November 2016 - Featured Gallery Artist

Mollie Vardell

The Charleston Artist Guild announces Mollie Vardell as the featured artist for the month of November. Her exhibit entitled “Behind the Garden Gate”, is a collection of paintings featuring hidden gardens, gates, fountains and statuary from local and surrounding areas.

Moving to Charleston just over two years ago, Mollie has fallen in love with both the low country and the beautiful homes and gardens of Charleston. Mostly a landscape painter focusing on the marshes and beauty of the low country, Mollie was inspired to create this series after walking down the streets of Charleston, admiring the beautiful homes, window boxes, and ironwork gates with lovely gardens hidden behind.

Mollie has been painting for 14 years in the Delaware and Virginia areas, and just joined the Charleston Artist Guild last October. Although this is her first show in the Charleston area, Vardell’s work has been shown in multiple Galleries in Virginia and Delaware and she has participated in many outdoor shows in her career. She also helped to found Great Falls School of Art in Virginia, and was a teacher there for many years.

Vardell states: “The process of painting for me is a journey – one that takes me out of my everyday world and absorbs me in entirety. Everywhere I look outside I see paintings! A fantastic sky, the light on a field, interesting shadow patterns or an idyllic reflection on water, these are what propel me to paint. It is my job as an artist to slow down, to observe, to look harder, always searching for ways to bring this beauty to the surface of my paintings. I paint in oil because of the richness of the color, its density and its ability to add texture and depth to my paintings.

Please join us for an opening Reception, which is free to the public, on Friday, November 4, 2016, from 5pm-8pm. 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.


More information about Mollie can be found on her website at