Chef Ken Vedrinski’s charming Italian eatery, Trattoria Lucca. Inspired by the ancient Tuscan city of Lucca, a place renowned for its olive oils, Trattoria Lucca brings the essence of Italian cuisine to the Lowcountry. Vedrinski changes the dinner menu nightly depending on what the local ingredients inspire him to create that night, or what fresh catch the local fishmonger brings to his doorstep directly from the boat, such as seasonal triggerfish or black bass. The menu features Italian imported cheese and salumi, handmade pastas as well as the freshest produce and fresh seafood from the waters surrounding Charleston. At Lucca, one can expect innovative, delicate food that will have you longing for more days after the dining experience.
A long time and loyal team member of Vedrinski’s culinary staff, Chef de Cuisine Nick Francis will be serving Lucca’s tastings at the event. Francis started his career with the chef immediately after he graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. Coming from an all Italian family in Cleveland, OH, he grew up learning all of the intricacies of the cuisine and always wanted to become an Italian focused chef. He was first a chef at Sienna when it opened and worked there for several years before heading to Atlanta to work with the Neighborhood Dining Group. He did not stay away long, and soon was back at Sienna under Vedrinski’s leadership. When Trattoria Lucca opened, Francis made the move with Vedrinski and has been his right hand chef throughout the years. Together they continue to grow and develop the inspiring and creative Italian focused menu at Lucca.