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Charleston Fine Art Annual, November 4,6,7, 2009

Over the past ten years, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) has grown from just a handful of founding members to 13 member galleries that continue to help transform Charleston’s art market and to set standards of professionalism.  This November, CFADA welcomes avid art collectors and nationally renowned artists to celebrate its 10th anniversary and continue the tradition at the Eleventh Charleston Fine Art Annual.  As Charleston’s premier weekend dedicated to the visual arts, the Charleston Fine Art Annual features more than 25 leading artists, exhibiting at CFADA member galleries and painting in Washington Park. The event takes place on November 4, 6, 7, 2009.  Proceeds will benefit Charleston County High Schools’ fine art programs.

West Fraser Painting in the Park

West Fraser Painting in the Park

Featured in Charleston Magazine, Art of the Times, AmericanStyle and Art & Antiques as the most important fine visual arts’ festival in Charleston, the Charleston Fine Art Annual gives visitors a unique opportunity to mingle with renowned artists in the most charming historic district on the east coast. During last year’s celebration of the visual arts, CFADA raised over $18,000 for high school art programs. CFADA started donating to schools in 2004, and has donated over $140,000 to art programs since then.

The fine art weekend kicks off on Wednesday, November 4 with the first of a new three part lecture series on Women in Art, organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art.  For ticket information on the lecture series, please visit http://www.gibbesmuseum.org.   The next event takes place on Friday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m., featuring an art stroll and gallery openings at CFADA member galleries. Each gallery will present works by prominent local and visiting artists who travel to Charleston every year to participate in this prestigious event. This free event is open to public.

On Saturday morning, November 7 starting at 9:00 a.m., locals and visitors alike will once again mingle and watch artists at work as they donate their time and talent to creating masterpieces that will be later auctioned off at the Charleston Art Auction to benefit the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs. The ever-popular plein air event, Painting in the Park, takes place at Washington Park from 9:00 a.m. till noon.

The Sixth Annual High School Art Competition, a platform for young talented artists to showcase their unique works, is part of the plein air event and will start at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Park. The finest student works will be on display and judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

student art painting in the parkSaturday evening will be dedicated to auctioning fine works of art, featuring historically significant paintings and drawings together with contemporary works by recognized American artists.   The creations from Painting in the Park will be auctioned interspersed between other works.  The Charleston Art Auction will start at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel, 68 Wentworth Street, downtown Charleston. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Ticket are $50.00 (contributed to the Charleston County High School Art Programs, this includes a fully illustrated sales catalogue) per person.

The Renaissance Charleston Hotel offers a special group rate for the weekend. Call 800-605-1498 and ask for the Charleston Art Auction group rate. For more information on CFADA, please visit http://www.cfada.com and for ticket reservations for the auction call 843-722-0128.


“Measure: Creatures Great + Small” on View at Robert Lange Studios this September

Charleston-based painter Robert Lange plays with scale by shrinking massive animals and blowing-up mini animals in a series of 25 new works entitled Measure: Creatures Great + Small. On view from September 4 thru September 30, 2009, at Robert Lange Studios, the show is a unique investigation into how the size of an animal effects our interaction with them.

At the modest age of 28, Lange was recently the American Heart Association’s featured artist.  He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is best known for creating bodies of work in a hyper-realist fashion.

In December of 2008, Lange’s acclaimed series Still + Life portrayed still lives with the addition of living elements such as birds and humans. In his upcoming Measure show, Lange is now giving the viewer a unique and whimsical perspective of nature; a tiny lion sits regally on a chair or a huge penguin follows a pedestrian down the sidewalk.

July event RLSSome humorous, some obvious, and some more subtler but in each painting Lange has illustrated how much animals are missing from our everyday by placing them in common scenarios.  For example, in one of the pieces for his September show titled, The Fox + The Pear, Lange has depicted a tiny fox sitting in a bowl next to a pear.  The fox is scaled to be the same size as the pear and in a charming way sits as though he isn’t a bit out of place.

“The reason for playing with the comparative size of each animal versus their surroundings is to make people take notice. There is an intrigue that is created and captivates the viewer by skewing the scales,” says Lange. “I can’t help but feel a certain amount of disconnection from animals and nature in general and a desire to bring both into my life and at least make people think about a possible addition to theirs.”

In The Viewer, one of the works from his upcoming show, Lange paints a giant owl being viewed by two people in a museum-type setting.  Due to the relative scale of the viewers and creature, the people appear overwhelmed by the twenty-foot owl before them. This piece exhibits not only the artist’s feeling towards how our natural world is now displayed but also his humbled feeling as an artist towards capturing the quintessential essence of the subject.

“I wish through realism to create a seamless feeling that makes people second guess if tiny pandas really exist or what their experience would be like to have a giant chipmunk standing next to them,” says Lange. “It’s import to me that I’m always asking questions of the viewers through my paintings and that my audience looks to find the answers.”

Measure: Creatures Great + Small series will hang at Robert Lange Studios at 151 East Bay St. from Friday, September 4 – Wednesday, September 30, 2009. The opening reception will be Friday, September 4, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and the artist will attend.

Please visit http://www.robertlangestudios.com or call for more information 843.805.8052. Digital images are available upon request.

2009 Palette and Palate Stroll Post-report

The CFADA’s 2009 Palette and Palate Stroll was once again SOLD OUT. The event, created, organized and promoted by Stylee PR and Marketing, received much publicity in the traditional media as well as in online publications and broadcast media. 700 people (our max capacity) attended the event and ate their way through Charleston’s most prestigious galleries, all members of CFADA. Tastings included Sean Brock’s stone crab with creamed corn and Wadmalaw tomatoes; Chef Collins’mouthwatering yet simple tomato and truffle gazpacho. Carolina’s Chef Jeremiah Bacon prepared some incredible shrimp bites, and once again, Chef Kelly Wilson of Cypress wowed us with her sweet creations. This fun event would definitely not be possible without our amazing chefs and their culinary creations. The event offers a great opportunity to experience Charleston’s fine art galleries in a very comfortable way; attendees get to see a variety of fine art and meet local artists. And despite the heat and humidity everyone seemed to enjoy the fabulous summer evening. Over 250 attendees traveled to Charleston from Georgia, Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina, but also from NY and Florida. Proceeds from the event benefit local art organizations that use the money to fund their student art programs. Ayoka Lucas created a short vlog for her Charleston Magazine Style Blog.

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Announcing CFADA’s Fourth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll, July 17


Charleston’s most celebrated summer event, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Fourth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll is also one of the most anticipated visual art and fine food events in the South. This year’s event, produced and promoted by Stylee PR and Marketing, will take place on Friday, July 17, 2009. Fine art and food connoisseurs will stroll through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, sampling tastings from thirteen of the finest local restaurants in the beautiful setting of thirteen prestigious galleries. The Palette and Palate Stroll starts at 5:30pm and ends at 7:30pm.

The 2009 pairings are:

Ann Long Fine Art & Oak; Carolina Galleries & Circa 1886; Charleston Renaissance Gallery & High Cotton; Corrigan Gallery & Cypress, John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery & 82 Queen; Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & Social; Helena Fox Fine Art & Carolina’s; Horton Hayes Fine Art & Shine; Martin Gallery & Fat Hen and Wild Olive; Robert Lange Studios & FIG; Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s;  The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse and Wells Gallery & Charleston Grill.

Since 2005, the event has attracted more than 2,500 people from across the nation. The event 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. The 2009 event is sponsored by Charleston Magazine. Cost is $30 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.

May 1 Art Openings at CFADA Member Galleries in Charleston, SC

In conjunction with the 2009 Spoleto Festival USA, galleries of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, renowned for bringing the fine art of excellence from all over the globe to our city, will join the City of Charleston in celebrating world culture with special exhibitions and events. 


Opening Friday May 1st, Ann Long Fine Art will present recent work from Jura Bedic, Sofia Romark, and Jordan Sokol.  The exhibition features three young painters who have been studying and teaching classical painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  They were taught to draw and paint from nature using the techniques of the Old Masters and are now passing on their knowledge to the next group of painters.  The exhibition opens with a reception on May 1 from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery at 54 Broad Street and will show into June.  Artists will be present.


Carolina Galleries, located at 106 A Church Street, is pleased to present new work by Mickey Williams featuring his recent exploration of the Carolina nighttime landscapes. Opening with a reception on Friday, May 1 from 5 to 8 pm, Williams’ work examines the mysterious and exotic world of the South Carolina nightscape.


The Charleston Renaissance Gallery is launching its next virtual show on May 1, 2009.  The title is Southern Economy: Images of Life and Labor. The show will feature nineteenth and twentieth century masterworks by such noted artists as Elliott Daingerfield, Emil Gruppe, Harry Roseland, Alfred Hutty, Anna Heyward Taylor, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Margaret Law, Edmund Marion Ashe, and William Aiken Walker. The gallery is located at 103 Church Street in Charleston, SC.


The Corrigan Gallery in downtown Charleston will host its second solo show for Lynne Riding during the month of May.  The show entitled Connections – An Inner Landscape opens Friday, May 1, 2009 with a reception that evening from 5 to 8 pm.  The Corrigan Gallery presents art with a future instilled with intellect, and is located at 62 Queen Street.



