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July event RLS

Robert Lange Studios (RLS) represents artists and photographers who demonstrate the finest of contemporary American Realism and Abstraction. The gallery represents some of the city’s finest, most innovative and imaginative artists who are changing the city’s art scene with abstract, original works. The gallery will feature a Robert Lange Solo Show on July 17 titled “Measure: All Creatures Great + Small.”

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For the Palette and Palate Stroll, RLS partners with one of Charleston’s most celebrated chefs, Mike Lata for an unforgettable evening filled with fine food and art. Lata, the executive chef/owner of FIG (Food Is Good) Restaurant, one of Charleston’s most prominent restaurants, blends with RLG’s newest show, combining the classic, home-grown Southern ingredients and preparations he learned from his Polish grandparents with his passion for food, love of pure flavor and talent for cooking.


A 2009 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, Lata is a hard-working, enormously passionate chef who strives to refine and improve his cuisine every night, strongly believing that high-quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients are paramount for creating dishes that are clean, simple and delicious.

Robert Lange Studios is located at 151 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC. FIG is located at 232 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC.

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On June 5, from 5-8 pm, Carolina Galleries will present new work by artist and owner Johnson Hagood. There will be 10 new works in oil, watercolor and pastel on view for the month of June.

Johnson Hagood is a painter working in Charleston, South Carolina, in the luminist style. His oil and pastel paintings are influenced by the Hudson River School and primarily Martin Johnson Heade, John Frederick Kensett, and Sanford Robinson Gifford. Hagood paints the rapidly disappearing barrier islands and marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Some of his canvases are in an elongated horizontal format, a format also favored by Heade, and include sunrises or sunsets, also another fleeting element in his work. Sometimes the only human evidence in his paintings is the occasional light emitting from a far off land bank at dusk – a constant reminder of the eventual development of a vanishing landscape.

Hagood has recently begun to push his artistic talents to include painting street scenes of the beloved city that he grew up in. In the spirit of Charleston Renaissance artists such as Alfred Hutty and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, who documented Charleston of the early 20th Century in their work, Hagood seeks to present fine art featuring the Charleston we see today. The work has been very well received and most purchased only minutes after the pieces have dried!

His work is included in over two hundred private collections and in the collections of Bank of America, Bellsouth, City of Charleston, Carolina First Bank, Gibbes Museum of Art, Morris Museum of Art, Roper Hospital, Safety Kleen Corporation, & Wild Dunes Corporation.

For more information or images, please contact Carolina Galleries at (843) 720-8622 or info@carolinagalleries.com. Visit the gallery at 106 A Church St, Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm or at http://www.carolinagalleries.com.

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Martin Gallery strives to bring some of the finest artists in their fields together under one roof. Upon entering the historic Grand Salon of Martin Gallery, one experiences a soaring space filled with the exquisite color and texture of oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and richly hued glass. The gallery features contemporary art, representing more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists. The gallery’s goal is to provide works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Martin Gallery is located at 18 Broad Street on the corner of State and Broad Streets, in the Grand Salon of the historic People’s Building.


In celebration of the Palette and Palate Stroll, Martin Gallery will once again partner with Fat Hen Restaurant. For the 2009 event, Chef Fred Neuville, the owner of Fat Hen, will also feature his newest restaurant venture, Wild Olive. While Fat Hen restaurant pays homage to the Huguenot culture in Charleston, serving Lowcountry food with French flair, Wild Olive’s  menu spotlights the finest ingredients sourced from as nearby as the local John’s Island farms and far away as the hill markets of Italy. Wild Olive combines traditional Italian design paired with unique one of a kind elements creating a cozy yet sleek 135-seat dining room and bar.


As Founding Chef, Partner and Executive Chef at 39 Rue de Jean, COAST Bar & Grill, and Good Food Catering, Chef Neuville spent his days in the restaurant fast lane making an indelible mark on the Charleston food scene. In 2007 ready to fuse his passion for food and family, Neuville opened his first hugely successful restaurant on John’s Island, shortly to be followed by Wild Olive one year later. Fat Hen and Wild Olive are outposts for culinary delights and domestic enjoyment.

Executive Chef Todd Mazurek is Chef Neuville’s right hand in the kitchen. When Chef Neuville first met Mazurek he was impressed with his enthusiasm and talent and offered Mazurek a full time position at trendy seafood inspired COAST Bar and Grill where he quickly moved up the ranks to become chef de cuisine. In 2007, Mazurek was thrilled for the opportunity to work beside his principal culinary mentor once again when Neuville announced his new culinary venture – Fat Hen. After successfully conducting the kitchen of Fat Hen, Mazurek opened the kitchen at Wild Olive as executive chef.


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Video from the CharlestonCulture.com launch, May 14, 2009 hosted by Robert Lange Studios. Produced by Stylee PR and Marketing.

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The Corrigan Gallery in downtown Charleston, South Carolina is please to present during the Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto festivals, a show entitled “Next is Always Relative.” Inspiring works by gallery artists including Duke Hagerty, Paul Mardikian, John Hull, Mary Walker, Manning Williams and Lynne Riding show the varied exploration of surface area. The gallery is located at 62 Queen Street in the heart of the old city and is a member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association and the French Quarter Gallery Association. The opening is in conjunction with a French Quarter Galleries art walk.

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. With 21 years of Charleston art experience, 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 forward with works that will become the Charleston antiques of the future. The gallery is open six days a week from 10am to 5pm (11am on Monday and Thursdays) 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, Gordon Nicholson, Mary Walker, Kevin Bruce Parent, John Moore, Kristi Ryba, Sue Simons Wallace, Paul Mardikian, Daryl Knox, Richard Hartnett, Tim Fensch, Lynne Riding, Richard (Duke) Hagerty, Lese Corrigan and John Hull. The gallery can be reached at 843 722 9868, art@lesecorrigan.com or www.corrigangallery.com.

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This June, the Sylvan Gallery presents “Local Creative Energy” exhibiting works by Jim Calk, Betsy Havens, Rhett Thurman, Guido Petruzzi and Trey Finney.  These five artists live in the South Carolina area including Charleston.  With broad travel experience, their time in the south informs their paintings and adds a spark of energy to the works.  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.

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://thesylvangallery.com.  Gallery hours are 9:00-5:00 Monday thru Friday, 10:00-5:00 Saturday.

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