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West Fraser | Hunting Island | Oil on linen | 20 x 24 inches

West Fraser | Hunting Island | Oil on linen | 20 x 24 inches

Helena Fox Fine Art, located south of Broad in Historic Charleston, specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists, including renowned Southern painter, West Fraser. The varied collection of work mingles impressionistic landscapes and streetscapes, maritime paintings, plein air travel paintings, still lifes, and trompe l’oeil, with modernistic architectural paintings. Wildlife sculptures by internationally acclaimed sculptor Kent Ullberg and exquisite handcrafted 22K gold jewelry by celebrated Welsh goldsmith Sarah Amos will also enthrall you on your visit to the gallery

Helen Fox Fine Art proudly represents the following artists: Sarah Amos, William R. Davis, John Cosby, William McCullough, Arnold Desmarais, Julyan Davis, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Terry DeLapp, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Joseph McGurl, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, Kent Ullberg and Jeffrey Larson.

Chef Craig Deihl, photo by Peter Frank Edwards

Chef Craig Deihl, photo by Peter Frank Edwards

For the 2014 Palette and Palate Stroll, the gallery is partnering with Cypress restaurant. Cypress, housed in a historic two-story building on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, S.C., opened in 2001. Led by two-time James Beard nominee Craig Deihl, the team at Cypress uses Lowcountry ingredients to showcase Deihl’s signature style. Executive Chef Craig Deihl, recognized as one of the nation’s youngest, talented chefs, infuses classic Lowcountry cuisine of the South with an innovative combination of flavors from around the globe. In 2007, Deihl authored his first cookbook, Cypress, which has immediately received rave reviews from culinary experts.

The menu, which includes dishes such as Crisp Wasabi Tuna with a ginger-garlic glaze and Certified Angus Beef® Filet of Beef with housemade Boursin cheese and Deihl’s award-winning in-house charcuterie program, the Artisan Meat Share, which produces over 80 types of meats, is complemented by a wine list displayed in a three-story wine wall, featuring vintages from well-known to small, boutique wineries around the world and sweet creations by Andrea Upchurch.

Andrea Upchurch

Andrea Upchurch

In 2013, Andrea Upchurch was named the Executive Pastry Chef at Cypress where chef Deihl makes charcuterie dreams come true. Also, running the sweet side of things at Blossom and Magnolia, Upchurch is pushing the envelope at Cypress a little. “My goal is to play off Craig’s stuff. I want to do desserts that are light and clean,” say Upchurch. She will be serving her sweet, dreamy creations at this year’s Palette & Palate Stroll.

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Watch the artists at work in Washington Park on November 3 from 9am till noon.  These plein air demonstrations are open to the public, free, and feature nationally and regionally known artists from CFADA galleries:

West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Susan Romaine,  Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar, Robert Lange, Amy Lind, Gary Grier and Charles Williams.

Paintings created that morning in Washington Park will be on display and available for sale at BUY ART silent auction and reception. The artists will be present at this reception, which will take place at the Gibbes Museum of Art on November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Funds raised by this event are used to purchase much needed art supplies for Charleston County high schools. Tickets are $55 per person. The event is catered by Cru Catering.  To reserve tickets, click here http://www.charlestonfineartdealersassociation.com/tickets/tickets.html or call (843)819-8006 or email CFADA at info@cfada.com.

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Helena Fox Fine Art, located south of Broad in Historic Charleston, SC, features “The Sense of Place: Artists’ Impressions,” new works by West Fraser, Billyo O’Donnell, Donald Demers, Arnold Desmarais and Mary Erickson. The artist reception will take place on November 2 from 5-8pm in conjuction with the Charleston Fine Art Annual. West Fraser, Donald Demers and Mary Erickson will be painting in Washington Park on November 3 from 9am till noon and their works from the park will be up for bid at CFADA’s BUY ART Silent Auction on November 3 at 6:30pm at the Gibbes Museum, benefiting the art programs at local high schools. Tickets for the auction can be purchased at www.cfada.com.

Mary Erickson | Sun Showers

Helena Fox Fine Art specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists.  Artists represented: Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, John Cosby,  Julyan Davis, William R. Davis, Terry DeLapp, Arnold Desmarais, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Jeffrey T. Larson, Joseph McGurl, Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, William McCullough, and Kent Ullberg.

Donald Demers | Chauncey Creek

West Fraser | Last Day of Summer

Billyo O’Donnell | The Last Native American|

Arnold Desmarais | Perfect Homecoming

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One of the leading American artists in the representational/plein air tradition, West Fraser represented by Helena Fox Fine Art has built his career on richly painted, atmospheric vistas of cities, coasts, and the landscape throughout the United States and internationally—from the pristine Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, to the hill towns of Tuscany. An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of the Georgia and South Carolina Coast.

Daddy’s Girl by West Fraser

Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1955, and raised in nearby Hinesville until 1964, when his family moved to Hilton Head Island. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in 1979. The following year in Savannah, he worked independently as an illustrator and began his first serious painting in watercolors. From 1980 to 1984, he lived in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, and began traveling up and down the New England coast to paint maritime subjects and harbor scenes. In 1984, he settled in Charleston, and continued his work in watercolor through the late 1980s. The realistic, detailed marine compositions from this period resulted in early critical recognition, with a 1984 two-man show at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City, and his first one-man exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston in 1986 through early 1987.

By 1986 Fraser had already developed a looser, more lyrical watercolor style. By 1989 he started producing his first oil paintings created from life in open air—en plein air—a style based on an impressionistic rendering of light, color and atmosphere on the forms of landscapes, city scenes, and marine views. Since then he has explored his vision in this vein—constantly developing his formal and expressive skills in portraying subjects ranging from panoramic urban rooftop views, to intimate streetscapes, to remote island marshlands. Working in plein air liberated Fraser from his studio, placing him into the rich fabric of urban life, or by contrast, into unspoiled natural environments, where he has recreated the light and colors of seasons, times of day, and varied atmospheric effects on landscapes and city scenes.

In 1990, he shifted to representational/plein air painting in oil. Since then, he has primarily specialized in coastal landscapes, streetscapes and travel paintings. Through his many accolades and awards, he has achieved a national and international reputation as a master of creating a natural light in his lumanist paintings. Fraser has had 8 solo museum exhibitions in the Midwest, the Southeast, and California. His most recent exhibition will take place this February 2012, A Native Son, Paintings by West Fraser at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA.. Fraser has been published extensively, including features in Art and Antiques, Plein Air Magazine, The Robb Report, Southern Accents, American Artist, Nautical Quarterly, Southwest Art and Hemispheres, to name a few. In 2000, he represented South Carolina in the bicentennial celebration calendar published by the White House Historic Association. In 2001, the University of South Carolina Press published the monograph Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition to Southeastern museums. In 2006, Fraser painted the official portrait of SC Governor Mark Sanford.

Fraser is a current Commissioner of the South Carolina Art’s Commission, an elected member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club, an elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and a Signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) and a member of the California Art Club.  He garnered his first award in 1984, The John Young Hunter Award from Allied Artists of America. Since then he has been honored with the Award of Excellence from Mystic International, The Mary S. Litt Award from The American Watercolor Society, the Pursuit of Excellence/American Master award from the Hubbard Museum of Art, The Edgar Payne Gold Medal Award for Best Landscape from the California Art Club’s 100th Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, among many others.  Fraser hangs in permanent collections in 9 museums across the United States and Bermuda. As well, in permanent collection at The White House Historical Association.  His audiences include museums, art associations, resorts, The Heritage annual PGA Tour winner, yacht clubs, historical societies, health institutions, corporate and private collections, and educational institutions.

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Program:

Friday, November 2:

5 – 8 p.m. – CFADA gallery receptions & Charleston Fine Art Annual Art Stroll – FREE and open to public

8 – 10:30 p.m. – Society 1858’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper preview party & reception at the Gibbes, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door. www.gibbesmuseum.org/events

Saturday, November 3:

9 a.m. – noon – Painting in the Park in Washington Park – FREE and open to public (coffee and snacks available)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. –  Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Artist Demonstrations and Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – CFADA’s Buy Art! silent auction & patrons’ reception benefiting the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs, $55 in advance/$65 day of event. www.cfada.com

Sunday, November 4:

1–5 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

2:30 p.m. – Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

The fine art weekend is a benefit for art programs at 11 local high schools. CFADA has donated over $250,000 to public high schools since 2004. Buy tickets at www.cfada.com

The following artists are painting in the park and donating their works to BUY ART silent auction this year:

West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Susan Romaine,  Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Arnold Desmarais, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar and Robert Lange!

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Join Helena Fox Fine Art in May to view new works by gallery artists: William R. Davis, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser and Joseph McGurl. The opening reception will take place on May 7 from 5-8pm. The show will be on display till May 28, 2010.

Helena Fox Fine Art specializes in fine contemporary representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery features a compilation of work by national and international artists. Representing Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, Christina Bates, John Budicin, William R. Davis, Terry DeLapp, Donald Demers, Mary Erickson, West Fraser, Joseph McCurl, William McCullough,  Billyo O’Donnell, Joseph Paquet, and Kent Ullberg.

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West Fraser, Fall Tides, Oil on Linen

On Friday, March 5, Helena Fox Fine Art presents “New Works” by gallery artists West Fraser, Sarah Amos, Kenn Backhaus, Mary Erickson, Terry DeLapp and Joseph Paquet. The gallery is located at 12 Queen Street in downtown Charleston. Please join us for a reception from 5-8 p.m.

Sarah Amos, 22K Gold and Moonstone Pendant

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