Looking for a great conversation piece for your home? How about this colorful Charleston Starry Night painting in a one of a kind, handmade Moo Roo Renew gold frame.
Known for his bold graffiti murals throughout the city of Charleston, Charleston local Crosby Jack is the artist behind Holy City Starry Night. A play on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, this one of a kind piece represents Crosby Jack's take on the city. Find it at Moo Roo Renew at 439 King Street in the Upper King Design District.
The Savannah Bee Company is hosting a Spoleto inspired event on May 22 from 5:30 - 8:00pm at their King Street store. Local artist Rayne MacPhee will be painting in the store and will have some of her artwork for sale. Savannah Bee will also have encaustic paintings for sale which are made from colored beeswax.
Stop by and enjoy a sampling of cheeses paired with a honeys from Savannah Bee as well as a small tasting of mead. Mead, also known as "honey wine" is a delicious fermented mixture of water, honey, and yeast.
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What’s the difference between a coaster and a cocktail napkin? Not something Cesi thinks about a lot - until ibu commissions hundreds of handwoven cocktail napkins from her. When ibu founder, Susan Hull Walker, met Cesi last December, she had traveled many miles through the mountains to present her with piles of her work. The work was beautiful, but the finished item was neither coaster nor cocktail napkin, but something in between.
It’s one of the hardest things ibu encounters when working with artisans in other cultures: what to do when your designs get lost in translation? Susan went back up the mountain with Cesi and met the other weavers in her cooperative. She saw their looms at work, talked through their challenges and successes, and told them the crunchy squares would not work where she lives.
"We are a team. A business. A movement in the world, and we must work together in excellence. This is not a charity. It is a collaboration of equals. We have to get it right." By that afternoon she was back on the loom, determined to make it right.
Join Candlefish for their next Maker Break workshop featuring their friends at Sideshow Press!
Get ready for an afternoon of artisan candle making and letterpress printing! This month’s Maker Break on March 29th will equip you with everything you need to celebrate the next birthday on your calendar.
You will meet at Candlefish to enjoy hand dipping your very own color dipped taper birthday candles, then take a quick walk to the printshop (121 Wentworth) to letterpress your own set of birthday cards on one of Sideshow Press’s vintage letterpress machines. And of course, it wouldn't be a birthday bash without some cupcakes!
Click here to purchase tickets before they sell out. Tickets are $45.
Join the Michael Mitchell Gallery on December 11th from 6-9om for Popcorn Garland, a small works show. This is a wonderful time during gifting season to purchase affordable, local, original artwork and pieces for yourself of someone special.
See works by Tom Potocki, J.K. Crum, Marissa Vogl, Debbie Martin, Alicia Leeke, Lisa Shimko, Eva Magill-Oliver, Hirona Matsuda, Susan Colwell, Erin McPherson, Trever Webster and many more.
Check out The Preservation Society's new storefront window installation! From October 1 - November 1 Madame Magar's Makeshift Studio: The Sea Island Blue Collection will be featured in the storefront.
The installation is inspired by the Sea Islands and Gullah/Geechee. The window features vats of steeping indigo in shades from haint to royal blue and a coat made using a traditional Gullah/Geechee technique called "rag quilting".
The indigo rag quilt coat will be auctioned off with a percentage going towards the Preservation Society and the rest towards a new Madame Magar studio.
This painting retails for $4900, contact the Reinert LePrince Fine Art Gallery to purchase at (843) 793-4765.
Charleston has the moxie to attract high profile stores like Gucci at one end of the spectrum and H&M at the other. We have a number of originals like Carolina on King, House of Sage and Campo Marzio’s first U.S. store. Cos Bar followed a trail of chic locations like Aspen, Carmel and Santa Fe to come here. Alex and Ani, C. Wonder, Kate Spade and L’Occitane all recently found their way to our small but delightful shopping city. Coming soon: Tees by Tina, whose No. 2 store will be at 278 King Street. Store No. 1 is on Martha’s Vineyard.
A young company, Tees by Tina already has products in over 1200 stores and boutiques --Nordstrom, Von Maur, Resort Shops at Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton to name a few. They make seamless, knit, and--incredibly--one-size-fits-most pieces that fall into the diverse categories of intimates, maternity, active wear, shape wear, business and casual wear. There are dresses, tanks, shirts, skirts and pants, all made in the U.S., all at very nice price points. Tina is quite the rage in fashion magazines, where celebrities wearing Tees by Tina abound, especially pregnant ones. Look forward to Tina’s opening in the next 30-60 days.
