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Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, Offers 13th Annual Art Auction – Nov. 5, 2015

October 31, 2015


The Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, will offers its 13th Annual Art Auction at Cannon Green, located at 103 Spring Street, in downtown Charleston on Nov. 5, 2015, from 6-10pm.

Tickets can be purchased through our website at ( are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members.

Many Thanks to our Sponsors: Cannon Green, Holy City Brewing, Cathead Vodka, Candlefish, Minette Hand Photography and to the participating Artists!

Redux Studio Artists: 3 Little Beads, Todd Anderson, Marie Carladous, Morgan Cole, Teil Duncan, Chechel Justiss, Alizey Khan, Kevin Krell, Blakely Little, Kate MacNeil, Paula McInerny, Karen Ann Myers, Raven Roxanne, Dorothy Shain, Anna Sims King, Brian Stetson, Jessika Stocker, Kate Waddell, Lulie Wallace, Trever Webster.

Friends of Redux who have pledged a donation: Jack Alterman, Louise Aug, Chambers Austelle, Becca Barnet, Gregg Lambton-Carr, Lese Corrigan, Yvette Dede, Matthew Dietz, Dos Bandidos, Nathan Durfee, Tom Durham, Linda Fantuzzo, Juliana Harless, Michael Hayes, Alan Jackson, Erik Johnson, Caroline Knopf, Sandy Logan, Hirona Matsuda, Kirsten Moran, Karin Olah, Greg Hart, Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, Lisa Shimko, Eileen Fitzgerald Smith, Anna Mossman Smoak, Mark Stetler, Brian Stetson, Katie & Joseph Thompson, Sophie Treppendahl, Alex Waggoner, Mary Walker, and more to come!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! So come out, fellowship, and support your local arts community!

For further info visit (

‘We Are Artists for Emanuel’: More Than 90 Charleston Artists Come Together to Raise Funds and Honor Mother Emanuel AME Victims at Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC – Nov. 10 and 11, 2015

October 19, 2015


Updated News: The Artists for Emanuel online auction went live yesterday morning. In just 24 hours, we’ve raised nearly $24,000 for Coastal Community Foundation’s Lowcountry United Fund. And we’d be honored to receive any additional support you’d be willing to give us to help keep this momentum going!

Artists for Emanuel is a group of more than 90 visual artists from Charleston, SC, who are creating a body of work for display and auction responding to their personal grief to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church. The auction will benefit the Lowcountry Unity Fund and spark emotional responses for love, community, and unity to honor the families and the fallen. The Lowcountry Unity Fund was formed by the Coastal Community Foundation in response to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel for the purpose of promoting long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and economic inequality in African-American communities.

Art is known to heal the soul, and Artists for Emanuel have partnered with The Gibbes Museum of Art for a two-day event that is intended to both aid in the healing process and to raise money. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, the public is invited to attend a symposium on “The Art of Healing,”  an ongoing series organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art in partnership with Roper St. Francis and the Joseph J. Schott Foundation. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, more than 90 local artists will come together for “Straight From The Heart,” an exhibition, silent auction, and reception at the Cigar Factory. Exhibiting artists include Betty Anglin Smith, Eva Carter, Fred Jamar, Mark Horton, Rhett Thurman, Raven Roxanne, Kate Long Stevenson, 3D artist Fletcher Williams III, and many, many more, including Artists for Emanuel organizers Marissa Vogl, Susan Colwell, Hilarie Lambert, and Laurie Meyer.

Work by Fletcher Williams III

The “Straight From the Heart” poster features the work of E.B. Lewis, award-winning illustrator and fine artist. In addition to the featured works in the auction, a large number of 8″ x 8″ paintings will hang on a “buy now” wall and sell for $200 each.

We are also delighted to announce that the Colour of Music festival artists (a group of black classical musicians), the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, and the Charleston Gospel Choir will provide three moving musical interludes during the reception. Art is music, and music is art. Combined, the two will ensure an energetic auction and delightful evening.

