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Thirty artists invite patrons to join in the jaunty spirit of fervent artistic debate when Robert Lange Studios presents its annual group invitational, Black vs White, on February 5 from 5:30-9PM. This year’s theme is broad but simple, and over 80 works will be on display. The artists have been asked to make two same-sized pieces, one with a black color scheme and another that’s predominantly white.

"I lost myself in a familiar thought #1" by Ali Cavanaugh

Following artists will participate: Scott Debus and Julio Cotto from Scoop Studios, Kevin LePrince from Wells Gallery, Kirsten Moran, Rob Harrell, Charles Williams, John Duckworth, Kenton James, Patrick Pelletier, Michael Porten, Mickey Williams, Susan Harrell, Jonathan Brilliant, Tiffany Sage, Kristy Bishop, Jeffrey Lange, Erik Johnson, Karin Olah, Gary Grier, Karen Silvestro, as well as Ali Cavanaugh, Megan Aline, Robert Lange, Nathan Durfee, Kerry Brooks, Jessica Dunegan, Fred Jamar, Michael Moran, Amy Lind, Adam Hall, Joshua Flint, Sean Clancy, and JB Boyd from Robert Lange Studios.

The works in Black vs White aren’t just juxtaposed pieces exploring two colors but celebrations of the unique techniques that are unpredictable, distinctive and beautiful, employed by each individual artist.

All of the artists chosen for the show are active fine art painters and sculptors. To qualify for the show, each artist submitted one to two pieces that represent their stylistic approach to art.

“Last year the Yellow vs Blue show pushed artists to work within a specific color range, although most of the artists felt comfortable with these colors,” says gallery owner and artist Robert Lange. “This year Black vs White will create an even greater challenge, as color is an integral part of nearly all of the artists’ work and many never find black on their palettes.”

Landscape painter Charles Williams was especially out of his element when asked to engage this monochromatic theme.  Traditionally creating vibrant marshscapes, his paintings for this show, titled “Breaking Point,” are hyper-realistic works with paint dribbling down the lower end of the canvas. In one piece the sky and water is dark and ominous and in the other, bright and inviting.

"I lost myself in a familiar thought #2" by Ali Cavanaugh

Familiar to Robert Lange Studios, painter Nathan Durfee, a narrative nonconformist who creates surreal storylines, has paired a black bear that wants to be a panda bear with a white pony wishing to be a zebra, in “Robert dreams of Exotica” and “Bob Dreams of Exotica.”

Host Robert Lange created two trompe l’oeil works.  The first piece titled “This is Not an Orchid” is of a taped-up iphone displaying not just the time and date but a background wallpaper of an orchid.  The second work titled “This is Also Not an Orchid” depicts an actual orchid taped to the surface of the panel. The realist works sit on top of the panel fooling patrons with their shadows and barely visible brushstrokes.

Faced with the black verses white challenge, painter Joshua Flint, who was recently on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine, painted two solitary buildings. Flint’s paintings are normally filled with a yellowish glowing light but these most recent works have been drained of their color, transforming the subjects into haunting and romantic structures.

The gallery is located at 2 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Commencing in February 2010 and continuing through November, 2010, artist and painting workshop instructor, Chris Groves, will be presenting monthly painting demonstrations at Horton Hayes Fine Art. There will be no charge to attend, but space is limited to ten people per session. Each demonstration session will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 12pm, unless otherwise noted.

In November, after the last session, a drawing will be held to give away the field study used as reference during the demonstrations. Each attendee may enter the drawing.

Topics for each session are as follows:

• February 13th: Preparing your field study and canvas. Composition and concept.

• March 13th: Drawing and initial wash in.

• April 10th: Values, shapes, and their relationships (monochromatic).

• May 8th: Finishing the underpainting. Limited palette. Light and its place

• June 12th: Color and its application (first layer). Discussion of Palette.

• July 10th: Brush strokes, palette knife, and creating texture (additional layers).

• August 14th: Working the painting as a whole. Relationships within the painting.

• September 11th: Finishing the painting. Detail, highlights and accents.

• October 9th: Glazing – “Pushing” the painting toward completion.

November 13th: Completing the painting. Signature, photographing, framing, pricing and hanging.

Seating must be reserved and is on first come first served basis. Reservations can be made in advance and reservations of each session must be made after the 15th day of the month prior to each demonstration. (For example, March’s demonstration can be reserved after February 15th.) The Gallery will maintain a waiting list for interested people who are not among the first 10 to sign up.

Please call Horton Hayes Fine Art at (843) 958-0014 to sign up. The gallery is located at 30 State St. Charleston SC 29401.

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Soft Evening Light by Christopher Groves

The Charleston Heart Ball’s Live Auction will take place on February 20, 2010 at the Charleston Place Hotel. CFADA artists including Christopher Groves, Robert Lange, Shannon Renquist, Mark Horton,  Jill Hooper, Nancy Hoerter, Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Kevin LePrince, Mickey Williams and J.B. Boyd donate their paintings to support The American Heart Association.

