Archive for October, 2008

Opening on December 5, Still + Life showcases the oil paintings of artist and gallery owner Robert Lange, in his continued investigation into still life paintings. On view through Dec. 20, the exhibit is also a celebration of Lange’s acceptance as the 2008 American Heart Association’s featured artist. A festive reception open to the public will be held on Dec. 5 starting at 5:00 p.m. featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music, at the gallery in the historic French Quarter district of downtown Charleston.

The fifteen still life paintings in the exhibition are all focused on the interplay of light: reflections, shadows, and the varying qualities of a range of light sources. What sets each piece apart from traditional still lives is the addition of at least one non-still element.  Works such as “Special Guest,” which features a small humming bird flying within a huge still life, was created with surprisingly realistic renderings of various objects and the small bird, which was painted with playful precision.


“I always look at still lives and feel they lack the tension that is achieved in figurative or narrative work,” says Lange. “For this show I was interested in creating just a bit of movement, although ever so slight, in each of these paintings.  This is in order to achieve the feeling you get when watching a bird on a windowsill or when a butterfly lands on your hand.  I like to refer to them as “sshhh, don’t move” moments in which you become still as a product of your situation.”

For this show, at first glance it appears to be a traditional still life show with shiny objects and glass vases. However, as you approach each painting you realize that there is a hint of life in each one, and according to Lange, the viewer is struck by a “don’t move” moment. Each object has been meticulously painted into permanence, including the non-still elements, creating an interesting effect for the viewer in which they need to reevaluated the idea of still life all together. 

“I imagine that the objects all have their own histories but it is with the addition of actual life that they become stories,” said Lange.  “The part that I am most interested in is how equally quiet the still lives are with or without the element of life.”


At 27-years-old, Lange’s painted world gives context clues into the history and collective memory of his life. A mathematical prodigy at 10-years of age perhaps accounts for his disciplined brushstrokes and the stylized geometric division of space on his canvases.
Lange studied under rigid traditional teachings at Pinkerton Academy, in Derry New Hampshire, yet found himself learning new perspectives at the world renown art college, Rhode Island School of Design. He was awarded a 4-year full merit-based scholarship based upon his outstanding portfolio. Lange spent most of his college career showing in multiple galleries in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.
In 2004, Lange’s move to the traditionalist community of Charleston, SC heightened his desire to create the picturesque. After less than a year in Charleston, with a barely dry signature on his diploma, he and his wife opened Robert Lange Studios on East Bay Street. The gallery space, like his paintings, is clean, simple, and strangely familiar and inviting.
All are welcome to come see and enjoy the gallery. The Still + Life series will hang at Robert Lange Studios at 151 East Bay St. from Friday, Dec. 5-Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. The opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-8:30 PM in conjunction with the French Quarter’s art walk.  Please visit www.robertlangestudios.com or call for more information 843.805.8052. Digital images are available upon request.

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10th Charleston Fine Art Annual, November 7-8, 2008

On November 7, 2008, Ann Long Fine Art will present its Fine Art Annual show titled “Maestros” in honor of four master painters who have been teaching classical painting techniques for over thirty years. Charles Cecil (Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence), Daniel Graves (The Florence Academy of Art, Florence), Ben Long (The Fine Art’s League of Asheville), and Jeffrey Mims (Mims Studios, Southern Pines) have been passing on their painting craft in the atelier tradition to generations of young classical painters.  Their students are taught to draw and paint from nature using the techniques of the Old Masters, a process that requires continuous education and discovery.  Exhibited will be current work from these four masters and examples of work from several of their apprentices, including Jill Hooper who was fortunate to have studied with Mims, Cecil, and Long.  While these four Maestros have similar training and their careers have crossed over the years, never before have they exhibited together. Don’t miss this unprecedented event!       


For the 10th Charleston Fine Art Annual, The Audubon Gallery will feature a very special exhibition of engravings from Pierre-Joseph Redoute’s Les Liliacees from Empress Josephine’s garden at Malmaison that were published in 1802 and a rare selection of John Gould’s Hummingbirds from 1849 that all feature fabulous orchids from the Americas.