Paderewski Fine Art & The Sportsman's Gallery will feature new jewelry designed by Charlotte jewelry artist, Terry Vedder. Vedder's necklaces and earrings are unique and beautiful; each piece is full of bright colors and gorgeous stones. Vedder also does custom pieces.
Visit Paderewski Fine Art & The Sportsman's Gallery upstairs at 216 B King Street to see these wonderful pieces.
Since Kelly Wenner Grossman was a small child, she enjoyed taking art class after art class. At the same time, she was drawn to stones and can remember collecting stones wherever she traveled. If you combine a love of art with a love of stones, it makes perfect sense that she became a jewelry artist.
Take a look at her beautifully designed copper leaf & stone necklace. Kelly hand picks leaves and pinecones and preserves them in copper, gold and sterling silver. Her work has been featured in Army Wives, Charleston Magazine and Charleston Wedding Magazine.
Kelly always wanted a store of her own and the timing was right when a great spot became available on King street. Hence, a dream came true and she now owns and runs The Art Mecca of Charleston with her partner Mackenzie King. Stop by The ART MECCA of Charleston to see her work at 427 King Street.
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Don’t look now but the holidays are rapidly descending. This year will be very interesting with Thanksgiving quickly—like the very next day—leading to Black Friday November 29, the City’s Christmas Tree lighting November 30, and the Christmas Parade December 1. Hanukkah begins the day before Thanksgiving and ends December 5. Blink twice and you’ll miss Christmas!
We’ll start to see hints of the holidays at the November 10 2nd Sunday on King Street where I’ve heard there may be an early appearance by Santa. In December the elves that bring 2nd Sunday downtown year ‘round will do it three times in a row for your holiday pleasure. The additional Sunday closures will take place December 15 and December 22 and will keep the same format as always, officially 1:00-5:00 PM but come at noon so you don’t miss a thing. Or come at 11:00 when I’m told there is the best shopping.
The additional Sundays are part of a downtown shopping, dining and holiday campaign to support businesses across the Peninsula. Now in its fourth year, 2nd Sunday has become the most attended regularly scheduled event in Charleston and the best sales day of the month for many downtown retailers, restaurants and attractions.
LePrince's alla prima style, bold brush strokes, and limited but vibrant palette make his work recognizable to his many collectors. Today his equine works adorn the walls of the “Ocean Room” inside Kiawah's esteemed 5-Star Sanctuary Hotel and his dramatic landscapes hang in the grand entrance at Hilton Head's Wexford Plantation House. The Figure Eight Island Club and Bald Head Island Club own several stylized heron paintings. CEOs, Corporations, and private individuals have placed LePrince's works in collections all over the globe.
NECAT had the ribbon cutting formally opening NECAT’s Culinary Arts Education Center at 23 Bradston Street. The new building encompasses an 11,000 sq. ft. facility that combines a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and a demonstration kitchen auditorium with gallery and restaurant spaces filled with sunlight, flowers and art.
Maarten Hemsley, Founder and Chairman of NECAT, paid tribute to LePrince, who attended the ribbon cutting, noted that the painting “Captures the excitement of the kitchen that I hope will inspire all of NECAT’s Culinary Art Students.”
NECAT is dedicated to Job Training Programs providing career-directed education, job skills training and placement assistance, targeted to the specific employment needs of partner employers. These programs are free of tuition cost to students, and assists local adults, 17 and older, who are unemployed, underemployed, or transitioning from public assistance programs.
NECAT also works alongside the Boston Public Schools system and its partners, to develop after-hours arts programs to motivate local urban teens to realize their full educational potential.
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This week I visited Ann Reinert’s Yellow Door Gallery on King Street, just upstairs from the Reinert LePrince Fine Art Gallery at 179 King. I wanted to see the MJ Green archival metal prints featured at the last 2nd Sunday on King Street, before they were all gone. Green’s unusual treatment of black and white captured my attention wasn’t printed on metal, “The Bridge 1” is a dramatic black and white photograph on paper featuring the Ravenel Bridge boldly shot from below. One might think a bridge is a bridge, but ours has a way of playing with light so much so that it looks different every day. MJ caught it looking ethereal. She obviously loves it too.
