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Charleston Gallery Association Forms in Charleston, SC

August 8, 2015

History has been made in the Charleston, SC’s art world. The French Quarter Gallery Association with over 20 years and 25 galleries have re-branded combining with Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association – CFADA of 17 years and inviting other art galleries in the downtown and greater Charleston area to become the Charleston Gallery Association.

“We are thrilled to bring all the art galleries together to continue promoting Charleston as a global ‘Art Destination’ with now over 40 fine art galleries,” said Julie Dunn, former President of French Quarter Gallery Association now the first President of Charleston Gallery Association.

The visual arts community in Charleston has so much to offer from traditional Lowcountry landscapes to contemporary abstractions and everything in between.  Today’s art collector is purchasing art they love and Charleston offers a grand selection.  Charleston being a tourist town and voted #1 city in the country by “Condé Nast Traveler” readers and #2 in the world, our goal is to show the art collectors of the world that this city is a destination for quality art.  Promoting the galleries as a whole provides a unity and single voice that creates a contagious energy, and will not only bring visitors to Charleston for the food, history and charm but also for the art!

Join us for the next Charleston Gallery Association ARTWALK on Friday October 2nd 2015 from 5 – 8pm.  All Charleston Gallery Association galleries will be open with many of the artist in attendance along with refreshments served.

Official Charleston Gallery Association ARTWALKS are held four times a year on the first Friday of March, May, October and December from 5 – 8pm.  All CGA art galleries will be open.

Please visit our website at ( for the Calendar of Events.

For further info contact Julie Dunn, President, Charleston Gallery Association by e-mailing to ( or calling 843/312-4550.

Fabulon, a New Gallery in Charleston, SC, Calls for Artist’s Entries for Exhibit “Souvenirs of Summer” – Deadline is July 24, 2015

July 12, 2015

Fabulon, a new gallery in West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is hosting a show primarily for new and emerging artists, Friday Aug. 28, 2015 (this is not labor day weekend.)

The show will be called “Souvenirs of Summer”. Artist selected will have space to display 3-5 pieces of current work. They will also be asked for a 4”x6” postcard size piece with a summer, summer souvenir, or end of summer theme created specifically for the show.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $15 fee. Accepted artists will be part of a group show and have the opportunity to leave their work on display for the month of September. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

Please register on line at (
Deadline for submission is July 24, 2015. Artists to be notified by 7/31. Work to be delivered by 8/24 and picked up by Oct. 3, 2015.

There will be a brief meeting for artists at the gallery, 1017 Wappoo Rd Charleston, SC, upon acceptance. There will be an opening reception with refreshments 8/28 from 5pm until 9pm.

For further info call 843/566-3383 or e-mail to (

Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (

Photos available from our website (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Announces 2015/2016 Slate of Officers, New Board Members, and Philanthropy Award at Fellows Luncheon

June 17, 2015


On Friday, May 19, 2015, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, announced the new slate of officers and Board Members, and the winner of the 2015 philanthropy award at the museum’s Fellows Luncheon celebration. “This year we are thrilled to present Croghan’s Jewel Box with the 2015 James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Croghan’s philanthropy and support of the Gibbes has spanned generations and is alive and strong today,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.


James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award – Each year the Board and staff of the CAA bestows on an individual or group the James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Gibbes was deeply devoted to the betterment of Charleston’s young creative minds in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Through his 1885 bequest of $100K, which in today’s dollars is valued at $2.5M, Gibbes launched what we know today as the Gibbes Museum of Art.  His generosity and vision set the state for the visual arts in Charleston by providing the funds to build the oldest art museum in the South.

Croghan’s Jewel Box
William Joseph Croghan opened Croghan’s Jewel Box in 1919 on King Street. His daughter, Mary Croghan Ramsay, was owner and manager of the store and during this time was a tireless supporter of the Gibbes and a champion of the local arts community. Mary remained involved with the museum until her death in 2009. Her daughters, Mariana Hay and Rhett Outten have carried on this tradition of support. Rhett has been a faithful and hardworking board member since 2011 and was co-chair of the Street Party in 2013. She is a current member of the Cultivation Committee, and offers a boundless enthusiasm to her varied roles. Over the years Croghan’s has been a consistent donor to silent auctions, a sponsor of the Women’s Council’s annual Art of Design luncheon and the Gibbes Street Party, and has maintained a Fellows level membership.

