SPOLETO Charleston – [HOT TIP] Be sure to check out…

Image via charlestongalleryrow.com
Image via charlestongalleryrow.com

 

Well, it’s official, Spoleto kicked off on Friday and it’s in full swing right now! If you’re in the Charleston area this is something you do not want to miss… Theater. Music. Opera. Dance. Jazz. Art.

Click HERE for info on all the performances, shows, etc. The city is booming with people right now, it’s a festive time here in Charleston!

This is where the [HOT TIP] comes in…

Spoleto has plenty of free events, which is what makes this city so cool… but another “free” thing to do is to stop in the wonderful galleries in Charleston! We have an abundance and they are all amazing. Be sure to head on over to Historic Gallery Row, located on Broad Street, this is Charleston’s “Fine Art Destination”. Pop in Galerie on Broad! I hope to see you there!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             On behalf of a grateful nation…

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charleston Photo

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Artist: Sue Stewart!

Featured Artist: Tim Bell – Now in Charleston, SC!

Tim Bell - Galerie on Broad
Oyster Boats by Tim Bell (available at Galerie on Broad in Charleston, SC)

Tim Bell is an amazing artist from Maryland. We met Tim back in 2006 while on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. I learned a lot from Tim that first year. He was a wealth of information… as outlined here in a quote from me that I ran across on the Wall’s Gallery website… while reading it I thought it sounded familiar and then I saw my name, ha ha…

From the WallsGallery.com website
From the WallsGallery.com website

We watched Tim paint Uncle Henry’s, a popular old house as you walk from the wharf to the Island Inn… it was reminiscent of Rockwell Kent’s work in so many ways. Oyster Boat has some of the same wonderful violets and that drop dead gorgeous warm light… Spectacular!

I am excited to say that Tim’s work is now being shown right here in Charleston, SC at Galerie on Broad, located on historic Broad Street! If you’re in Charleston, SC stop by and check out his work!

Tim Bell is a painter in the American Impressionist tradition. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University where his post-graduate studies were at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland and the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusettes. Tim has won countless awards at the various plein air events, specifically Plein Air Easton near his home. His work has been influenced by painters such as John Twachtman, Charles Hawthorne, Hovsep Pushman and Henry Hensche.

F L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Drying Mat!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Shrimp boats at sunset…

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Apple Crisp Recipe!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Lost in the marsh… Whatcha lookin’ at? James Richards featured artist!

James Richards - Lost in the Marsh
Lost in the Marsh by James Richards

I know I’ve featured James Richards a few times already, but his work never ceases to amaze me. Oh how I adore Lost in the Marsh! It’s an impressive 36×48″ oil painting that has the perfect amount of looseness, and I just think it’s incredible! James has the uncanny ability to be able to paint an everyday scene with a twist, and I love that!

James Richards is one of the most sought after landscape instructors around, his workshops fill up quickly and there is good reason for that. He’s as nice as he is talented. Truly. If you get a chance to check out his work in person, I highly suggest it. Locally, in Charleston, SC you can see his work at Galerie on Broad. He’s got some amazing pieces… come see for yourself!

James Richards - Whatcha Lookin' At?
Whatcha Lookin’ At? by James Richards

This painting stops people in their tracks. It’s mesmerizing. No, cows aren’t normally purple, but they sure are pretty darn cool when they are! Very striking indeed!

Read a bit about James from Galerie on Broad’s website:

James Richards: Nationally-known landscape painter and instructor is driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible. This ethic, manifested in his work, is giving Richards’ painting their own place in the world of today’s art. 

James has spent years studying the nuances of painting with world famous instructors, which has given him a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium. James is an advocate of painting from life and spends his time traveling the world teaching workshops and searching for inspiration.

He has won multiple national awards and is regarded as one of the top landscape painting instructors in the country. James Richards paintings are collected by discriminating collectors both nationally and abroad.

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                   Warm temps! Time to hit the beach with the beast!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:              Featured Artist… Stephan Pastahov!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:       The year of the staycation!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images via GalerieOnBroad.com

Featured Artist… Dee Beard Dean!

