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Archive for September, 2009

Wells Nov.The Wells Gallery looks forward to sharing its most avant-garde show to date by Sarah Ashley Longshore on October 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm. Longshore’s uninhibited bold oil paintings are best described in her own words as “Pop Expressionistic”. Guests will get a preview of Longshore’s live streamed video blogs. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind show at the Wells Gallery! Clever and bold, shiny and fresh, are all words that come to mind when viewing her work, but above all, confident.

This confidence caught the attention of high end retailer Anthropologie, and her designs will be featured on furniture and packaging for 2009. Longshore’s work was most recently emblazed on 75,000 eco totes highlighted in the 2008 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Manhattan. No stranger to the spotlight, Longshore counts Salma Hayak and Peneloope Cruz as collectors.

Preferring to “infuse humor with things taken from everyday life,” the New Orleans native was recently named New Orleans’s artist to watch. The Wells Gallery was introduced to her work when gallery owner Hume Killian passed the Longshore Studios Gallery in the heart of Magazine Street during a recent visit to New Orleans. He found himself enraptured, saying “I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or look away! It was racy, it was original, it was exactly what we needed during a time when many people are facing hardship. Either way, I was intrigued and knew we had to feature her work!”

The Well Gallery is located at 125 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Steppe, BoundJoin Martin Gallery on Friday, October 2nd from 5-8 pm for the French Quarter Gallery Artwalk. Martin Gallery is proud to present a brand new body of work by Montreal artist, Joan Dumouchel. Although primarily known for her ethereal figurative work of circus performers, and dancers, Joan is exploring a new mystical world. Horses fade into dripping washes of color highlighted by gold and silver leaf, leaving the viewer suspended in a haze somewhere between dream and reality, longing to hop aboard the vessels that will transport us the realm of the unknown.

Host Cover jpgThe gallery is pleased to announce that author, Carrie Host, will be present signing her book “Between Me & The River: Living Beyond Cancer, A Memoir.” The gallery’s newest artist Wanda Steppe will also be present.

Martin Gallery strives to bring some of the finest artists in a variety of 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. Martin Gallery features contemporary art, representing more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Our goal is to provide works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Our belief in the quality of the work that our artists produce is what drives us, and our excellent client relationships are what sustain us.

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.

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Smith Killian October show

Smith Killian Fine Art features painter Kim English and his wife, sculptor Andi Mascarenas, in their first joint show on the East Coast on September 25 with an artist reception from 5-8pm. There is also going to be an art opening with a reception on October 2 from 5-8pm. Smith Killian Fine Art is located at 9 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Michael Takes FlightOn October 2, Robert Lange Studios will be moving to a new location at 2 Queen Street while mounting perhaps its most ambitious show since its gallery opening five years ago. Starting at 5 p.m. on October 2, the anniversary of the gallery, artist Nathan Durfee will present “Thoughts Between the Sky and Sea.”  Durfee’s popular original paintings, ink drawings, and sketchbooks will remain on exhibit through October.

Gallery owner Robert Lange says, “Nathan’s paintings ignite the imagination of creative people, drawing them into an uncharted nostalgic world of the curious and inconceivable.  I can’t think of a better artist to jump start our new location.”

For the opening, Durfee has created over thirty-five of these curious and whimsical works. Durfee’s paintings will not be the only thing for patrons to enjoy; the massive 2700 sq. foot space will have new work from all twelve RLS artists, as well as some creative renovations and special touches.

The old antebellum warehouse where the gallery is relocating has been charged with creative energy since the early sixties.  Local renowned sculpture, Willard Hirsch bought the building and turned it into his studio.  It has remained occupied by artists ever since.

“The sculptures I walk by everyday in Washington Park were created in the room I will soon have my easel set-up,” says Lange.  “The space has such a rich artistic history I feel inspired just entering it.”

The exterior of the 1840 building will remain the same and is build out of local gray brick.  The lettering can still vaguely be seen reading C. Wulbern & Co. Warehouse No. 2. In designing the front entrance to the space over thirty years ago, Hirsch handcrafted metal sculptures to adorn the window panels.  Lange will be adding his own personal touch to the exterior by hand painting the new gallery sign.

Still to be seen on the interior are the massive 12-by-12 foot beams, exposed brick walls, and arched windows.  To bring an element of the Lowcountry into the space Lange purchased an 8-foot-by-16-foot wall of marsh grass floating in resin that will be backlit in one of the rooms.

“Between our five year anniversary, Nathan’s solo show, and the new space, I think there is a lot to celebrate,” says Lange. “Charleston’s art scene has embraced us for the last five years and I think the opening is a great way to say thank you.”

Social Wine Bar & Restaurant will provide the catering; while Charleston Grill provides specialty drinks and Chocolate will be making dessert treates. The opening reception is free and open to the public on October 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 at 2 Queen Street and coincides with the French Quarter Art Walk.

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MWilliamsTheProudCatchsmallerCorrigan Gallery is pleased to present works of artist Manning Williams in a show entitled “Respecting the Past” made up of his early pieces.  These works mark the path of his rise as a spectacular and notable southern painter.  These special jewels from his studio are sure to please and provide a timeline for his life’s work.  The opening reception for this show will be from 5- 8 pm on Friday, October 2 as part of the French Quarter Gallery Association artwalk.

The Corrigan Gallery is honored and excited to have the opportunity to showcase these earlier representational works by Charleston native Manning Williams.  His work is legendary to many – his series of Indians and the series of landscapes, which often were gigantic. Trucks replaced the Indians and a series of narrative paintings tackling war followed those. The past eighteen years of work based on cartoon format with abstract imagery still shows many figurative aspects in it and strong threads connecting these paintings to his earlier work and sense of composition.