Carolina Galleries will present new work by Stephen Chesley and Chestee Harrington on Friday, November 7, 2008. During the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s 10th Fine Art Annual, new landscapes by Stephen Chesley and a new artist to the gallery, Chestee Harrington of Louisiana, will be celebrated with an opening reception from 5:30-8:30 pm on November 7. The work will hang through the month of November.


From November 8, 2008 through January 5, 2009, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery will present Spot: Southern Works on Paper, an exhibition of 64 works on paper related to the American South. This exceptional selection ranges from Joshua Shaw’s pioneering 1820 view of Virginia’s famed Natural Bridge; to Charles Shannon’s expressive Syncopation Number 3 (c. 1939); to William Dunlap’s contemporary landscape, Waterside—Iris Watch (2004).  In style and subject matter, the works reveal evolving approaches and varied subjects, including topographical and romantic landscapes, figure studies, genre, and city scenes. Over the course of two centuries, we can examine classical, realist, impressionist, modernist and post-modernist styles; and the distinctive mediums of pencil, watercolor, pastels, and gouache on paper.  Accompanying Spot: Southern Works on Paper is a comprehensive catalogue with an introductory essay by Dr. Philip Brewer—a noted expert on drawings and co-author of Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings (Columbus Museum of Art, Georgia, 2006).


Coleman Fine Art will present a unique show “Convergence: Fine Artists Paint New Orleans” displaying an exciting body of work which showcases the talent of five nationally acclaimed painters in mid-career. This past spring, John Cosby, Marc R. Hanson, Joseph Paquet, George Strickland & Mary Whyte gathered as a group to collaborate on recording the essence of New Orleans – the city, her people and the surrounding waterway.  These painters came cross-country from their studios, ranging from California to the Carolinas, converging in New Orleans with the sole purpose of painting for this show.  Each seemed to be drawn to a personal aspect of the city for subject matter; Mary Whyte connected with the people, Marc Hanson the river traffic and coastal vistas, George and Joe each were drawn to the cityscapes and John captured the interaction of the locals. When asked if he thought the character of New Orleans was still there after the impact of Hurricane Katrina, – and was it something he felt inspired to record in his work, Joe Paquet replied “Yes, the coexistence of old/new, wealth/poverty, light/dark all in such close proximity was what hit me so profoundly.”  In this exhibit New Orleans is shown with an evolving identity, brandishing the spirit of survival and resilience in the many colors of an artist’s palette. These five artists have truly depicted the vibrancy of New Orleans, both in its willingness to recover and in its richness of hue.


New works by Lese Corrigan will be on view at the Corrigan Gallery LLC in a show titled “Mid and sky from the Charleston area’s bridges” with a post-impressionistic sensibility and a reverence for nature and life’s transitory states. The show will hang from November 3 to November 30, 2008. With this series Corrigan places the viewer looking out from the structural stability of a bridge and into the natural interaction of the water and sky.  By painting the most elemental constituents of water and sky she hopes to capture light and nature in its purest truth and to illustrate the poignancy of electrical ions in creating the vibrations that affect the natural world.  According to her vision everything is alive and vibrant with these molecular dances.  Her brushstroke by brushstroke approach and her keen interest in color theory all help her capture her vision on canvas. This approach to painting not only furthers Corrigan’s vision of nature, it integrates the symbolic layers of meaning in her show’s title Mid of the immediate Charleston area, finding the middle of the river is a challenge due to the twists and turns of the waterways.


Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to announce “A Two-Man Show,”  a new collection of figurative and city-scapes by Korean born artists Hye Seong Yoon and Zin opening on Thursday, November 6, 2008 and on display until Saturday, November 29, 2008. These two artists have emerged with a talent and professionalism that measure well beyond their age. Opening reception will take place on November 7, 2008.


