Archive for April, 2009

As one of the leading Charleston galleries specializing in modern art, the Corrigan Gallery presents Lowcountry art of the future, featuring works from 14 talented artists, each of whom brings a new perspective to Charleston art. The gallery exhibits works of art both representational and abstract possessing the charm of old Charleston with a contemporary edge. Representing artists whose work is beyond the traditional approach to the southern landscape of marshes and palmettos, the gallery consistently provides new works to see on a regular basis. Artistic vision partnered with an intellectual strength and astute handling of the materials describes the work on display.                                   

The gallery is showing art that is just for that – art! Not following this year’s fashions but reaching towards the future and showing respect for the past, the presented artwork fulfills the beholder’s need for beauty and the collector’s wish for strong investments. This is art for the soul; art that lets the eyes breathe fresh air. Visitors may watch paintings in process on location and view works that have been done en plein air as well as in situ studio pieces. The gallery is also proud to present the works of legendary Charleston native, Manning Williams whose paintings engage the imagination of the viewer, and allow them to travel through the space that he has masterfully created.                                        


Partnering with Cypress once again for this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll, guests will delight their senses with tastings created by Executive Chef Craig Diehl and Pastry Chef Kelly Wilson. Recognized as one of the nation’s youngest, talented chefs, Diehl infuses classic Lowcountry cuisine of the South with an innovative combination of flavors from around the globe. In 2007, Diehl authored his first cookbook, Cypress, which has immediately received rave reviews from culinary experts. “It’s not a cookbook,” says Deihl. “It’s my life.” Craig Diehl masterfully marries local cuisine with the exotic. His acclaimed global fusion menu focuses on fresh, local ingredients combined with international cooking techniques to create distinctive combinations and flavors. Pastry Chef Kelly Wilson, a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Art School, is renowned for her sweet creations and fresh interpretations of favorite treats. Last year, our guests got a chance to savor bacon flavored milk chocolate mousse lollipops that became the talk of the town.



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CFADA Launching its New Look


CFADA has a new look. Love it? Hate it? Tell us what you think?

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Robert Lange Studios is proud to introduce two new artists to Charleston, Jessica Dunegan and Adam Hall. The gallery will also display 5 new works by artist JB Boyd. The opening reception will be held from 6-8PM on May 1st. The gallery is located at  151 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC.

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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.

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SAVE THE DATE for the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Fourth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll taking place on Friday, July 17, 2009.

Each week, we are going to feature one gallery/restaurant pairing. 13 CFADA’s member galleries are paired with 13 of Charleston’s finest restaurants. This week’s pairing is:

Carolina’s Restaurant & Helena Fox Fine Art

To celebrate the Palette and Palate Stroll, Helena Fox Fine Art will be paired with Carolina’s. Founded by distinguished American Impressionist Painter, West Fraser and his wife Helena Fox, the gallery has assembled a compilation of national and international artists. Each artist presents their fortes to a par, including Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, Christina Bates, John Budicin, Don Demers, Marie Fox, West Fraser, Billyo O’Donnell, Becky Parrish, Edward Rice, William Woodward and Kent Ullberg. The gallery’s collection of work mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, plein air travel paintings, realistic still-lifes, trompe l’oeil, with wildlife sculpture and exquisite hand crafted 22K gold jewelry.                 


Featured artist, West Fraser, is one of the leading American artists in the representational/plein air tradition. Fraser 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.         


Chef Jeremiah Bacon returned to Charleston after honing his skills in some of the finest kitchens in the Northeast. A chef with a degree in Philosophy from the College of Charleston, Bacon also studied at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.   While at Carolina’s, Chef Bacon makes sure that several historic specialties remain on the menu, yet he is constantly creating “new classics” from the produce grown for the restaurant at nearby Kensington Plantation and Boone Hall Plantation. Chef Bacon insists on utilizing Lowcountry ingredients and preparations, but offers a contemporary approach that often incorporates flavors from around the world.  His menu includes such classics as Carolina’s shrimp served with Anson Mills stone ground grits in onion Andouille gravy.


“Using local grouper is a great way to celebrate and reflect on all the resources the Lowcountry has to offer.  The sweetness of the celeriac and the Port broth help compliment this full-bodied fish,” enters Chef Bacon in his blog where he features unique preparations and his recipes. Chef Bacon’s culinary delights make a perfect synergy with the gallery’s atmosphere and ideology.  


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Horton Hayes Fine Art is pleased to present a series of new works by Nancy Hoerter.  The show entitled, Patterns, opens on April 30 and runs through May 21.  An opening reception attended by the artist will be held on April 30 from 5pm to 8pm.

This grouping contains Hoerter’s signature floral still life creations, displaying her keen sense of design and arrangement as well as her brilliant use of color and expressive brushwork.  Also present are a number of her much sought after interior scenes depicting enticing moments in restaurants and intimate settings within the home.   In accordance with the title of this show, each work is marked by intriguing patterns formed by the objects and shadows within each scene.   These interesting designs serve to further enhance the delightful compositions in this series. Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at 30 State Street (corner of State and Queen) in downtown Charleston.


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