The Yellow Door Gallery has other wall art, some by Reinert’s famous impressionist husband Rick, and those bold colors and textures are expertly presented with wearable, tasteful items like jewelry, scarves and even bath products. You can tell Ann is having fun with this place. Vintage-inspired hand crafted jewelry by Robin Goodfellow Designs features colorful swirls of crystals, rhinestones, and pearls along with glass and metal beads. Rick Hunter, Scott Simmons, and Otter Rotolante contribute handblown and torchworked glass in a rainbow of colors that float invisibly on window shelves for a striking effect.
Visit Seeking Indigo holistic wellness center at 445 King Street and explore Magaret's collection of vintage treasures.
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Lowcountry impressionist artist Kevin LePrince is constantly finding inspiration in Charleston.
Kevin LePrince explains, "Charleston has a never-ending source of inspiration with all its quaint restaurant interiors, streets rich with architecture reminiscent of old European cities, lush gardens, seasonal shifts that illuminate the sunset differently depending on the time of year. Wildlife is abundant here as well. I often find the creatures in the Lowcountry to be full of personality. The marshes here are full of life and mystery."
Recently, Kevin has found inspiration in the birds of the Lowcountry. We love the bold brush strokes and color palettes in the paintings "A Little Confused" 14 x 11 Oil Painting on the left, and "Feeling Cranky" 11x14 Oil.
The Michael Mitchell Gallery is pleased to introduce the works of Sarah Boyts Yoder to the gallery. Seen here is her work "Estrellita" (17"x13" Mixed Media on Paper).
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter living and working in Charleston, SC. Sarah uses materials ranging from pencil, spray paint, and house paint to pages from vintage coloring books when creating her multilayered, mixed media paintings. A love of color, collage, design and typography drive the search for balance between sophistication and simplicity, cartoon-like expression and eloquent abstraction.
Above is artist Rick Reinert's new oil on linen painting, "Cafe La Nuit" insprired by a scene in Arles, France. Doesn't it look like it could be a site at Second Sunday on King Street? This painting retails for $1600, contact the Reinert LePrince Fine Art Gallery to purchase, (843) 793-4765.
Join Seeking Indigo on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6-8pm for their Regional Designer Showcase- a night of fashion, food, and wellness in celebration of Charleston's local talent. This FREE event will showcase more than 20 local designers.
Local Designers include:
The Spoleto Festival is coming to Southend Brewery & Smokehouse! They will host Charleston area artist and poet, Helen Duckworth, in the Wagener Room on the third floor of the brewery. Ms. Duckworth’s ”Stories of the Heart” collection will be on display during the Spoleto Festival from May 25 – June 9. Charleston residents and visitors alike are welcome to view this beautiful, romantic and vibrant collection.
“Stories of the Heart” features over 20 oil paintings gathered to represent an intimate expression of love. Each original work captures deep emotion and soft touch whether it be between lovers or friends. Set against the backdrop of historic Charleston with gorgeous views of the harbor, Southend’s Wagener Room is the perfect venue for Ms. Duckworth’s collection. Along the staircase leading to the third floor, guests will be treated to the artist’s vignettes displayed with her original poetry.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Duckworth during a special reception June 2 between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. Open to the public, the event will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, Southend’s signature beers and wine. We welcome everyone to come meet this talented artist and enjoy what is sure to be a lovely evening.
A familiar face to the Spoleto Festival, Ms. Duckworth has participated 12 times in the annual arts event including her poetry readings at the famous Dock Street Theatre. Best described as contemporary expressionism, Ms. Duckworth’s paintings reflect the artist’s full range of emotions expressed through color and form. Ms. Duckworth said, “I don’t use a formula when I paint. It is intuitive. I have a feeling of what I want to express and it evolves itself into shapes…like a puzzle that comes from me.” In the paintings of lovers, the artist shows the feeling through the way the arms are exaggerated and how the hands sometimes barely touch their beloved. In other paintings, the bodies appear to dissolve into each other.
Don't miss the SEWE King Street Stroll on Friday, February 17th from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. A number of merchants will stay open late for SEWE-goers, and feature SEWE artists at work on site. Libations & hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is a free event open to the public, no ticket is required.
Stop by the following stores:
See these SEWE Artist at work:
Join Croghan's Jewel Box for Bloody Marys and Mimosas during a very special showing of jewelry made by Croghan's rising star designers: Eliza Avery, Lauren Holmes, and Jane Werrell. Stop by on Sunday, February 12th from 1-5pm during 2nd Sunday on King Street or on Monday, February 13th from 10-5pm. For more information on these featured artists, visit Croghan's blog here.
