Archive for November, 2012

During his December show at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, local artist Mickey Williams will present his newest evocations of the Charleston area and the quiet radiance of its many waterways and marshes.  There will be an opening reception for Mickey’s latest collection of spiritually charged works from 5 until 8pm on Friday, December 7th.

Mickey is currently focusing on the coast and its erosion and ever-changing form.  His oil paintings have become coveted visual documents of the lowcountry experience.  In beholding one of Williams’s landscapes, with its ever-present layering of shadows and infused atmospheric gradations, one immediately senses his artistic identity.

“Red Dawn” by Mickey Williams

Williams is a self-taught artist who learned his craft from studying art in books and museums. His work is inspired by the spiritual and romantic beauty of the lowcountry that he fell in love with as a child. Williams says, “I have always felt a deep emotional and spiritual bond with nature and I feel blessed to live and work in an area that is so inspiring to the mind and soul.” Those intangible yet soulful communications taking place on the canvas’ surface convey the experiential forces that play an even greater effect than academic guidance.

Williams’s paintings have been accepted with acclaim into juried art competitions and his work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper Hospital, Baker Motor Company, and the Governor’s Mansion of South Carolina. Visitors will be able to enjoy “A Change of Season” through December 31st.  For more information on Mickey’s work and his upcoming show, please contact the gallery at 843-722-3660.


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The Wells Gallery in historic Charleston will host an Artist’s Reception for Earl B. Lewis, Curt Butler and Karen Larson Turner on November 2nd from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Earl B. Lewis, ‘Walking Crosstown’ 10×12

Earl B. Lewis is best known as the award-winning illustrator of more than fifty children’s books. After studying design and illustration at Temple University in Philadelphia, Lewis taught in public schools for a dozen years. As an educator, his paintings examine the lives of African Americans in evocative oils and watercolors. Portraits, landscapes and street scenes capture the simple beauty of men, women and children catching dinner, feeding pigeons, dancing and harvesting sweet grass. Lewis says children are an important part of his life and his recent watercolors reflect this deep understanding and appreciation of childhood innocence.

Curt Butler, ‘Beach Cherubs’ 48×60

After graduating from SCAD with a Masters in Fine Art, Curt Butler began teaching and eventually opened the Butler Studio where he conducts workshops and paints. Known for his tactile landscapes, Butler uses the ancient technique of Encaustic painting, which involves mixing oil paints with melted wax. “Encaustic painting with oil has given me the emotional response that I am currently seeking in my work. To be able to suggest a subject rather than illustrate it, to literally feel the surface of the paint and to be able to engage the viewer from a distance, and yet retain them when they are close are all reasons I choose to work the way I do.” Most of his work is based in landscape yet it is less about a particular place, and more about the mood or feeling experienced in the natural world.

Karen Larson Turner, ‘Dawning Gold’ 8×10

Karen Larsen Turner has grown up in front of a canvas. As a child she spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard painting and selling her watercolors to the neighbors. She went on to study at the School of Representational Art in Chicago and today works from her studio on James Island while her three children are at school. Using thin, painstaking layers of paint to reveal the reflective surface of silver, Turner creates luminous landscapes and still lifes that capture moments of dramatic light at the edges of the day. Renowned for golden marsh scenes, her more recent works explore the dark and stormy skies. In “Bracing for Impact,” the foreboding sky looms large, creating an emotionally rich landscape. Turner says she is having fun pushing her work in this new, more psychologically inspired direction.

The work of these three artists evokes the drama of simple pleasures. Images of the sun setting over the marsh, children digging in the sand at the edge of the ocean, and a woman throwing crumbs to the birds remind viewers of the joy that surrounds us.

Visitors are welcome to attend the November 2nd event from 5–8 pm. The artists will be on hand to answer questions, and the work will hang until November 17. It can be seen Monday-Saturday from 10-5 pm.

Located at 125 Meeting Street next to the Gibbes Museum of Art in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Wells Gallery features fine regional art from a diversity of perspectives in various mediums, including oils, watercolor, acrylic, photography and hand-blown glass. A member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association and the French Quarter Gallery Association, the Wells Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  An additional gallery is located at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island.  To view work and learn more about the artists, please contact the Wells Gallery at 843-853-3233 or visit www.wellsgallery.com.

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On Friday, November 2 as part of the 14th Charleston Fine Art Annual, Smith Killian Fine Art will feature new works by Shannon Smith, Betty Anglin Smith and Jennifer Smith Rogers. The artist reception is from 5 to 8pm. Smith Killian Fine Art is located at 9 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Shannon and Jennifer will also paint in Washington Park on Saturday, November 3 from 9am till noon. Their wet paintings will be up for bid at BUY ART Silent Auction that evening at the Gibbes. Tickets at http://www.cfada.com, the event is a benefit for art programs at local high schools.

Cloud Bank by Jennifer Smith Rogers

Bananas Foster by Shannon Smith

Waterway Sunset by Betty Anglin Smith

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Join Horton Hayes Fine Art for an opening reception of “Southern Scenes” featuring new works by Chris Groves, Shannon Runquist,  Mark Kelvin Horton, Nancy Hoerter and Elizabeth Pollie on Friday, November 2nd from 5 to 8pm. Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston, SC.
“Southern Scenes” is presented as part of the 14th Charleston Fine Art Annual, November 2-4. Chris Groves, Mark Horton, Shannon Runquist, Nancy Hoerter and Elizabeth Pollie will paint in Washington Park on Saturday, November 3 from 9am till noon during the CFADA’s Painting in the Park that annually features over 30 local and visiting artists. Wet paintings from the park will be up for bid at BUY ART Silent Auction and Patrons’ Receptions. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at www.cfada.com.

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