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!
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…
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.
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!
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!
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.
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…
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 email@example.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 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.
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!
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.
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!
Images via Plein Air Painters of the Southeast Facebook
Just a few examples…
Hope to see you there – catch you back here tomorrow!
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)
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).
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!