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Celebrate Spring in Charleston with Fine Art Openings at CFADA galleries this April

To celebrate Spring, Charleston’s most beautiful season, member galleries of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association will present some amazing new exhibitions. Here is a summary of the best art shows opening in April 2010:

Elf by Louise Fenne, 15” x 15.75” oil on canvas

Opening on April 8th , Ann Long Fine Art will present Woman, a group show of enigmatic female portraiture painted in the classical tradition.  The exhibition features work by Daniela Astone, Kamille Corry, Louise Fenne, Daniel Graves, Jill Hooper, Ben Long, Paula Rubino, and Charles Weed. Ann Long Fine Art is located at 54 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Carolina Galleries is pleased to present eight works by William Melton Halsey (1915-1999), native son of Charleston, educator and artist on Friday, April 2nd with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.  The works will hang for the month of April. The gallery is located at 106-A Church Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Visiting artist Jennifer Henriques Phillips will present her series of fine art prints entitled Building Babylon (is woman’s work) at Corrigan Gallery from April 2nd through April 30th with an opening reception held on April 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m.  The gallery is located at 62 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC. This is Phillips’ first solo show.

Evgeny and Lydia Baranov

Russian husband-and-wife-team Evgeny and Lydia Baranov will once again liven up Ella W. Richardson Fine Art this April with their newest body of works titled Venetian Light.  Please join the gallery to view these vibrant and enchanting new pieces at the opening reception on Friday, April 2nd from 5 until 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Horton Hayes Fine Art features a new body of work by Shannon Runquist titled Seeing Red. The works will be on display at the gallery during the month of April. The gallery is located at 30 State Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Join the Martin Gallery, located at 18 Broad Street, this April for special art events. On Friday, April 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m., the gallery will present Celebrate Spring, new oils and pastels of the Lowcountry by Simon Kenevan. On Friday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., meet Sidney Soriano, international pearl collector, during a Champagne & Chocolate Reception at the gallery.

Robert Lange Studios will be a flurry of activity through the month of April as local landscape artist JB Boyd works from his temporary studio inside the Queen Street gallery. The exhibit Length opens Friday, April 2nd, but Boyd will begin working in the gallery Monday, March 29th by completing the centerpiece of the show, a sweeping 270º panoramic oil painting depicting a tidal flat. The public is welcome to come and watch the painting progress or view the artist at work via a live webcam on the gallery’s website. Boyd will talk to the public about his work during the opening on Friday, April 2nd from 5 to 9 p.m. RLS is located at 2 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

Shannon Runquist

The Sylvan Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of an exhibit featuring several new sculptures by famed artist Glenna Goodacre. A reception will be held on Friday, April 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. at 171 King St. in Charleston, SC. The collection of limited edition bronze sculptures will be on display at the gallery through the end of the month.

Robert Lange Studios in Charleston Issues Call for Submissions for a Group Show

Robert Lange Studios is looking for female painters that paint women for the upcoming “Women Painting Women” Group Show, opening November 5, 2010 as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’ Charleston Fine Art Annual.

This show will be from 5:30 – 8:30 on Friday, November 5 and is open to the public. The fine art weekend events include exhibits on Friday, plein air demonstrations in Washington Park during the day on Saturday with the Charleston Art Auction to follow Saturday night.  The show will be a celebration of contemporary women painters and held at Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street location.  In addition to the weekend events, the Gibbes Museum will be displaying works by prominent women painters, including a collection of paintings by Henrietta Johnson, who in 1707 became America’s first woman artist by painting portraits in Charles Towne’s (now Charleston).


All paintings must be by women of women.  Email submissions to info@rlsart.com (subject line Women Painting Women Submission).  You do not need to submit the work(s) you would like in the show, you can email a few images of other works and then create something once you know you are participating.

If you are new to our group shows here’s the short of it: Traditional 50/50 split of sales, unless you are exclusively in a gallery whose contract won’t let you participate in group shows unless they receive a portion of the sales, in which case it is a RLS Gallery 30/Gallery 30/Artist 40 split, we cover shipping work back to the artist.  You will receive an official show contract once your accepted with more details.
– Email submissions as soon as you can.
– September 1 National Press Deadline. We must have all participants names and images for advertising.  If your piece is not complete that’s ok, it will just not be included in the press kit.
– October 15 Local Press Deadline, Mailers, Email blasts
– All work received by Oct. 27 All pieces must be framed and ready to hang.
– We will be hanging the show on Nov. 1
– Show opens on Nov. 5 (come, drink, have fun!!) and it will come down at the end of the month.

Fine Art Openings at Charleston Galleries on December 4

Charleston galleries celebrate the holiday season with fine art openings on Friday, December 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. CFADA galleries who are also members of the French Quarter Gallery Association will be open for the art walk with the following special exhibits:

Opening Friday, December 4th, Ann Long Fine Art will exhibit Five Stellar Still Lifes by Jill Hooper. Hooper will exhibit simply five extraordinary paintings of the subject for which she is most well known. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery at 54 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and will show through December. Artist will be present.

