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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.


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“I have always wanted to do a group show with all of the painters in the gallery, showcasing their individual talent in a different way.  For the month of December the focus will be on a single wall in the gallery.  We have provided each of the artists in the gallery with 8 canvases, all exactly alike, each measuring 8×8 inches in dimension.” says Kit Coleman, Martin Gallery director.

Wanda Steppe, Cherries Skewered, oil

In December Martin Gallery at 18 Broad Street in Charleston, SC, will reveal EIGHT BY EIGHT: EIGHT paintings by EIGHT artists.  64 individual paintings will hang together.  A landscape will hang next to a figure, next to a still life.  The dynamic of the grouping will be intriguing as a whole, and because each artist is only doing eight paintings, the work will be of the highest quality.

The show will pre-view during the French Quarter Gallery Association Artwalk on December 3rd, and will be followed by a smaller, more intimate Artist’s Reception the following Thursday, December 9th.

Artists:  Kathleen Billis, Gilles Charest, Bill Crosby, Joan Dumouchel, Simon Kenevan, Leo E. Osborne, and Wanda Steppe

Guest Artist: Karin Olah

Karin Olah, Peony Pop, Mixed Media

“EIGHT BY EIGHT is a show I have had in the back of my mind since I began working at Martin Gallery.  The inspiration came from my senior thesis, and final art exhibition in college.  I created one hundred small paintings, ranging in color, composition and content, yet all paintings were exactly the same size.  EIGHT BY EIGHT takes this simple concept to new levels, utilizing the talents of eight nationally and internationally renowned artists.  It is an absolute joy to work with these artists every day, and I hope this show will excite you as much as it has me.”

William Crosby, Landscape Gesture VI, acrylic

The viewer can admire the collection as a whole, and also admire each painting as a strong individual work of art.  EIGHT BY EIGHT is going to be a spectacular way to close out the year 2010. This will be a wonderful opportunity for collectors to purchase small works from different artists in the gallery, and even meet these internationally renowned artists in one art-filled evening.

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Join Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC for an incredible evening, dedicated to the incredible photography of Benjamin Ham, as they celebrate the release of his first book, VANISHING LIGHT.  The artist’s reception and book signing will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009, 5:00-8:00pm at the gallery located at 18 Broad Street.  This will be an amazing opportunity for fine art enthusiasts to meet the photographer, see his entire portfolio on display, purchase work from any of his collections, or even get a personalized and signed copy of his new book, just in time for the holidays. The show will open on December 4 for the December Art Walk.

“There is something magical about working with an 8×10.  It’s almost like looking out a window with that large ground glass on the back,” says Benjamin Ham. “One of the great side effects of photography is the way it opens your vision to the vast quality of light.  It seems to enhance the way one sees the world.  I am often aware of the light as the day passes.”

The photography of Ben Ham is strong in craft and rich in detail. Often described as hauntingly peaceful, his art possesses a presence and potency of place that causes a shift in consciousness. You feel as if you could step into the world created by a Ben Ham photograph.

“Ben Ham makes his way over a craggy landscape wielding a huge bellowed camera and an equally impressive tripod.  It’s a 19th century scenario made new in the 21st century.  He’s looking for just that right angle and light that separates art from documentation,” says photographer, Mark Edward Harris.  “It is not only refreshing but vital to step back and observe what no man create.  The beauty of nature painted by light.  Ben Ham is able to capture and preserve that ethereal beauty.”

Although primarily known for his arresting images of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Ben Ham has four unique collections, which will be shown in Charleston for the first time in his upcoming show at Martin Gallery. VANISHING LIGHT will showcase work from all four of his collections…The Lowcountry of South Carolina, The Deserts of the Southwest, The Mountains of Colorado, and The Wine Country of California.

Gallery Director, Kit Coleman, says the collection represents “beautiful and nostalgic moments in time.  Each image can be a place you have visited, or even just dreamed about.  Standing in front of a large-scale Ben Ham photograph, you are overcome by a hauntingly familiar feeling and suddenly the photograph is not just any place, but your place.  When the nostalgia seeps in you do not have to wonder if that place exists…it does, and it is yours.”

Martin Gallery strives to bring some of the finest artists in a variety of 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 more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Our goal is to provide works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Our belief in the quality of the work that our artists produce is what drives us, and our excellent client relationships are what sustain us.

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