Archive for October, 2010

If you would like to purchase the 2010 Charleston Fine Art Annual poster, please contact Keli at the Wells Gallery at 843.853.3233 or charleston@wellgallery.com. Posters are signed by Karen Larson Turner, 24×30, unframed, cost is $40 for the poster plus $10 for shipping.


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On Friday, November 5th, Karen Larson Turner will unveil ‘La Nuit’ at the Wells Gallery. The opening reception will take place from 5:30pm – 8:30pm and will coincide with the 12th annual Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s (CFADA) Charleston Fine Art Weekend.

As the sun sinks low on the horizon, there is a sequence of light that transforms the day to night. In her upcoming show, Turner captures the fleeting cycle of fading sunlight as well as the moon’s illumination on a clear night. Although ‘La Nuit’ focuses solely on evening and night scenes, a first for Turner, it is a diverse exhibition of both natural marshscapes and quiet Charleston evenings. In the paintings of downtown Charleston, she also explores the warm glow cast from streetlights and from within homes.

During summers in Martha’s Vineyard as a teenager, Turner began painting in plein air, learning how to capture shadows quickly before the light changed. The paintings in ‘La Nuit’ display her mastery of this technique in the varying hues of fading sunlight and the long shadows cast by the sinking sun.

The “La Nuit” exhibit will coincide with the CFADA Fine Art Annual, featuring several gallery openings, lectures, plein air paintings by Charleston most distinguished artists and an auctions of works on Saturday evening. To find out more about the events through the week, visit www.CFADA.com. If you would like more details of works available at the art auctions, visit www.charlestonartauction.com, or call us at (843) 853.3233 to request a catalog of works.

The Wells Gallery has been honored to feature Karen Larson Turner for the past tens years. With each painting, she has shared with her audience those wonderful nuances of the Lowcountry. In November of 2003, she was commissioned by The Sanctuary Hotel to paint four large scale murals to adorn their hotel. Through the years, Karen Larson Turner’s paintings have expressed the majesty of the Lowcountry and we are very excited for the upcoming body of work.

The exhibit will be on view from Friday November 5th until November 19th 2010.  Digital images of new paintings are available upon request.  Contact Keli Tolley (843) 853.3233

Located at 125 Meeting Street next to the Gibbes Museum of Art in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Wells Gallery features fine regional art from a diversity of perspectives in various mediums, including original painting, bronze sculpture and hand-blown glass. A member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association and the French Quarter Gallery Association, the Wells Gallery is open Monday  – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. An additional gallery is located at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island.  To view work and learn more about the artists, please contact the Wells Gallery at 843-853-3233 or visit www.wellsgallery.com , or visit our blog at www.wellsgallery.blogspot.com

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Truth be told, Charleston is as lovely in autumn as it is in spring, and the twelfth edition of the CFADA Charleston Fine Art Annual makes a marvelous excuse for a visit. The Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend offers an array of cultural activities that celebrate the city’s vibrant visual arts community, including exhibitions, artist demonstrations, and social gatherings. The event has been hailed by Charleston Magazine, American Art Collector, American Style, and Art & Antiques as the most important fine arts festival in South Carolina.

Join the Charleston Renaissance Gallery on Friday evening, November 5 to celebrate the opening of our latest show, “Southern Sisters,” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The historic district will be buzzing with activity that night as a mix of local and visiting art enthusiasts stroll between the eleven CFADA member galleries. On Saturday morning, the fine art weekend participants are invited to gather at Washington Park from 9:00 a.m. through noon. The most popular event of the weekend, “Painting in the Park” offers partakers the opportunity to meet and observe popular artists at work en plein air. Held at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel on Saturday evening, the Charleston Art Auction gets underway with a preview/reception beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by an art auction showcasing historically significant paintings and drawings, as well as contemporary works by recognized American artists.

