Archive for January, 2011

The Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) once again will donate funds to art programs at local public high schools. The association will donate $22,000 worth of art supplies to schools in need that participated in its Twelfth Charleston Fine Art Annual in November 2010.

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.

“This is the only organization in Charleston I know of that helps out the art programs in the schools. With the generous donations provided by CFADA, we are able to provide all students, especially those who may be disadvantaged, with high-quality materials for creating art.  Students are truly benefiting from having a creative outlet through our art classes,” praises Cheryl Clair, art teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC. 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 6, 2010.

Since 2004, CFADA has donated more than $180,000 to local high schools, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston. For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com.


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Masquerade by Kerry Books

Through the month of February and opening on February 4 from 5-8 p.m., Waxing Poetic, showcases the Prismacolored pencil works of artist Kerry Brooks. Robert Lange Studios located at 2 Queen Street in the historic district in Charleston, SC, presents this classically trained contemporary artist with her solo show featuring a series of fifteen Prismacolor pencil drawings that explore the artists interest in finding narrative beauty contrasted against simple settings.

On view through the end of February, the exhibit is the artist’s first showing of colored pencil works in the historic French Quarter district of downtown Charleston but the third solo show that RLS has hosted of her work.  A festive reception open to the public will be held on February 4, starting at 5:00 p.m. featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music.

Kerry Brooks studied at the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the Ukrainian Academy of Art in Kiev. Brooks’ interest in female beauty is apparent in her new series of Prismacolor pencil drawings.

“A lot of these are very quiet moments,” says Brooks. “But the idea for them came when I was living in rural Illinois and I would see a lot of shabbiness, but also beauty. I was drawn to finding glamour in spite of disappointing circumstances or tragedy.”

“With Kerry’s new Prismacolor work, she has combined her great strengths- the delicacy of her oils and the precision of her graphite,” said gallery owner Robert Lange.  “This allows her to expresses her subjects emotion in a subtle and romantic way.”

Meditation by Kerry BrooksThrough manipulation of the formal constructs of a painting Brooks’ creates portraits that reveal the particular character of her female subjects. The focus in her series lies within the delicate moments of these women and their interactions with the viewer.

Of this recent body of work Brooks says, “While I paint and draw from a thoroughly western perspective – a classical interest in the human body and the trappings of human experience – I also endeavor to imbue my work with a certain eastern spirituality. I consider my portraits as windows into the lives of my subjects, often presenting the subject in a state of intense and dignified stillness.  I strive to make paintings and drawings that are beautiful and meaningful, based on both my own interests and the timeless principles of classical art.”

Digital images are available upon request.  Contact Megan Lange at (843) 805-8052 or info@robertlangestudios.com.

Robert Lange Studios features the best of contemporary painters and photographers.  RLS is open everyday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.  To view work online and learn more about the artists, please contact RLS at (843) 805-8052 or visit www.robertlangestudios.com.


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Shannon Runquist has been chosen by Southwest Art Magazine as one of “21 over 31” in its second annual Emerging Artists competition, winning the distinction from among nearly 3,000 submissions.  The results of the competition were announced in the magazine’s November issue.  The winning artists hail from all parts of the country; they range in age from 31 to 64; and their genres include figurative, landscape, and still-life works. To read the interview with Shannon Runquist in the magazine, please click here.

Shannon Runquist’s work is available at Horton Hayes Fine Art located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston t is pleased to highlight new incoming works from their New England artists, Stapleton Kearns and Scott Moore.  Both artists traveled to Charleston to spend the majority of December capturing the crisp Lowcountry winter.  Both artists’ brilliant color and detail showcases the natural beauty of the area, spanning from McClellanville to Kiawah Island.

Afternoon in McClellanville, 24x36 by Scott Moore

The gallery will proudly receive at least two-dozen new paintings with a show opening and reception during the January Gallery Row art walk on Broad Street, Friday, January 7th from 5-8pm.

Stapleton Kearns lives in New Hampshire and paints predominantly plein-air style, on-site in the elements no matter the harsh temperatures or dismal weather.  He tells people, “If I’m awake, then I’m painting!”  He also taught a 3-day workshop as part of his most recent stay in the area.  He spares nothing in detail or time it takes to complete a perfect painting.

Scott Moore is best known for his unique architectural renderings.  His downtown Charleston scenes are eye-catching, with vibrant rooftops scenes that lend extraordinary views of downtown, from the harbor and its striking Ravenel Bridge to familiar streets like Broad, Tradd and Cumberland.  He also has a knack for capturing countryside charm, painting the cottages and dirt roads of the outlying areas around town.  Scott hails from Maine and has been professionally painting for over three decades.


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