Work by Shannon Smith Hughes

Sponsors helping us bring the event to life include: Mitchell Hill and William Means Real Estate.

Event Details:

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

“Straight From The Heart” exhibition hours: 9am to 4pm (“buy now” 8″ x 8″s available for purchase)

Gibbes’ Art of Healing “Hate Wont Win”: 6pm to 8pm / Dr. Jeb Hallett will lead a conversation with contributing artists about their artistic response to the tragic shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Free and open to the public. Space is limited, reservation required. Please RSVP to Amanda Breen at 843/722-2706 x221

Wednesday, Nov. 11:

“Straight From The Heart” exhibition hours: 9am to 4pm (“buy now” 8″ x 8″s available for purchase)

Auction and reception featuring The Colour of Music festival artists: 6pm to 9pm. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; we encourage people to also visit during the open exhibition hours.

Location: Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC.

Online bidding begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at 9am EST at (

Work by Susan Hannaford Colwell

Participating artists include: Raven Wilson, Ann Keane, Fred Jamar, Anne Brownyard, Nance Sneddon, Margaret Petterson, Ron Rocz, Nicholas Napoletano, Amelia Rose Smith, Rhett Thurman, Hilarie Lambert, Shannon Runquist, Mark Kelvin Horton, Janie Ball, Ann Lee Merrill, Jennifer Koach, Susan Mayfield, Cisco Lindsey, Peggy Howe, Dorothy Shain, Kellie Jacobs, Caryn Smith, Fletcher Williams III, Diane Odachowski, Beth Williams, Tami Cardnella, Bonnie Kolmodin, Jean Rounsefell, Barbara Meierhusby, Lese Corrigan, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Christine Crosby, Kate Long Stevenson, Joy Halstead, Jessica Mack, Dee Rhodes, Carla Johannesmeyer, Shannon Smith Hughes, KC Collins, Betty Anglin Smith, Karen Silvestro, Alana Knuff, Regina Beahm, Brian Coleman, Mary Hoffman, Jim Victor, Anna King, Karen Weihs, Bonnie Stabler, Kathy Clark, Dee Beard Dean, Pat Forsberg, Karen Vournakis, Renee Kahn, Jodi Barr, Mary Edna Fraser, Anna Cox, Susan Colwell, Michael Kennedy, Tammy Papa, Victoria Guglielmi, Edward Boudolf, Lu Bentley, Laura Fontaine, Eva Carter, Eleanor Parker, Madeline Dukes, Sally Hughes Smith, Helen S. Warren. Jennifer Black, Rick Reinert, Sheryl Stalnaker, Scott Penegar, Joyce Hall, Lisa Willits, Vicki P Maguire, Jane Hart, Carolyn Epperly, Faye Sullivan, Daryl Knox, Gazie Nagle, Amelia Whaley, Carl Turner, Colleen Wiessmann, Merrie McNair, Susanne Frenzel, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Charles DeAantonio, Shannon Wood, Christopher Murphy, Laurie Meyer, and Marissa Vogl.

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC is Calling for Entries for “Not Your Typical Love Story” – Deadline Jan. 4, 2016

September 13, 2015

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407, is calling for entries for “Not Your Typical Love Story”, which will be on view Feb. 1 – Mar. 4, 2016.

The show will be an exhibit and sale of paintings and sculpture that illustrate a different kind of love story. Work should depict an experience when you felt connected or disconnected.

Entry Guideline and Fee:
Through the form on the website, interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $25 non-refundable fee. Please register on line at (

Deadline for submission is Jan. 4, 2016.

Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale for the month of February. 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.

DATES: Deadline for submission is 1/4. Artists to be notified by 1/8. Work to be delivered by 1/20 and picked up by March  5, 2016.

There will be a brief meeting for artists at the gallery upon acceptance 1/20.

There will be an Opening Reception with refreshments 2/12 from 5pm until 9pm.

For further information call 843/566-3383, e-mail at ( or visit (

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.


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