Archive for March, 2009

Join Carolina Galleries on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 5 to 8 pm for the opening of Craig Crawford: New Landscapes.  This newest body of work of 10 oil paintings, will feature Coastal scenes as well as the landscape of the Sandhills of South Carolina.  


Crawford and his wife Carol recently relocated their home and studio to 26 acres of the rural area between Columbia and Swansea, South Carolina.  Their new environment, chosen so that Craig could be immersed in nature, features sandy soil, Reindeer moss on the ground, prickly pear cactus and long leaf pine.  The Sandhills is actually a strip of ancient beach dunes that run North and South Carolina, dividing the Piedmont (or Pee Dee of South Carolina) from the Coastal Plain (or Lowcountry).  Their new home and its surroundings have given Crawford new inspiration, immersing him in what “feels like a Inness or Daingerfield landscape.”


Craig Crawford first became interested in painting through his grandfather, himself a painter and an architect. He attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts at Furman University and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He then trained in the field of Painting Conservation with Charles Olin, former head of Painting Conservation at the Smithsonian Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. During his eight year apprenticeship, Crawford spent endless hours studying paintings, particularly American Landscape Paintings and the French Barbizon School, and learning how they were made. He generally works from oil sketches done on location as well as digital images. Crawford paints in a straightforward traditional manner, and his paintings are infused with the light and shadows of the South. His paintings are often mistaken for 19th Century works, a strong tribute to his study and mastery of the craft.


The work will hang for the remainder of the month of April at Carolina Galleries, accompanied by the work of John Andrew Burmeister, Stephen Chesley, Julyan Davis, Gary Grier, Johnson Hagood, Chestee Harrington, Tom McNickle, Margaret M Peery, Mickey Williams, Evan Wilson, Stephen Scott Young and 19th and 20th Century Southern artwork, particularly the Charleston Renaissance.  Please visit us at www.carolinagalleries.com or email info@carolinagalleries for more information.


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The Sylvan Gallery presents “Still Lifes” by Joan Potter and Bob Palevitz as well as other gallery artists in a show highlighting the tradition of “nature morte.” With its objects illustrating flora and fauna and capturing a “moment of arrangement” these works also portray well the compositional
skills of the artist.  The show opens with a reception on  Friday, April 3 from 5 -8 and continues through April 28. The gallery is located at
171 King Street, in downtown Charleston’s historic district and antique row.  The gallery is a member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) and a founding partner of the Charleston Art Auction.
Still life paintings have a long history and are often the focus of major museum shows.  In a many of speaking they are paintings of nature brought indoors. They are a “moment of arrangement” created by the artist so in actuality it is a doubly composed subject when painted.  They also give a peek into the intimate lives of the painters showing favorite collectibles or prize garden accomplishments.
Joan Potter began painting in
New York City in 1964, studying at the Art Student’s League and with David Leffel.  By the time she moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1980s she was already considered one of the premier still-life artists in the country.
Robert Palevitz studied at the Art Student¹s League and
School of Visual Arts and has shown his work in New York over the last 20 years and has been featured in American Artist Magazine.
The Sylvan Gallery specializes in 20th and 21st century representational art and carries a large selection of sculpture.  They are pleased to represent the work of thirty or so artists of world renown including Rhett Thurman, Glenna Goodacre, Guido Petruzzi, Scott Burdick, Shirley Novak, Ted Ellis, Susan Lyon and Nancy Bush.  The Sylvan Gallery can be reached at 843-722-2172, j_sylvan@msn.com or http://www.thesylvangallery.com.  Gallery hours are
9:00-5:00 Monday thru Friday, 10:00-5:00 Saturday.

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In conjunction with the 2009 Charleston Food and Wine Festival, member galleries of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association will join the city of Charleston in celebrating various forms of art including culinary and visual fine art.


Ann Long Fine Art will present new work by painter Frank Strazzulla on March 6, 2009.  The reception starts at 5:00 p.m. Through April, the gallery will exhibit Strazzulla’s recent landscape paintings.  This show follows many successful shows with Ann Long Fine Art and marks more than a decade of Frank Strazzulla exhibiting with the gallery.  The gallery is located at 54 Broad Street in Charleston.


Carolina Galleries will feature new work by artist Gary Grier during the March French Quarter Gallery Association’s first art walk of 2009. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at which the artist will be present. Grier is Carolina Galleries’ primary portrait artist. The work will hang through the end of March. The gallery is located at 106-A Church Street.


The Corrigan Gallery is pleased to present new works by Mary Walker in a show titled “On The Stage of Life.” Walker’s new series of paintings explores the emotional life of humans by presenting vignettes with bits and pieces of life coming into and out of the paintings. The show will open on Friday, March 6 with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and will hang through March 31, 2009.  This is Walker’s first solo show since the Griffith Lowcountry Artist Award show in 2007.  The gallery is located at 62 Queen Street, Charleston.  


Helena Fox Fine Art’s upcoming exhibition, opening on March 6 at 5:00 p.m. is titled, “New Works by West Fraser … A compilation of new Charleston scenes.” The gallery is located at 12 Queen Street in Charleston.


Martin Gallery, located at 18 Broad Street in Charleston, will be featuring a new body of original paintings by William Crosby, with an opening reception for the artist on Friday evening, March 6, 2009 from 5-8 pm.


Robert Lange Studios presents ten new figurative oil paintings of Amy Lind in her third solo show, entitled “Gaze.”  Focusing on the tension and respite between the viewer and subject, this show continues to display the sophisticated and bold use of color as well as captivating qualities of light that are characteristic of Amy’s paintings.  A festive reception will be held on March 6, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music in conjunction with the French Quarter Gallery Associations Art Walk and Food and Wine Festival.  The show will be on view through March 27. RLS is located at 151 East Bay Street.

The Sylvan Gallery located at 171 King Street will feature new work by Charleston artists, Rhett Thurman in a show titled “Coloring Outside the Lines.” An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Food and Wine Festival, the Wells Gallery will feature two emerging artists Mark Bailey and Evan Harrington during the month of March. The show opens with a reception on March 6 at 5:00 p.m.

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Rhett Thurman’s newly published book just arrived! The newest paintings for her show opening this Friday, March 6 at The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina are included in a book of the same title as the show  – “Coloring Outside the Lines.”

The book includes an overview of her other paintings, photographs of her painting on locations around the world and text describing her approach to painting.

Forty five paintings displayed across  38 pages in either softbound or hardback editions at $20 or $30 create a smorgasbord of color much like what a child discovers in opening up a fresh supersized box of crayons!  

Remember  your childhood by giving yourself the treat of a new book and permission to look outside the lines – available only at the Sylvan Gallery at 171 King Street in downtown Charleston, 843 722 9868 or by email to joe@thesylvangallery.com.  Preview Thurman’s new works at http://www.thesylvangallery.com/exhibitions.htm.  The opening reception is from 5 -8 pm Friday, March 6, 2009.

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