Archive for June, 2012

Every year you ask “What to Wear to the Palette and Palate Stroll?” Well, this year we have some great suggestions for you from Hampden Clothing.

Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire magazines as one of the top boutiques in the country, Hampden has all of the edge you’d expect delivered with the Southern charm you desire. Located on Charleston’s historic King Street, the 2,800 square foot space is where the old-world tin ceilings and crystal chandeliers meets clean lines and industrial details. There’s even a waiting lounge with a fully-stocked bar for their clients’ companions.

Each season, the Hampden team travels to the runways of New York and Paris to buy specifically for their fashionable devotees. The store has an access to some of the most exclusive brands and coveted pieces. Many of these are hand-picked and delivered straight to their clients without even hitting our floor, so get you name of the list!

Suno – Drapery V Neck Dress – $685
Jerome C. Rousseau – Niro Black and Tan Peep Toe – Was $695, Now $417
Lizzie Fortunato Jewels – Natural Medium Prarie Bracelet – $146
Lizzie Fortunato Jewels – White Large Prarie Bracelet – $169
Lizzie Fortunato Jewels – Brown Large Prarie Bracelet – $169

Collection by Giada Forte – Corallo Cross Over Dress – $676
Rag & Bone – Sigrid Sandal – Was $295, Now $177

Carven – Long Sleeve Lace Detail Dress – $980
Jerome C. Rousseau – Aizza Glitter Pump – $495


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In conjunction with the Palette and Palate Stroll, Fulton Lane Inn is offering a special art package for two people (July 13-15, 2012). The package is $599.00 plus tax and includes daily continental breakfast, wireless internet access, afternoon wine and cheese reception, evening sherry, three course dinner for two at Circa 1886 Restaurant (Forbes 4 star, AAA Four Diamond restaurant located in sister property, Wentworth Mansion) with rickshaw rides to and from restaurant; tickets for two to Charleston’s most celebrated summer event, the Seventh Annual Palette and Palate Stroll. To book the Palette and Palate hotel package, please visit www.fultonlaneinn.com or call 800-720-2688.

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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. To compliment the beautiful exterior, the Wells Gallery features the work of several in-house artists with pieces ranging from paintings, hand-blown glass sculptures, hand-crafted glass jewelry, and much more.

Anona Maxima Large by Mark Catesby

For this year’s stroll, Wells Gallery will be featuring limited edition lithographs of Mark Catesby’s original watercolors to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Catesby’s voyage fromEngland to America to document the flora and fauna of the South East. Catesby was an early naturalist from London who made two trips to America, once in 1712 and then later in 1722. While in America, he traveled extensively throughout the Lowcountry, including Kiawah Island and remained for seven years collecting botanical specimens and sketching the wildlife.

Catesby’s “The Natural History of Carolinas, Florida and The Bahamas Islands” was the first natural history of American flora and fauna. First issued between 1731 and 1743, this work would eventually include 220 prints, which for the first time systematically illustrated American birds, animals and plants. It was not only the first fully-illustrated natural history of North America but also a major contribution to both art and science.  Catesby is considered one of the greatest

Buffleheaded Duck Large by Mark Catesby

naturalists of the eighteenth-century. The Wells Gallery has a great opportunity to offer a diverse selection of the reproductions from Catesby’s original work. These unique prints were created by Alecto Historical Editions which was granted printing rights by The Queen in 1996. The editions are limited to fifty complete sets, numbered 1/50 through 50/50, only 10 in each set were released for public sale.

The Wells Gallery is pleased to welcome  Social Restaurant and Wine Bar for this year’s Palette and Palate Stroll where their one-of-a-kind wines and culinary creations from chef Jesse Sutton are sure to compliment Catesby’s unique lithographs.

Social Restaurant + Wine Bar opened on February 13, 2007, and since then has received much acclaim and is noted as one of Charleston’s most exciting restaurants, offering the city’s largest selection of wines by the glass. Social is housed in a nineteenth century warehouse and features an exquisite four-thousand bottle display cellar, giving it a chic but casual atmosphere. For Chef Jesse Sutton, the finishing touch on a dish isn’t the sauce or the sides, but the perfect pairing with a glass of wine.  Driven by cultural context, Sutton looks to the traditional ingredients and natural resources of a region to inspire what he creates on the plate.

Chef Jesse Sutton

Born in Carrboro, NC, Sutton grew up in Urbana, IL, and found his way into the kitchen by the age of 18 where his culinary journey began. Sutton enrolled at Kendall College where he received his AAS. His enthusiasm and willingness to learn quickly found him in an apprenticeship with the noted avant-garde chef, Grant Achatz at Trio restaurant. This experience made Sutton realize that the culinary world was ever-evolving and that it was a direction that he wanted to pursue as a career. In 2011, after five years at the Woodlands, South Carolina’s only 5-star, 5-diamond restaurant, Sutton took on the role of Executive-Chef at Social Restaurant + Wine Bar. At Social, in collaboration with owner and Sommelier Brad Ball, Sutton has found a home where wine plays a central part in each dish he creates. Drawing from the old-world wine regions of the world, Sutton is able to take diners on a culinary journey and create simple, elegant stories from around the world using only a wine glass, a plate and a vision.

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The 2012 pairings are:

Corrigan Gallery – Barsa Tapas

Dog and Horse Fine Art – Circa 1886

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art – BLU

Helena Fox Fine Art – Anson

Horton Hayes Fine Art – Oak

Smith Killian Fine Art – McCrady’s

The Sylvan Gallery – Eli’s Table

Wells Gallery – Social

We only sell a limited number of tickets. Get yours today at www.cfada.com! The event is on Friday, July 13th!



