Archive for July, 2010

Dry Dock by Evan Harrington

The Wells Gallery in historic Charleston will present an exhibit entitled, “Duo”, featuring a variety of paintings from two young and prolific artists, Evan Harrington and Mark Bailey. A reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, August 6th from 5-8 p.m. and the show will run through August 20th.

Evan Harrington is currently enrolled in his senior year at the acclaimed Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where he received a merit scholarship. During his five years at the Wells Gallery, he has become associated with his definitive still life renderings, stating “I create a stage- not for humans, but for my characters, which are fruits or vases.” Duo will feature Harrington’s popular still lives, along with a variety of scenes such as a brilliantly lit shrimp boat at sunset, entitled “Dry Dock.”

Pike's Market by Mark Bailey

Seattle, Oregon resident, Mark Bailey is known for his dramatically illuminated urban interior scenes, but he will explore other subjects such as landscape and still life in Duo. His attention to light and form combined with his signature brushstrokes have made his paintings in high demand during his short time at the gallery. Featured in Duo is a scene of four street musicians entitled “Pike,” where Bailey perfectly captures the atmosphere and mood of the music through his color choices and brushstroke technique.

Harrington and Bailey will be present to discuss their paintings during the opening, Friday, August 6th. The exhibit will be open to the public August 6th to August 20th Digital images of the paintings are available upon request. Contact Keli Tolley at (843) 853-3233 or charleston@wellsgallery.com.


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Here are some menus for the Palette and Palate Stroll, July 16:

BLU Restaurant paired with Ella W. Richardson Fine Art will serve:

“Pan Bagnat”

Tuna Confit, Italian Hard Roll, French Rivera Tapenade

Shrimp Bruschetta

Local Pickled Shrimp, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Limoncello Pesto Aioli

Roasted Baby Beet Salad

Laura Chenel Goat Cheese Foam, Baby Green Beans, Sea Salt

82 Queen paired with Martin Gallery will be serving:

Lowcountry Loaded Potato

Mini Red Skin Potatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Lobster and Topped with an Apple Bacon Remoulade

Amen Street paired with Helena Fox Fine Art will serve:

Passed items:
Pastrami Cured Salmon w. Rye Croutons and Cream Cheese
Scallop Crudo on Cucumber Chips w. Lemon, Olive Oil and Caviar
Champagne Poached Calamari w. PIckled Vegetables and Pinapple Salsa
Social Wine and Bar will be serving these amazing tastings at Robert Lange Studios:

-Sashimi tuna with white truffle ponzu, hot and sour cucumber and candied lemon.

-House smoked duck breast with glazed parsley root and sour cherry compote.
-Thai spiced shrimp with a salad of crispy yucca, young coconut, dragonfruit and avocado.
-Heirloom tomatos with fennel panzanella, house ricotta and tomato gelee’.
-Dark and white chocolate truffles dusted with pink peppercorn

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The Martin Gallery of Charleston, SC 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’s eclectic contemporary art is representative of roughly forty nationally and internationally renowned artists. The gallery aims to provide works of contemplative beauty that enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Their commitment to quality work that their artists produce is what drives them, and their excellent client relationships is what sustains them.

Partnering this year with The Martin Gallery will be 82 Queen, a restaurant devoted to providing guests with a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience for almost a quarter of a century.  Nothing compares to the fine dining experience with a focus on gracious Southern hospitality and fresh local cuisine offered by this charming restaurant nestled in Charleston’s historic French Quarter.      

In a town renowned for fine restaurants, 82 Queen has not only kept pace with strong competition, it has gained high marks for its unique approach to the menu of one of the nation’s premiere dining destinations.  For three consecutive years, 82 Queen was voted “Best City Restaurant” by the readers of Southern Living magazine. The restaurant also received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. One of the professionals behind the success of 82 Queen is its Executive Chef Brad Jones.

Chef Jones credits the authenticity of 82 Queen’s Lowcountry cuisine to its home-grown ingredients.  “We use a lot of local herbs and vegetables when they’re in season. Our shrimp, crab, grouper, flounder, snapper and black fish are so fresh… they were probably swimming in  local waters a day or two before being served at our tables, he states. This local vibe combined with high end cuisine makes for an exceptional dining experience . The addition to the 2010 Palette & Palate Stroll is invaluable.

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Legacy by Joshua Flint

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. On July 16, the gallery will feature Joshua Flint and Charles Williams in a joint show titled “STILL: MOVING.” The show features a stunning and engaging body of paintings that chronicle the motion and stillness found in both city life and nature. The gallery is located in a new space at 2 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Robert Lange Studios is pleased to be joined by one of Charleston’s most exciting restaurants, Social Restaurant and Wine Bar, for this special event. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Social offers a casual and cosmopolitan setting. The restaurant is renowned for its wine selection and exceptional wine and food pairings. Executive Chef Norwood Pryor has spent his whole life in the food industry. When he was a child, Pryor’s parents owned a restaurant in Richmond, VA. Later at age 16 he took his first culinary job at a family owned Italian café. Pryor has worked at many Charleston restaurants, including 82 Queen, Sea Biscuit Café, Cordavi, Oak Steakhouse and before joining Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, Carolina Yacht Club. Pryor says that he finds cooking to be the perfect art form. “Food is my paint, the sauté pan my brush, the seasons are my muse, the plate is the piece, the palate is the critic and the memories of a great meal are the museum that the pieces hang in,” said Pryor. “I love the joy that my artwork brings to the people indulging in it.”

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“History in Repose” by Hans Turner

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 including Russell Gordon, Gary Gowans, Evan Harrington, Glenn Harrington, Kevin LePrince, Earl B. Lewis, Brad Lorbach, Rick Reinert, George Pate, Sue Stewart, Karen Larson Turner and Kim Weiland.

For the Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery will feature: Felice Killian of Felice Designs, Rick Reinert and Hans Turner. Felice Killian of Felice Designs will be giving a demonstration on how she makes her unique glass beads. Rick Reinert will be joining the gallery for the event to discuss his work, and paint live. Prismacolor drawings by 18 year old local artist Hans Turner will be on exhibit. The sales from this exhibit will help Hans Turner fund his education at the Art Institute of Charleston in the Fall.

The Wells Gallery is very excited to partner with the Charleston Grill again this year, and honored to participate in this event which supports funding for Charleston visual arts education. Charleston Grill’s delectable cuisine will be prepared and presented by restaurant’s Executive Chef Michelle Weaver. Chef Weaver has worked 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.  “I am inspired by nature.  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.”

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