The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $51 million nation-wide allowing us to fund over $123 million of research and programs across the country and in your community.

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Watercolor artist P. (Philip) Smallwood will be talking about his Charleston and regionally focused work at Carolina Galleries.  Philip will be in the gallery for a special opening of his watercolor paintings on February 5, 2010 from 5-8 pm, with an artists lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Philip Smallwood is known for his signature “Lifescapes”, a wonderful form of portraiture and visual narrative.  His Lifescapes are intended to engage the viewer and allow them to connect with the subject’s emotional experience of life.   In his painting Destiny, the little girl looks directly at the viewer.  Her expression and the detail of her face draw the viewer in and wanting to know more about her.  In other works, the viewer feels as if they have walked into a slice of the subjects life.

“Through my paintings, I ask the viewer to stop, engage and experience the individual lives portrayed — with all their aspirations, dreams and desires – and really see them as worthy of their observation.  I want to bring my subjects into the world in a majestic and profound way, to put them on a pedestal and make them royalty in terms of the artistic content.” Smallwood explains.

As a primarily self-taught artist, the process by which he creates a Lifescape is intuitive and exploratory. Philip creates from his own vision rather from any particular artistic school.  His artistic vision is unique, specific and intentional. Philip Smallwood’s work is also highly drafted and finely finished.  Before becoming a full time fine artist, Philip founded Woodtopia, Inc., a furniture fabrication and design company that produced commercial and one-of-a-kind artisan pieces.  The artisan works, including functional objects such as tables and chairs, challenged the traditional expectation of line and form.  The experience of designing and woodworking enabled Smallwood to experiment with volume, line, form, finish and artistic representation.  These are all elements that play an important role in the composition of Philip’s work today.  Examples of his use of form and line are evident in his watercolor My Turn, which is on display at Carolina Galleries now.  This piece gives a window frame, with its’ dark vertical and horizontal lines, an important part in the overall composition.

Smallwood, who currently resides in New Jersey, spent many years living and traveling throughout the Southeast and much of his work is inspired by rural families in the South.  Charleston has always been source of inspiration for Philip.  However, Smallwood is currently working on a new body of work that highlights a young man growing up in New York City.   This new series marks a shift to a more edgy and intense urban setting.  This recent body of work gives a sense a familiarity to anyone who lives in a metropolitan city in the US.  A few pieces from this series will be on view at Carolina Galleries on February 5th.  Philip Smallwood is often inspired by people who may be experiencing unfortunate circumstances.  He enjoys portraying them in an idealist way.  He believes this gives the viewer a chance to really look at the good in these people.  His subjects are often people that a viewer may not take the time to get to know because of their specific circumstances.

Smallwood attended the University of Miami and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Art.  Through watercolor, Smallwood found a medium that allowed him to blend his love of the human form with light, color and a fluid surface ideal for telling the human narrative that has become the heartbeat of his work.  Today, his Lifescape watercolors are the culmination of his artistic relationships with structure, shape, volume, finish, light and color filtered through the eye of his life experiences and values.

Philip’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including The Craven Gallery, The Parrish Art Museum in South Hampton and The Studio Museum in Harlem.   In October of 2009, Philip was honored with Best in Show at the Philadelphia International Art Expo.  Last year, he also was awarded by the New Jersey Watercolor Society for his outstanding work.

For more information on Philip’s work or the opening & artist talk on February 5th, please contact the Carolina Galleries at (843) 720-8622 or visit them online at http://www.carolinagalleries.com.

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In 2004, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) decided to make art programs at local public high schools the beneficiaries of CFADA’s fundraising. The association created a high school art competition for local students as part of its Charleston Fine Art Annual. Students participating in this competition and their schools receive gift certificates for art supplies. Since 2004, CFADA has donated over $140,000 to the schools.

This year, once again CFADA will donate funds to art programs at Charleston County high schools. The association will donate $19,000 worth of art supplies to schools in need that participated in its Eleventh Charleston Fine Art Annual in November 2009.

Each of the following schools will receive art supplies—Academic Magnet High School, Burke High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Garrett Academy of Technology, James Island Charter High School, North Charleston High School, R.B. Stall High School, Septima P. Clark Academy, St. John High School, Wando High School and West Ashley High School.

According to the National Arts Education Initiative, arts education strengthens students problem solving and critical thinking skills, which will help them in school and their professional careers. Students involved in the arts perform better in reading, social studies and math compared to their peers.

The donation is possible thanks to the generosity of CFADA artists whose creations from the Painting in the Park where auctioned off at the Charleston Art Auction on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com.

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Charleston artists Robert Lange and Nathan Durfee in an interview by Art Magazine:

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