AUGUST Featured Artist - Celia Wester
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces artist Celia Wester as the Featured Artist for the month of August with her show, "A Southern Summer" on exhibit from August 1-31,2016. Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit, which is free and opened to the public, on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401. The gallery is open daily from 11am-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the non for profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
Native of Charlotte, NC, Celia Wester’s artistic career began as an illustrator and designer for a corporate display company. Working in her own business from 1990 until 2001, her specialties included murals, structural exhibits and faux finishes for corporate, residential and celebrity clients throughout the Southeast.
During those years she was involved in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was elected to design and illustrate the North Carolina state summer reading program - a 28 page booklet and collateral materials. Throughout the years she has been accomplished in many avenues: exhibitor in the selective Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas; designer/muralist for the Northeast Medical Hospital emergency wing/pediatric floor in Concord, NC; exhibitor in the national Art Expo in Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Ga.; featured artist in a number of publications and invited to show her work in various venues. The face of the 2016 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art will be Celia Wester’s poster titled “Sunny Day Palm”. With a versatile style, Wester presents detailed imagery and color, whether the subject is whimsical or photo-realistic.
Moving to Georgetown, SC in 2001, her focus is painting local scenery and wildlife. The color, texture and patterns of nature are the spotlight of everything in her subject matter. Her objective is to cause the bystander to be in awe of all that is around them and that we do not miss the flower, for a view of the garden.
More information about Celia Wester can be found on her website at cwesterstudio.com
JULY Featured Artist - Mary Wessner
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces photographer Mary Wessner as the Featured Artist for the month of July with her exhibit, "Thru New Eyes - The World in Black and White" on exhibit from July 1-31, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit, which is free to the public, on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5pm-8pm. at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery
160 East Bay Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401. The gallery is open daily from 11am-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the non for profit Guild's community outreach programs.
Mary Wessner mostly photographs in color. She loves color - vibrant sunrises and sunsets, the green leaves of a tree against a dark blue sky, red-faced children playing in the sun. Yet she is drawn to black and white images and loves the drama, emotion, and the ability to look at every aspect of the picture in a more selective and defining way. In this exhibit, Mary goes out of her comfort zone and looks at the world in a new way - in black and white.
Mary suggests that a black and white photograph allows us to concentrate on the image itself rather than the color of the image. Removing color removes any bias the viewers have that might make them perceive the image in a different way than was intended. Many of Mary's prints are also new ways of looking at objects we might ordinarily ignore. Smoke burning from an incense stick, a tulip past its prime, and everyday objects and places. We know them so well that we stop looking at the details. We stop "seeing" the image because we assume what it looks like.
You could say Mary's love of photography is in her genes. Her parents were both avid photographers and taught her the basics of creating a photograph very early on. It wasn't until she attended school for Spiritual Psychology that her perceptions of the world completely shifted and she was compelled to document life in a new and different way. The artist states "My goal is to capture the inner essence of any subject that I frame, from the soul-searching eyes of an owl to the wilted droop of a past prime tulip. I want every image to evoke some emotion or thought."
More information about Mary Wessner can be found on her website at marywessner.com
JUNE Featured Artists - Group show
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces a group show for the month of June: "Drip, Dribble and Splash" is on exhibit from June 1- June 30, 2016.
The exhibit is about summertime fun! Participating artists have been painting subjects about summer, such as an activity, a feeling, or an emotion. Some are inspired by water, whether it be the ocean, marsh, rivers, ponds, or streams. Where there is movement, space and reflections – add wind, clouds, climactic variations, seasons, time of day, and you have the ingredients to stimulate the imagination. Water is constantly changing and always creates a delightful emotional escape. There is also an exuberant energy of colors, material and texture. Some artists experience the energy we all are surrounded by and then to translate it into artwork.
Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit, which is free to the public, on Friday, June 3, from 5pm-8pm. We will have live music from Steve Jacobs as well as refreshments. Stop in for a taste of summertime!
The gallery, located at 160 East Bay Street, is open daily from 11-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s community outreach work. Please contact the gallery at 843.722.2425 with any inquiries.
May Featured Artist - Jennifer Ashe Thompson
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Jennifer Ashe Thompson as the Featured Artist for the month of May with her exhibition, "From Sea to Shining Sea" on exhibit from May 1-31.
