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“I have always wanted to do a group show with all of the painters in the gallery, showcasing their individual talent in a different way.  For the month of December the focus will be on a single wall in the gallery.  We have provided each of the artists in the gallery with 8 canvases, all exactly alike, each measuring 8×8 inches in dimension.” says Kit Coleman, Martin Gallery director.

Wanda Steppe, Cherries Skewered, oil

In December Martin Gallery at 18 Broad Street in Charleston, SC, will reveal EIGHT BY EIGHT: EIGHT paintings by EIGHT artists.  64 individual paintings will hang together.  A landscape will hang next to a figure, next to a still life.  The dynamic of the grouping will be intriguing as a whole, and because each artist is only doing eight paintings, the work will be of the highest quality.

The show will pre-view during the French Quarter Gallery Association Artwalk on December 3rd, and will be followed by a smaller, more intimate Artist’s Reception the following Thursday, December 9th.

Artists:  Kathleen Billis, Gilles Charest, Bill Crosby, Joan Dumouchel, Simon Kenevan, Leo E. Osborne, and Wanda Steppe

Guest Artist: Karin Olah

Karin Olah, Peony Pop, Mixed Media

“EIGHT BY EIGHT is a show I have had in the back of my mind since I began working at Martin Gallery.  The inspiration came from my senior thesis, and final art exhibition in college.  I created one hundred small paintings, ranging in color, composition and content, yet all paintings were exactly the same size.  EIGHT BY EIGHT takes this simple concept to new levels, utilizing the talents of eight nationally and internationally renowned artists.  It is an absolute joy to work with these artists every day, and I hope this show will excite you as much as it has me.”

William Crosby, Landscape Gesture VI, acrylic

The viewer can admire the collection as a whole, and also admire each painting as a strong individual work of art.  EIGHT BY EIGHT is going to be a spectacular way to close out the year 2010. This will be a wonderful opportunity for collectors to purchase small works from different artists in the gallery, and even meet these internationally renowned artists in one art-filled evening.

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Charleston is privileged to have a growing and thriving young collectors scene, full of young professionals who are truly passionate about art of many kinds.  Visual art, culinary art, fashion and performing arts have seen a blossoming of great proportions for the last several years in Charleston, and Carolina Galleries is celebrating that with the 12 x 12 Young Collectors Show this December.

Join Carolina Galleries for an opening reception to celebrate fine art of a modest size from many regional artists during the French Quarter Gallery Association Art Walk on December 3, 2010 from 5 – 8 pm.

Carolina Galleries’ resident artists Stephen Chesley, Craig Crawford, Julyan Davis, Johnson Hagood, Chestee Harrington, Terri Katz Kasimov, Margaret M. Peery, and Tom McNickle will welcome visiting artists for the 12 x 12 Young Collectors show.

Participating artists include:

West Fraser

Robert Lange

Megan Aline

John Carroll Doyle

Lese Corrigan

Lynne Riding

Charles Williams

Shannon Runquist

Mark Horton

And the list is growing daily!

All work will be 12 x 12 inches, with prices to accommodate all art lovers looking to begin or grow their collection.  With Christmas just around the corner, the perfect gift is surely the timeless gift of art.  Diamonds are forever, and so is ART!

The 12 x 12 Young Collectors show will hang November 29 – December 31, 2010.  For more information, please visit Carolina Galleries at 106 A Church Street, Charleston SC 29401 or online at www.carolinagalleries.com.  You may also email info@carolinagalleries.com or call 843.720.8622.

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Hundreds of art enthusiasts came to Washington Park on a chilly Saturday morning to watch the CFADA artists create works of art that were auctioned off that evening at the Charleston Art Auction. This plein air event is part of the Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association that traditionally take place the first weekend in November in Charleston, SC. The weekend is filled with gallery receptions, art stroll, plein air painting and art auction. It benefits the local art programs at high schools that participate in the CFADA’s High School Art Competition. This year’s art competition was judged by Ellen D. Moryl of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Darcy Shankland of Charleston Magazine, Jim Braunreuther of the Charleston Country School District and Karen Ann Myers of REDUX. Colleen Brennan of the School of the Arts won the first place with her painting entitled “Pacify, Not Glorify.” The second place went to Louisa Ballou also from the School of the Arts for her painting “Hunger.” The third place was awarded to Akeem Pinckney of St. John’s High School for his painting entitled “Brick by Brick.”

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On November 5th, 2010, Ann Long Fine Art will exhibit works by Louise Fenne and Charles Weed at 54 Broad Street, Charleston, SC in conjunction with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s Fine Art Annual, November 3rd – 6th. Charles Weed, American, and Louise Fenne, Danish, are two of the most well established mid-career painters of the classical realism genre. Together, they present an extraordinary show comprised of figurative works and landscapes. Residing together in Denmark, these works were produced over the past couple of years and carefully edited by the painters and gallery curators before exhibition.

Portrait of Girl with Dove by Charles Weed  As a result of his work as a student and his studies throughout England and Italy, Charles Weed was awarded a teaching position at the Florence Academy of Art early on in his career. Since then, his work has become widely sought after by his colleagues and mentors alike, which is quite telling of his talent and expertise. While he may be best known for his landscapes and pastoral scenes, the two noted portraiture pieces of this body of work include Portrait of Girl with a Dove and Girl with Pomegranates. Full of texture, these large scale oil on canvas paintings are captivating due to their subject matter and composition. The luminous skin tones of the women along with the impeccable detail of their hands create two compositions of very intriguing women. Among the landscapes include Morning Landscape and several works portraying ash, beech, and oak trees by the river. His palette is subtle, yet rich, and the power of natural light is played out in every piece. Among all of his works, there are no studies, only fully developed landscape paintings.

Mid Winter by Louise Fenne

Louise Fenne’s body of work presented for this exhibition is comprised mainly of female portraits which enlightens the viewers, exposing them to a world that is not like their own. At only 38, having studied at a private studio in Aix-en-Provence, France and The Florence Academy of Art, she is painting with old master techniques rarely seen in present times. Among the key pieces are Woman with a Japanese Rice Pot, Mid Winter, and End of Summer. All of the works create a quiet, distant moment, but each features a place and time dramatically different from the next. Painted with the technique of impasto, in which the paint is laid on the surface of the canvas very thickly, enough so that the brush or painting knife strokes are visible, the paintings are highly textured as a result. Featuring fur clothing and ornate headdresses, these details are as unique as the color tones and complexion of the individuals themselves. Like Weed, Fenne is a mid-career painter well accomplished and avidly collected by her peers and mentors.

For more information about Louise Fenne and Charles Weed and their works please contact Ann Long at 843.577.0447 or via email ann@annlongfineart.com. Dramatic figure works, landscapes, detailed drawings and etchings can be viewed on our website www.annlongfineart.com.

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Working on a Winter's Day by Simon Balyon

Old Dutch Fishing Boats by Simon Galyon

A Summer Riverside by Simon Galyon

These are some of the paintings that just arrived for our Dutch exhibition featuring Simon Balyon. Artist reception will be on November 5 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC. The exhibit is part of the CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend.

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