Kirsten Hines, who has been based in Florida since the 1990s and travels around the world, combines her talent in photography with her graduate studies in biology. “As a biologist, I can give unique perspectives on the animals I photograph, insight about their personality and behaviors,” she says. The acclaimed photographer and writer, who has published five books with two more on the way, sees her art as a way to “reflect nature,” noting: “I seek to provide an intimate perspective on nature in South Florida and from around the world, reflecting wildlife, their behaviors and habitats, both in an unaltered documentary style and in a more interpretive, abstract style achieved in-camera to convey the emotional experience. I minimize post-processing and avoid digital manipulation, both in an attempt to stay as true to the moment as possible and because nature is impressive without human intervention.”
A testament to the photographer’s dedication to nature, Kirsten’s Kottage Studio Gallery sits in the leafy and historical Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Hines transformed the 1920s cottage to include an oasis for Florida’s native wildlife, re-creating a naturalistic habitat that uses plants native to the area.
The gallery is open by appointment only.
SWEET ART GALLERY
Sweet Art Gallery is Southwest Florida’s largest source of contemporary artwork. An anchor in the North Naples Art District, the gallery features 14,000 square feet of original art, including abstracts, expressionism, contemporary realism and sculptures. Representing more than 45 national, international and local artists, the gallery’s extensive collection is constantly evolving to keep up with art trends. Gallery owner Dede Sweet says, “Our wonderful clients come to us because, put simply, they love art.”
In 2017, Sweet teamed up with Daniel Lubner of acclaimed furniture company Clive Daniel Home to bring together gorgeous vignettes of abstract art with fine furniture. “This collaboration is so exciting because clients don’t have to imagine how the art will look when paired with furniture,” says Sweet. “Living with art is like living with a family member or a friend. It is the signature of the room.”
Sweet, a decorative artist who has been Naples’ “art girl” for 28 years, opened the gallery in 2005. “I wanted to bring forth something fresh and new,” she says. “We were the first to offer contemporary abstract artwork.” The gallery, which at any given time displays more than 300 original pieces, offers free delivery and installation and has a custom framing department.
SWEET ART GALLERY
EMILY JAMES ART
Tucked into a charming courtyard right on Naples’ 5th Avenue sits the wondrous gallery of native Florida artist Emily James. It’s no surprise her gallery was voted “Naples’ Best Gallery” for the second year in a row, just one of the many honors the artist has accomplished throughout her career. James is the only artist in the United States selected by the top three fine art publishers, and two of her images have been among the top 50 selling prints worldwide. Selected as an “Outstanding American Woman in the Arts,” James captures the splendor behind her work in her artist statement: “I didn’t decide to become an artist. I was born an artist. It has been a truly magical journey for so many years, so many paintings, and I am still spellbound as I watch an image unfold before my eyes.”
Gallery visitors and clients can enjoy a variety of styles and subjects, including landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, contemporary works and portraits. James specializes in creating custom artwork with the feeling, colors and subject matter the client has in mind. Says James, “It makes me happy to make someone happy in their home.”
EMILY JAMES ART
KEVIN MCPHERRIN GALLERY
Since 1985, Kevin McPherrin has brought the original work of the world’s hottest emerging artists to the design community. Originally representing himself and Balinese artist Nyoman Sudarsa, the gallery now represents the work of 20 artists from nine countries, each of whom brings a unique vision to the gallery’s ever-evolving collection. Twelve artists are exclusive to the gallery and many offer edgy looks with elements of street art, haute couture, nudity and social commentary. Every style is represented, from cutting-edge abstracts to photorealist figuratives.
Clients delight in both the vast inventory (more than 600 paintings) and the gallery’s commitment to authenticity and exclusivity. Every single piece is a hand-painted original. This unique quality offers, in the words of McPherrin himself, “that particular feeling when you can see a brushstroke or a drip of paint, and you know that actually happened in the artist’s studio.”
Designers looking to fill new contemporary space can appreciate the gallery’s large stock of big, bold, color-filled statement pieces. McPherrin says: “There’s nothing we cannot do. Our lead time for custom pieces is just six to eight weeks. We will go to any lengths to turn a client’s idea into reality.” The gallery is strictly to the trade and by appointment.
KEVIN MCPHERRIN GALLERY
ALDO CASTILLO GALLERY
ALDO Castillo Gallery, established in 1993 in Chicago and relocated in 2011 to the Miromar Design Center in Southwest Florida, features an exclusive group of international contemporary artists who create paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, works on paper and new media installations for private collectors, museum collections and design professionals.
Founder and director Aldo Castillo, who has received numerous awards and whose portfolio includes more than 350 international art exhibitions, has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the art world; he has worked as a museum curator, artist, art dealer and director of several international art fairs. His inspiration is captured by the famous words of performance artist Marina Abramovic: “The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.”
Castillo notes: “I am considered a human rights activist. The reason I founded this gallery is because art is the best tool to reflect on issues that we are dealing with. I [become] interested in artists for a combination of their skills and their messages, messages about global topics, including animals, women, the environment and discrimination. These issues are worldwide, and that is what makes them international masters
ALDO CASTILLO GALLERY
J. STEVEN MANOLIS/MANOLIS PROJECTS GALLERY
Manolis Projects studio and gallery is the highest-end, professional working gallery in Miami. The mammoth space, 5,000 square feet with 15-foot white box ceilings, presents the work of acclaimed and diversified artist J. Steven Manolis. Besides exhibiting the artist’s distinguished artwork, the gallery also offers commission projects, including large-scale pieces. Manolis and his team will professionally curate any space, working with interior designers to meet a budget.
