Archive for March, 2010

"Making A Mend" by Shannon Runquist

Horton Hayes Fine Art features a new body of work by Shannon Runquist titled Seeing Red. The works will be on display at the gallery during the month of April. The gallery is located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston, SC. There will be no reception in April.

Shannon Runquist was born is Savannah, Georgia and has spent most of her life in the South. She has lived on St. Simons Island, Georgia and currently resides in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and spends summers on Cape Cod. Spending time near the shore, she has developed a great love for coastal regions and the elements that define them. She has painted and studied in Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Runquist has participated in many national and international exhibitions including consecutive years at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Salon International. She enjoys traveling and painting en plein air as well as working in her home studio. Her paintings hang in both corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.


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Carolina Galleries is pleased to present eight works by William Melton Halsey (1915-1999), native son of Charleston, educator, artist.  Friday, April 2nd from 5 – 8 pm, the gallery will host a reception to view these masterful paintings.  They will hang for the month of April. The gallery is located at 106-A Church Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Halsey was born and raised in Charleston, and began his study of art at a young age, with masters of the Charleston Renaissance, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, and Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, who specialized in pastels & etchings and watercolors, respectively.  He attended the University of South Carolina, where he met his future wife Corrie McCallum, of Sumter, SC.

After two years at USC, Halsey felt he had absorbed all the program had to offer him, and went to Boston in pursuit of higher learning from the school at Museum of Fine Arts.  McCallum joined Halsey in Boston.  Upon graduation, Halsey was awarded the prestigious Paige Traveling Fellowship for study abroad.  It was 1939, and war had broken out in Europe, so Halsey and his new wife went to Mexico instead, where they studied for two years.

Upon their return to American soil in 1941, they first returned to Charleston, and the following year moved to Savannah, where Halsey taught.  At the end of World War II, the Halsey family returned to Charleston, where they would remain; both traveled extensively across the globe.

Despite many attempts by colleagues and dealers to lure Halsey to New York, he remained steadfastly committed to his home and to bringing modern art to the world outside of Manhattan art galleries.  Halsey and McCallum continued to paint and teach in Charleston, and made significant contributions to the area’s fine arts programs.  After nearly 20 years with the College of Charleston, the institution’s gallery was named in his honor, and is now the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art.

Carolina Galleries is pleased to exhibit work by William Melton Halsey, in celebration of his contributions to the arts in Charleston.  This will be a unique opportunity to examine a large group of work by one of Charleston’s most accomplished abstract artists.

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Robert Lange Studios will be a flurry of activity through the month of April as local landscape artist JB Boyd works from his temporary studio inside the Queen Street gallery. The exhibit Length opens Friday, April 2, but Boyd will begin working in the gallery Monday, March 29th by completing the centerpiece of the show, a sweeping 270º panoramic oil painting depicting a tidal flat. The public is welcome to come and watch the painting progress or view the artist at work via a live webcam on the gallery’s website. Boyd will talk to the public about his work during the opening on Friday, April 2 from 5:00 -9PM. RLS is located at 2 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Boyd’s contemporary realist style has received great praise in Charleston, winning him the Michael and Donna Griffith Lowcountry Artist’s Award last year.  For this new body of work, Boyd paints from an extensive collection of photographs taken throughout his travels and around Goat Island, SC where the artist lives.  This series captures the unique quality of light as well as inspiring horizon line views.

“There is a subtle nature to these paintings,” says Boyd. “They are consciously understated through elaborate means and, if at all possible, are made minimal by the level of detail. I know this is contrary to simple reason, but I think the most interesting aspects of art lie in the intersections created where contradictions meet.”

Boyd enjoys building on the elongated shape, intent on how the paintings create a space outside of the edges of the work.  This series in particular captures the transitory moments that are the mosaic a lifetime and stretch them across the lifespan of a painting.  His style is a contemporary update of the American landscape tradition and continually exceeds the expectations of collectors.

Kate and Paul Houck, two of Boyd’s collector say, “It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of art you profess to favor, it is impossible to walk by one of JB’s paintings without stopping.  What catches you is the expanse and depth of what he is able to capture in what is typically such a relatively small and sometimes quirky space.”