Early Snowfall by Dee Beard Dean
Early Snowfall by Dee Beard Dean

A stunning painting, right? Dee Beard Dean is well know nationwide and has quite a following. Dee’s work is nothing short of amazing, she paints both plein air (outdoors) and does studio paintings.  I thought I would feature a few of her winter scenes. I love snow scenes (especially in the heat of the summer!), there is something that feels like home about them. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Michigan? Dee’s paintings make you feel as if you are there! She has quite a way with light and shadow, wouldn’t you say? I love that little splash of red in this painting…

After the Snowfall by Dee Beard Dean
After the Snowfall by Dee Beard Dean

Yet another fabulous winter scene, where you can feel the cold from the snow but also the warmth from the sun. Again, amazing light and shadows. I love the dark branches with the highlights of white… She’s got great color and brushstrokes in the snow and it’s nice how you can feel perspective in this painting – simply fabulous!

The holiday season officially kicks off and is in full swing. Many of you are out and about today on “Black Friday” trying to find just the right gift…  Have you considered the gift of art? It’s the gift that keeps on giving, year after year!

These paintings are available (as I write this a few days ahead) at Galerie on Broad – located at 29 Broad Street, Charleston, SC – you can contact them at 843.410.6332 or email them at galerieonbroad@me.com. Better yet, if you’re in the area stop in and say hello!

In case you aren’t familiar with Dee…

Dee Beard Dean - Biography

Dee Beard Dean has been painting all her life.  She was raised in the Amish countryside of rural Indiana and studied at Grand Rapids College, Kendall College of Art, and the New York Academy of Art.  After marriage, she moved to the Florida Keys where she became a professional painter and passed the gift of painting to her two children, Terry Sargent and John Beard, both of whom are now successful artists.  Before gaining recognition as a portrait and landscape painter, Dee pursued a career in fashion, designing and manufacturing her own clothing line with a national label.

 Dee is a passionate and prolific artist who has studied with many renowned artists and is nationally recognized for her painterly landscapes and her expertise in many media including pastels, watercolors, and oils.  Her greatest inspirations have come from painting en plein air where her eye for color and composition, and her elevated senses guide her hand in creating paintings filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows. 

 Dee founded the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), a professional organization of acclaimed plein air artists living and working in the southeastern US.  Her workshops are in great demand, offering instruction in this country and in beautiful locales around the world.  She is also well known for her portraits and has done many noteworthy commissions.  Dee has received many awards at juried art competitions and has been published in regional and national journals.  Her artworks can currently be seen at fine art galleries around the country.  Dee resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Dr. Nicolai Chalfa.  Her first book, A Painter by Providence, is in publication.

Images and bio via DEEBEARDDEAN.COM

F L A S H B A C K

O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       The Flatbread Company, Portland, Maine – Pizza with a View!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   The most awesome saute pan ever!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Dru Warmath!

Coastal Landscape 8 by Dru Warmath
Coastal Landscape 8 by Dru Warmath

Just look at these coastal landscapes. Pretty fabulous right? Artist Dru Warmath is known for her abstract work. Her abstracts differ from others because she paints abstract landscapes which makes them so interesting. Now is the time to purchase one of her paintings, she is still reasonably priced (very!), but her prices are going to be increasing soon, so if you’re thinking about it… now is the time! These paintings, along with others are available in Charleston, SC at Galerie on Broad. If you’re in the area, check them out in person. They are large impressive pieces (40×40). They make a statement for sure!

Coastal Landscape 7 by Dru Warmath
Coastal Landscape 7 by Dru Warmath

Read a blip about Dru from her website:

Charlotte, North Carolina artist Dru Scott Warmath has been a full-time, professional artist since 1990.  Her artwork has won major awards in numerous regional and national shows.  She is an elected member of the National Watercolor Society.  Warmath employs an interesting division of space and odd, personal shapes to carry highly sophisticated color relationships in her paintings. 

F L A S H B A C K

O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       Featured Artist… Louisa McElwain!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   Artist to watch… Karen Hollingsworth!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images via DruScottWarmath.com – Dru’s work can be seen at Galerie on Broad, located at 29 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401

ART! PAPSE Show opens TONIGHT at three Charleston galleries 6-8PM!

Painting by James Richards
Painting by James Richards

Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAPSE) is a great group of artists that paint “plein air” (painting outdoors). Their work is nothing short of amazing. They have to be quick to catch the light, but each is so talented in their own way. If you are in the Charleston, SC area, you are in for a treat. The Wet Paint Exhibit & Reception Opens – November 8 (TONIGHT!), 2013 from 6 pm – 8 pm at 3 Galleries in Charleston, SC – Can you imagine? Nearly 30 artists paint their hearts out for days in a row in Charleston, then tonight the show appears in three separate galleries… Coco Vivo Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery and Galerie on Broad – you must check it out! Take a peak at the list of artists in each gallery. I am looking so forward to this!

The exhibit runs through November 16, 2013 – so catch it if you can!

PAPSE

PAPSE

Images via Plein Air Painters of the Southeast Facebook

Just a few examples…

Chillin by Larry Moore
Chillin by Larry Moore
Shem Creek Shrimpers by Katie Dobson Cundiff
Shem Creek Shrimpers by Katie Dobson Cundiff
Bowens Island Morning by Richard Oversmith
Bowens Island Morning by Richard Oversmith
Prices Alley by Bill Farnsworth
Prices Alley by Bill Farnsworth
Workshop demo by Bill Davidson
Workshop demo by Bill Davidson
Painting by Lori Putnam
Painting by Lori Putnam
Painting by Rich Nelson
Painting by Rich Nelson
Marsh Gold by Stuart Roper
Marsh Gold by Stuart Roper
Angel Mystery by Scott Boyle
Angel Mystery by Scott Boyle
Painting of Old Red Grocery in Rockville by Shannon Smith Hughes
Painting of Old Red Grocery in Rockville by Shannon Smith Hughes – Image Shannon’s FB
Painting by Andre Lucero
Painting by Andre Lucero
The Old Fisherman by Dee Beard Dean
The Old Fisherman by Dee Beard Dean

Hope to see you there – catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… James Richards… (& Happy 1st Day of Summer!)

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Summer Fun by James Richards

Today is the first day of summer (which is the summer solstice… the longest day of the year).  You will see light a wee bit longer today.

Speaking of light… James Richards, an awesome plein air painter who’s style I adore has been turning out some incredible beach scenes. They are loose and leave something to your imagination which is part of the beauty of his work. Can’t you just feel the sun beating down upon you in this painting? Hear the ocean and the buzz of excitement from the people? Feel a bit relaxed after looking at this? I can even feel the water lapping at my ankles as the tide goes in and out… I love how Jim’s work allows you to use your imagination in the people’s faces. I think it’s amazing how he has the ability to do that. (Image above from JRichardsStudio.com)

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Charleston Shadows by James Richards

My husband and I met Jim at an art walk at Galerie on Broad in Charleston, SC. Jim was giving a demo that just blew us away. Every piece of his work was fabulous. If you’re in the Charleston area I highly encourage you to check it out. STUNNING. Charleston work that isn’t typical. He’s got a nice edge that makes it different and fresh. (Image above from Galerie on Broad).

Jim has a great website, one worth checking out. I especially love his Word From James tab… what a cool guy!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Jim is giving a Plein Air Workshop in France August 4 – 18, 2013… there are only a few spots left. You must read about it! Talk about a breathtaking experience! Other than airfare, it’s all inclusive, meaning food, lodging, wine, travel once you get there from painting location to location is all covered in the price! Two weeks. France. Learning from Jim Richards?!! Grab the open spot while you can!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… James Richards! Show this evening…

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Light Dance by James Richards – Image: Galerie on Broad

I love the paintings by James Richards. Rarely do I have a problem selecting which painting to use in a post, but these are all so good! Charleston paintings with a different twist which I adore! This evening there is an art walk downtown (Charleston, SC), and James will have a show of his paintings at the Galerie on Broad (located on Broad Street) and (lucky us!) he will be doing a painting demo. Hope to see you there, I wouldn’t miss it! For those of you who aren’t in Charleston, you can check out his work via the gallery website or James Richards’ website!

One more… because I couldn’t resist…

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Neighborhood Marsh by James Richards – Image: Galerie on Broad

Read a blip about James from the Galerie on Broad website:

James Richards is driven by a passionate
connection with nature and a deep sense of
obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful
manner possible.  This ethic, manifested in his
work, is giving Richards paintings their own
place in the world of art today.

A self taught artist, James has spent years
studying the nuances of paint which has given
him a keen sense of understanding and control
over the medium.  James is an advocate of
painting from life and spends his time traveling
the world in search of new inspiration.

He has won multiple national awards and is
regarded as one of the top landscape painting
instructors in the country.  James Richards
paintings are internationally collected.

