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SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTIST - Sheila Kern


The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announes artist Sheila Kern as the Featured Artist for the month of Septemberwith her exhibit, "Shimmer & Dream" on display from September 1- 30, 2016. Sheila Kern is a commission artist who draws upon her world travels to create original fine art that is vibrant in color and rich in symbolism. Working primarily with oil on canvas, she has exhibited in independent and group shows in the US, Ireland and Paris.

Originally from Rhode Island, Sheila received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University. She worked as an illustrator, designer and fine art painter in New York until her career took her from the United States to Ireland where she worked commercially, as well as continuing with portraiture and fine art painting. Most notably, Sheila was commissioned for a series of five portraits by Foras na Gaeilge, a department of the Irish government. This series began with painting T.K. Whitaker, a former Irish economist who won the “Greatest Living Irish Person” award in 2002.

After living and working in Ireland for 13 years, in 2006, Sheila moved to Paris, leaving commercial work behind to focus solely on creating works of fine art, and had the pleasure of living in the “City of Light” for four years.

Upon returning to the States, in 2011, Sheila began The Completement Series, a sequential series of intricately detailed paintings depicting the transformation of man and his transition into the new environment. The Completement Series consists of The Ascension Painting, The Labyrinth Painting and In the Garden, with a fourth painting in the works representing the Ark of the Covenant.

Continuing to live and work as an artist, Sheila moved to Charleston in 2012 and last year married WTMA's morning radio show host Charlie James.

Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibition, which is free to the public, on Friday, September 2, from 5pm-8pm. Live music with oboist Mark Gainer and flutist David Sarnoff.


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, 2016.

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, 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






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.



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.



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.





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.






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.






JULY FEATURED ARTIST - Jeanine Jones

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Jeanine Jones as the featured artist for the month of July 2015. Her show, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" will be on display from July 1 until July 31. An opening reception will take place on Friday, July 3rd 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.

Jeanine Jones began painting in the 1970’s. She learned to love art by studying under Ruth VanSickle Ford (Former President of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts) who had retired in her hometown and gave her lessons. Growing up in a family of 10 and as the daughter of a WWII veteran, Jeanine learned that although life is not perfect, we can always find things to be thankful for. Having moved many times throughout her life, she has learned to appreciate the variety of people and places in this great country. Now residing here in Charleston, she paints the beauty and charm of this historic city and its people.

Watching Charleston respond to horrible tragedy, I again see a nation that is changing and embracing progress.

I want my work to be a tribute to the actions of others who are not looking for accolades, but are looking for positive change in our country. The attack on our symbolic church was meant for evil, but I see God turning it to good. I am confident that, in Charleston, we will see something beautiful come out of something so tragic because of the examples of forgiveness, the people praying, and our government leading the charge to make positive changes in our communities.

Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.





JUNE FEATURED ARTIST - Lynne Fraser

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Lynne Fraser as the featured artist for the month of June 2015. Her show “Southern Light” is a collection of her most recent works inspired by local coastal scenes of Charleston, Sullivan Island and Mt. Pleasant, her recently adopted home in South Carolina. An opening reception will take place on Friday, June 5th 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.

As a native of Scotland, landscapes and scenery have always been Lynne’s muse. Lynne built her career creating 3D art, sculpting landscape designs for 25 years in Cincinnati, OH. Brushes and oil paints now replace her tracing paper & pencils and her love of outdoor painting now translates the scenery vividly onto canvas with a distinct impressionistic, ‘a la prima’ painting style. Lynne’s light-filled paintings chronicle her travels to Greece, Italy, Key West, FL, and now Charleston, SC. For the past 6 years, Lynne’s increasing fascination with the lowcountry of South Carolina has resulted in sophisticated renderings of Shem Creek, Poe’s Tavern, and Magnolia Plantation. Whether at home in her adopted coastal town of Mt Pleasant, SC, the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati or traveling through Europe & the US, Lynne’s adventurous spirit instantly connects with the local views rendering them on canvas with attention to color, light, and detail. Her paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.

Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.




MAY FEATURED ARTIST - Lynn Salkeld

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Lynn Salkeld as the featured artist for the month of May 2015. Her show “Lowcountry View” is a collection of the wonderful stories of the area that Lynn tells through her oil paintings. “Lowcountry View” will open with a reception on Friday May 1 from 5pm-8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street in Charleston and is open to the public.