“I consider myself a narrative painter. Yet times have changed the way we see the world. TV, movies, and the Internet pour out information faster than we could have ever imagined only a few years back. My work today is about finding a new way to narrate our times,” said Williams in the recent years.  Going through his studio it becomes very apparent how he made the “leap” to the current work. This show will please his former collectors and help illuminate for all the progression of his vision.

Manning Williams was born in Charleston in 1939. He received his BS from the College of Charleston before doing graduate work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Williams’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows in Charleston, New Orleans, Washington, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Art and the Greenville Museum of Art. Group shows including his work were “Second Story Show” at Piccolo Spoleto in 2002, “100 Years/100 Artists, Views From the 20th Century,” at the South Carolina State Museum in 1999-2000, and “Old South, New South” at Winthrop College in 1995. In 2004, Williams and Linda Fantuzzo had a duo show at the Gibbes Museum of Art entitled Framing a Vision: Landscapes.  Williams had a solo show at the Florence Museum of Art in 2008.

Williams has received a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.  His best known commissions are displayed at the Charleston Airport and the East Cooper Hospital. His poster for the “New Figurative Painting” exhibition is included in “Fairfield Porter: A catalogue raisonné of his prints.”  Williams produced the book jacket and illustrations for “Poems from the Scorched Earth” by James Everett Kibler (2001).  His work has been the subject of reviews and feature stories, and included in the video “Charleston Art Now.”  His work hangs in public and corporate collections, among them the SC Arts Commission, R.J. Reynolds Corporation, Citizens and Southern National Bank, Post & Courier Publishing Company, Kiawah Resort Association, Greenville County Museum, South Carolina State Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art. Most recently his work was included in the MUSC Contemporary Carolina Collection and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia.  He is included in the Southern Registry of artists.

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This October, Carolina Galleries presents new work from Stephen Chesley. The opening reception is on October 2, from 5-8pm. Known across the Southeast for his fantastically moody, compelling and sometimes dark landscapes, Chesley is one of our most collected artists. New works in oil will be on view for the month of October, the opening in conjunction with the French Quarter Gallery Association art walk.

Stephen Chesley’s work is frequently likened to the palette and style of 19th Century Tonalist artists such as George Inness or his student Elliott Daingerfield. Born in 1952 in New York, Chesley grew up in Virginia Beach. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and received his Master’s degree from the School of Architecture at Clemson University. Stephen Chesley is a modern tonalist painter yet credits diverse artists such as Inness, Hopper, Pollock, Rembrandt, & Seurat as influences in his work. His paintings often depict the fleeting light of dawn & dusk, combined with primordial elements such as water, wind, and fire. His work is in the collections of BellSouth, Carolina First Bank, Columbia Museum of Art, Erskine College, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, National Bank of South Carolina, Savannah College of Art & Design, State of South Carolina Art Collection, and others.

Carolina Galleries will also feature 19th and 20th Century Southern art including work of the Charleston Renaissance by Alfred Hutty, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, William Aiken Walker, William Halsey, Elizabeth White, Birge Harrison, and Benjamin Franklin Reinhart. Our contemporary artists are carefully selected to compliment the 19th and 20th Century Southern aesthetic: Craig Crawford, Julyan Davis, Gary Grier, Johnson Hagood, Chestee Harrington, Philip Juras, Tom McNickle, Margaret M. Peery, Philip Smallwood, Mickey Williams, Evan Wilson and Stephen Scott Young.

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AnnLong October 2Opening October 2nd, 2009, Ann Long Fine Art will present “Toscana: Recent Work by Leo Mancini-Hresko.”     Toscana opens on Friday October 2nd with a reception from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery at 54 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and will show until October 31st.  Artist will be present.

Born in 1981, Leo Mancini-Hresko was enthralled with various visual arts from a young age.  Growing up in Boston, he attended classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Rhode Island School of Design.  In 2000, after his first year studying Fine Arts and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Boston, he enrolled in a study abroad program in Florence, Italy.

During his year in Italy, Leo chose to drop his studies and stay abroad, ever searching for a more fitting training.  Luckily, he stumbled across the Florence Academy of Art, where he began studies in spring of 2001.

Drawing on his classical education, Leo paints traditional subjects using Old Master techniques yet keeps his work modern in both design and vision.   He moves beyond simply painting the objects to expressing the space between objects with fleeting colors and light effects.  Leo also looks to calligraphy for inspiration as searches for a personal “handwriting” with the brush.

For this exhibition, Leo focused on landscape painting inspired by the particularly beautiful weather in Tuscany this year.  He paints only from life, believing “there is more than enough inspiration in the world around us; nature has its own stories to tell without our impositions.”   In addition to Tuscan landscapes and cityscapes, still life and figure work painted in his Florentine studio will be exhibited.

Leo discusses his approach to painting: “The most important element in painting is the creation of imagery.  A beautiful image must be considered in composition, color, drawing and execution; it is not enough, however, to just make an image including all four elements.  Already that is well difficult.  A painting should be painted, you must see the process, the brushstrokes, creation of the ground, glazes and impastos.  No two inches of any picture should be treated the same.  What always drew me to painting was the contrast between rough and smooth, harsh and subtle.  That is where beauty is. I hope to draw the viewer in, to see the world a moment in the way I do.”

Leo Mancini-Hresko has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and remains at the Florence Academy where he is currently Director of the Drawing for the Sculpture program.  This marks his second solo exhibition with Ann Long Fine Art.

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