For the women artists featured in the gallery’s upcoming exhibition, the ideal room of one’s own held an easel or sketchbook—as well as the promise of time and space to create freely. With careers spanning the last 150 years, these women balanced home and hearth with palette and brush, and, in many cases, helped pioneer professional paths for the fairer sex. In the hallowed halls of academic proving grounds and at leading galleries of the day, this select sorority—including Emma Lambert Cooper, Clara Davidson, Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, Lena Gurr, Marie Atkinson Hull, Anna V. H. Huntington, Nell Choate Jones, Augusta Denk Oelschig, Hattie Saussy, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Mary Russell Smith, Alice Barber Stephens, Anna Heyward Taylor, Martha Walter and Ludmilla Pilat Welch—lived out Georgia O’Keeffe’s belief that “to create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”

The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is the founding member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, a cooperative launched in 1999 for the purpose of advancing Charleston as a premier fine art destination. Since its founding, CFADA has donated over $245,000 to high school art programs in Charleston County Schools. For more information on the 2010 Charleston Fine Art Annual, please visit the CFADA website.

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Martin Gallery located at 18 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC, welcomes internationally renowned photographer, Michael Kahn to present his newest collection of photography in a show titled “Under the Bridge” on Friday evening, November 5th. The reception will be held from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Michael Kahn, Under the Bridge

Introducing a new collection of images featuring the Charleston Harbor, viewers will delight in the industrial nature of this new collection. In addition to bringing new work to the gallery for the show, Michael will also be bringing be signing copies of his book, The Spirit of Sailing: A Celebration of Sea and Sail.

Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film; then, he produces his luminous silver gelatin photographs in his darkroom using skills he has refined over the years. Michael Kahn’s traditional technique united with his distinctive sense of form, composition, vision and technical mastery has helped him to become one of the most collected photographers of our time.

“Last December, I spent five days in a 13-foot boat filming the waterfront of Charleston. After shooting 100-rolls of film and 1200 exposures later I have edited the images down to a dozen or so handmade black and white photographs that will be on display along with my traditional sailing and seascape photographs,” says Michael Kahn.

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.

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On November 5, 2010, Horton Hayes Fine Art will open its much anticipated two-person exhibition entitled Light and Life: Tuscany and Florence, featuring paintings of Tuscany and Florence by Mark Kelvin Horton and Chris Groves.  An opening reception with the artists will take place that evening from 5:00-8:00pm in conjunction with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Fine Art Weekend.

This series of landscapes, streetscapes and vistas of Florence is inspired by the artists’ recent trip to Italy.  The exhibition offers views of bright vineyards and cypress groves, enchanting villas set among the Tuscan hills and intimate alleyways of Florence.  Groves and Horton provide two distinct fresh and contemporary impressions of these images of enduring beauty.

Horton and Groves share an admiration for the light, life and historical artistic influences of Italy.  “I was especially inspired by the Tuscan countryside, the beauty of the shapes and colors and the way the fields, hills and farmhouses all fell into wonderful compositions”, says Horton.  Having studied in Florence years ago, Groves was eager to return with a deeper appreciation of his skills and abilities of interpretation.  “Catching the light of Italy has always intrigued me as an artist”, notes Groves.  “I was inspired to reconnect with a place I am grounded to emotionally and I hope these paintings help the viewer to see Italy through artist’s eyes.

Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:30pm to 5:00pm.  For more information visit hortonhayes.com or call (843) 958-0014.

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Lese Corrigan‘s newest works will be on view at the Corrigan Gallery LLC in
a show titled “Other Side of the River.” Corrigan’s series views the
peninsula of Charleston from the opposite bank of the Cooper River. The
simplicity of the skyline silhouetted against the large skies of the
Lowcountry provides perfect threshold for the artist’s love of sky and
water. As a child, she was fascinated looking out over the Charleston harbor
watching the light fracture.

The show will hang from November 3 to November 27, 2010. The Corrigan
Gallery welcomes the public to the opening reception November 5 from 5:00
till 8:30pm at 62 Queen Street. This event is hosted in conjunction with the
Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s (CFADA) Charleston Fine Art
Annual weekend. The Fine Art Annual weekend includes artists painting on
location in Washington Park on Saturday morning and the Charleston Art
Auction where the paintings from the park will be auctioned to benefit the
Charleston County Schools’ art departments.  Corrigan will be painting in
the park that morning and participating in the auction.

