Archive for May, 2012

Southern Oaks, Chris Groves, 11×14, Oil on Linen

The southeastern United States, with its wealth of natural beauty and the architectural elegance of its historic towns and cities, provides ample inspiration for artists.  Founded in 2001, the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) is an organization of professional painters bound by a common passion to promote the traditional methods of painting en plein air while capturing the varied scenery of this region.

In 2001,the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast held its first exhibition at the Wells Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.  This year, the group returns to Charleston to exhibit work in four downtown galleries:  Horton Hayes Fine Art, Hagan Fine Art Gallery and Studio, Galerie on Broad and Smith Killian Fine Art.  Each gallery is sponsoring eight individual artists.  For a roster of participating artists and their sponsor galleries, please click here.
The exhibition will be shown through June 22nd with opening receptions in each gallery on Friday June 1st from 5 to 8pm.  Prior to the opening, from May 30th to June 1st, PAP-SE artists can be seen painting in the vicinity of their sponsor galleries.  Please come by and meet the artists as they paint!

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“The Night is Ours” by Jeff Jamison , 40×30 oil on canvas

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art welcomes all-star artist Jeff Jamison in June as he returns to Charleston with a new body of metropolitan-inspired works for his show, “City Life.” Please join the artist for the opening reception on Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm.”

“News Stand Light” by Jeff Jamison, o/c 24×30

Jamison’s romantic urban landscapes and bustling restaurant scenes have captured collectors across the country. A Tennessee native, Jamison has consistently been a top-selling artist for the past few years and has continued to provide new and interesting subject matter that continues to make clients swoon. He has a knack for capturing the feeling of a lively city square, or charming cafe during the bustle of the lunch rush.

Through his canvases, Jamison is able to reach out to viewers and create a sense of familiarity and fond recollection. His work has enough detail to feel like “you’ve been there,” but is also wonderfully vague enough so the viewer’s imagination or memories can fill in the blanks.

“My goal is to find common ground with the viewer through each piece. I truly believe that the observer can feel the energy put into a painting,” says Jamison.

While the subjects of his paintings are often influenced by major hubs like New York and Paris, they are almost always created from memory rather than a photograph. Jamison’s work has garnered immeasurable recognition and has been highlighted in numerous publications, including an impressive feature in the February 2011 Nashville Arts Magazine.

The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston.

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We are so excited about the upcoming Palette & Palate Stroll on Friday, July 13th. Check out some photos from the last year’s event. Let us know if you are in them and we can tag you on Facebook!

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Stardust by George Pate

Don’t forget to stop by the Wells Gallery located at 125 Meeting Street tomorrow night, May 4, from 5-8pm. The gallery will be featuring new works by George Pate.

A resident of the Southeast since 1957, and Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1977, Pate finds ample subject matter in his imminently paintable landscape, filled with historical architecture and manifestations of distinctly different cultures. He works en plein air to render light, shade, and shadow with a strong design, vital color and thoughtful brush strokes. Pate evokes both realism and impressionism in his canvases and consistently displays his understanding of the invention and the presence of emotion.

Check out George painting live at The Sanctuary on Kiawah:

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