Archive for June, 2009

For more than a decade, the Wells Gallery has played a significant role in developing Charleston as a top fine arts destination. The gallery’s collection represents a diverse array of art, ranging from traditional Lowcountry scenes to more contemporary art by artists from across the nation that paint in a variety of styles and subject matters. At over two times the size of their original location, the gallery showcases a rich selection of paintings, jewelry and hand-blown glass work by some of the nation’s finest artists: Marty Whaley Adams, Claire Farrell, Virginia Fouche´ Bolton, Russell Gordon, Gary Gowans, Glenn Harrington, Whitney Kreb, Kevin LePrince, Earl B. Lewis, Brad Lorbach, Rick McClure, John Michiels, George Pate, Sue Stewart, Karen Larson Turner and Kim Weiland.     


The pairing of Wells Gallery’s fine art with the Charleston Grill‘s superb cuisine will be especially complimentary  because at this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll, the restaurant welcomes new Executive Chef Michelle Weaver. Chef Weaver has been under the direction of the award-winning and former-Executive Chef Bob Waggoner as Charleston Grill’s Executive Sous Chef for the past 11 years.  As her friend and mentor moves towards a new chapter of his career focusing on television, Chef Weaver has naturally and elegantly stepped into the spotlight. Part of the Charleston Place Hotel, the restaurant was the only one in the area to be included in the Nations Restaurant News “Fine Dining Hall of Fame” and in the book titled, The Elite 1000. 

Capturing critics’ and diners’ attention by producing menus that combine unusual ingredients with classic techniques, Chef Weaver continues to enhance and expand Charleston’s appreciation for fine cuisine.  She has a strong commitment to supporting local farmers and encouraging them to cultivate new and unusual products which she incorporates in her cuisine. 

Chef Weaver

After an excessive remodeling, Charleston Grill re-opened in 2007, introducing a new style of Charleston Cuisine. The exquisite menu is pure, with dishes inspired by the clean, light flavors of the ingredients.

“I am inspired by nature and you will experience this in my dishes.  My cooking style takes the freshest ingredients and uses them in the most minimalist way, letting the quality of the product stand for itself.  My job is to bring those ingredients together to create a truly spectacular dining experience,” describes her style Chef Weaver.

Wells Gallery will serve FireFly Sweet Tea Vodka cocktails and wine.


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As you may know, the Tall Ships are coming! This weekend is the Charleston Harbor Fest and the art world is kicking it off with a Gallery Walk on Thursday, June 25th 4-7 pm! This event is free & open to the public, and the galleries will be featuring the best maritime art the Holy City has to offer plus some libations. Look for the Charleston Harbor Fest flags to find participating galleries.

Participating Galleries:

Carolina Galleries 106 A Church St

Coco Vivo 25 Broad St

Coleman Fine Art 79 Church St

Corrigan Gallery 62 Queen St

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art 58 Broad St

Hamlet Art Gallery 7 Broad St

Helena Fox Fine Art 12 Queen St

Horton Hayes Fine Art 30 State St

Martin Gallery 18 Broad St

Robert Lange Studios 151 East Bay St

Smith Killian Fine Art 9 Queen St

Waterfront Gallery 215 East Bay St

Wells Gallery 125 Meeting St

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Founded by Robert Hicklin, Jr. in 1972, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery is the only one in the nation specializing in fine art of the American South. The gallery has maintained a distinctive reputation for its offerings of 19th and 20th century masterworks, including works on oil, paper, sculptures, the art of the Charleston Renaissance Movement and select works from the estate of Elizabeth O’Neil Verner, one of the most influential artists of the time.                                                                                                                                      

For more than 30 years, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery has handled works by the most prestigious Southern artists, as well as those American artists who explored Southern subject matter. The gallery counts private collectors from across the country and around the world, as well as premier national institutions among its clients. In addition to regular exhibitions and educational symposiums, it has published several scholarly catalogues and three major art volumes. The gallery is also home to a library of more than 4000 books and archives on Southern art history.             

A strong supporter of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association since its foundation, Maverick Southern Kitchens’ High Cotton will partner for the fourth year with the gallery for the Palette and Palate Stroll evening. The restaurant’s heart pine floors, wide-bladed ceiling fans and walls of hand-made brick have been the signatures of Lowcountry high-life since antebellum times. The menu is hearty and southern, featuring regional favorites, steaks, game and fresh seafood – all prepared with the famous Maverick artistry.

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Raised in a large Italian family whose passion for cooking was always a focus and source of pride, High Cotton’s Executive Chef, Anthony Gray’s choice of a career in the culinary industry was a natural one. While training in Charleston at Johnson & Wales University, he began working in local Charleston restaurants and was hired as a line cook at Slightly North of Broad in 1998.  Chef Gray steadily proved himself and was promoted to several positions within the Maverick Southern Kitchens family, and upon the opening of High Cotton in November of 1999, Chef Gray was promoted to sous chef, a position he held until November of 2006 when he became High Cotton’s Executive Chef.          

Gray’s passion for meats can be noted with his hand-made sausages and charcuteries, and his excellence in creating sauces and marinades that enhance the flavors of the meats he works with.  Chef Gray is a proud supporter of local farmers and vendors.