Continuing to integrate the symbolic layers of meaning in her 2008 show entitled “Mid—River,” in this show Corrigan places the viewer looking out from the opposite bank of the river studying the skyline of the Charleston peninsular seeking the landmarks and an understanding of their relationship to the sky and water. This provides a new perspective, one in which moving away allows us to see more clearly and realize our part in the big picture, although small, is still a part of the whole.  The magic of the constant movement of water and air manifested on the ionic level continues to be apparent in Corrigan’s post-impressionistic and certainly expressionistic work.

This new group of paintings references the evolution to the next stage of life in crossing the river whereas her last body of work showed the liminal state — that most prolonged state in life’s path where the individual is “neither here nor there.”  “The Other Side of the River” is clearly a here not there position although the crossing could be the journey into the unconscious realm that the water and clouds have symbolized from the beginning.  Striving to “Embed thoughts” in paint with strokes “imbued with life” (Jerry Saltz, Hokusai) – the history, the lives, the energy of a city at the ocean’s edge where two rivers converge to create a unique location (and so told the Atlantic Ocean!).  The series will be presented as a complete visual of the peninsular from left to right around the gallery space such that by the peninsula surrounds you as you are enveloped in sky and water.

This native Charlestonian’s work is in private collections around the world and in public collections such as the MUSC Contemporary Collection in the ART, MUSC general collection and the Gibbes Museum of Art Study Collection. She is the 2010 recipient of the Martha Ingram Rivers’ award for excellence in art from Ashley Hall. Her work has been featured on numerous race posters and the cover of Susan Meyers’ Keep and Give Away book of poetry. Featured in a movie short by Roz Smith in 2005, the film explores Corrigan’s painting process.  She has been entrenched in the art scene as a practicing artist since her return to the city from an extended time in Europe twenty four years ago.

Corrigan Gallery, now in its sixth year, is a culmination of 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 artists either being 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. Daily works are shown by Manning Williams, John Hull, Mary Walker, Kristi Ryba, Lynne Riding, John Moore, Gordon Nicholson, Sue Simons Wallace, Kevin Bruce Parent, Daphne vom Baur, Paul Mardikian, Max Miller, Michael Slattery, Tim Fensch and recently added artist Joe Walters. 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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To the Village by Simon Balyon

World-renowned Dutch artist Simon Balyon will fly in from the Netherlands to present his spectacular one-man show at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art this November. A part of the 12th Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend, his show is sure to please as we unveil numerous landscapes fresh from Holland. Help welcome Simon Balyon during his first visit to Charleston on Friday November 5, 2010 from 5:30 – 8:30 for the artist’s reception, held at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public, in conjunction with the CFADA’s gallery art openings.

Balyon’s compositions often reflect the beauty of the Dutch countryside, whether it is through his crisp winter scenes, lushly foliaged summer renditions, or his budding spring pastureland. With an artistically driven family background and devotion to studying the Impressionist and Romantic painters, he made the old-world Dutch Masters style his own.

Old Dutch Fishing Boats by Simon Balyon

Amongst his list of achievements, Balyon’s current major project is garnering international attention. In March 2009 he began working on a two-year mega painting featuring the famous Blue Trams of the Netherlands, on the route Leiden-Haarlem. This panoramic scene titled “Panorama Tulipland” features the trams riding through the Tulip Region, and is painted on a single piece of handmade canvas measuring 30 meters wide and 4 meters tall. Simon works on Tulipland a few days a week and people can watch as he paints. It is awe-inspiring for locals and visitors alike.

To learn more about Simon Balyon and our other award-winning artists, please visit http://www.ellarichardson.com or call the gallery at 843-722-3660. For more information on events during the Charleston Fine Art Dealer’s Assocation’s Fine Art Annual weekend, please visit http://www.CFADA.com.

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