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Starting an Art Collection or Collect Art, Join CFADA for a Fine Art Weekend November 2-4

West Fraser Painting in the Park

I have been working with local art organizations and galleries for almost 10 years now and I often get asked: how do I start an art collection, what artist shall I collect. Well, the answer is very simple, just buy what you like. Often art collectors collect works of artists that they connect with on a personal level.

Each year, we have a great fine art event right here in Charleston. CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual, taking place on November 2-4, raises money for art programs at local high schools, but also offers an opportunity to meet “who is who” in the Charleston art world.  The event features art receptions at CFADA galleries, plein air painting demonstration at Washington Park, receptions, silent auction and print fair at the Gibbes Museum.
The most popular event is the Painting in the Park on November 3 from 9am till noon at Washington Park. This year’s participating artists are: West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Robert Lange, Susan Romaine,  Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Arnold Desmarais, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar
Works of art from the park will be up for bid (benefiting art programs at local high schools) at CFADA’s BUY ART Silent Auction & Patrons’ Reception on Saturday, November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. If you are thinking of starting an art collection, or already collect art and these are your favorite artists, join CFADA for a fun evening filled with art and support the next generation of local artists. Tickets for the silent auction are $55 per person and available at! Catering provided by Cru Catering. The Painting in the Park is free and open to the public. CFADA will be accepting absentee bids in the park, so if you love a painting, just give them your credit card info and they will bid for you!
Here is the program for the weekend:
Friday, November 2:
5 – 8 p.m. – CFADA gallery receptions & Charleston Fine Art Annual Art Stroll
8 – 10:30 p.m. – Society 1858’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper preview party & reception at the Gibbes, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door. Tickets at wwww.gibbesmuseum.orgSaturday, November 3:
9 a.m. – noon – Painting in the Park in Washington Park
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. –  Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Artist Demonstrations and Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – CFADA’s Buy Art silent auction & patrons’ reception benefiting the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs, $55 in
advance/$65 day of event. To purchase tickets, please visit

Sunday, November 4:
1–5 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
2:30 p.m. – Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

CFADA has donated over $250,000 to art programs at local high schools since 2004.


The Most Exciting Charleston Summer Event – Palette and Palate Stroll -this Friday July 15!

Vladia and Anthony Spencer at the 2010 Palette and Palate Stroll

Putting the final touches on the 2011 Palette and Palate Stroll. We added a new pairing last week: Helena Fox Fine Art & Anson! Exciting. And the Boathouse at Breach Inlet came on board to partner with the Wells Gallery.

I also received some menus and this year is going to be the best ever~ The sixth annual fine art and fine cuisine event presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association will take place this Friday, July 15,  from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The event benefits local student art programs and scholarships.

Tickets are $45 per person and will sell out, click here to buy them today!

The 2011 Palette & Palate Stroll pairings are:

Charleston Renaissance Gallery & Circa 1886 (serving Wreckbass ceviche with avocado puree and raspberry hazelnut pave)

Corrigan Gallery & Cypress  (also featuring The Happy Camper Snoball truck)

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & Blu

Helena Fox Fine Art & Anson

Horton Hayes Fine Art & La Fourchette

John C. Doyle Art Gallery & Caviar & Bananas (serving Himalayan salt slab seared scallop over summer charred corn & lady pea succotash with guests choice of sauce:  ambrose farms beet jelly, candied carrot coulis or salsa verde)

Robert Lange Studios & Charleston Grill

Martin Gallery & Social

Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s

The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse

Wells Gallery & Boathouse at Breach Inlet

BLU presented some amazing tastings at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art last year

The 2011 event is sponsored by the American Art Collector Magazine and Charleston Magazine! We received ink in Southwest Art Magazine, Spirit Airlines’ magazine, Southern Living and AmericanStyle!

First Guerrilla Cuisine, Now L.I.M.E. – Underground Dinning Experience in Charleston

A friend of mine who happens to be a phenomenal flamenco guitar players, Dori Chitayat, invited me to  L.I.M.E. (Local. Impromptu. Moveable. Evening.). As Guerrilla Cuisine, the original underground dining experience, is celebrating its third year, L.I.M.E. pops up on the local culinary scene.

Guerrilla Cuisine, called by the Post & Courier, a “freaky-deaky dinner party” is hosted by a network of artists, musicians and chefs, and put together for hip, adventurous souls. Under the leadership of Jimihatt, the underground dinner features local produce and products prepared by celebrity chefs. The art on display is created by local artists. Jimihatt’s Guerrilla Cuisine dinners are legendary.

L.I.M.E. is a creation of local chef who originally hails from the 
twin islands of Trinidad 
and Tobago, Renata Dos Santos.

On April 16 from 5-10pm, L.I.M.E. will host its second dinner. The event features Jon Cropf of Blu Restaurant on Folly Beach with a mystery sommelier, and Flamenco and Latin Jazz guitarist, Dori Chitayat.

The dinner will be at Mugdock Castle on Sullivan’s Island.

The cost is $125 and includes all food, drink, tax and gratuity. Proceeds will benefit Dragon Boat of Charleston.

Air and Earth Bring Back their Popular 13 Days of Xmas New and Used Sports Gear Toy Drive

Do you have an old skateboard getting dusty in the closet? Or, maybe there is a surfboard just sitting in the garage? Are you really using that longboard? I and many others believe that holidays are the perfect time to recycle the old sports gear in your closet. Last year, Air and Earth extreme sports center created a new and used sports gear toy drive that Stylee PR helped to promote. The toy drive was a success and so Adam Von Ins and Elea Faucheron, the owners of the store, are bringing it back this year again.

