West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Susan Romaine, Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar, Robert Lange, Amy Lind, Gary Grier and Charles Williams.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged amy lind, cfada's painting in the park, Charles Williams, Chris Groves, Craig Nelson, Curt Butler, Donald Demers, Elizabeth Pollie, Fred Jamar, Gary Grier, George Pate, jennifer smith rogers, John Hull, karen larson turner, Karen Weihs, Larry Wheeler, Laurie Meyer, lese corrigan, Mark Bailey, Mark Kelvin Horton, Marty Whaley Adams, Mary Erickson, Nancy Hoerter, Nancy Pellatt, November 3, rhett thurman, robert lange, Shannon Runquist, Shannon Smith, simon kenevan, Susan Romaine, Trey Finney, west fraser on October 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Arnold Desmarais, Billyo O'Donnell, cfada's charleston fine art annual, Donald Demers, helena fox fine art, Mary Erickson, west fraser, west fraser painting in the park on October 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
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.
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.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Arnold Desmarais, buy art, cfada charleston, charleston fine art annual, charleston fine art dealers association, charleston south carolina, Chris Groves, Craig Nelson, Curt Butler, Donald Demers, Elizabeth Pollie, fine art in charleston s, Fred Jamar, George Pate, jennifer smith rogers, John Hull, karen larson turner, Karen Weihs, Larry Wheeler, Laurie Meyer, lese corrigan, Mark Bailey, Mark Kelvin Horton, Marty Whaley Adams, Mary Erickson, Nancy Hoerter, Nancy Pellatt, rhett thurman, robert lange, Shannon Runquist, Shannon Smith, silent auction, simon kenevan, southern art, Susan Romaine, Trey Finney, west fraser on October 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Friday, November 2:
5 – 8 p.m. – CFADA gallery receptions & Charleston Fine Art Annual Art Stroll – FREE and open to public
8 – 10:30 p.m. – Society 1858’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper preview party & reception at the Gibbes, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door. www.gibbesmuseum.org/events
Saturday, November 3:
9 a.m. – noon – Painting in the Park in Washington Park – FREE and open to public (coffee and snacks available)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Artist Demonstrations and Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – CFADA’s Buy Art! silent auction & patrons’ reception benefiting the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs, $55 in advance/$65 day of event. www.cfada.com
Sunday, November 4:
1–5 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
2:30 p.m. – Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
The fine art weekend is a benefit for art programs at 11 local high schools. CFADA has donated over $250,000 to public high schools since 2004. Buy tickets at www.cfada.com
The following artists are painting in the park and donating their works to BUY ART silent auction this year:
West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Susan Romaine, Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Arnold Desmarais, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar and Robert Lange!
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 »
When West Fraser, a renowned Charleston painter, hid his painting in a tree, he had no idea that a 12-year-old girl will make it her mission to find it. Kenner Carmody learned about West Fraser’s project when her father read about it in the Post and Courier over the holidays last year. Kenner now has her first piece of fine art!
Fraser’s paintings come with a personal note on the back of each painting appealing to the finder to give back to their community. Kenner and her family decided to make a charitable donation to the Gibbes Museum. Their donation will be used for the Daniel West Fraser Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by West Fraser to honor his son Daniel who was born in 1983 and passed away in 1986. The Daniel West Fraser Memorial Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for children and teens to study at the Gibbes Museum through art classes and art camp.
Paintings were hidden in Charleston, Palmetto Bluff’s Wilson Village and Cumberland Island. There are still paintings hidden in a tree. West Fraser’s works can be found at Helena Fox Fine Art in downtown Charleston, SC.
In the spirit of Christmas, gift giving and trimming the tree, renowned Southern representational painter West Fraser has announced that this December he has placed three paintings in a tree. Fraser’s PAINTING IN A TREE project begun earlier in 2009 when he placed his first paintings in trees on Cumberland Island, GA.
Mr. Fraser’s has said of his PAINTING IN A TREE project:
“I give to a finder of a painting hanging in a tree, it though happens to have strings attached, literally. I ask you, the recipient, to give to a favorite charity, perhaps your local High school art program, artist organization, local museum or a talented artist in need. I hope that with my gift found, the discoverer will give as well, and perhaps encourage others to make random acts of giving and kindness. As a catalyst to perpetuate gift giving in the community I hope that my PAINTING IN A TREE project can make a difference.”