Lynn is a 20-plus year transplant to the lowcountry and just loves the beauty and the people of South Carolina. Art has been Lynn's passion since early childhood. Taking art classes at every opportunity has given her a strong background in oil painting and design.

Since retiring from her frame shop and gallery 2 years ago, she has devoted more time to painting and teaching. Lynn describes her style as loose realism. Her subjects are varied but her favorites are landscapes and animal portraits. Lynn has studied with Martin Ahrens, Joyce Hall, Adolph Conrad, Mark Horton, and Chris Hayes. She also attended Keane College and studied design at CPCC in Charlotte NC.

“Lowcountry View” will be on exhibit from May 1 through May 31. Stop by and wander through the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery at 160 E. Bay Street in downtown Charleston. Any sales made through the gallery support the Guild’s community outreach work.

Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.



APRIL FEATURED ARTIST - Ellen Bass

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Ellen Bass, as featured artist for the month of April 2015. Her show, 'My Favorite Places', will be on exhibit from April 1 until April 30. An opening reception, which is free to the public, will be held Friday, April 3rd from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The gallery is located at 160 East Bay Street, and is open daily from 11am - 6pm. Sales made there support the non-for-profit Guild's Community Outreach work.

Ellen Bass has combined a show that captures moments from her travels in Europe and from the area that she loves: her home in the Low Country. There is a beautiful sunrise at Myrtle Beach, reflections in the water at Lake Moultrie, a church in Charleston, a river in Ireland, and glorious clouds over Utah Beach in France. These are the places that spoke to her heart, and the memory lingered until they were finally painted. Others were painted in plein air with the scene vividly displayed in living color. Ellen's favorite medium is oils, but she also loves to experiment in watercolor and pastels.

Residing in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, Ellen grew up where there were limited opportunities to develop her passion of painting so she traveled to take classes and workshops from accomplished artists who use different styles. She has shared her knowledge with others in her community and has served as Chairman of the Arts Festival there. She is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and was featued artist in 2011. As a member of the Greater Lake City Artist Guild, her paintings have been on display in the ArtFields office. The Wycliffe Bible Translators used one of her sketches on the cover of the Gospel of John in Gullah. Using her paintings as illustrations, Ellen has published a book titled 'In A Garden'.

Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.



MARCH FEATURED ARTIST - Karyn Healey

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Karen Healey, as featured artist for the month of March 2015. Her show, 'Diverging Lines and Intersecting Lives', is the title of her show at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery. An opening reception coincides with the French Quarter Art Walk in Charleston on Friday, March 6th, 5:00-8:00pm. The reception is free and opened to the public.

Seeking new ways of looking at the world, Healey creates representational oil paintings that display two distinct styles. The "Diverging Lines" paintings of the show's title are graphic and structured, a nod to Healey's design background, where shapes are simplified and strong lines create strength and foundation. The works within "Intersecting Lives" represent thought provoking people. These paintings are figurative and rendered in a more painterly way. And lastly, Healey has a place on the wall for portraits of a very different kind, specifically the self-portraits of others and her interpretation of their selfies captured on social media.

Karyn Healey has lived in the Charleston area for seven years and in the south for close to twenty. She graduated Iowa State University in 1983 with a BA in graphic design and practiced in the DC area, southern Virginia and southern Illinois. Shifting her focus towards education, she taught graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology for a number of years and later expanded an organization devoted to teaching art appreciation at the primary level, which meshed art with the classroom curriculum for math, language arts and social studies. She now devotes her time to oil painting, working en plein air or in the studio.

Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mondays through Sundays 11am - 6pm.






FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST - Peggy Ellis

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Peggy Ellis, daughter of Southeast painting legend Ray Ellis, as featured artist for the month of February 2015. Her show, 'Windswept: Clouds in Motion', inspired by the ever changing drama of the coastal skies, will be on display from February 1 through February 28th. The opening reception, which is free to the public, will be held Friday, February 6th from 5pm - 8pm at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay Street.

Peggy's father, the late Ray Ellis, was for many years her mentor in both oils and watercolors, teaching her to incorporate the spontaneity of watercolor with the richness of oil, and to "tell a story" in either medium. Peggy's fresh, bold use of the palette knife is a signature aspect of her work in oils.

Peggy's 20-plus years of painting skills were enhanced at the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, Mass., and by studies with other accomplished artists in the Boston area. Besides being an Exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild, her work is also represented by the Four Corners Gallery on May River Road in Bluffton, SC. Her home and art studio are located in downtown Charleston.

