Archive for July, 2011

Reese Moore of Charleston Magazine attended the Palette and Palate Stroll on July 15 and recorded the event with her camera.  Are you in?  Check out the photos and her Party Scene blog here!


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Daddy's Girls by West Fraser

Helena Fox Fine Art, located south of Broad in Historic Charleston, South Carolina, specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists, including renowned Southern painter, West Fraser. The varied collection of work mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, maritime paintings, plein air travel paintings, still lifes, and trompe l’oeil, with and modernistic architectural paintings, wildlife sculpture by internationally acclaimed sculptor Kent Ullberg and exquisite handcrafted 22K gold jewelry by acclaimed Welsh goldsmith, Sarah Amos.

Artist represented: Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, John Cosby, Craig Crawford, Julyan Davis, William R. Davis, Terry DeLapp, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Johnson Hagood, Jeffrey T. Larson, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, and Kent Ullberg. For the Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery’s selection of the finest regional and national art will be complemented by Anson‘s cuisine that reflect worldly sophistication and Lowcountry lifestyle.


Chef Holst by Kaitlyn Iserman of Charleston City Paper

Anson Restaurant is a favorite Charleston restaurant  with Southern architecture, elegant interior and gracious hospitality, serving Lowcountry favorites like Shrimp and Grits. Anson’s newest rising culinary star is Chef Jeremy Holst. With an emphasis on the abundance of seafood from the Lowcountry waters and utilizing local farmer’s produce, Chef Holst is working to provide Anson guests with the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Anson is proud to have Chef Holst leading a team that is dedicated to making this goal a reality. After growing up in Mt. Pleasant, SC and graduating from Culinary Institute of America in 2000, Chef Holst began his professional career at Panos & Pauls located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. From here, he continued his culinary path at a five star five diamond resort, The Woodlands in Summerville, South Carolina. The Ritz Carlton in Las Vegas, Nevada,  the acclaimed Six Tables Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant that earned a Tripe AAA Four Diamond Rating, and The Troutdale, a popular farm to table restaurant in Bristol, Tennessee, were next to provide Chef Holst with ample expertise before returning home and joining Anson.



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As you visit The Wells Gallery in historic downtown Charleston, you are greeted by a custom mahogany façade that leads into a space which features vaulted ceilings, custom oak floors and 2,000 square feet of inviting space to view an outstanding selection of fine artwork. The 130 year old building also features an interesting installation of glass flooring to view the original cistern which was discovered beneath the building during renovations. Some of the highlighted artists include: Glenn Harrington, Karen Larson Turner, George Pate, Mark Bailey, Earl B. Lewis, Gary Gowans, Russell Gordon, Laurie Meyer, Sally Tharp, Sue Stewart and photographer John Michiels. The gallery also has a fine selection of hand blown glass sculpture and hand-crafted glass jewelry by Charleston based jewelry designer Felice Killian, of Felice Designs. Glass sculptures created by David Goldhagen, and John Geci are also displayed throughout the gallery.

During this year’s Palette & Palate Stroll, The Wells Gallery will be featuring new paintings by George Pate, Signature Member of Oil Painters of America. George has recently painted stunning marshscapes from the lowcountry, unique perspective highlighting the Charleston Steeples, and the varied culture of historic Charleston. George will be in the gallery during the event to discuss his works. Laurie Meyer will also be in the gallery painting live and discussing her most recent paintings that offer views of the lowcountry, Charleston architecture as well as Mexico and Italy. Laurie Meyer is a local resident and has painted in Charleston for over 25 years.

Photo by Kaitlyn Iserman of Charleston City Paper

Chef Charles Arena

For this year’s event, the Wells Gallery is excited to welcome the Boathouse at Breach Inlet and the Executive Chef Charles Arena who relies heavily on his background in classical French technique to create “straightforward, simple dishes with a modern edge.” The Boathouse is well-known for using local products whenever possible, and is a Platinum Member of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

Formerly a ramshackle bait shop with an attached functioning dock, the site was transformed into the original Boathouse in 1997. This waterfront locale is historically known as the actual launching site of our country’s first submarine, the H.L. Hunley.