The first painting, a 6 x 8 inch oil on panel titled Dungeness Ruins, Cumberland Island, was recovered on Cumberland Island by Canadian sailors Mike and Barb Turney who were heading home to Nova Scotia from their summer sojourn in the Keys. The painting, now mounted on the bulkhead of their 42’ Ketch, Nelleke, prompted the couple to donate to the Cancer Society and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in their home town Halifax. The couple also passed through Charleston after making contact with the artist and met to share their story.
Mr. Fraser has placed these “little jewel” paintings in public locations in three regions that are meaningful to him. Charleston’s French Quarter has been his home for 25 years and is where his wife Helena has her gallery Helena Fox Fine Art. Palmetto Bluff’s Wilson Village (Bluffton, SC) is a new town located on the banks of the May River overlooking the waterways explored in his youth, which remains a place of inspiration for the artist. And lastly Cumberland Island, GA which has been a part of Mr. Fraser’s life since youth and still represents a place of inspiration and personal connection.
Be on the lookout for a PAINTING IN A TREE in these three locations. On the back of the painting there will be a personal message from the artist. Be ready to receive and to give this holiday season!
An Exhibition of the Fine Art, Inspired by the Maritime Muses Opening November 6th at Helena Fox Fine Art
Posted in art, tagged art galleries, artists, Becky Parrish, Billyo O’Donnell, charleston fine art annual, charleston fine art dealers association, Donald Demers, Edward Rice, fine art charleston, Fine Art Inspired by the Maritime Muses, helena fox fine art, John Budicin, Joseph McGurl, Kenn Backhaus, Kent Ullberg, Marie Fox, Mary Erickson, november 6 art show charleston sc, sarah amos, THE SIREN CALL of the SEA and SHORE, west fraser, William McCullough, William R. Davis on August 4, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
A group of friends, America’s premier representational marine and landscape artists, William R. Davis, Donald Demers, West Fraser, Joseph McGurl , Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, William McCullough, Billyo O’Donnell and Kent Ullberg – come together at Helena Fox Fine Art, for an exhibition titled THE SIREN CALL of the SEA and SHORE, showcasing paintings and sculpture influenced by the allure of the sea, the vessels that navigate her waters and the shores that contain her seduction. The exhibit opens in conjunction with the CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual on November 6th and will be on display till November 27th in Charleston, South Carolina.
Since the beginning of history, mankind has been inescapably drawn to the sea, acknowledging her beauty and serenity, honoring her mystery and feasting on her bounty. Homer has written in many passages of her seductive muses, the attraction has been proven to be everlasting and all encompassing. People of today remain enchanted by the vessels at work and play, the myriad flora and fauna, and the lush, luminous shores that contain this seductive maritime environment. Helena Fox Fine Art at 12 Queen Street in historic Charleston presents this show, a culmination of works by a distinguished group of artists who share a common inspiration, the siren call of the sea and shore.
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, most particularly West Fraser. The varied collection mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, plein-air paintings, realistic still lifes and trompe l’oeil, with wildlife sculpture and exquisite handcrafted 22K gold jewelry. Representing Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, Marie Fox, West Fraser, William McCullough, Billyo O’Donnell, Becky Parrish, Edward Rice and Kent Ullberg. For more infomation call 843-723-0073.
Posted in art, tagged art collecting, Becky Parrish, charleston art walk may 1, charleston fine art, charleston fine art dealers association, Don Demers, helene fox fine art, karen larson turner, Kent Ullberg, Teri Whitner, wells gallery, west fraser on April 21, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Helena Fox Fine Art presents a variety of new works by gallery artists Don Demers, West Fraser, Becky Parrish, Kent Ullberg & Teri Whitner. The works will be on view at the gallery as it celebrates the Spring season. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 1st from 5 to 8pm. The gallery is located at 12 Queen Street.
The Wells Gallery, located at 125 Meeting Street, will feature 20 regional landscapes by Karen Larson Turner in a show titled Emergence: Seeking a Steadfast Light. Show opens on Friday, May 1 with a reception from 5 to 8pm. “As I paint the coastal landscape, I seek more than anything to explore and capture the effects of light. In particular, I am drawn to those conditions and times of day when the light is emerging from darkness, whether from shadow, fog, or storm. In the midst of the darkest sky or the deepest shadow the smallest hint of light will attract our attention,” describes her work Karen Larson Turner.