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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com . 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.
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.
SEPTEMBER FEATURED ARTIST - Ginny Versteegen
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Ginny Versteegen as the featured artist for the month of September. Her work will showcase at the gallery from September 1 through September 30, 2014. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 5, from 5pm- 8pm all are welcomed!
Ginny Versteegen is a local artist known for her dynamic and colorful oil paintings. When reviewing this new series of paintings, “Sunrise…Sunset”, a spiritual inspiration is evident. The element of color, soft edges and form, as well as, the drama of the time of day come together in the compositions. From the muted colors of “Spirit of South Carolina” to the bright vivid colors of “Sunset on Shem Creek”, Versteegen will unveil the majesty found in these spiritual places and inspiring moments of the day.
Ginny was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended art classes at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued with her art studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she received a degree in Art Education. Through the years, Ginny has painted and taught in the United Stares and Europe. Her advanced studies include Winthrop University in SC, Queens College in Charlotte, NC, as well as, the University of Oviedo, Spain. Having resided in Holland, Brazil and Spain, Versteegen's paintings exhibit an international flair. A love of color and composition is evident in her work. Original oil paintings are created by Ginny Versteegen in plein air and in her studio in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
AUGUST FEATURED ARTIST - Russell Buskirk
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Russell Buskirk as the featured artist for the month of August. His work will showcase at the gallery from August 1 through August 31, 2014. The opening reception will take place on Friday, August 1, from 5pm- 8pm all are welcomed!
JULY FEATURED ARTIST - Steve Jacobs
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Steve Jacobs as the featured artist for the month of July. His exhibit “Catch the Light” will showcase his work from July 1 through July 31, 2014.
Steve Jacobs was born in Germany, but grew up on picturesque Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He fell in love with the waters and architecture of the Lowcountry and Charleston. His passion for the area is reflected in his artwork where he uses oil, watercolor, acrylics and pencil, and his painting style ranges from loose to photo realistic. He paints from photographs and from plein air sketches done on location in places such as Charleston, Savannah, The Caribbean, and St. Simons, GA, capturing the beauty and history of Charleston and the world as he sees it. Stop by the gallery during the month of July to experience the beauty of the way Steve is able to capture the light. The CAG Gallery is located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC.
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