No detail is overlooked in the preparation of his paintings, from the handcrafted panels on which he paints to the frames housing the work.  One of the pieces for the show, “Post Traumatic Stress” is an aerial view of the water. The 3-by-12 inch oil painting sits just off the wall in one of Boyd’s customary floating frames and depicts each and every ripple of water and blade of marsh grass.

“By focusing on the individual blades of grass and the myriad of shapes they create, you begin to get an idea of the feeling of billions of blades flowing with the breeze,” Boyd says, “These paintings are simply slivers of images, and hopefully with careful composition choices, the elements included in the image make one think about what is not referenced.”

Boyd has shown work in both New York and Los Angeles before joining RLS Gallery in 2004. Boyd studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.  He has been painting seriously since he was sixteen.

The exhibition will hang from March 29 though April 26, 2010, and a festive reception, featuring music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, is open to the public on April 2, 5:00-9PM.

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Visit Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC, to view new works by Jeff Jamison & Johannes Eerdmans.

"Independence" 36" x 24" Oil on Canvas Jeff Jamison

"Lawyers, Lover & Clergymen" 24" x 30" Oil on Canvas Jeff Jamison

"Street Life" 30" x 40" Oil on Canvas Jeff Jamison

"Still Life with Apple and Berries" 12" x 9.5" O/P Johannes Eerdmans

"Strawberries and Blue Pitcher" 9.5" x 12" Oil on Panel Johannes Eerdmans

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Robert Lange Studios is looking for female painters that paint women for the upcoming “Women Painting Women” Group Show, opening November 5, 2010 as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’ Charleston Fine Art Annual.

This show will be from 5:30 – 8:30 on Friday, November 5 and is open to the public. The fine art weekend events include exhibits on Friday, plein air demonstrations in Washington Park during the day on Saturday with the Charleston Art Auction to follow Saturday night.  The show will be a celebration of contemporary women painters and held at Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street location.  In addition to the weekend events, the Gibbes Museum will be displaying works by prominent women painters, including a collection of paintings by Henrietta Johnson, who in 1707 became America’s first woman artist by painting portraits in Charles Towne’s (now Charleston).


All paintings must be by women of women.  Email submissions to info@rlsart.com (subject line Women Painting Women Submission).  You do not need to submit the work(s) you would like in the show, you can email a few images of other works and then create something once you know you are participating.

If you are new to our group shows here’s the short of it: Traditional 50/50 split of sales, unless you are exclusively in a gallery whose contract won’t let you participate in group shows unless they receive a portion of the sales, in which case it is a RLS Gallery 30/Gallery 30/Artist 40 split, we cover shipping work back to the artist.  You will receive an official show contract once your accepted with more details.
– Email submissions as soon as you can.
– September 1 National Press Deadline. We must have all participants names and images for advertising.  If your piece is not complete that’s ok, it will just not be included in the press kit.
– October 15 Local Press Deadline, Mailers, Email blasts
– All work received by Oct. 27 All pieces must be framed and ready to hang.
– We will be hanging the show on Nov. 1
– Show opens on Nov. 5 (come, drink, have fun!!) and it will come down at the end of the month.

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Canal Grande by Sant'Anzolo, 12" x 16"

Russian husband-and-wife-team Evgeny and Lydia Baranov will once again liven up Ella W. Richardson Fine Art this April with their newest body of works titled Venetian Light.  Please join the gallery to view these vibrant and enchanting new pieces at the opening reception during the French Quarter Art Walk on Friday, April 2, 2010 from 5 until 8pm. The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

These romantic works exhibit their exquisite ability to showcase light, movement and emotion portrayed through the dazzling scenes of Venice, Italy during Carnevale.  The historic beauty of the city combined with the splendor of its color and costumes makes Venice a favorite setting for the pair of artists.  The talented duo has mastered a wide range of subjects including stunning architecture, vibrant figures and striking still life works.  Even more intriguing is their unique method of painting – simultaneously, on the same canvas whether working in the studio or en plein air.  Their work is nationally and internationally acclaimed, with their work represented in over a dozen countries around the globe.