Jennifer grew up in New York and would often roam the halls of the Guggenheim, The Frick, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other inspiring museums and galleries where she gained inspiration from both modern as well as old school artists. She studied at Hartford Art School and the Tucson Museum of Art and continues to hone her skills by attending workshops offered by prominent artists. Jennifer has shown in several states in the Northeast and the Southwest, as well as in Charleston.
The purpose of From Sea to Shining Sea is to evoke both the positive and joyful aspects of the human condition. Jennifer is constantly inspired by the balance and movement of nature as it flows from being peaceful to powerful at any given moment. When painting, she becomes part of each scene when brush meets canvas.
It is Jennifer's hope that her artistic offerings allow the viewer to take their own personal journey as they lose themselves in the colors, imagery and landscape of each painting. Jennifer states "Simply put, I would like my work to be a mirror of the viewer's emotions as they imagine themselves as part of each scene, and allow their inner self to connect with nature."
Come join us for the opening reception of this exhibit, which is free to the public, on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5pm-8pm.
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, located at 160 East Bay Street, is open daily from 11am-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s community outreach programs. Please contact the gallery at 843.722.2425 with any inquiries. For more information about Jennifer, please visit her website at jenniferthompsonart.com
GENERAL MEMBERS' MEETING - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Please plan to attend a very important Charleston Artist Guild Members' Meeting this Tuesday, April 12th at the Irene Dixon Auditorium at Ropers St. Francis Hospital. Free parking will be available, so don't forget to ask for your free parking pass at the meeting's welcome table. Click here for the garage location map. The social gathering will begin at 6:30pm followed by the official meeting and a presentation from 7:00pm till 8:30pm.
There will be one important vote to take place for the new slate of Board members. See the "Business Reports" page to download your copy of the March Report, also a special presentation by watercolorist, Mary Whyte.
Mary is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Mary garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendents of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.
Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of South Carolina's Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Watercolor Artist, American Art Collector, L'Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications.
She is the author of Down Bohicket Road, Working South, Painting Portraits & Figures in Watercolor, Alfreda's World, as well as An Artist's Way of Seeing and Watercolor for the Serious Beginner. If you are interested in purchasing any of her works please contact Sharon Crawford, 843.870.0430, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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APRIL Featured Artist - Pat Forsberg
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Charleston based Pat Forsberg as the featured artist for the month of April. Her exhibit, 'The Painterly Still Life' exhibits her wonderfully loose and lush brushwork.
Pat Forsberg studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. She currently lives and works in Charleston, S.C. and is a Piccolo Spoleto artist. Pat’s artwork reflects the style of William Merritt Chase and C.W. Mundy.
The artist states, “I have been fortunate to study oil painting with McClellanville artist Elizabeth Bronson and have taken workshops with renowned impressionists C. W. Mundy and Roseta Santiago. Studying with these talented painters has been invaluable to me. These artists have enabled me to paint with loose brushwork and a soft color palette. I especially enjoy scouring local antique shops for beautiful items to incorporate into my still life paintings - a great excuse to shop!”
Pat also enjoys painting small works, or “little jewels” as she refers to them, because she gets to see the results more quickly than a larger painting. The works are as small as 5x7 and 6x6.
Come join us for the opening reception of this exhibit, which is free to the public, on Friday, April 1, from 5pm-8pm. Stop in and see what gems you can find!
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, located at 160 East Bay Street, is open daily from 11am-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s community outreach programs. Please contact the gallery at 843.722.2425 with any inquiries. For more information about Pat, please visit her website at www.patforsberg.com.
MARCH Featured Artist - Flo Ulrich
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Charleston based Flo Ulrich as the featured artist for the month of March. Her exhibit, 'Into the Great Wide Open' is an exhibit of abstracted landscapes.
She explains: "The vistas are not identifiable as particular places; they are intended to recall our shared experiences of the lands we inhabit, escape to, and through which we renew ourselves. Using oil paint, paint sticks, unorthodox application tools, and media, layers are built up and excavated into to develop the complex yet simple landscapes that embody these works. The journey into the landscape is calming, invigorating, and part of our common experience."