Her exhibit will be displayed from Sunday, February 1st through Saturday, February 28th at the CAG Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC., and is opened daily from 11am - 6pm.






JANUARY FEATURED ARTIST - Brenda Gilliam

Brenda is quoted to say "I am starting this new year with a collection of work, produced over the past three years. During 2015, I hope to complete even more works."

The simpler moments in life interests her … experiences … interactions with people, places, and things. She takes what she sees … breaks it into shapes, color, pattern, texture and movement. A sense of design, composition, placement, balance, and proportion is evident in everything she creates.

"I’ve been involved in many endeavors here in Charleston … some creative, some community related. Receiving several awards for my work is validating and encouraging. But, I still consider myself a beginner. Every experience contributes to who I am."

Her exhibit will be displayed from Thursday, January 1st through Saturday, January 31st at the CAG Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC., and is opened daily from 11am - 6pm.






DECEMBER FEATURED ARTIST - Ken Hanger

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Ken Hanger as the featured artist for the month of December. His exhibit "Flowers Etc." will be on display from December 1 - 31, 2014. This series offers a rich selection from Ken's award winning work.

His subject range from portraiture, to landscapes to still life. Working en plein air and a la prima gives his work a feeling of spontaneity. With his use of a palette knife, his paintings take on texture and achieve a shimmering effect.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, December 5th from 5pm to 8pm at the CAG Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC. The reception is free and open to the public. Come visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mon-Sun 11am - 6pm.




NOVEMBER FEATURED ARTIST - Mila Garro

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces award winner Mila Garro as the featured artist for the month of November. Her exhibit "Serenity with Nature" will be on display from November 1 - 31, 2014. An opening reception is planned for Friday, November 7th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the CAG Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street. The reception is free and open to the public.

Mila's work is based on the universal interest in preserving the fleeting beauty of nature and in the long tradition of Japanese Oshibana. Oshibana ('pressed flowers' in Japanese) is the Japanese art of making pictures with pressed dry flowers and plants. Mila began arranging pressed flowers as a personal hobby and the hobby evolved into a lifelong passion. Her work has been exhibited in the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, the 2011 Exhibition of Creation in Japan, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Korean Competition, and she has received multiple awards in several international shows and exhibitions.

Visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during the month of November and enjoy this delicate art form by Mila Garro. Open daily 11am-6pm.




OCTOBER FEATURED ARTIST - Patricia P. Schaefer

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Patricia P. Schaefer as the featured artist for the month of October. Her work will showcase at the gallery from October 1 through October 31, 2014. The opening reception will take place on Friday, October 3rd, from 5pm- 8pm all are welcomed!

Her exhibit “Transition” demonstrates a transition from un-posed nature to un-posed street photography. Her wish is for the viewer to be inspired to respect and appreciate nature, wildlife and each and every person.

The CAG Gallery is located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina 20401, and is opened daily from 11am - 6pm.





JURYING IN AT THE GALLERY - Saturday, Sept. 27th

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 director, to her email at cathypetersonfullerartist@gmail.com She will email or snail mail the pre-registered forms for the next jurying in date.

The Jurying In Process form will list the particulars of what format and number of entries to which the art or photographs must adhere to. One must be a member of the Guild in good standing, and must have attended one general members' meetings.

Once if juried in, an artist or photographer can ask to be placed on the waiting list to become a member of the Gallery; Deborah Sisco is our current Gallery Director, and may be contacted by email at debsisco@bellsouth.net . Upon this request, the artist or photographer will be sent by email waiting list forms, which will include a "Code of Conduct" form and a "Waiting List" form, which must be signed and returned to Debbie Sisco by email, or to the CAG post office: P.O. Box 21086, Charleston, SC 29413. This package will also contain a contract which is included for reference and will not have to be signed or returned, which will list the wall space increments and prices which on a trimester basis be paid in order for one to be a Gallery member.

Once one has an "Exhibiting" status, they may also enter one of our many shows CAG sponsors; the Members' Exhibition Show in January or February, the Signature Exhibition Show in March or April, and the People's Choice Show in October. Dues must be current and not lapse in order to remain and not loose ones' Exhibiting membership status.

To download the form click on 2014-15 Jurying In Process Form

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GALLERY HIGHLIGHT

Here is an exciting news clip by our very own Warren Peper from The Post & Courier taken of our gallery for the French Quarter Art Walk starting Friday, March 7, 2014.






Visit our gallery at
160 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone:
Office: 843.722.2454
Gallery: 843.722.2425

Gallery Daily Hours:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm