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The Corrigan Gallery is very pleased to present “The Goddess Returns” – a body of new works by  Charleston native Jennie Summerall, opening December 5, 2008 with a reception from 5pm to 8:00pm at 62 Queen Street, Charleston. The work will hang through December 28 with pieces remaining through the New Year’s holiday weekend.
 
Summerall states, “In my recent work I have paired images of humans with images of birds and animals.  I draw my human images from the past, thinking always how little time it has taken for civilization to dominate and fatally threaten the natural world.  As I work I enjoy feeling connected to both the miraculous designs of nature and the designs of men whose artifacts reach out to us across the ages.   I hope that in spite of my pessimism about the environment I manage to convey a sense of affection and concern between humans and other creatures.  I am trying to create a sort of mythic realm where truths from the real world obtain.  The artist relates that in describing the moment when the disguised hero is recognized by his dog after a lengthy absence, Loren Eiseley wrote:  “The magic that gleams an instant between
Argos and Odysseus is both the recognition of diversity and the need for affection across the illusions of form.  It is nature’s cry to homeless, far-wandering, insatiable man:  ‘Do not forget your brethren, nor the green wood from which you sprang.  To do so is to invite disaster.’”
 
Jennie Summerall lives and works in
Massachusetts.  She has been painting portraits and other figurative work for twenty-six years. She has shown in Charleston (South Carolina), Boston, Belmont and Southborough (Massachusetts) and Maine.  Her paintings hang in a number of private and institutional collections including her portrait of biologist E. O. Wilson at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery of Art and of Seamus Heaney at Harvard University.   
 
The Corrigan Gallery presents art with a future instilled with intellect. Varied, thoughtful, provoking works are presented in an intimate space for the viewing pleasure of all. Bringing 20 years of
Charleston art experience to collectors and presenting artists with up to fifty years of creating as well as those in the early years of their careers, the gallery provides a fresh alternative to the traditional southern art scene. Located in the heart of the historic district, the gallery combines the charm of the old city of Charleston with a look to the future. The gallery is open six days a week from 10am to 5pm and often with extended hours.  Paintings, drawings, fine art prints, photography and sculpture are readily available for the discriminating collector.  Artists represented include Manning Williams, John Hull, Richard (Duke) Hagerty, Candice Flewharty, Gordon Nicholson, Mary Walker, Gene Speer, Richard Hartnett, Kevin Bruce Parent, John Moore, JD Cummings, Kristi Ryba, Sue Simons Wallace, Daryl Knox, Lynne Riding, Lese Corrigan and Paul Mardikian.  There are visiting artists included throughout the year.  The gallery can be reached at     843 722 9868    , art@lesecorrigan.com or http://corrigangallery.com

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High Noon by Gary Grier oil on canvas 48 x 72 inches Collection of Greenville County Museum of Art

High Noon by Gary Grier oil on canvas 48 x 72 inches Collection of Greenville County Museum of Art

The Greenville County Museum of Art will feature work by Gary Grier October 25, 2008 to January 4, 2009.  The show will feature new large-scale work, selected paintings from Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC along with High Noon and Cracker Jack, purchased by the museum for its prestigious permanent collection of Southern art. High Noon and Cracker Jack are a pair of large 48 x 72 inch paintings, and were painted to represent or depict South Carolina from Charleston to Greenville.

Gary Grier is originally from Jacksonville, Florida.  After graduating from high school, he studied at the Savannah Branch of the School of Visual Arts.  In the fall of 1998, Grier went to New York City and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  He studied with Steven Asseal and Anthony Palliser, and also did commission painting.  His first commission was a portrait for Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and he also worked for over a year as an art assistant in the studio of pop artist Jeff Koons.  What Grier tries convey through his paintings is feeling and emotion, with a sense of spirituality and pure honesty.  His images are derived from personal experiences, capturing the essence of Southern life as seen through his eyes.  By bringing a drama to everyday, ordinary people and the normally overlooked, Grier keeps in line with the spirit of 19th century painters such as Edgar Degas and Gustave Courbet.

Gary was the 2007 recipient of a $5,000 award from the Coastal Community Foundation through their Griffith Visual Arts Fund.  He was their designee as Lowcountry Artist of the Year. Additionally, he was included in the Winter edition of Art & Antiques’ Collectors Sourcebook magazine as one of their four Emerging Artists.  Gary’s work has been purchased by and will be part of the permanent collection of the Greenville Museum of Art.  He will also be included in a forthcoming book about African-American artists from 1800 to the present.

Gary’s newest work is on view & available at Carolina Galleries.  Please call (843) 720-8622 or visit www.carolinagalleries.com for more information.

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2008 Charleston Fine Art Annual was a huge success, the event was attended by hundreds of art enthusiats. Check out the video created by PalmettoSky Video Production:

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