Here is some information about the art walk from CharlestonGalleryRow.com website, more info on their website… also other galleries in the area will be participating, so check it out!:

Located along Historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for “First Fridays on Broad” and a variety of other events hosted by the 16 galleries, restaurants, and boutiques on the Row.
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Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art Gallery, Martin Gallery, COCO VIVO Fine Art |Design, UTOPIA, Edward Dare Gallery, Mary Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Spencer Galleries, Lambert Gray Gallery, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Galerie on Broad, Robison Richards Gallery.
Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of artistic vision created by local, emerging and nationally recognized artists… with a visit to Charleston’s Gallery Row on Historic Broad Street. Charleston was at one time the richest city in America. As such, Broad Street was the banking center of the busy port town, lined with grand old bank buildings from the 1800’s, Broad Street has been transformed into a street of the cities most diverse, fine art galleries, known as Gallery Row. 

Charleston has been named one of the top art destinations in America, with Gallery Row being a destination within itself. Stroll Gallery to Gallery, on our broad, pedestrian friendly street, browsing award winning, oil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, photography, clay, stone, pottery, art glass, sculpture, bronzes, outdoor sculptures, and many works by exceptional artists you will not find in any other fine art destination. The charm of the Antebellum South surrounds Gallery Row with the famed Rainbow Row, the Battery with its stately mansions, and gorgeous views. 

Gallery Row offers many culturally abundant events to include, first Friday art walks, the first Friday of every month, October’s Taste of The Arts, sponsored by Charleston’s famed Restaurant Association, February’s Blues On Broad, a yearly December brunch, customer appreciation dinners, “Meet the Artist” events, artist workshops, special event venues, gallery tours and much more.

A trip to Charleston by art lovers will not be complete without a stroll down this street, There is convenient parking located at both ends of “The Row.” Within walking distance of Gallery Row are some of Charleston’s most charming hotels, Inns , Bed And Breakfasts and award winning restaurants. 

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Katie Dobson Cundiff!

“Merriewoods” by Katie Dobson Cundiff

I just love this painting for so many reasons. The cabin feels rustic and like something that fits within a perfect vacation, the trees are loose and full of character, the shadows are amazing and the clothes on the line, whoa! Those nicely added pops of color just make this painting extra special. This was one of the paintings that Katie had done for the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out (Cashiers, NC) that just ended on Saturday. What a delightful time that must have been. How great to be a spectator in such a beautiful location full of fabulous artists!

Another painting that I just love, also from the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out:

“Toll House” by Katie Dobson Cundiff

I absolutely adore how the underpainting shows through, it just adds so much! The little bits of light on the house, the cool picket fence and gate, the bright green sunlit grass and the beautiful flowers in the foreground all make this painting what it is… fabulous!

If you happen to be in the Charleston, SC area, you’re in luck! You can see some of Katie’s work at Galerie On Broad… if you aren’t in the area, check out their website!

Here’s a blip about Katie from her website  (click HERE to read in full), she sounds like such an interesting person!:

I am primarily a landscape artist, although I enjoy painting many different subjects including portraits and figurative, animals, still life, rural landscapes, boats, and urban scenes.  I think my work differs from that of other artists because of the influence and instruction I received from my father.  As a child, I loved to sit and watch him work on his illustrations, and would often pose for him.  He would let me look through his art books and by the time I was a teenager, we had long discussions on art and artists.  He showed me the works of master artists Degas, Lautrec, Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn (to name a few). Frequent visits to the Art Institute provided me the opportunity to study these and other great painters. This strong foundation in drawing and painting, and exploring the works of fine art masters has been the most important element in my journey and quest to becoming a “painter of life”.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images: Katie Dobson Cundiff Facebook

Featured Artist… James Richards!

“Downtown Shadows” by James Richards – Image: Galerie on Broad

My husband and I were downtown Charleston, SC one day, going through the galleries, we stopped in Galerie on Broad, Dee Beard Dean’s gallery, and we noticed James Richard’s work. My husband loved this piece. I like the looseness, the brush strokes, very nice!

Here’s a blip about the artist from his website… click HERE to read more…

James Richards is driven by a passionate 
connection with nature and a deep sense of 
obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful
manner possible.  This ethic, manifested in his 
work, is giving Richards paintings their own 
place in the world of art today.

A self taught artist, James has spent years 
studying the nuances of paint which has given 
him a keen sense of understanding and control 
over the medium.  James is an advocate of 
painting from life and spends his time traveling 
the world in search of new inspiration.

If you get a chance check out his work! Catch you back here tomorrow!