This December, Carolina Galleries presents an exhibit of Margaret Peery’s newest watercolors titled Views of Charleston. The opening reception is on December 4th, from 5 to 8 p.m. The most recent series features the rooftops and skyline of Charleston from some of the city’s most private homes that opened their door for Peery.

In December, Corrigan Gallery presents Artists’ Choice – showing of works by gallery artists including Mary Walker’s new Petroglyph series. The opening reception for this show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 4th, and the show will be on display through December.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art features new work by Lindsay Goodwin with a reception on Friday, December 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. Goodwin has soared to the top as one of the brightest stars at the tender age of 27. The gallery is pleased to present her newest collection which focuses primarily on interior scenes acquired during her trip to France where she was married on July 4th.

Join Martin Gallery for an incredible evening, dedicated to the photography of Benjamin Ham, as they celebrate the release of his first book, Vanishing Light.  The artist’s reception and book signing will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery located at 18 Broad Street.  This will be an amazing opportunity for fine art enthusiasts to meet the photographer, see his entire portfolio on display, purchase work from any of his collections, or even get a personalized and signed copy of his new book, just in time for the holidays. The show will open on December 4th for the December Art Walk.

Opening on December 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robert Lange Studios located at 2 Queen Street is a wonderful collaborative show entitled Different Strokes. This show will consist of 10 works, each 16″ x 20,” five started by Robert Lange and finished by Nathan Durfee and five started by Nathan and finished by Robert. The show is both an investigation into the collision of two unique styles, and an exercise in relinquishing control over the finished piece. The show is anchored by a black walnut console table built by woodworker Michael Moran; mounted to the table is a tiny door that opens to the painted worlds of Lange and Durfee.

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is the source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for avid collectors and passionate art enthusiasts and supports the artists of the future. CFADA has donated more than $140,000 to local high schools, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston. For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com.

Wells Gallery’s Most Avant-Garde Show to Date by Sarah Ashley Longshore, October 2

Wells Nov.The Wells Gallery looks forward to sharing its most avant-garde show to date by Sarah Ashley Longshore on October 2 from 5:30-8:30 pm. Longshore’s uninhibited bold oil paintings are best described in her own words as “Pop Expressionistic”. Guests will get a preview of Longshore’s live streamed video blogs. You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind show at the Wells Gallery! Clever and bold, shiny and fresh, are all words that come to mind when viewing her work, but above all, confident.

This confidence caught the attention of high end retailer Anthropologie, and her designs will be featured on furniture and packaging for 2009. Longshore’s work was most recently emblazed on 75,000 eco totes highlighted in the 2008 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Manhattan. No stranger to the spotlight, Longshore counts Salma Hayak and Peneloope Cruz as collectors.

Preferring to “infuse humor with things taken from everyday life,” the New Orleans native was recently named New Orleans’s artist to watch. The Wells Gallery was introduced to her work when gallery owner Hume Killian passed the Longshore Studios Gallery in the heart of Magazine Street during a recent visit to New Orleans. He found himself enraptured, saying “I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or look away! It was racy, it was original, it was exactly what we needed during a time when many people are facing hardship. Either way, I was intrigued and knew we had to feature her work!”

The Well Gallery is located at 125 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

New Paintings by Joan Dumouchel and “Between Me & the River” Book Signing at Martin Gallery, October 2

Steppe, Bound

Join Martin Gallery on Friday, October 2nd from 5-8 pm for the French Quarter Gallery Artwalk. Martin Gallery is proud to present a brand new body of work by Montreal artist, Joan Dumouchel. Although primarily known for her ethereal figurative work of circus performers, and dancers, Joan is exploring a new mystical world. Horses fade into dripping washes of color highlighted by gold and silver leaf, leaving the viewer suspended in a haze somewhere between dream and reality, longing to hop aboard the vessels that will transport us the realm of the unknown.

Host Cover jpgThe gallery is pleased to announce that author, Carrie Host, will be present signing her book “Between Me & The River: Living Beyond Cancer, A Memoir.” The gallery’s newest artist Wanda Steppe will also be present.

Martin Gallery strives to bring some of the finest artists in a variety of fields together under one roof. Upon entering the historic Grand Salon of Martin Gallery, one experiences a soaring space filled with the exquisite color and texture of oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and richly hued glass. Martin Gallery features contemporary art, representing more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Our goal is to provide works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Our belief in the quality of the work that our artists produce is what drives us, and our excellent client relationships are what sustain us.

Martin Gallery is located at 18 Broad Street on the corner of State and Broad Streets, in the Grand Salon of the historic People’s Building.

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