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Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to feature their New England artists, Stapleton Kearns and Scott Moore, during the annual Palette and Palate Stroll.  The new works will feature vibrant spring and summer scenes spanning the Lowcountry.

Historic Church by Stapleton Kearns

Both artists travel to Charleston at least once a year for weeks at a time to paint the local beauty.  This spring they made every day of their visit count by spending their days chasing the light and capturing the beauty that our special area is so well known for. 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. Scott Moore resides in Maine and is best known for his unique architectural renderings.

Charleston Courthouse by Scott Moore

His downtown Charleston scenes are eye-catching, with vibrant rooftops scenes that lend extraordinary views of downtown, but he also has a knack for capturing rural charm, painting the cottages and dirt roads of the outlying areas around town. Both artists use brilliant color – and while they have very different styles, their individual depictions of the Lowcountry always highlight the natural beauty of the area. Kearns and Moore packed in the plein-air painting when they were in town, covering McClellanville to Edisto and everything in between.

For the 2012 stroll Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to be once again paired with BLU, a swanky ocean front restaurant located on beautiful Folly Beach.

Chef Jon Cropf

Offering one of the only true oceanfront dining opportunities in the Charleston area, BLU features a unique combination of spectacular ocean views with delicious seasonal specialties. Jon Cropf, the executive chef at BLU since November of 2010, comments on the popularity of the “fresh catch of the day” menu item and the array of local fish and produce that can be used in eclectic dishes. Cropf graduated from Johnson & Wales’ in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2005. He knew from about age 12 that he wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts and as he’s grown older, the number of benefits have only grown: “Cooking combines science, artistry, agriculture and the environment. It is an amazing mixture; to me it is like a sporting event.” Cropf started at Blu as a Sous Chef when the restaurant opened in March, 2009 and quickly was promoted to Executive Chef in 2010. Cropf delivers local favorites and seasonal specialties in this full-service restaurant where the spectacular views complement the signature seafood creations, and the local ingredients are as fresh as the ambiance. The casual yet elegant restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating as well as an outdoor beach bar. In a city defined by water, BLU stands tall as one of the few Charleston restaurants with oceanfront dining.

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Autumn Marshland by Betty Anglin Smith

The gallery known for contemporary realism and color, Smith Killian Fine Art is located in the heart of downtown Charleston’s French Quarter District at 9 Queen Street. The gallery has been featured in national publications, including AmericanStyle, Coastal Living and Southern Living, and features works by Charleston artist Betty Anglin Smith and her triplets — painters Jennifer Smith Rogers and Shannon Smith, and photographer Tripp Smith. In addition to these artists, the gallery represents sculptor Darrell Davis, works in oil by renowned artists Kim English, Don Stone and Susan Romaine, and photographs by Leigh Limehouse.

At this year’s art and culinary affair, Smith-Killian Fine Art once again collaborates with McCrady’s. A strong supporter of Charleston’s art scene, McCrady’s Restaurant has featured works in oil depicting Charleston life from Smith-Killian featured artists, including works by Betty Anglin Smith titled Lemon Light I & II; Jennifer Smith Rogers’ West of State Street and Roof Tops at Twilight; Shannon Smith’s Trio, End of the Road, and By Moonlight.  This commitment to fine art goes hand in hand with their devotion to preparing fine southern cuisine.

Since arriving in Charleston and joining McCrady’s in 2006, Chef Sean Brock  has taken Charleston’s culinary scene by storm; just recently opening yet another amazing culinary destination, Husk. One of Charleston’s youngest and most celebrated chefs, chef Brock stands as a front runner of the modern cuisine that infuses fresh, locally grown ingredients with an unexpected flair.

Chef Sean Brock

As the winner of the Food Network challenge “The Next Great Chef, a two time nominee for the 2008 and 2009 James Beard Award for “Rising Star Chef”, and 2010 James Beard Award “Best Chef Southeast” Winner, Brock captures a field-to-table experience that brings familiarity to the palate but is presented in an innovative way. Bringing a new style to Charleston’s dining scene and Charleston cuisine to new heights, McCrady’s has been ranked as one of the top 10 restaurants of 2008 in North America.

Shortly after accepting his position with McCrady’s, chef Brock began the development of a 2.5 acre farm on Wadmalaw Island which would later serve fulfill the voluminous needs of the kitchen and the demands of an increasingly high end food community, chef Brock wanted to create a true field-to-table experience, not only for his guests, but for his staff.  “Food should be a treat for the emotions as well as the palate,” says Brock, “at once comforting, exciting, and entertaining.  We like to surprise and delight our guests with familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways.” Brock’s talent in the kitchen is unsurpassed and has contributed to the growing sophistication of Charleston as a whole.

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American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and Southwest Art, at the request of The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington Vermont, have nominated 75 artists to take part in this year’s Artists for the New Century exhibition.   Included in this group are Horton Hayes Fine Artartists: Shannon Runquist, Chris Groves and Mark Kelvin Horton.  The selected works will be on display and for sale through July 15th.

Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Barn, Mark Kelvin Horton, 20×16, Oil
The show includes artists who in the past five years have garnered increasing respect and recognition from peers and collectors alike, due to their impressive talent and consistent technical ability. This is a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with and purchase art by some of the best new talent on the representational art scene.

For more information about this exhibition, please

click here.

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