Posts Tagged ‘contemporary artists’

Cherry by Wanda Steppe

Martin Gallery gathers some of the finest contemporary artists in their fields together under one roof. Upon entering the historic Grand Salon of Martin Gallery, one experiences a soaring space filled with the exquisite color and texture of oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and richly hued glass. Martin Gallery features contemporary art, representing about forty nationally and internationally renowned artists. The array of different styles and works of art at the gallery keeps visitors engaged and contemplative. The gallery provides works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings.

For the Palette & Palate Stroll, Martin Gallery is pleased to be paired with Oak Steakhouse, a true Charleston favorite. Touted as “one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America,” Oak Steakhouse, owned and operated by The Indigo Road restaurant group, showcases world-class American cuisine in an elegant setting that captures the essence of fine dining in Charleston, S.C. Located on downtown’s historical Broad Street, Oak presents an inspired selection of Certified Angus Beef steaks, seafood specialties and vegetarian dishes featuring regional ingredients from Lowcountry farmers and fishermen from executive chef Jeremiah Bacon.

Set in the restored 150-year-old South Carolina Loan & Trust bank building, the elegant ambiance at Oak Steakhouse artfully blends the old and new. The restaurant’s 18-foot ceilings, arched windows and 150-year-old heart of pine floors complement custom chandeliers and locally commissioned artwork. With three floors and five distinct dining rooms, the multi-dimensional space offers a variety of dining options ranging from private group dining rooms to an intimate table for two.

Chef Jeremiah Bacon of Oak Steakhouse

Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon’s menu highlights include succulent steaks such as the marinated 28 oz. Certified Angus Beef Prime bone-in ribeye, as well as seafood favorites like the pan-seared sea scallops served with roasted exotic mushrooms and a foie gras au poivre sauce. A Charleston native and College of Charleston alumnus, Bacon attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. After graduating from the CIA in 1999, Bacon moved to New York City where he spent 10 years working for legendary restaurants such as River Café, an award-winning riverfront restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y., and ILO in midtown. Bacon left ILO to join the staff at Le Bernardin, the famed seafood restaurant of celebrity chef Eric Ripert. In 2004, Bacon was part of the opening crew of Per Se, which along with Le Bernadin, earned Four Stars from the New York Times and Three Michelin Stars.

When Bacon returned to the Lowcountry in 2007, he passionately incorporated a local-first philosophy into his culinary practices by building strong relationships with local farmers and fisheries. Bacon joined Oak Steakhouse as executive chef and partner in November 2010 and brought this philosophy with him to add his personal touch to the menu, taking it in a progressive, yet local direction.


Read Full Post »

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.


Read Full Post »