She studied art throughout her youth and returned to an atelier for instruction as an adult. She studied with internationally known painters and have been fortunate to have completed residencies in Washington state and Scotland. Flo grew up with the expansive wide-open vistas of the central Texas hill country and have traveled extensively. She believes as a result, the horizon has always been integral in her work. The landscape calls to her as a place to renew as reflected in the theme of this show. She is motivated by the physicality of painting. Expressing herself through building layers, scraping away and unearthing the archaeology of each panel as it progresses and finding a way to use these processes to describe her experience of a place. Flo paints to unearth the unseen from the familiar. She looks to the edge and strive to uncover the texture of the horizon. She wants you to slow down and experience the complicated simplicity of the world through her eyes. She wants to help you to stop. See. Zoom in. Zoom out.
Come and experience the vast landscapes at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street, and open daily from 11:00am-6:00pm. Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s Community Outreach Programs.
GENERAL MEMBERS' MEETING, March 8, 2016
The Charleston Artist Guild's general meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at the Irene Dixon Auditorium at Ropers St. Francis Hospital. Free parking will be available, so don't forget to ask for your free parking pass at the meeting's welcome table. Click here for the garage location map. The social gathering will begin at 6:30pm followed by the official meeting and a presentation from 7:00pm till 8:30pm.
Our presenter will be Margaret Hall Hoybach who is a native of Washington, DC. Her background in art includes a degree in art from the University of Maryland and further
studies at the University of California at Davis. She moved to the Charleston area in 1982 and immersed herself in painting the beauty of the Low Country in watercolor.
A significant portion of Margaret’s professional career has been dedicated to teaching art workshops. She has taught over 100 seminars from coast to coast in the US and in Europe. She has judged numerous shows in the southeast and is a guest lecturer at colleges, museums, and art guilds. She has had an educational television series “The Artistry of Margaret Hall Hoybach” which was produced and shown in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1990s.
Margaret’s book, “Colors of France: A Painting Pilgrimage,”chronicled her
journey to paint in Monet’s Gardens in the early 1990s. Then traveling
south, she focused on Van Gogh’s region of Provence in southern France.
Living in a converted stable of a 300 year old house in the middle of
vineyards and lavender fields, she has returned there to paint for the last 20
years. She never tires of painting in this area.
“Journaling”, plein air sketching, became Margaret’s passion on her journeys and she now has some 50 journals filled with “paint me” moments. In her home studio she uses these moments and interprets them in both watercolor and oil.
Margaret has been a member of the Charleston Artist Guild since 1983.
Studio: 1720 Congressional Blvd, Summerville, SC 29483, 843-871-2240;
e-mail: email@example.com www.margarethoybach.com
FEBRUARY Featured Artist - Teresa Jones
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Teresa Jones as the featured artist for the month of February, and the theme is "Made in the South", a collection of artwork showcasing landscapes and architecture of our beautiful South.
Having lived in South Carolina for most of her life, Teresa is extremely familiar with the subtle beauties of this region. Her endless passion for capturing glimpses of such beauty is what makes her paintings distinctly southern and uniquely realistic. From coast to countryside to the mountains, Teresa offers the viewer a private window to the spectacular landscapes and scenery familiar to both South Carolina residents and visitors alike.
The artist states: “My love of light and color, as well as studies in nature and architecture, inspire me to paint from the heart. There’s a painting around every corner. Looking for the unexpected gives new perspective and freshness to my work. Each painting is uniquely authentic and I never cease to learn from each of my works. The beauty of the South and the diversity of the landscape and architecture was the inspiration for the Made In The South exhibit.”
Teresa is an active contributor and past board member of the Charleston Artist Guild and participates in many of their annual shows and exhibitions. Her original work, as well as commissioned works, are in private collections across the nation.
The gallery, located at 160 East Bay Street, is open daily from 11-6pm. Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s community outreach programs.
More information about Teresa can be found on her website at TeresaJonesFineArt.com.
MEMBERS' EXHIBITION - Mon., Feb. 1 - Sat., Feb. 6, 2016
GENERAL MEMBERS' MEETING - January 12, 2016
The Charleston Artist Guild's next general meeting will be relocated from Roper Hospital to an alternate location. Their auditorium will not be available to us for the month of January.
The address for the Guild's January meeting is:
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
Mall Classroom 1
2095 Tecklenburg Drive
(West Ashley) Charleston, SC 29414
Click here to download a map of the new location.
A social will begin at 6:30pm followed by the official meeting and a presentation from 7:00pm-8:30pm.
Our presenter will be Alana Knuff. Her focus will be on portrait palettes and will do a demonstration to explain her process in creating portraits.
Come join us for a wonderful evening!
Click here to download the December summation report for the meeting.
MEMBERS: Please bring a snack to share. Finger-food preferred. Please make sure to deliver your snacks between 5:45pm and 6:15pm to have time to set up.
JANUARY Featured Artists - Gallery Group Show
The Charleston Artist Guild announces a group show in the gallery and the theme is "Ordinary to Extraordinary."
The whole gallery will participate, so plan to come and see the many wonderful works and interpretations of the theme.
An opening reception will take place on Friday, January 8th from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street, and is open to the public. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
DECEMBER Featured Artist - Sandra J. Booker
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Sandra J. Booker as the featured artist for the month of December 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, December 4th from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street, and is open to the public. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
Sandra’s paintings show off her use of the palette knife. Her paintings are full of vibrant bold color and texture. The paint stands out and leans toward an impressionist look.
The beauty of art in Sandra’s life began when she retired from a career in nursing and moved to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1989. Having been interested in art and oil painting most of her life, she was finally able to start a new career in art. Sandy took workshops and painting lessons from local and nationally known artists. “I painted with a brush for many years. A few years ago I took a workshop in how to use the palette knife, and a whole new world painting opened up for me. I found the palette knife liberating, and a challenge. It is painting wet into wet, ‘Alla Prima,’ meaning all in one session instead of being built up layer by layer.“
Sandra says that much time is spent to develop a clear picture in your mind and on paper of what you want to convey. One needs to paint quickly, in one day or session because the paint, even though thick, sets up overnight. Therefore it is difficult to repaint over what has been done. Always a challenge but fun to find new ways to use the palette knife and discover what one can create.
Sandra J. Booker is a long-standing member of the Charleston Artist Guild and the Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild. Her work can be seen at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery at 160 East Bay Street In Charleston, South Carolina. For the last few years, Sandra has volunteered her time to the Arthritis Foundation painting with a child with arthritis. Her work has been recognized in juried shows of the Charleston Artists Guild and Mount Pleasant Artist Guild.
NOVEMBER Featured Artist - Deborah Sisco
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Debbie Sisco as the featured artist for the month of November 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, November 6th from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street, and is open to the public. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
Her show "Pieces of Me" will be on exhibit from November 1 until November 30.
Deborah grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area but even as a child knew there was something more out there that she needed to be a part of. She is motivated by feelings and the desire to create a beautiful work of art that someone will be able to enjoy for many years. The artist states, "I frequently dream at night of paintings and will get up to write down notes on what I have seen in my dreams. Everything we see and experience is made up of colors and shapes, but I always leave it to the viewer to experience only what they personally see in my paintings. It is impossible for the viewer to ever be on the same page in the same place the artist was on the day(s) they painted it so they must experience each painting on their own terms."
For most of the pieces in this exhibit, the artist has added a material to texturize the wood panel substrates, however for the actual painting she only uses oil as it is the most archival and she believes there is nothing that will match the beauty and depth of oils. Each piece ends up with 10 to 20 layers, which gives it the complexity and the beauty of color. "Pieces of Me" is an exhibit about a glimpse into the mind of an artist. What makes an artist 'tick', the dreams we have during the night that end up on a canvas. It is about an emotional journey and how color impacts that journey. "Color gives meaning to the world we live in, it defines our emotion, our feelings and our moods".
Leave all of your preconceived ideas about art at home and have a love affair with color that will arouse your senses.
Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.
GENERAL MEMBERS' MEETING, Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The Charleston Artist Guild's first general meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at the Irene Dixon Auditorium at Ropers St. Francis Hospital. Free parking will be available, so don't forget to ask for your free parking pass at the meeting's welcome table. Click here for the garage location map. A social will begin at 6:30pm followed by the official meeting and a presentation from 7:00pm till 8:30pm.
Hirona Marsuda & Mathew Dietz of the Artist & Craftsman Supply will be our presenters for this meeting. They will be presenting product demonstrations on a variety of oil paints, oil painting mediums, acrylic paint, acrylic painting mediums, and more. Hirona and Matt are practicing professional artists as well as the managers of both Artist & Craftsman stores. They will bring free samples and (3) fantastic raffle prizes to be given away to a lucky winner.
MEMBERS: Please bring a snack to share if you can. Finger-food preferred. Please make sure to deliver your snacks between 5:30pm and 5:45pm to have time to set up.
NEW MEMBERS ONLY: Please bring your membership card so that Steve Jacobs can initial it, and give you the meeting attendance quota for the Jurying In process.
SEPTEMBER Featured Artist - Dorothy Rogers
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Dorothy Rogers as the featured artist for the month of September 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, September 4th from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street, and is open to the public. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
Dorothy's artwork carries a sense of peace, calm and reflection that flows from a heart rooted in the Holy City and steeped in salt-water and pluff mud. Dorothy's paintings capture the love and inspiration she feels for her ancestral home, Charleston, SC. Her show is titled "Anchored in Charleston".
Dorothy's interest in art began at an early age where she earned many awards during her scholastic career. Her art training began at the College of Charleston, with a focus on drawing, as well as oil painting. She completed her college studies with a degree in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina, and was granted a year-long university internship as an apprentice in a successful art studio. This experience revealed the importance of using high-grade materials and museum-quality preservation methods to insure the artwork will last for generations. Through her 40 years of being in the art world, Dorothy has participated in many art workshops as a student, as well as an instructor in numerous drawing, acrylic, and watercolor classes.
Dorothy is a sixth-generation Charleston native, growing up the youngest of 10 children in a farming family on property overlooking the Intra-Coastal Waterway just south of Charleston. Her formative years were in an environment of farming, crabbing, fishing, clam digging, gathering oysters, casting for shrimp, and generally being outside. Dorothy still enjoys these activities, and frequently sets up her easel alongside her fishing rod. Dorothy states, "I hope that my art blesses the viewer with fond memories of soaking in the low country lifestyle."
Dorothy and husband, Jerry, have been married for 34 years, and have three children. The artist's work can be seen on Yonges Island at Capt. Jimmy Bell's Restaurant, on Edisto at With These Hands Gallery and also at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on E. Bay Street in historic downtown Charleston.
"Anchored in Charleston" will be on exhibit from Sept 1 through Sept 31.
Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.
JURYING IN - September 12, 2015
To become an exhibiting member, please pre-register by filling out the Jurying In Process form here one week prior to the scheduled Jurying In date. Send the completed form to our Vice President of CAG, Catherine Peterson Fuller, also our jurying in chairman, to the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 by 6:00pm on Saturday, September 5, 2015. She will email or snail mail the signed pre-registered forms back to you for the next jurying in date which will be on September 12, 2015. Painters will drop off their work at 9:00am, Photographers at 10:00am on the Jurying In day.
For more information on the Jurying In Process click here.
AUGUST Featured Artist - Debbie K. Grogen
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Debbie K. Grogen as the featured artist for the month of August 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 7th from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street, and is open to the public. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach programs.
Her show "Floral Frenzy" is a collection of her most recent works inspired by her love of flowers and gardens in the Low Country. Several original works of flora using oils, batik, pastel, and watercolor will be on display.
One of the featured paintings titled “Peace Rose” recently placed first in its category in a local art show in March, 2015. It was inspired by a photo the artist took in Napa Valley, CA while touring the different vineyards there. Debbie has resided in the lowcountry her entire life. She enjoys painting Floras, Landscapes, and also focuses on portraits in watercolor. Exploring different mediums for artistic expression is her passion. Her painting style is recognized by the use of rich vivid color in an impressionistic style.
She is presently a member of the Charleston Artist Guild and the Summerville Artist Guild. Her paintings are in collections throughout the United States. Her work can be viewed at www.Debbie GrogenFineArt.com, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, and at The South Carolina Artisan Center in Walterboro, SC.
Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.
MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS History Fair - JULY 4th
The 3rd Annual History Fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will showcase historic organizations, businesses and institutions in Charleston, and the Charleston Artist Guild is participating in this exciting event. The History Fair is FREE, so come and bring your whole family, children and friends, but if you decide to see three special activities that Magnolia is offering, then you would have to purchase the general garden admission.
You can see more information about this event at www.magnoliaplantation.com/whatsnew.html
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