Gibbes Museum of Art Board Slate

Chair, Laura Gates
Immediate Past President, Allan Anderson
Vice Chairs, Jill Almeida, Jane Beak, Daniel Gallagher, Dr. John Hallett, Eleanor Hale, Alice Wyatt, and Charles Wyrick

Class of 2018

Denise Barto
Sarah Donnem
Wendy Dopp
Milton Hearne
Deborah Kennedy
Mark Maresca
Gale Messerman
Harold Rhodes
Elizabeth Saal
Harriet Smartt
Lisa Weitz

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

Principle Gallery Charleston, SC, Names Frank Conrad Russen Gallery Director

May 10, 2015

Principle Gallery Charleston, a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in Charleston, SC, and Alexandria, VA, is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Conrad Russen, where he has taken the role of Gallery Director.

Frank Conrad Russen is a prominent, nationally recognized art consultant with extensive knowledge in planning, managing and developing art programs and creative design services for fine art galleries, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, architects, interior designers, developers and private individuals for more than twenty-five years.  He has partnered with many talented artists regionally as well as nationally and internationally to create exclusive art collections for hotels, offices and private residences.

Russen served as a Board Member of The von Liebig Art Center / Naples Art Association. He is a private art consultant and art handler for the estate of renowned artist Henry Koerner, a Board Member of Baby Basics of Collier County, a Board Member and Managing Art Consultant of The Naples International Film Festival, a Managing Art Consultant for the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction (CMGA’s) and has served on the Advisory Board of Naples Illustrated Magazine, Founder of the nonprofit organization “Painting My Tomorrow” benefiting children with life threatening illnesses.

For further information call 843/727-4500 or visit (

Charleston, SC’s Newest Fine Dining Restaurant Transforms Their Space into a Giant Canvas Showcasing Local Artists and Celebrating Charleston Culture

May 10, 2015

Charleston, SC’s newest restaurant is taking an innovative approach to celebrating all-things-Charleston by incorporating images of more than 30 paintings by local artists into the restaurant’s core design.

The new Ruth’s Chris – owned by Nancy and Mark Oswald is located at the French Quarter Inn on Market Street in the space formally occupied by Tristan. Nancy Oswald personally selected 35 paintings exclusively from Lowcountry Artists gallery, located just a few blocks away on East Bay Street.

“Nancy was looking for a way to showcase a variety of local artists.  By using the expanse of the building’s original open rafter ceiling as the canvas, we were able to present 15 diverse local artist’s works.”  explains Jenny Keenan of Jenny Keenan Interior Design, the firm managing the restaurant’s transformation.

“We were called to Lowcountry Artists both as Charleston’s oldest, artist-owned gallery and because of the passion of the gallery owners themselves.” adds Nancy. “The talent and eclectic collection of these fine art professionals allowed us to choose from a range of paintings of a local nature while displaying a variety of styles.  Their close proximity will also allow our guests to stroll to their gallery and explore a wider selection of works by these talented artists.”
Images of the paintings were recreated on framed, sound-absorbing panels that are suspended from the ceiling to create a beautiful canopy of lowcountry scenes.

Lowcountry Artists member-artist and part-owner Joyce Harvey is excited to be a part of the project: “It has been great fun to work with the Ruth’s Chris team. We are simply overjoyed with the results and thrilled that their guests will be surrounded by the beauty of the lowcountry created by our artists. Nancy and her design team brought an amazing vision to a vibrant, exciting reality that is sure to create a very memorable Charleston experience.”

Ruth’s Chris’ grand opening is scheduled for May 24th. The original paintings are now available at Lowcountry Artists gallery at 148 East Bay Street.

Lowcountry Artists gallery, located at 148 East Bat Street, is celebrating 33 years in Charleston with 33 artists and is the oldest artist-owned gallery in Charleston. LA currently has eight artist-owners and 25 guest artists with more than 500 works of art. The gallery showcases exceptional work created by mostly by local artists and offers a multitude of styles, subject matter and mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, pastel and sculpture – from portraiture and landscapes to still life and abstracts.