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Opening Friday July 10th, Ann Long Fine Art will present the Annual Young* Collectors’ Sale with all work favorably priced from $300 to $3000. Included in the show will be oil paintings, drawings, and etchings from the gallery’s classically trained painters. Many of the works have been painted specifically for this show and are arriving daily from Florence, Italy.

“Our painters love contributing to this show. They paint specifically for it, and the work would normally be priced much higher,” says gallery owner Ann Long. “The painters love it, and our clients love it. This show always has so much buzz.”


While the work is priced with the Young Collector in mind, many of the gallery’s seasoned collectors take advantage of this great opportunity; it is a wonderful chance to acquire classical artwork from these well-trained painters. The mood is very generous as the gallery and the painters want to make the artwork accessible.

The work will be exhibited the month of July. The opening is Friday July 10th with a reception from 6 to 8 pm in the gallery at 54 Broad Street.

* We do not define “young”…

Established in Charleston, SC in 1997, Ann Long Fine Art is celebrating 12 years as one of the country’s leading galleries specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings, and sculpture by contemporary artists. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5pm and by appointment 843.577.0447

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Somerby of Mt. Pleasant, artist Rick Reinert and The Wells Gallery partner to offer a 30″x 40″ still life painting demonstration on Saturday, August 1st from 11:00 am-3:00 p.m. The demonstration will be led by Rick Reinert.

Lunch, hosted by Somerby of Mt. Pleasant, will be provided for the participants (map and directions will be provided to attendees).

Cost is $50.00 per person and proceeds will be donated to the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Scholarship fund that is annually awarded to the Charleston County High School Art Programs. Moneys from this scholarship fund that are raised at the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s art event are awarded directly to art teachers in the form of gift certificates to art supply stores.

For additional information please contact:  The Wells Gallery at (843) 853-3233 or Rick Reinert at (843) 345-1785.  Please reserve your space, limited seating available. The Wells Gallery is located at 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC  29401.

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The Sylvan Gallery presents “Dan McCaw Visiting Artist”  for a one weeks opening with Palette and Palate Stroll produced by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association on July 17 from 5:30 to 7:30. Tickets are available for $30 online at www.cfada.com <http://www.cfada.com>or by
calling 843 819 8006.

Halls Chophouse upstairs

The gallery is paired with the Halls Chophouse restaurant for this fun evening of art, tastes, and sips.  Monies raised go to the CFADA scholarship fund. In the past this fund has been distributed to the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Redux Contemporary Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston.
The Sylvan 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 Dealers¹ Association (CFADA) and a founding partner of
the Charleston Art Auction.
Dan McCaw will present, in conjunction with the Morris Whiteside Gallery of Hilton Head, a lecture and slide presentation on July 17 from 10am to 3pm at the Renaissance Hotel in Charleston.  Attendance is $100 and reservations are available through Morris Whiteside.
McCaw comes from the romantic impressionist with soft figures presenting simple daily poses.  Influenced by Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Gustav Klimt and the Abstract Expressionists, McCaw frees himself from the literalness of life and paints the very human figure without the burden of detail. He was raised in Montana, attended the San Francisco Academy of Design and the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California where he also taught.
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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Since its establishment in 1997, Ann Long Fine Art has earned a reputation as a leading gallery specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings and sculptures by contemporary artists. Led by the expertise of Ben Long, Daniel Graves and Charles Cecil, American and European artists represented by Ann Long Fine Art ascribe to a “slow art” methodology in which they train as apprentices in Florence, Italy. They work strictly from life, use authentic recipes and materials, and are guided by a more painterly aesthetic.

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During a recent trip to Florence, Italy, owner Ann Long scoured the studios of her young and talented painters for their finest work. Exhibited this July will be beautiful still life, landscapes from the villages of Italy to the Tuscan countryside, and of course figure work for which the gallery is best known. Most importantly, the work will be priced with the young collector in mind. The Young Collectors’ Sale will feature great work at a great price!

During this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll, complimenting the evening’s ambience at Ann Long Fine Art will be the tastings created by Chef Brett McKee and his restaurant, Oak Steakhouse. Located at 17 Broad Street in a 150-year-old building that underwent an 18-month restoration, Oak Steakhouse features brilliantly restored original arched doorways, heart pine plank flooring, mahogany paneling and 18 foot ceilings, creating the perfect backsplash for the five unique and equally beautiful dining rooms. Touted as “one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America” by food critic, John Mariani, Oak’s main dishes center around innovative American steakhouse classics with Italian embellishments, sourced from the finest purveyors worldwide.

Chef McKee

A native of Brooklyn, NY, McKee spent his youth immersed in the diverse ethnic cultures and culinary traditions of his family and neighbors. Chef Brett McKee’s professional culinary career began in 1983 when he graduated first in his class from the New York Restaurant School. Chef McKee has spearheaded numerous fine-dining establishments throughout the Charleston area and participated in over 550 charitable events; his generous spirit towards the community and his unforgettable Italian-inspired dishes have earned him a loyal following from the community. Upon opening in January 2005, Oak Steakhouse was named Best New Restaurant” by the Charleston City Paper and received recognition in the New York Times; Bon Appetit; Wine Enthusiast; National Geographic Adventure; Charleston Magazine; and more. Today, Oak Steakhouse, a New York-style Italian Steakhouse, is considered Chef McKee’s most significant accomplishment.

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