On Saturday, February 11th, the Michael Mitchell Gallery will host an Art and Designer Pop Up Shop, a one day only event. From 10am-4pm, walk around the gallery and shop from the following vendors:
This is an Arts for Charity event. A percent of proceeds from sold artwork at this event will benefit non-profit organizations. The Michael Mitchell Gallery is located at 483 King Street in downtown Charleston.
Just off the easel from Rick Reinert is this gorgeous painting capturing winter in the Lowcountry. In "Morning Frost", an 80 x 40 oil on canvas, the sunrise is depicted beautifully peaking through a baring tree along the water's edge.
This painting retails for $11000. Please contact the Reinert LePrince Fine Art Gallery for purchasing information.
Denise Athanas's artwork has been repeatedly selected in national and international exhibits and has received numerous awards including signature membership in the prestigious Watercolor USA Honor Society as well as many more. Her interest in the arts goes back to her school and college years. She started painting when many years ago, she moved to Syracuse, NY where she joined a painting class given by a local artist. There started a love affair with painting that has grown and become more intense as time goes on.
Denise is primarily self taught. She is a consumate student of art, a voracious reader of art publications and she participates in seminars and instructional workshops presented by nationally and internationally recognized artists some of whom have become a source of inspiration to her. Finally and most importantly, she keeps painitng. She constantly experiments and explores new venues, materials, surfaces, techniques, and ideas.
Denise Athanas wants the viewer to be able to see "her" in her work. Growing up in Ethiopia and Greece and her school years in the Sudan and Great Britain are a basic part of her ever changing “mold” characteristic in her work – the bold brush strokes, the sharp lines, the smooth curves and bright colors in all the hues of the rainbow. You can see her work on display at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery located at 148 East Bay Street in Charleston's French Quarter District.
Atelier Gallery is Charleston's newest fine art gallery located at 153 King Street. Atelier’s focus is to support and promote a variety of artists and in doing so has wedded the classics with the moderns. Traditional portraits and landscapes are displayed alongside contemporary canvases and sculptures.
The different pieces of art work together in harmony while providing a variety of contrasting compositions around the gallery, and those walking around feel they've never seen exactly the same thing twice.
Atelier’s unique ability to represent several generations of artists, techniques and styles is definitive of the gallery’s expansive personality. Atelier Gallery truly understands how art speaks, and has collected works from established and emerging local and regional artists which will resonate with admirers and collectors of all generations.
Atelier is known for bringing fresh, original artwork to local and national collectors alike and believes in introducing collectors to the best, beautiful, affordable and collectible pieces of fine art.
If you hope to acquire a custom work of art, Atelier Gallery can help you procure a commissioned work to meet your needs with one of our talented artists-- the ideal solution for finding a tailor-made piece for any art collection.
Atelier Gallery Charleston
153 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston Style & Design Magazine presents The Design Elements of Michael Mitchell on Thursday, October 13th from 6-8pm at the Michael Mitchell Gallery. Charleston Style and Design Magazine is hosting interior designer Michael Mitchell as he expands his interior design business by adding mid-century antiques, modern and vintage furniture to the mix of local and regional artwork this Fall. He now also has the exclusives to Made Goods and Dwell Studio, two collections of modern home decor not found elsewhere in the region.
Come out to the Michael Mitchell Gallery at 483 King Street & enjoy champagne and light hors d' oeuvres. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for this event.
Tom Potocki is a professional artist who has exhibited extensively in national and regional shows. While earning his BFA degree at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent a summer studying in Rome, and also did design work for Westinghouse, Mellon Bank and US Steel. After graduating, Tom moved to New York City and was involved with the Pop Art movement, and produced the first “Happening” at Fire Island off Long Island. He then spent a year in Greece with a studio on the Island of Hydra. Upon returning to the US, Tom earned his MFA degree from Edinboro University and began a college teaching career, and was a founding member of the Northwestern PA Artists’ Association.During this time he continued to explore and develop his own vision through drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.
His eclectic style has been described as having the look of refined graffiti – a style that grew out of a combination of his neoclassical training and involvement with the Abstract and Pop Art movements of his time. Recently he had a drawing included in “Strokes of Genius,” a publication of the best of contemporary drawing, by North Light Books. Tom lives in Hollywood, SC and is represented in Charleston at Michael Mitchell Gallery.