Gallery owners include: Joyce Harvey, Lynne Hardwick, Norma Ballentine, Rana Jordahl, Laura Cody, Sandra Roper, Marty Biernbaum, and Ed Waldrop.

For further information call 843/577-9295 or at (

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Reveals Second Year’s First Round of Artwork on Apr. 23, 2015

April 17, 2015


April has been branded “Eat Local Month” in the Lowcountry and Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is offering up a visual feast for “localvores” consisting of curated collections of artwork by artists living and creating in our community. The group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way to get original pieces by Charleston artists into the hands of new and seasoned collectors through the sale of seasonal shares of art based on the community supported agriculture model. Individual shares are priced at just $425, and contain four original pieces of artwork produced by a select group of local, established and emerging artists. The shares are limited and will be delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season – spring, summer, and fall. The debut pick-up event of the year, dedicated to the spring season, takes place on Thursday, Apr. 23, at Faculty Lounge (391 Huger Street, downtown Charleston). Shares may be purchased at (, or at the event.

The twelve artists participating in the second year of Charleston Supported Art (CSA) were announced in February and the public was invited to get to know them and their work at a Meet and Greet event at Redux Contemporary Art Center shortly after. The gathering provided potential shareholders a glimpse of the quality and variety in styles and media of the works offered in each of CSA’s 2015 seasons.

CSA’s spring season features works by Chambers Austelle, Elizabeth Calcote, Chris Nickels, and Karin Olah. The four artists will be present at the April 23 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and speak about the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include paintings, block printed textiles, digital illustrations, and mixed media works, will not be available for purchase anywhere else.

For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit ( Spring shares may be purchased and carried home on the night of the pick-up event. Summer and fall shares may also be reserved, with pick-up events scheduled for Aug. 6 and Nov. 5 respectively. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (

About CSA’s Spring Artists

Chambers Austelle is an artist and educator born and raised in Charleston, SC. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is currently featured on the cover of the April 2015 issue of “Fresh Paint Magazine”. She participated in Piccolo Spoleto’s 2014 Juried Exhibition at the City Gallery and was the recipient of the President’s Choice Award for Photography from the College of Charleston in 2011. She currently teaches at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Austelle works from her home studio as a photographer and painter. Her work is surreal in concept, influenced by her interest in Biology and Psychology. She employs fundamental elements and principles of design to explore the complexity of human perception.

Elizabeth Calcote started printmaking while attending the College of Charleston. After graduation, she worked in a Chelsea PR firm until she returned to the Lowcountry and became the Teacher’s Assistant at the College of Charleston printmaking studio, eventually becoming an instructor. Then she began conservation mounting, stretching, and framing at Artizom Framing Gallery. Inspired by textiles she framed for collectors in Charleston, Calcote researched ways she could start creating them herself. Since 2013, she has applied her printmaking background to textiles, creating a system of linoleum printing on naturally dyed silk that uses both Western and Eastern methods. With an interest in design, pattern, and nature, she uses symbols to illustrate the narratives of figures from the past. Her collections of scarves and pocket squares are available for purchase at IBU at 183 King Street in Charleston, SC.

Chris Nickels is a digital illustrator who lives and works in Charleston, SC. Originally from Athens, GA, Nickels attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in Illustration. When he puts down his pen he enjoys the outdoors, graphic novels, old cameras, and trying new foods. He loves conveying a narrative through images, whether it be an abstract interpretation or a memorable scene.

Using fabric, Karin Olah works in a manner that mimics the flow of paint from a brush. Intricately cut, placed, and pasted textiles are combined with gouache, acrylic, and graphite to create Collage Paintings that are deep in color and texture. From a small-town upbringing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, her interest in Amish quilts and textile traditions led her to study Fiber Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. For several years following art school, Olah managed a textile studio in New York City, developing colors and patterns for clients, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Peter Marino Interior Architects.Now applying her fabric know-how to the realm of painting, Olah exhibits her collage art in solo and group shows throughout the Southeast. Her work has been featured in “American Contemporary Art”, “Art Business News”, “Charleston Style and Design”, and “Charleston Magazine”, on the covers of “Black and White: Birmingham’s City Paper” and “Carolina Arts”, and as the image for the Charleston Farmers Market 2006 and 2007 posters and street banners. Corporate Collections include pieces in the Carolina Contemporary Collection of MUSC Ashley River Towers, Citadel College, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and Shoestring Publishing Company. She is a former board member of Redux Contemporary Art Center. Olah is the Client Happiness Officer for (

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in Nov. 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston. Organizers include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson, and Ann Simmons. Supporters include Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Blue Ion, Cannonborough Beverage Company, Charlie Town Prints, Faculty Lounge, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Ink Meets Paper, Lowcountry Local First, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Paige Schaberg Photography, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Wine Awesomeness.

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced in Charleston, SC

April 17, 2015


Fine Craft Shows Charleston is pleased to announce the two exhibiting artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants for the 2015 shows. This is the first year in the 36-year history of the events that such grants have been awarded. These events have always been superior venues for talented, skilled craft artists to enter the professional show arena. The feedback from show patrons and other artists is always helpful in making artistic career choices.

These grants are awarded to artists new to the show/exhibit arena in a professional capacity within the past two years. Each grant is equivalent to the artists’ booth fees for their featured weekend. In addition, each artist will be featured in press releases and show promotional materials. The Applicants are juried by a professional group of slide jurors. Awardees are selected based on eligibility, juror panel scores, and outstanding artistic ability.  These events are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year, the recipients are

May 22-24 show:  Melina LaVecchia, Clay Artist from Boone, North Carolina


May 29 – 31 show: Jan Barco, Leather Artist, from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melina LaVecchia earned a BFA in Art Education from Appalachian State University in 2014, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. Growing up in an Italian family, Melina gained inspiration from her mother’s table settings and her father’s attention to culinary detail. After studying the American Craft movement from the 1950’s, LaVecchia knew she wanted to reclaim the ”American Dream” by designing and producing her own tableware. From hand-throwing each piece, to carefully designing and illustrating, to setting the table, LaVecchia wants her work to curate a relationship between the food, the tableware and the people breaking bread.

Photo courtesy of Melina LaVecchia

Jan Barco says, “Leather is one of the greatest materials known to man. Its uses are unlimited. An ancient canvas, its feel, smell, touch excites me. I lose myself. First I cut 10 to 12 ounce saddle skirting into the shape I want. Then carve piece with a swivel knife and tool when flat. I apply dies and burnish. Soak piece in water and mold it. As it dries fabric is shaped. Final product is burnished. Each process adds a new dimension. I dream leather.”

Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art – Deadline May 29, 2015

April 14, 2015


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the $10,000 prize will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Jeff Whetstone and Stephen Marc, mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, painter John Westmark, and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark.

Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize opened on Jan. 1, 2015, and can be made exclusively online at ( through May 29, 2015. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply. The prize is administered annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

For more information, please visit (

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Presents Artist’s Talk with Mary Edna Fraser – Apr. 18, 2015

April 11, 2015


Join artist Mary Edna Fraser for an informal discussion about her work and technique on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.  Her new exhibition, “Above, Between, Below,” featuring batiks on silk, which will be on view through May 3, 2015, at the gallery.


“Above, Between, Below” is an ambitious exhibition of work by Lowcountry artist Fraser, depicting breathtaking perspectives of space, earth and deep sea through her signature large scale batiks on silk. Developed with leading researchers in the fields of planetary science, coastal geology, and oceanography, “Above, Between, Below” bridges cutting-edge science and the living, ancient art of batik to afford a vantage point the human eye and traditional cameras cannot reveal.

Collaborators Ted Maxwell (Planetary Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), Orrin H. Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University) and Cindy Lee Van Dover (Director of the Duke University Marine Lab) assisted Fraser in developing batiks as a vehicle to share information, to educate and to inspire. The artist has drawn upon their scholarship and insights to develop images that emphasize the fragility of ecosystems and bring the grandeur of distant spaces near to us. Fraser refers to her pieces as “snapshots” in geologic or galactic time and asserts that artists can condense and interpret scientific observations so that viewers may develop a greater understanding of our place in the universe.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, is a free and non-profit gallery owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates are Tue.-Fri., 10am – 6pm and Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm.

For more information call 843/958-6484, e-mail to (, or visit (


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