On November 7, 2008, Helena Fox Fine Art in historic Charleston presents an exhibition of paintings by nationally renowned artist, West Fraser, entitled “Another Look.” This exhibition will showcase new paintings and rarely seen Works on Paper. Fraser has delved into new national territory and old haunts from his native southern coast, looking for a different perspective and approach to present the evocative naturalistic imagery he is so well known for. Fraser says, “I have my favorite places to paint and I am looking for new ways to see them.” The exhibition will include classic West Fraser Charleston imagery as well as works from California, Maine and the South Eastern Coast.


On November 6, 2008, Horton Hayes Fine Art will open an exhibition entitled “Recent Travels:  New Works by Mark Kelvin Horton.”  The opening will correspond with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association Fine Art Annual and the show will run through November 26th. Mark Kelvin Horton is widely recognized for his landscape paintings.  In this series, Horton presents an array of Alpine, Mediterranean and other European scenes as well as several paintings from a recent trip to Monhegan Island, Maine.  These paintings are notable not only for their outstanding portrayal of dramatic scenery, but because they convey the artist’s keen appreciation of natural forms and exquisite light regardless of setting or place. “Each location has its own special light and atmosphere and it’s always exciting to explore the qualities of diverse landscapes and cultures.  This is why I love to travel and paint”, remarks Horton.  Based on Horton’s last sold-out “travel” series composed of paintings from Ireland, this new exhibition is expected to draw broad admiration


John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery will host an art opening on November 7, 2008; the reception will take place from 5:30pm-8:30pm at 125 Church Street. The gallery will be serving light hors d’oeuvres, as well as offer an opportunity to meet the artist, who has been a prevalent part of the Charleston art scene for decades. Following the art walk on Friday evening, Mr. Doyle will be plein air painting in Washington Park Saturday morning November 8th from 9am-12pm as part of CFADA’s Annual Fine Art celebratory weekend. The painting he completes will be included in the annual Charleston Art Auction Saturday evening.


Martin Gallery is pleased to welcome visiting artist Simon Kenevan.  Simon was born in London and encouraged to grow freely as an artist.  His life revolved around the beaches and the sea, where he spent as much time as possible fishing, rowing, beachcombing, and of course, painting.  Despite an apparent gift, Simon had no formal art training.  Simon later moved to the United States, and currently lives and paints in his home near Atlanta, Georgia.  His heart still lies at the sea, and is moved by the symbolism of space.  He paints predominantly coast, sea and skyscapes in pastel, and has just started to explore the medium of oil.  Of his work, he says: “The common factor is light.  We all yearn it and seek it out when it is absent from our lives.  Even in our darkest hour the faintest glimmer of light, a ray of hope, is enough to strengthen the soul, yet we all possess it, deep inside. I believe that people find light, and hope, within my paintings.”  Simon will be presenting a new collection of work on November 7, 2008. He will also be demonstrating his unique painting style in Washington Park on Saturday morning.

In his first solo show with Robert Lange Studios, Nathan Durfee (b. 1983) presents twenty new narrative paintings and a series of miniature ink drawings.  The show depicts characters whimsically featured in an array of settings and situations and is titled “Where Petals and Rain Fall.”  Durfee playfully manipulated the formal conception of each piece in order to create narratives that reveal the particular struggle or adventure of his subjects. The focus in his series lies within the delicate moments experienced by these fanciful characters. Durfee’s inclusion of bold graphic brush strokes and patterned backgrounds creates stunning worlds for his characters to tell their stories.   The larger paintings for the show have settings inspired by the Lowcountry, the area surrounding Charleston, including the inner coastal waterway, with weaving rivers and islands of sweetwater grass.   On view through the end of November, with a festive reception to be held on November 7, 2008 starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music in conjunction with the Charleston Fine Art Dealer Associations’ Fine Art Annual weekend.


