The Saluda River Club and Lifestone Communities in Lexington, SC, to host Art on the River: the Saltwater Cowboy Returns Home, featuring an exhibit of works by Bob Graham, also known as the Saltwater Cowboy. The event takes place at the Saluda River Club Chickawa Outdoor Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, from 10am to 6pm.
Graham is a native of West Columbia, SC, graduating from Brookland Cayce High School in 1986. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Newberry College and received his MFA in Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his nickname by walking barefoot on the beaches of Savannah wearing his Stetson hat.
Graham has mastered his art over a twenty-five year career maintaining an exhibition space in the Waterfront Gallery in Charleston, SC, for fifteen years. Following the gallery’s recent closing, Graham joined with several artists to open Studio 151 on East Bay Street in Charleston. His recent exhibitions include the 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum; the Carolina / Caribbean Connection with the South Carolina Heritage Corridor; and a solo exhibit at the Boarder Lands Gallery in the Booth Western Art Museum.
Graham exhibits his work regularly across the United States and abroad and is represented in numerous museums, corporate and private collections. His work also graces the covers of numerous books and he has several magazine illustrations to his credit.
“My goal is to tell a story and evoke an emotion in the viewer. I feel art is a journey whose elusive goal is to communicate beauty that the creator has placed before us. The common thread in my work is people,” says Graham.
Paintings depicting the War Between the States, Native and Africain America themes, Western and Cowboy themes, prints and portraits will be available for purchase during the Art on the River event. You will experience the artist’s passion for western art, as well as, the love of his South Carolina roots.
Graham continues to say, “I want my work to sing. I want it to capture that unique sense of feeling of that one moment in time. My work reflects a lifelong pursuit of art. Although my paintings exhibit a realistic approach, my primary goal is to give a spirit of life to the subject. I don’t want to take my dreams to the grave.”
The Saluda River Club is located at 644 Corley Mill Road in Lexington, SC.
For further information contact Stephanie White by calling 803/808-3795 or e-mailing to (email@example.com). To see more of Bob Graham’s works visit (http://www.bobgrahamstudio.com/).