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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 www.cfada.com! 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 www.cfada.com

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.

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!

www.cfada.com 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.

New CFADA Art Shows in Charleston, SC – Free and Open to Public on October 1

To celebrate the Fall season with fine art, visit the member galleries of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association this October.

Johnson Hagood

Please join Carolina Galleries on October 1, for an opening of Johnson Hagood’s art show. Hagood, artist and owner of Carolina Galleries, will unveil his show Preview, a sneak peek at work that is being created for his 2011 show at the Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) in Greenville, SC. The reception will be on Friday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carolina Galleries is located at 106 A Church Street in downtown Charleston.  The artist will be present for this reception.

The Corrigan Gallery is pleased to present Sex and Death, a show of works by Richard (Duke) Hagerty, opening October 1, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 62 Queen Street in downtown Charleston.  The work will hang through October 31.  This is his first solo show since the artist’s Piccolo Spoleto 2008 commissioned poster celebration.

Chris GrovesHorton Hayes Fine Art located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Chris Groves entitled Reflection. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the show will run through October 24th.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to host a stunning show by J. Christian Snedeker. More than 15 new works by Snedeker will be on exhibition September 30 through the end of October, with the public reception on October 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery. The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street.

Robert Lange Studios upcoming exhibit, The Soft Embrace of a Porcelain Night, features the work of contemporary painter Nathan Durfee. The Soft Embrace of a Porcelain Night is a striking body of narrative paintings and one very large suggestive dreamscape. Durfee will be at the October 1 event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the work will hang until October 28 at the 2 Queen Street location.

Lynn Gertenbach

Smith-Killian Fine Art is proud to present the recent works of artist Jennifer Smith Rogers in an exhibit entitled Natural and Notable that will run from October 1 through October 15, 2010. The gallery invites the public to meet the artist at the show’s opening reception on October 1st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., an event that will coincide with the French Quarter Gallery Association’s Fall Art Walk. A champagne preview of the artist’s works will be held on Thursday, September 30th.

On October 1, the Sylvan Gallery will celebrate Rhett Thurman and her “40 Years of Painting in Charleston.” The artist reception will take place on Friday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This October, the Wells Gallery located in downtown Charleston, SC, will present a show entitled Elements & Atmosphere. The show immortalizes the Carolinas in rich oil paint, the most forgiving and often frustrating medium. Both feature artists, Wendy Whitson & Kevin LePrince, tell a different story of the same land, their respective perspectives emerging in style, process, palette and detail. The exclusive Collectors Preview will take place on Sept. 30. The artists reception, open to public, will be on Friday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 125 Meeting Street.

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association consists of the city’s prominent galleries working together to promote Charleston as a fine art destination for passionate art enthusiasts, avid collectors and talented artists. Since 2004, CFADA has donated more than $150,000 to local public high schools and scholarships for future artists. For more information about the upcoming art shows, please visit cfada.wordpress.com or http://www.cfada.com.

Celebrate fine art and fine cuisine in Charleston on July 16

July 16 in Charleston, South Carolina will truly feel like a day of celebration of fine art and fine cuisine. The exciting evening kicks off with the 5th annual Palette and Palate Stroll presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association at 5:30pm and will continue at the Gibbes with a celebration of Bastille Day at the museum’s courtyard from 8 pm to 11pm.

A smashing hit since its establishment in 2005, the Palette and Palate Stroll presents the best of Charleston in one amazing evening. Fine art and food connoisseurs will stroll through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, sampling tastings from twelve of the finest local restaurants in the beautiful setting of twelve prestigious galleries, all members of CFADA.

The 2010 pairings are: Ann Long Fine Art & FIG; Carolina Galleries & Circa 1886; Charleston Renaissance Gallery & High Cotton; Corrigan Gallery & Cypress, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & BLU; Helena Fox Fine Art & Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar; Horton Hayes Fine Art & La Fourchette; Martin Gallery & 82 Queen; Robert Lange Studios & Social; Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s;  The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse and Wells Gallery & Charleston Grill.

An Evening at Bastille Café presented by Society 1858 will feature live jazz by Heddy Rae and hors d’oeuvres and boissons (food and drink) courtesy of Rue de Jean.  A French-themed art scavenger hunt will take place throughout the museum. In addition, ballots will be cast at the party for Charleston’s favorite pommes frites (French fries). Guests are encouraged to sample the pommes frites at four area restaurants prior to the party and then vote on their favorite at Bastille Café – a random winner will be eligible for free fries for a year!  The participating restaurants are The Glass Onion, Blind Tiger, La Fourchette, and Rue de Jean.

Tickets for An Evening at Bastille Café are $25 and can be purchased online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events. The event is free to anyone who attended Society 1858’s May 21 Launch Celebration.  Those individuals should call 722-2706 x22 to reserve their complimentary ticket.

The Palette and Palate Stroll is presented as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Studio Series, benefiting its visual arts scholarship fund. Money from the scholarship fund has been awarded to organizations such as Redux, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Cost is $45 per person and tickets are limited. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-819-8006 or on-line at www.cfada.com.

Celebration of Southern Patriots – Stephen Scott Young at Charleston Renaissance Gallery

As the son of a wounded Vietnam veteran, Stephen Scott Young is keenly attuned to the dignity of military service and regularly explores patriotic themes in his work. The Veterans, executed en plein air in 1993, is a stirring example of this artistic passion and personal priority. And while the watercolor celebrates the larger motif of American fidelity, its central focus is the two honored patriots who lived the ideal.

In the early 1990s, an exhibition of Young’s art traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, and the artist was subsequently commissioned by the Greenville County Museum of Art to produce a series of works titled Portrait of Greenville. The Veterans is one of the first studies Young did in preparation for a large watercolor of the same title. The scene depicts two veterans sitting outside a white clapboard VFW hall in a local neighborhood on Memorial Day. The artist worked while the men reminisced about their World War II experiences. The moving characterization of the two figures and play of light on the drapery of the flag and the architecture highlight Young’s artistic mastery and unparalleled technical proficiency. Executed in a liberated style with a wet-on-wet technique that Young often employs for on-site preparatory studies, the work exudes a sense of spontaneity and immediacy that is not evident in his more controlled large pieces, which are painstakingly created by the building up of layers of pigment.

Thomas Jefferson believed that “the cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.” As does Young. As do we.