The Sylvan Gallery presents Scott Burdick: Drawings and Paintings from Travels as the special show for the 10th Charleston Fine Art Annual Weekend. The opening reception will take place on November 7, 2008, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the show continuing until November 25. Burdick will participate in the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Saturday Painting in the Park as well as be present for the auctioning of that painting during the Charleston Art Auction gala event the evening of Saturday, November 8. The reception and Painting in the Park are free and open to the public.  The auction is a ticketed event raising funds for the Charleston County High School Art Departments. The works in this show will be a mix of paintings and drawings as well as mélange of subject matter.  There are a number of people figuring the works. They might be from Tibet or Africa or even North Carolina. A blues singer from North Carolina had his guitar stolen while he was washing windows to make money.  Burdick offered him a new one but he would not accept it until they traded with the guitarist sitting for Burdick.  Posing allowed the musician to earn his guitar. Adding plein air landscapes from Idaho and Montana including a pack trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one finds great variety in this exhibition.


Opening for the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s 10th Fine Art Anuual on Friday, November 7th, the Wells Gallery will present plein-air impressionist George Pate and world renowned watercolorist Earl B. Lewis. A reception will be held at the gallery’s newly renovated space on Meeting Street, from 5-8 p.m. and the show will run through November 21st




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This fall, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) rolls out the red carpet for avid art collectors and nationally renowned artists in celebration of its Tenth Fine Art Annual.  As Charleston’s exclusive weekend dedicated to the visual arts, the Fine Art Annual features more than 25 leading artists from around the nation who will exhibit and sell their artwork at CFADA member galleries. The event takes place on November 7-8, 2008.  Proceeds will benefit Charleston County High Schools’ fine art programs.


Featured in Charleston Magazine, Art of the Time s, AmericanStyle and Art & Antiques as the premier fine art festival in Charleston, the Fine Art Annual gives visitors a unique opportunity to mingle with nationally renowned artists in the most charming historic district on the east coast. During last year’s celebration of visual arts in Charleston, CFADA raised $27,000 for high school art programs.


“With the generous donations provided by CFADA, we are able to provide all students, especially those who may be disadvantaged, with high-quality materials for creating art.  Students are truly benefiting from having a creative outlet through our art classes, and this is made possible by your contributions,” praises Cheryl Clair, visual arts teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC.


The fine art weekend kicks off on Friday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. with gallery openings at CFADA member galleries. Each gallery will feature works by prominent national and international artists who travel to Charleston every year to participate in this prestigious event. This free event is open to public.


On Saturday morning, November 8 starting at 9:00 a.m., locals and visitors alike will once again mingle and watch artists at work as they donate their time and talent to create masterpieces that will be later auctioned off to benefit the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs. This November, the event will be attended by renowned local and national artists including John C. Doyle, West Fraser, Johnson Hagood, Rhett Thurman, Shannon Smith and Jennifer Smith Rogers. The plein air event, Painting in the Park, traditionally takes place at Washington Park from 9:00 a.m. till noon.


The Fifth Annual High School Art Competition, a platform for young talented artists to showcase their unique works, is part of the plein air event and will start at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Park. The student works will be on display and judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.


Saturday evening will be dedicated to the finest works of art available for sale in the South. The Third Annual Charleston Art Auction and Gala Reception will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel. Last year, the event sold 101 original art works worth over $600,000 including such renowned artists as Pino, Jonathan Green, West Fraser, and Mary Whyte.


The Renaissance Charleston Hotel offers a special group rate for the weekend of $239 per night. Call 800-605-1498 and ask for the Charleston Art Auction group rate.


The Charleston Art Auction was founded in 2006 by Morris & Whiteside Galleries located in Hilton Head Island and The Sylvan Gallery located in Charleston, South Carolina as the premier Southern art auction.


Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is a source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s most prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for talented artists, passionate art enthusiasts and avid collectors. Since 2004, CFADA has donated more than $120,000 to local high schools. For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com and for ticket reservations call 843-722-2172.

CFADA Member Galleries:

The Audubon Gallery·Ann Long Fine Art·Carolina Galleries·Charleston Renaissance Gallery· Coleman Fine Art·Corrigan Gallery·John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery·Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art ·Helena Fox Fine Art·Horton Hayes Fine Art·Martin Gallery·Robert Lange Studios·Smith-Killian Fine Art· The Sylvan Gallery·Wells Gallery

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