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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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To get Charleston ready for the 8th Annual Palette and Palate Stroll, we are doing feature blog posts on each pairing for the night.

Martin Gallery InteriorMartin 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.

home-7For the 8th Annual Palette & Palate Stroll, Martin Gallery is pleased to be paired with Tristan Restaurant. Tristan will be participating in the event for the first time, and we are very excited to have such an outstanding restaurant on board this year. At Tristan, fine dining is all about simplicity, personalized service, comfortable seating and calming, contemporary décor. Starting with a humble or ordinary ingredient, and taking the time to use the proper techniques to enhance it to its peak flavor is what chef Whiting and his team strive to do on a daily basis at Tristan.

Chef Nate Whiting of Tristan

Chef Nate Whiting of Tristan

Spend a few minutes with Nate Whiting, and you’re bound to hear that he “just wants to be in the kitchen.” It’s a sentiment that Tristan’s executive chef has been expressing since he started cooking at age 13. One that’s led him to work in some of the country’s – and the world’s – top kitchens since graduating from Johnson and Wales University. Over the years, he’s worked under Peninsula Grill’s renowned Chef Bob Carter in Charleston and developed some of his favorite techniques at Da Vittorio in Bergamo, Italy. Before coming to Tristan, he spent six years in the kitchen of The Dining Room at Woodlands. At Tristan, Whiting gets his inspiration from fresh, seasonal ingredients – he’s adamant about using only the best – to create dishes that make, as The Post and Courier puts it, “the simple sublime.”

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Martin Gallery located at 18 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC, welcomes internationally renowned photographer, Michael Kahn to present his newest collection of photography in a show titled “Under the Bridge” on Friday evening, November 5th. The reception will be held from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Michael Kahn, Under the Bridge

Introducing a new collection of images featuring the Charleston Harbor, viewers will delight in the industrial nature of this new collection. In addition to bringing new work to the gallery for the show, Michael will also be bringing be signing copies of his book, The Spirit of Sailing: A Celebration of Sea and Sail.

Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film; then, he produces his luminous silver gelatin photographs in his darkroom using skills he has refined over the years. Michael Kahn’s traditional technique united with his distinctive sense of form, composition, vision and technical mastery has helped him to become one of the most collected photographers of our time.

“Last December, I spent five days in a 13-foot boat filming the waterfront of Charleston. After shooting 100-rolls of film and 1200 exposures later I have edited the images down to a dozen or so handmade black and white photographs that will be on display along with my traditional sailing and seascape photographs,” says Michael Kahn.

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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The Martin Gallery of Charleston, SC 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’s eclectic contemporary art is representative of roughly forty nationally and internationally renowned artists. The gallery aims to provide works of contemplative beauty that enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Their commitment to quality work that their artists produce is what drives them, and their excellent client relationships is what sustains them.

Partnering this year with The Martin Gallery will be 82 Queen, a restaurant devoted to providing guests with a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience for almost a quarter of a century.  Nothing compares to the fine dining experience with a focus on gracious Southern hospitality and fresh local cuisine offered by this charming restaurant nestled in Charleston’s historic French Quarter.      

In a town renowned for fine restaurants, 82 Queen has not only kept pace with strong competition, it has gained high marks for its unique approach to the menu of one of the nation’s premiere dining destinations.  For three consecutive years, 82 Queen was voted “Best City Restaurant” by the readers of Southern Living magazine. The restaurant also received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. One of the professionals behind the success of 82 Queen is its Executive Chef Brad Jones.

Chef Jones credits the authenticity of 82 Queen’s Lowcountry cuisine to its home-grown ingredients.  “We use a lot of local herbs and vegetables when they’re in season. Our shrimp, crab, grouper, flounder, snapper and black fish are so fresh… they were probably swimming in  local waters a day or two before being served at our tables, he states. This local vibe combined with high end cuisine makes for an exceptional dining experience . The addition to the 2010 Palette & Palate Stroll is invaluable.

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Martin Gallery is excited to announce the opening for Nectar of Life: Wanda Steppe Solo Show.  Join the gallery on Friday, May 7 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the French Quarter Art Walk for an opening reception. The show will run through the end of the month.

After spending many years teaching herself to paint traditionally, Steppe found herself in the position of not being able to paint at all. Chemotherapy affected her sense of smell so that painting made her ill. She spent many months thinking about working without being able to work.  The final works in the series are contemplations on the fragility and uncertainty of the physical world and the nature of spirituality.  Steppe currently resides in Rock Hill, SC.

“The passage of time has been a recurring theme in my work.   I am constantly reminded of the uncertainty and fragility of life and of our ability as humans to adapt to the most unlikely situations.  My work employs symbols that are open to interpretation including birds in precarious positions, overripe fruit, and birds’ nests exposed and vulnerable.  In this series birds represent innate knowledge, the things we know instinctively but dismiss.   Their fragility is an illusion, of course.  They are in fact just the opposite,” says Wanda Steppe.

“In Wanda Steppe’s newest collection the viewer will find she has placed a bird within the composition of each painting.  While her work has always asked the viewer to contemplate the relationships between her objects, in NECTAR OF LIFE, the viewer and the bird become one in the same as they observe and question the unusual juxtaposition of flowers, fruit and fabric before them,” says Kit Coleman, Gallery Director.

The gallery is located at 18 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Join Martin Gallery on Friday, March 5 from 5-8 pm for a solo show titled Lake Como, Italy: Plein Air Paintings by Kathleen Billis. Billis paints in the plein air tradition of turn of the century impressionists.  She and her husband travel all over the United States to paint, but live and work in Maine.  They spend part of each spring painting in Italy.  This particular collection of work showcases their recent trip to the Northern Lakes region of Italy, with most of their time spent at Lake Como.

The word “artist” definitely applies to Kathleen Billis.  She was originally trained in ballet, but had to give up dancing at the age of 15 when she developed rheumatoid arthritis.  Dancing was her love and life and evoked a spirit inside of her like no other…it was her passion.  When she met plein air painter Mitch Billis painting became Kathleen’s new calling.

“Until I met Mitch and began painting again, nothing compelled my total attention and motivation like dance.  I feel so lucky to be able to share the life of painting with someone who understands and indeed has taught me the kind of commitment it takes to be a plein air painter,” says Billis. To paint plein air is to be totally a part of the landscape–light and atmosphere.  Finish work may be completed in the studio, but the work is about the present, capturing a special moment or feeling of place that can’t be experienced again in just the same way.  Kathleen can be observed in all seasons trying to, as Willard Metcalf encouraged his students, “Go out, paint what you see, and find a place for yourself within your own culture.”  Kathleen’s colorful harbor scenes and depictions of rural life in Maine, South Carolina and Italy have helped her to do just that.

Martin Gallery is located at 18 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

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Steppe, BoundJoin Martin Gallery on Friday, October 2nd from 5-8 pm for the French Quarter Gallery Artwalk. Martin Gallery is proud to present a brand new body of work by Montreal artist, Joan Dumouchel. Although primarily known for her ethereal figurative work of circus performers, and dancers, Joan is exploring a new mystical world. Horses fade into dripping washes of color highlighted by gold and silver leaf, leaving the viewer suspended in a haze somewhere between dream and reality, longing to hop aboard the vessels that will transport us the realm of the unknown.

Host Cover jpgThe gallery is pleased to announce that author, Carrie Host, will be present signing her book “Between Me & The River: Living Beyond Cancer, A Memoir.” The gallery’s newest artist Wanda Steppe will also be present.

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.

Martin Gallery is located at 18 Broad Street on the corner of State and Broad Streets, in the Grand Salon of the historic People’s Building.

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