The City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, is presenting the exhibit, South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 34th Annual Exhibition, on view through Dec. 31, 2011. This weekend the gallery will be presenting several lectures by artist participating in the exhibit.
Work by Jackie Wukela
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 4-4:30pm – Jackie Wukela will give a lecture. After several years as an elementary school teacher and fulltime wife and mom, Jackie Wukela now devotes much of her time to her art. Educated in Georgia with a degree in education and further work in art at the University of South Carolina, Jackie has been doing commission work for over 25 years.
Although Wukela began working in acrylics, over the years patron requests have led to study and work in watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, pastels and oils. “Commission work spawns ideas, so it becomes at once a luxury and then a necessity to have time to try out new techniques or further develop old interests. I try not to get bogged down in one medium for too long. I do a great number of portrait and other commissions in oil and colored pencil, but my most innovative work is in abstract oil, watercolor and mixed media.”
A member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society, the Portrait Society of America, and a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, Wukela now lives and works in Florence, SC. Here, she and a partner have formed the Lynda English Studio and Gallery. She teaches adults all media through the gallery, as well as working with local schools in set design for local productions.
Wukela has exhibited and won numerous awards in juried shows throughout the state, including firsts in oil painting at the State Fair in 2002, and first in show at the Pee Dee Regional at the Florence Museum in 2003 and 2004.
In August of 2004, Wukela won the top award for the International Colored Pencil Exhibition and the CIPPY Award. This prize was given to the Nassau Lady VIII. Nassau Lady VIII is one of a series of 11 Nassau pieces. Works from this series have won seven awards for pieces in four different methods during the last eighteen months.
Wukela’s work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, a few of which are the Governor’s Office of the State of South Carolina, Lexington State Bank, Centura Bank, Health South, Richland Memorial Hospital, McLeod Regional Medical Center, and the new Raddison Hotel at Myrtle Beach, having been selected after a state-wide competition.
Wukela is represented by Portfolio Gallery in Columbia, SC, Collector’s Café in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Muscadine Vine and the Frame Gallery in Thomson, GA.
Work by Kathy Caudill
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 4:30-5pm – Kathy Caudill will give a lecture. A third generation self-taught artist, Caudill has experience in a wide range of art mediums. She began her career working as a commercial artist doing freelance work for various advertising agencies and corporate clients.
Caudill’s subject matter derives from the ordinary people, places, and things that have special meaning to her. In her paintings, she places her primary focus effectively, capturing the emotion or feeling she wishes to convey to the viewer. Technical execution is secondary to successfully rendering a composition the viewer can relate to on a personal level.
Caudill has taught local and regional painting classes and workshops for more than twenty years. She is a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and a member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Miniature Art Society of Florida, and the Allied Artists of America.
Work by Anna Schalk
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 4-4:30pm – Anna Schalk will give a lecture. Schalk lived mostly outside in nature growing up in a small town in north Georgia. She spent her childhood crawling through the tunnels created by the vines and berry bushes, watching and playing with the various insects and caterpillars that she found. Schalk entertained her friends and younger children with her creations from the bark, soil, leaves and berries that were gathered during her woody explorations. She was comfortable with the peace and safety experienced in those moments of smelling and feeling the earth.
Schalk’s earth connections extended to all beings as she became aware of the impact of one being upon all. As the concept of union grew, Schalk’s paintings explored through fantasy and spirituality the union of all that is.
Schalk’s paintings are layers and layers of paint, medium, plaster and sometimes found objects. As the work in progress speaks to her as she scrapes, cuts, chisels and drills into the various layers. In the finished work, it is the painting itself that has determined its outcome.
Schalk studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland School of Art, the College of Charleston, and with various teachers outside of a school. In addition to painting from her soul, she pursued training in Entomology from Cornell University, Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of SC, and energetic healing from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Schalk had a private pediatric occupational therapy practice in New York City for 15 years. She is presently a teacher of Advanced Studies at the Barbara Brennan School.
Work by Carolyn Epperly
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 4:30-5pm – Carolyn Epperly will give a lecture. After teaching art on Prince Island, Canada for two years, Epperly visited Charleston and fell in love with its beauty. Upon moving to Charleston, she taught Latin at a private school and took a watercolor class from Virginia Fouche Bolton. Watercolor became Epperly’s passion. She married a Charleston native and upon having her daughters, painting became a second career. She has studied watercolor and oil painting under nationally known artists such as Glenn Bradshaw, Katherine Chang Liu, and Ralph Smith.
Epperly earned signature status in the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, and the South Carolina Watermedia Society. She now serves as the President of the South Carolina Watermedia Society.
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a venue for contemporary artwork that is new, vital and innovative, with a focus on broadening Charleston’s arts outlook. The City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free.
The City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, and gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm.
For more information, please call or e-mail the City Gallery at 843/958-6484 or e-mail to (CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov).