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.
JUNE FEATURED ARTIST - Muriel B. Lanciault
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Muriel B. Lanciault as the featured artist for the month of June 2014. Her exhibit, entitled "Driven to Abstraction", will showcase her new collection of work, which reflects a sharp turn in her art journey from representational realism to abstraction. An opening reception is planned for Friday, June 6th 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.
A retired educator originally from upstate New York, Muriel moved to the Charleston area to escape New York's harsh winters. Once here, she discovered an ability to paint, plus the opportunity to study with outstanding teachers and affiliate with other artists through becoming a juried member of various area art guilds. Muriel became known for her representational watercolors. Her award-winning work is now in private and municipal collections in 18 states, Canada, Germany and England.
Eighteen months ago, Muriel began exploring abstract themes in several media, including oils, acrylics, collage and textures. She made use of her former work experience by incorporating some themes from the classroom into her art, like a five painting series in oil of Abstract Nouns. Several watercolors explore the effects of various techniques to achieve intriguing patterns and shapes. Mixed media paintings depict nature, family and musical themes. Muriel's soon-to-be unveiled collection includes large and small canvasses, tabletop paintings and miniatures, all abstract interpretations of subjects that intrigue her.
Come see where Muriel's artistic exploration has taken her with a visit to the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Monday - Sunday, 11am to 6pm from June 1 through June 30, 2014. Her work can also be seen at www.mblart.com ; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY FEATURED ARTISTS - Pam Miller-Schussel, Gale Roland, and Bonnie Taylor
The Charleston Artist Guild announces jewelers Pam Miller-Schussel, Gale Roland and Bonnie Taylor as the featured artists for the month of May 2014. Their selection celebrates the addition of fine art jewelry as a new medium being represented in the gallery. "All that Glitters..." is their exciting exhibit, showcasing a collection of unique contemporary jewelry, including silversmithing, bead weaving, and woven wire. Materials utilized include silver, copper, bronze, leather, beads and crystal elements, all hand fashioned into original, affordable, wearable designs. An opening reception is planned for Friday, May 2nd 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.
Pam works in silver and other metals. She received her fine art degree from Penn State and also studied under silversmith Robin Cruz McGee and Atlanta's master silver clay artist, Pam East. She enjoys pairing materials in a piece that are not ordinarily used together. Her aim is to reflect today's world in her non-traditional designs while still employing traditional jeweler's techniques. Pam's work can also be seen at Charleston Crafts, a fine crafts gallery on Church Street.
Gale developed a love of jewelry-making after finding three old family jewelry boxes from the 1960's and 1970's and being intrigued with how to recycle the jewelry pieces she discovered, rather than discard them. Since then, Gale has become interested in every aspect of jewelry-making and has studied silversmithing, metal clay, bead weaving and wire wrapping. She finds inspiration everywhere.
Since taking a class ten years ago, Bonnie's focus has been bead weaving. She discovered in that class that working with a needle and thread came naturally and was most enjoyable given her history as a quilter and seamstress. Bonnie sells her one-of-a-kind designs under the name "B Original". She also owns and operates Daniel Street Beadery in West Ashley, where she gives classes and advice. Her business was featured in the entertainment section of the Post and Courier in August 2013. Bonnie is a member of the Coastal Carolina Bead Society based in Savannah, GA.
"All That Glitters..." is a not-to-be-missed event. Visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mon.- Sun., 11am to 6pm, from May 1 to May 31 to enjoy this fine art jewelry show and maybe do a little early holiday shopping.
APRIL FEATURED ARTIST - David Scheffler
The Charleston Artist Guild announces David Scheffler as the featured artist for the month of April. His exhibit entitled "Color It Charleston" will showcase the colorful streetscapes of Charleston. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 4th 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.
David's lifelong hobby of photography developed into a serious art form when he retired from the corporate world in 2009. After growing up in Southern Ohio where exposure to art was limited, the ability to appreciate the world as a subject for fine art took hold through his education and travels.
He has continued to further his creative evolution with workshops and courses at several institutions. He enjoys capturing streetscapes, both natural and man-made. "There seems to be a never-ending stream of subjects. I find myself making mental notes of photo opportunities while driving, biking or walking so I can then return to the scene to get the ideal shot."
Enter the visual world of David Scheffler with a visit to The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during business hours, Mon-Sun 11am - 6pm from April 1 - April 30. His work can also be found at ctsqarts.com
MARCH FEATURED ARTIST - Susan Budnick
The Charleston Artist Guild announces Susan Budnick as the featured artist for the month of March. Her photography show "Local Exposure" will be on display from March 1 thru March 31. The opening reception is planned for Friday, March 7th from 5pm to 8pm at the CAG Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street. The reception is free and open to the public.
“Local Exposure” is a collection of the diverse work Susan has created as a self-taught photographer who was so impacted by the natural, local beauty of the Low Country when she moved here in 1997 that she felt compelled to capture that beauty, especially as she began witnessing the encroachment of development upon it. She was particularly struck by the light in the Low Country and how it plays on the landscape, making the exact same location look so different from hour to hour, day to day and month to month. As her work began taking her downtown, she learned how dramatically that light enhanced Charleston ’s architectural beauty as well, and often created interesting shadows and abstract lines, which Susan has also spent time capturing.
All photographs are shot with a vintage 35 mm camera without any artificial lighting, filters, polarizers or computer manipulation of the content. Susan wants the viewer’s experience to approximate what she saw and felt during the creation of her photographs. To experience the local beauty of Charleston through the eyes of Susan Budnick, visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during the month of March.
FEBRUARY CAG GALLERY celebrates "INTO THE WILD"
It's wildlife month in the Lowcountry! This month, our artists come together to celebrate nature with their group exhibit, “Into the Wild.”
The exhibit will be on display for the month of February. Please join us at our opening reception on Friday, February 7 from 5-8pm.
JANUARY 2014 FEATURED ARTIST - Lloyd Shingleton
The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery is happy to announce Lloyd Shingleton as featured artist for the month of January. His exhibit is titled "Lowcountry Magic" which will be on display January 1 - January 31, 2014. An opening reception is planned for Friday, January 3rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the CAG Gallery at 160 East Bay Street. The reception is free and open to the public.
Lloyd aims to give his series a fantasy theme and show how magical some of the locations in the lowcountry can be. He works in many different medium's; oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, colored pencil, graphite, and pen and ink, "Always liking to change things up. My paintings reflect the interest I have in my life and the places I most enjoy", he mentions in his artist statement, "The Charleston area, with all of its islands, marshes and historical places presents such interesting beautiful views and subject matter to paint. This town makes you feel like the old Impressionist at Argenteuil. I aspire to become more like an Impressionist in my painting style, my favorite form of painting."
Come and visit the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery during the month of January and enjoy a magical view of our town Charleston. Open daily 11am-6pm.
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160 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401