Poised at the “breach” between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, guests enjoy spectacular sunset views and balmy ocean breezes of the Isle of Palms. Guests arrive early for cocktails on the rooftop Crow Bar or an appetizer at the waterfront Oyster Bar. Inside, the pine and mahogany interior creates a richly warm atmosphere with a distinctly nautical feel.

A 1998 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Arena also earned a degree in business from the College of Charleston in 2002. He performed his CIA externship at La Cote Basque in New York City. Prior to joining the Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Arena was Executive Sous Chef at Kiawah Island Beach Club.

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Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at the corner of State and Queen Streets. The gallery features original works by locally and nationally recognized artists, including Mark Kelvin Horton, Shannon Runquist, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Bjorn Runquist, Michael Knoch and Larry Moore. Subject matter in the gallery varies and includes landscapes, still-life, figurative works and architectural depictions rendered in oil, pastel or watercolor. While many of the pieces depict Lowcountry scenes and themes, one may also find a range of images including mountain and western scenes, European subjects and a variety of works inspired by the diverse experiences, surroundings and travels of our artists.

This year, Horton Hayes Fine Art will be paired with La Fourchette, a tiny bistro located on Upper King Street. La Fourchette’s dining focuses on being authentically French — from the signature cassoulet to a great wine list featuring distinctive French regional selections. Many come back for their seasonal specials and the signature frites, deep-fried in duck fat. Always packed and lively, the tight seating and loud conversation exemplify the Parisian ideal. La Fourchette is the go-to option for authentic French bistro dining in Charleston, however this restaurant could easily be in Paris.

Kevin Kelly chooses the wines—predominately French and esoteric, and they befit the authentic fare. French owner Perig  Goulet boasts of his country pâté, a recipe handed down from his grand-mère. Other favorites include duck salad, scallops sautéed in cognac, and shrimp in a leek sauce; a delicious addition to any event.

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Corrigan Gallery LLC opened its doors on September 1, 2005 at 62 Queen Street, Charleston, South Carolina, just off the corner of Meeting and Queen streets in the historic downtown Charleston. The gallery exhibits works of art both representational and abstract possessing the charm of old Charleston with a contemporary edge. Representing artists whose work is beyond the traditional approach to the southern landscape of marshes, the gallery consistently provides new works to see on a regular basis. Artistic vision partnered with an intellectual strength and astute handling of the materials describes the work on display. The gallery is showing art that is just for that – art! Not following this year’s fashions but reaching towards the future and showing respect for the past, the presented artwork fulfills the beholder’s need for beauty and the collector’s wish for strong investments. This is art for the soul; art that lets the eyes breathe fresh air. Visitors may watch paintings in process on location and view works that have been done en plein air as well asin situ studio pieces.

For the Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery is happy to present “Lowcountry Reinterpreted.” Gallery Artists John Moore, Joe Walters, Mary Walker, Daphne vom Baur, William Meisburger, John Hull, Kevin Bruce Parent, Lese Corrigan display works influence by the environment around them in more abstract ways than the norm.  Paintings, photographs, etchings, linocuts, drawings all portraying the spirit of the Lowcountry will be exhibited during the the event on July 15 from 5:30 -7:30.  The Happy Camper Snoball truck will be present in lieu of drinks to add a refreshing note to the warm summer stroll.

Chef Craig Deihl, photo by Peter Frank Edwards

Corrigan Gallery is partnering with Cypress once again for this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll. Executive Chef Craig Deihl, recognized as one of the nation’s youngest, talented chefs, infuses classic Lowcountry cuisine of the South with an innovative combination of flavors from around the globe. In 2007, Deihl authored his first cookbook, Cypress, which has immediately received rave reviews from culinary experts. “It’s not a cookbook,” says Deihl. “It’s my life.”

Chef Deihl masterfully marries local cuisine with the exotic. His acclaimed global fusion menu focuses on fresh, local ingredients combined with international cooking techniques to create distinctive combinations and flavors.

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Joseph Lambert Cain, Ardoyne, circa 1957

Founded by Robert Hicklin, Jr. in 1972, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery, located at 103 Church Street,  is the only gallery in the nation specializing in fine art of the American South. The gallery has maintained a distinctive reputation for its offerings of 19th and 20th century masterworks, including works on oil, paper, sculptures, the art of the Charleston Renaissance Movement and select works from the estate of Elizabeth O’Neil Verner, one of the most influential artists of her time.

For more than 30 years, the Charleston Renaissance Gallery has handled works by the most prestigious Southern artists, as well as American artists who have explored Southern subject matter. The gallery counts private collectors from across the country and around the world, as well as premier national institutions among its clients. In addition to regular exhibitions and educational symposiums, it the gallery has published several scholarly catalogues and three major art volumes. The gallery is also home to a library of more than 4000 books and archives on Southern art history.

A strong supporter of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, Circa 1886 will participate for the sixth time in the prestigious event, raising money for local student art programs and supporting art education in Charleston.

To complement the latest gallery exhibit titled “Southern Modernity,” featuring contemporary, timeless and—essentially—Southern works in a very traditional gallery setting, Marc Collins, Executive Chef of Circa 1886, will be sure to delight guests with a modern and innovative approach to traditional Southern cuisine. For the event, the chef created a special dish: wreckbass ceviche with avocado puree and raspberry hazelnut pave.

Chef Marc Collins

Chef Collins earned his formal culinary training at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh from where he moved to San Antonio, Texas. Here he worked at La Mansion Del Rio under French Chef Guy Collinet; he then continued to hone his skills at La Louisiane and the Fairmount Hotel, perfecting his talent in the French culinary technique.

In 2001, Chef Collins moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was given the prestigious title of executive chef of Circa 1886. A true hidden gem, Circa 1886 is nestled in the gardens behind the Wentworth Mansion downtown.  Thanks to Chef Collins’ dedication to excellence, the restaurant has earned many accolades and awards, including the AAA Four Diamond Award, the Mobil Four Star Award, the DiRoNA Award for Fine Dining, as well as the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Chef Collins has also received numerous personal honors that include being named a “Chef to Watch” by Esquire magazine in 2001. The son of an artist himself, Chef Collins brings an affinity for creativity and innovation to the preparation and presentation of every dish he serves.

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Charleston Grill, a classy restaurant on King Street will be featured in Robert Lange Studios. The menu features food that “incorporates tradition without being bound by it.” The restaurant has live jazz seven nights a week.  (For a sample of one of the artists check out http://baxtermusic.com/!) Charleston Grill’s Executive Chef, Michelle Weaver, has been with the restaurant for 14 years and picked up the Executive Chef position within the last few years. Located inside of the Charleston Place Hotel, the restaurant was the only one in the area to be featured in the Nation’s Restaurant News “Fine Dining Hall of Fame” and in “The Elite 1000”. Chef Weaver combines classic techniques with unusual ingredients and captivates critics and guests with her creations. Chef Weaver not only enhances Charleston’s appreciation for fine cuisine, but she also really supports local farmers and encourages them to cultivate new products.

Charleston Grill is paired with Robert Lange Studios, which represents artists and photographers who demonstrate the finest of contemporary American Realism and Abstraction. The gallery is working as a catalyst in the city, representing some of the city’s finest, most innovative artists who are changing the art scene in Charleston. For the month of July the gallery will hold pieces by twenty contemporary artists in an exhibit called “What We Choose.” The exhibit is special because next to each painting will be the palette the artists used to create it. Gallery owner Robert Lange says, “Every year we have a group show including artists from outside of our gallery and every year it’s one of the most fun nights I experience in Charleston.” It sounds like those who visit Robert Lange Studios on the 15th will be in for a treat!

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