Calle Gritti, 16" x 12"

The Baranovs were born in Moscow, and after both attended the Moscow Architectural Institute to receive a Masters of Science in Architecture, they began their journey as artists.  The couple has been painting collaboratively for over fifteen years and they currently live in California.   Evgeny and Lydia travel the world seeking inspiration, and the end results are mesmerizing.  Their bold use of color is often breathtaking while they prove their capability to send the viewer to a particular time and place they captured.  Their exquisite oil paintings are full of life and their signature impressionist style garners international attention, featured in numerous publications throughout the years.

Please contact the gallery at 843-722-3660 for further information on Evgeny and Lydia Baranov, and the upcoming exhibit Venetian Light.

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Visiting artist Jennifer Henriques Phillips will present her series of fine art prints entitled “Building Babylon (is woman’s work)” at Corrigan Gallery from April 2 through April 30 with an opening reception held on April 2  from 5 to 8 p.m.  The gallery is located at 62 Queen Street in downtown Charleston. This is Phillips’ first solo show.

The artist explains “Building Babylon (is woman’s work)” consists of three elements:  The title of the series, the iconography within the 32 monotypes and the non-verbal titles of each piece.  This series can be approached as conceptual, inviting the viewer to integrate the disparate components into a dialogue to access for her or himself possible modes of experience.  This dialogue, the prism through which the work can be seen, is intended to include both the individual monotype and the body of work as a whole.  Explicit images of femaleness juxtapose metaphors of the masculine.

How does an authentic femaleness navigate the fine line that divides the perception of woman’s body as sacred/profane, adored/excoriated, protected/brutalized, idealized/marginalized?  These are core, albeit not exclusive, questions I ask of my work and myself.

Babylon, the mythical, the biblical, the historical, projects a rich ground of metaphor in which today’s experience of the femaleness of being can be couched. The masculine attributes of Babylon, conqueror and lawgiver, also embrace the feminine: Babylon is the Greek variant of the Akkadian Babilu, meaning “gateway to the gods.”  A place both of renowned beauty and of exile, Babylon has, throughout history, come to represent depravity and oppression.”

This series was made in collaboration with John McWilliams, photographer and Mary Walker, printmaker. A portion of sales’ proceeds from the show will go to the Center for Women.

Phillips was born in Jamaica to a Sephardi family.  Her ancestors’ lives as secret Jews in Iberia and their flight from Portugal to Amsterdam and on to Jamaica in the mid-1600s, is central to her family history. Raised and educated in Jamaica and Switzerland, she attended the School of Oriental Languages in Paris then passed a decade in London, before returning to Jamaica where she worked in politics.  Immigrating to the United States in the late 1970s, Phillips settled in Charleston where she graduated from the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts in 1990.

Phillips has always had an interest in voices on the margin. From childhood in Jamaica, she was aware of the economic inequities based on class and the reduced role of women objectified according to social status in traditional idealized roles of wife/mother/mistress or as domestics.  Later, as assistant to the Jamaica Labor Party’s Edward Seaga, then Leader of the Opposition, Jennifer worked on the assembly of a report to Amnesty International and the OAS on the massive fraud and violence that accompanied the 1976 General Election.  She recorded, by hand, the eye witness accounts of the largely poor and illiterate polling station workers from across the island who were the often themselves victims of violence.  In Charleston Jennifer trained as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, conducting videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors in South Carolina.

Corrigan Gallery, now in its fifth year, is a culmination of 22 years of experience in the Charleston art market.  The gallery represents more than a dozen artists in an intimate space and presents 6 to 10 shows per year with the gallery being refreshed every month.  Visiting artists are included in the yearly roster with most of the artist being either Charleston natives or individuals living in Charleston. A gallery of contemporary works exploring the depth and intellect behind the drive to create, Corrigan Gallery provides a breathing space around the historic city’s traditional bent. Open six days a week and other times by appointment, the gallery can be viewed 24 hours a day at http://www.corrigangallery.com, contacted by phone 843 722 9868 or email art@lesecorrigan.com.

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