Helena Fox Fine Art presents a variety of new works by gallery artists Don Demers, West Fraser, Becky Parrish, Kent Ullberg & Teri Whitner. The works will be on view at the gallery as it celebrates the Spring season.  The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 1st from 5 to 8pm. The gallery is located at 12 Queen Street.


Horton Hayes Fine Art is pleased to present a series of new works by Nancy Hoerter.  The show entitled Patterns opens on April 30 and runs through May 21.  An opening reception attended by the artist will be held on April 30 and May 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at 30 State Street (corner of State and Queen) in downtown Charleston.


Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is pleased to present an exciting show of new works by Hilarie Lambert and Jeff Jamison titled Celebration of Life. The reception will take place on May 1 from 5 to 8 pm.  Some of Lambert’s fabulous new paintings were created during her recent trip to France. The art show will also include a body of new works from Charleston. The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street in Charleston.


The John Doyle Art Gallery will be participating in the May Art Walk on Friday May 1, serving light hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 8 pm and showing new works by Charleston artists, John Carroll Doyle and Margaret Petterson. 

Martin Gallery, located at 18 Broad Street, will celebrate its 10th year as one of Charleston’s premier art galleries, with a reception on Friday, May 1st, from 5 to 8 pm. 

The gallery is pleased to announce that they will be joined by Montreal artist, Joan Dumouchel, who will be presenting a new collection of original paintings. Joan Dumouchel’s paintings are incredibly striking and unique. As though peering into some mystical world, Joan’s work give a sense of wonder and fantasy.

Robert Lange Studios is proud to introduce two new artists to Charleston, Jessica Dunegan and Adam Hall. The gallery will also display 5 new works by artist JB Boyd. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8pm on May 1st. The gallery is located at 151 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC.


Betty Anglin Smith will present her new works in a show titled A Series of Square Paintings. The art show is opening on May 1 with an artist reception from 5 to 8 pm at Smith Killian Fine Art located at 9 Queen Street in Charleston.

The Sylvan Gallery presents Shirley Novak’s The Hope Flowers Bring from May 1 – 30 with a reception Friday, May 1 from 5 to 8 pm.   Being surrounded with flowers especially poppies inspires smiles and hope for one’s own summer garden as well as an understanding of the cycles of life.  This show of Novak’s new paintings will bring color and joy to one’s heart. The gallery is located at 171 King Street, in downtown Charleston’s historic district and antique row.


The Wells Gallery, located at 125 Meeting Street, will feature 20 regional landscapes by Karen Larson Turner in a show titled Emergence: Seeking a Steadfast Light.  Show opens on Friday, May 1 with a reception from 5 to 8pm.

CFADA Members Donate Much-Needed Art Supplies to Struggling High Schools

In celebration of the National Art Advocacy Day and to support struggling local public high schools, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) will donate over $18,000 to eleven public high schools located in Charleston County.

Each of the following high schools participated in CFADA’s High School Art Competition and receives a gift certificate from Artists & Craftsman Supplies. The participating schools are Academic Magnet High School, Burke High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Clark Academy, Garrett Academy of Technology, James Island Charter High School, North Charleston High School, R.B. Stall High School, St. John High School, Wando High School and West Ashley High School.

Funds were raised at the association’s Tenth Fine Art Annual during a live auction sponsored by the Charleston Art Auction on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Each year, renowned artists from across the nation travel to Charleston to participate in the fundraiser.

“Every year, the donation from CFADA’s auction doubles to triples my standard art supply budget,” says Dona Dowling, art teacher at St. John’s High School. “This is an amazing gift. It allows me to teach with quality supplies and equipment, which means that my students have a higher quality experience. They are exploring more printmaking and sculptural techniques than would ever have been possible otherwise. We are now able to frame artworks, and partner with several businesses and organizations to have the students’ artwork viewed publicly.”

Some art teachers at local high schools have very little or no budget for supplies and equipment and students are charged a lab fee. In Title I schools such as St. John’s High School, a $25.00 lab fee is impossible for some families, and could stop a student from taking an art class.

“Adolescence is such a turbulent time. The self-expression, conceptual thinking and open imagination allowed in art classes encourages our next generation to think independently and creatively,” says Mrs. Dowling. According to the National Arts Education Initiative, students involved in the arts perform better in reading, social studies and math compared to their peers. Research also indicates that students involved with the arts are more likely to succeed in school and their professional careers as arts education strengthens students problem solving and critical thinking skills. Founded in 1999, the Charleston

Fine Art Dealers’ Association is the source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s most prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for talented artists, passionate art enthusiasts and avid collectors. Since 2000, CFADA has donated more than $200,000 to local high schools and arts’ organizations. For more information on CFADA, please visit http://cfada.com

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