Their goal is to help kids, both little and big, have a toy this holiday season. By collecting used and new sports gear and toys to help kids stay active, Air & Earth’s 13 Days of Xmas runs from December 1st to 20th, 2010.

With a dual focus on exercising and recycling, they collected more than 1,000 used toys and recycled them to locals in need. Including 27 families overlooked by other charities.

Air & Earth’s 13 Days of Xmas are focused on making toys available to those in need missed by traditional charitable drives. Faucheron and Von Ins urge those who know of someone in need of help this holiday season to contact them. In addition, they are helping local organizations including Windwood Farms, East Cooper Community Outreach and Louie’s Kids collect specific items such as weights, bands, jump ropes, exercise balls, basketballs, baseballs, football, bike helmets and more.

Air & Earth are collecting the following items: Good Used / New Sporting Goods Items accepted include:

– Ground Sports: Skateboards, Wave boards, Inline Skates & Longboards

– Water Sports: Surfboards, Stand-up Paddleboards, Wakeboarding & Kiteboarding

– Snow Sports: Snowboards & Snow Skis

– Team Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer Ball and Volley Ball

– Helmets, Pads, Wetsuits and any accessory complementing the above items

For those rainy days, you can also donate the following items. They must be new and in original packaging:

– Board Games

– Playing Cards

– Art & School Supplies

Air & Earth are accepting donations from both individuals and businesses. If you know kids needing toys, please contact them at or call 843-388-9300. Those who donate will receive a $5 gift card. They will also offer 13 bigger kid toys at drastically reduced pricing to help those less fortunate. Presented by Buddy the Elf, one item will be featured daily starting December 1st on the store’s Facebook page and website. Learn about each item online at

Air & Earth’s two-story surf, skate and kite sports center is located at 1313 Long Grove Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. For more information, please visit

Photos from the CFADA’s Painting in the Park

Hundreds of art enthusiasts came to Washington Park on a chilly Saturday morning to watch the CFADA artists create works of art that were auctioned off that evening at the Charleston Art Auction. This plein air event is part of the Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association that traditionally take place the first weekend in November in Charleston, SC. The weekend is filled with gallery receptions, art stroll, plein air painting and art auction. It benefits the local art programs at high schools that participate in the CFADA’s High School Art Competition. This year’s art competition was judged by Ellen D. Moryl of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Darcy Shankland of Charleston Magazine, Jim Braunreuther of the Charleston Country School District and Karen Ann Myers of REDUX. Colleen Brennan of the School of the Arts won the first place with her painting entitled “Pacify, Not Glorify.” The second place went to Louisa Ballou also from the School of the Arts for her painting “Hunger.” The third place was awarded to Akeem Pinckney of St. John’s High School for his painting entitled “Brick by Brick.”

CFADA Artists Painting in Washington Park on November 6

The following CFADA artists will be painting in Washington Park in Charleston, SC, on November 6 from 9am till noon:

Charles Williams, Mia Bergeron, Linda Brandon, Simon Balyon, Lese Corrigan, Shannon Smith, Karen Larson Turner, Laurie Meyer, Rick Reinert, Simon Kenevan, Shannon Runquist, Nancy Hoerter, Rhett Thurman and Karin Jurick.

Notable October Events in Charleston

Thank you Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria for establishing the Octoberfest 200 years ago! The Octoberfest celebration in Charleston will take place at Blackbaud Stadium on October 24 from noon till 5!

Besides the celebration of beer, my October calendar is filled with awesome events:

October 1, 5-8pm: Art Walk – some notable shows:

– Elements & Atmosphere at the Wells Gallery the show immortalizes the Carolinas in rich oil paint, the most forgiving and often frustrating medium, featured artists, Wendy Whitson and Kevin LePrince.

– Johnson Hagood‘s new works created for the Greenville Museum of Art on display at the Carolina Galleries.

– Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art will host a stunning show by J. Christian Snedeker, one of our extraordinarily talented local artists.

– The Corrigan Gallery presents Sex and Death a show of works by Richard (Duke) Hagerty.

The Dreamscape by Nathan Durfee

Robert Lange Studios has an exciting exhibit titled The Soft Embrace of a Porcelain Night, it features the work of contemporary painter Nathan Durfee. These works will not last, they never do.

– Horton Hayes Fine Art will  present an exhibition of new paintings by Chris Groves entitled Reflection.

– Jennifer Smith Rogers will present new works at Smith Killian Fine Art in a show titled Natural and Notable.

– The Sylvan Gallery will celebrate Rhett Thurman and her “40 Years of Painting in Charleston.” This is going to be a great art show! Rhett has painted all over the world! for more info! All art openings are FREE.

Gold Keris Knife with diamonds and rubbies

October 1, 5-8pm: Galleons Lost at 165 King Street is featuring its amazing collection of one-a-kind, highly collectible Keris Knives (diamonds and gold!). FREE

October 6, 6-9 pm: Rebekah Jacob Gallery will host a fundraiser for the American College of the Building Arts “REDy to Wear,” where you can bid on masks created by local artists.FREE

October 24, 6:30-10pm: A Night of Jewish Film, a screening of a documentary titled “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.” This iconic film about the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews since the 1860s will light up the screen of The Sottile Theater at 7:45 p.m. Prior to the movie screening, everyone is invited to a desert & champagne reception, the Melvin and Judith Solomon Humanitarian Award for the Arts to Judith Solomon will be presented here, starts at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $20 for the film and $50 for both the reception and the film.

October 28, 7-11pmThe Red Party at one of the most haunted buildings in the United States (truly haunted!), the Old City Jail that houses the American College of the Building Arts. This is the party that people are dying to get in. Dress up in red and mask your face, it is the best Halloween Party in town! $55 in advance, $65 at the door.