Noble, majestic, powerful, beautiful ... it is these qualities of horses that Karen Keene Day sees, and through her paintings, reveals their spirituality in a Celebration of Life through color & movement. In their strong family units in the wild or alone, running free or standing still, Karen paints them with rich colors, free of tack and rider. Karen Keene Day’s paintings of horses in pastels, acrylics, and water-colors, have traveled across the United States and to Spain, to shows, businesses and clients’ homes. Her paintings have been featured in horse magazines Equine Image, Andalusian and Conquistador, including several covers on Andalusian magazine.
The artist has given workshops, slide shows and presentations to business groups, artists’ associations and school children. Karen travels to photograph horses for her paintings, and to find inspiration. This has included trips to study the wild horses of the Pryor Mountains on the border of Wyoming and Montana, the Little Bookcliff Horses of DeBeque, Colorado and wild Marsh horses of the Carolina and Georgia Shores. Disappointment Valley in Colorado, where the Spring Creek Wild Horses are, is now her main focus. Karen (and her husband Floyd) live in Beaufort, SC and is represented in Charleston at Michael Mitchell Gallery.
Michael Mitchell Art Gallery at 438 King Street |843.564.0034
John David Duncan is a local Charleston artist who creates delightful three-dimensional home portraits. Using literally thousands of individually hand cut, sculpted, formed, moulded and painted pieces of 100% cotton Strathmore Paper, each three-dimensional portrait brings to life the facade of homes, churches and landmark buildings in exacting detail. John does these pieces by commission, but now and again he will create one for posterity, like the St. Michaels you can see in the St. Michaels gift shop, or the two exceptional pieces on display at the Harbour Club. Wouldn’t you love your home done tiny? Visit his website or call 843-937-9709 for more details.
Just look at this beautiful painting by Charleston Impressionist Rick Reinert. It's 36"x48" oil on canvas and can be viewed--for a short time (as with all of Rick's work, it will sell quickly)--at Reinert LePrince Fine Art, 179 King Street in the Antique District. The work is titled Rain at King and Market.
The story, from Fran Doggrell, "There are days when I rarely speak to anyone over the age of 8. As a result I have found my casual conversation in adult settings to be lacking. No one at a dinner party ever laughs at my jokes about animal noises or eating slimy worms. Most will smile in a patronizing “she’s demented” way and turn toward their other dinner partner for some more enlightened converstion. On the other hand, many of my little subjects find me surprisingly comical.
I have some good jokes and I hear some fall down good responses from them in return. Of course there is the occassional tiny cynic - the old soul disguised as a two year old who does not approve of my rather frivolous remarks. I am rebuked with a priceless expression that shows his level of disapproval - rather reminiscent of my most recent dinner partner."
Fran Doggrell Photography is located in the King Street Antique District at 159 King Street. While her studio is being renovated, call 803-300-3344 for your consultation and appointment on King Street, or anywhere.
Come to welcome and meet wildlife artist Al Dornisch at Margaritaville 282 King Street, during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Dornisch is a self-taught painter and naturalist having spent the past 68 years developing his art and studying the world’s wild creatures and the out-of-doors. His interests have taken him all over the world to study and photograph diverse places from the polar-regions of Canada to the savannas and forests of Africa.
Al’s painting are highly detailed wildlife images and have been accepted in exhibits throughout the US and Canada. Dorinsch’s talents span beyond painting as he is also the author and illustrator of two children’s books, North American Baby Animals and African Baby Animals, a product and material developer for Powder Metallurgy and a teacher for the Penn State Continuing Ed. Program.
Come to welcome and meet wildlife artist Bobby Lewis at Silver Puffin, 327-329 King Street, during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Emerging artist Bobby Lewis has studied with art schools in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia. He has since traveled intensely to different parts of the world for months on end to study his subjects firsthand, enjoying unforgettable experiences along the way. His intensity and passion for life have certainly transcended his artwork. Bobby strongly feels a canvas is a tool to reach an audience in a silent yet incredibly powerful manner that needs not a spoken word.
He has had many influences in painting, but possibly none more meaningful than the incredible 30,000 year old European cave paintings which are thought to be one of the earliest known forms of art. And amazingly, most of these cave painting images contain wildlife scenes with rhinos, lions, bison, mammoths and antelope. Lewis feels there is no better way of connecting directly with world history and world issues than painting wildlife, as it quite possibly has the longest and most important history of all art forms.
Come to welcome and meet wildlife artist Carol Joy Shannon at Rapport, 235 King Street, during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Inspired by the lively art scene in Raleigh, Shannon began painting in earnest in 2005 and was quickly rewarded for her efforts with positions in juried shows and commissioned work. Her paintings are in public and private collections in North and South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Japan, Italy and Finland and she recently had a painting on display for five months in the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Her wildlife art takes traditional images and places them in abstract backgrounds. The juxtaposition of realistically rendered fish and birds against nautical charts and blocks of color creates interest, and multi-layered mediums evoking water and depth draw the viewer in.
Come to welcome and greet award-winning wildlife artist Danny O'Driscoll at The OOPS! Co., 326 King Street, during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
O’Driscoll began his art career as an illustrator and graphic artist with both the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC and the Houston Zoo in Texas and has been a professional working artist for more than 36 years. With a strong background in zoological illustrations, he strives to embody extreme realism, accuracy, and anatomically correctness in each and every painting he creates.
He is renowned for his ornithological prints, which include such birds as hawks, ducks, songbirds and eagles to name just a few. Many of his art prints feature wild game as well. His work has appeared in publications such as Artist Magazine, Airbrush Magazine, and the best-selling book Wildlife Painting: Step by Step by Patrick Seslar.
Danny's recognitions include awards from the North and South Carolina Wildlife Federations as Artist of The Year, National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet Print Artist, and being featured at the Southern Wildlife Festival of Decatur, Alabama.
Come to welcome and meet Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, Broderick Crawford, at Banana Republic, 249 King Street, during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Broderick Crawford came from a strong genetic background of artistic ancestors, and is a completely self-taught artist. While acrylic is his favorite, he uses different mediums and works on both canvas and masonite to produce his unique and varied style of impressionism, realism and some abstraction.
Since he began painting in 1992, Broderick has produced over 70 Limited Edition prints, originals, and commissioned pieces and competes in numerous painting competitions. Recently, he won 1st place in the 2009 Colorado Habitat Stamp Competition and 1st place in the Idaho Ducks Unlimited Art Contest giving him the title of the 2010/2011 Idaho DU Artist of the Year. He also recently won his home state of Georgia's Ducks Unlimited competition, taking home top prize of 2010 Georgia DU artist of the year.
Come to welcome and meet award-winning wildlife artist Rick Reinert at the Michael Mitchell Gallery during the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Rick Reinert, from Logansport, IN, formally trained in the arts at Western Kentucky University in the 70's. This led to one-man shows in Germany, Toronto and Canada in the 80's that featured bold, expressionistic work. After renewing his commitment to painting a number of years ago he now focuses more on expressing light and shadow in natural surroundings.
Recently Rick's painting, "Ships of the Heartland," was chosen as a top 100 winner in the 2008 Paint America competition. Among several other accolades, Rick has been chosen as a featured artist in the Gadsden Museum of Art Southeastern Plein Air Festival in Gadsden, AL.
Come Butterfly Women's Consignment Boutique on Upper King Street to welcome and meet award winning wildlife artist Ilse De Villiers for the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Ilse De Villiers has a passion for nature and animals and has been painting African wildlife for the past twelve years. She uses acrylics on canvas to capture animals in such meticulous detail and so lifelike that the onlooker is spellbound.
Because she also has a love for all the colors in nature, her paintings are everything, but never dull. She specializes in original art and no prints or giclees are made. She visited the U.S. and specifically SEWE for the first time in 2008, back in 2009 and 2011.
Come to Seeking Indigo to welcome and meet award winning wildlife artist Larry Seymour for the annual SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday, February 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, part of Charleston's fantastic Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Larry Seymour’s love for nature and wildlife and his innate artistic ability has allowed him to express his love of wildlife in a way that all people can share. Since earning a B.S. degree in Biology from the Citadel, he has also shared his appreciation for nature by teaching zoology and biology.
Seymour began drawing and sketching in elementary school and by college, he had sketched portraits for President John Kennedy and John Glenn. While he received letters of gratitude from them, portraits were not his real love.
Focusing his work on his favorite subject, wildlife, Seymour used mediums of pastels and scrimshaw. His scrimshaws received national recognition in the Wall Street Journal. Seymour was named South Carolina Wildlife Federation Artist of the Year in 1988.
As a child French Canadian artist, Patricia Pépin loved to roam in the woods and fields, observing the wilderness and drawing her many findings. Pépin paints with oil colours and is interested in the traditions and techniques of her medium. While studying the works of old masters, she was attracted by the art of Vermeer and Vélasquez, struck by their mastery of light and colours.
Their influence is well represented in Patricia's paintings, in which the realism born out of these notions can be clearly seen. Add to this the love of nature, which Pépin paints and draws with a scrupulous fidelity, and you get a symbiosis of technique and knowledge that gives the paintings of Pépin very high credibility. She has exhibited in "Birds in Arts" at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, WI, and at the Bennington Center for the Arts, VT. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has illustrated a Quebec Wildlife Habitat Conservation stamp.
Primarily a pastel painter, Linden has enjoyed success with a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, acrylic and oils. Figures, landscapes, animals, and contemporary subjects have been included in her work. Her true passion, however, is capturing wildlife and nature in pastel and she does this by breathing life into each painting with her realistic painting style.
In 2004, Linden became a member of The Society of Animal Artists. Her works have won honors in the Pastel Journal’s annual Pastel 100 competitions and have been published in multiple issues.
Hilarie Lambert the award-winning Charleston wildlife artist, will be at Oxette, the simply lovely, new, jewelry boutique at 258 King Street, for the SEWE King Street Stroll, Friday February 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Hilarie Lambert is captured by things – by the architectural allure of old movie theaters, by the way the morning light illuminates a bird’s wing or by the play of light and shadow on a fisherman’s face.” Ms. Lambert has developed a very recognizable style with her oils; part of this is in her approach to the application of paint on the canvas. The paint is laid down in what seem to be quick and loose, but strong brush strokes usually with a very generous amount of paint.
This style gives the viewer a definite sense of the artist’s hand and vision at work in the finished piece. The range of mood and subject matter in her pieces is broad. Sometimes her pieces are done tongue in cheek with her sense of humor evident in the choice of titles and gestures in the figurative pieces; other times her paintings have a much more traditional and classic style while still rendering the pieces with her signature flair.
The youngest of seven, Vaughan began her professional career, working for the next 5 years as Art Director for several Austin area clients including Samsung, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Harcourt Publishing.
As a plein air painter she now paints on location all across America. “My favorite place is around the countryside on our old farm in Manor, Texas. I completed 365 daily small works depicting our "Last Year on the Farm." Vaughan’s paintings have won awards across America and are being acquired by museums and numerous collectors. Currently, Vaughan is working on a museum exhibit "Passing America," which will have its first show in 2012. She also teaches painting at the Fredericksburg Artist’s School in Texas.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), the nation's largest wildlife art and nature event, announced that Eldridge Hardie will be the Featured Artist for the 2011 event, which will be held February 18 - 20 in downtown Charleston.A well-respected artist in the genre, Eldridge Hardie has been called one of the most accomplished and completely skilled sporting artists of the contemporary era.
Hardie works primarily with oils and watercolors and has had his work appear in publications including Sporting Classics, Shooting Sportsman and Charleston's own Garden & Gun. Hardie graduated first in his class with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Fine Art at Washington University and his career has been featured in Wildlife Art News and Southwest Art.
Also, look forward to the SEWE King Street Stroll! The SEWE King Street Stroll includes artist demonstrations and special events hosted by King Street shops, restaurants and hotels.
Some of Gallery Chuma's favorite personalities and chefs will be part of The Gullah Tribute Luncheon Friday from noon to 2:00 PM in the main tent at Marion Square as part of the BB&T Wine+Food Festival. As the leading gallery featuring Gullah Art, it is only fitting that Gallery Chuma's featured artist, Jonathan Green, is part of the Gullah tribute.
Green is considered one of the most important painters of the Southern experience and one of the most preeminent artists capturing the traditions of African American culture.
And if you have ever been to one of the many special events at Gallery Chuma, including the John Street Jazz Series, you will recognize the food in Marion Square as none other than the delights of Charlotte Jenkins of Gullah Cuisine in Mt. Pleasant. No one does Gullah food any better.
Ana's main concern in doing her sculptures is for them to convey her feelings. Her pieces express warmth, sensuality and motion. Her lines are clean, the curves harmonious and her born sense of the third dimension and proportion makes her pieces achieve a unique perfection. Ana is a perfectionist and each one of her pieces shows it.