Manolis is a painter in all mediums. His artistic concentration is focused on abstract expressionism with an emphasis on color and the creation of pleasing visual dimensions. He has been a private art student of renowned artist Wolf Kahn for nearly 20 years. In the short period he has been painting full time, he has achieved pinnacle critical acclaim and set copious records in the history of American art. Manolis is highly involved in the field of visual arts and was past chairman of the advisory board of the National Academy of Design, as well as a trustee of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, which conducts the nation’s largest artist residency program.
J. STEVEN MANOLIS/MANOLIS PROJECTS GALLERY
Findlay Galleries, whose worldwide presence in the art world spans more than 149 years, has been a landmark gallery in Palm Beach for 58 years. With a secondary location in New York City, located at 724 Fifth Ave. on the seventh floor, the galleries feature a distinguished stable of contemporary artists and specialize in impressionism, European modernism, l’École de Rouen, l’École de Paris and mid-century American abstractionists.
Our exceptional repertoire of artists offers collectors access to both traditional masters and contemporary artists. Old masters include Edgar Degas, Jean Dufy, Van Dongen, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Camille Pissarro. Ronnie Landfield, Priscilla Heine, Henrik Simonsen, Charles Neal, Nicola Simbari, Lluis Ribas, Isabelle de Ganay and Mary Sipp Green are among our many contemporary artists.
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Step into Gallery Vibe: 4,000 square feet of polished art space at Pavilion in the heart of North Naples. Here, interior designers and homeowners can fi nd design-forward original fi ne art, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and art glass. Visitors will be delighted by the vast inventory—a fresh and eclectic blend of both representational and abstract traditions by nationally recognized artists. Genres include contemporary, traditional, transitional, abstract, coastal, figurative, still life and landscape. No visit will ever be the same, as new pieces are introduced year-round.
Gallery proprietor Shelby Ward brings more than 30 years of experience in and a passion for the fine art world. Ward scours the country, selecting artists “for their quality, their significance for Florida and their aptness for the community, as well as for their price point.”
Members of Gallery Vibe’s friendly and knowledgeable staff aid clients in visualizing the artwork in specific spaces and off er to bring a selection of art, including large-scale works up to 80 inches, to any local home or office. Additional services include a full online inventory, complimentary delivery and installation in the local area, and an unmatched custom framing department, which offers cutting-edge designs and archival quality for a value price.
KLARA CHAVARRIA ART
Located among the lush green avenues and vibrant community of Miami’s Coral Gables, Klara Chavarria’s studio and gallery welcomes both casual passersby and learned art lovers to explore the artist’s stunning works. Chavarria is an internationally collected artist recognized for her philosophical and spiritual concepts, which incorporate figurative and abstract elements. Her body of work, exhibited everywhere from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the prestigious Latin American art auction “Juannio” at the Museum of Modern Art in her hometown of Guatemala City, is spontaneous, innovative and brimming with emotion. She says: “[My] work explores our shared human experiences and the mystery of life. I am interested in capturing the rawness in life, moments, thoughts, experiences, relationships, deep emotions, feelings and how these influence our existence.”
The studio and gallery is open to the public and offers original paintings, commissioned projects for corporate and private clients, and selected limited edition prints. “I can adapt to anything,” Chavarria says. “My work is very personal; it’s about us and our human condition, so I love to work with all people. I love to share the story of my work, to see someone connect with a piece.”
KLARA CHAVARRIA ART
JANE C. JOHNSON FINE ART
Artist Jane Johnson started painting 35 years ago. “Over the years I began with watercolors and transitioned to acrylics for a bolder palette,” she says. “Both mediums respond to water in a lively way, this was what attracted me to them. … I like the unknown, unpredictable elements these paints allow.” She describes her art as “bold expressions of nature, inspired works that evoke optimism and peace.”
Based in Port Charlotte, Florida, in the winter and Clam Lake, Wisconsin, during the summer, Johnson has shared her art through outdoor art festivals around the country since 1996 and exhibited in shows from Miami to Seattle and everywhere in between. She says, “I enjoy the travel, bringing my work to new places, meeting the customers who buy my art and being inspired by new places.”
The versatile artist paints on a variety of surfaces, including canvas, Masonite and Yupo paper, a synthetic surface made of extruded polypropylene. She also uses many different tools to apply the paint, including brushes, brayers, fingers and squeegees, as well as pouring. Offering custom works as well, Johnson says, “Through my art I strive to achieve spirit made manifest.”
JANE C. JOHNSON FINE ART
Artist Pat Anderson has painted en plein air since she was 10, drawing during her travels with her parents. Now, as an adult, she has created plein air paintings while sailing tropical waters and provided plein air art for tourists at resorts and gift shops. Her art was the basis for Anderson and her husband’s retail store and art gallery in Lighthouse Point, Florida, for 20 years, until 2008 when Pete passed. With 20 years of experience as a fabric designer, retail store and art gallery owner, Anderson continued her journey in the art world.
Today, she follows her passion for the beauty of the landscaping of the Florida Scenic highway. Her art parallels the Henry M. Flagler Overseas Railroad from St. Augustine to Key West. She also shares the plein air practice with others, teaching classes all over, including at the historical South Side Cultural Arts center and adjacent park, using the LEAF BAR, designed by her close friend Capt. John Wetzstein. It is a plein air artist’s easel, patented and made from recycled plastic, which attaches to a tree or column/social bar for events. Says the artist, “I love my teachings in the park; I love teaching people to share what they see.”
ART SCOPE GALLERY
Celso Magalhaes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1990, he has been collecting paintings from a variety of emerging international artists. Throughout his extensive travel experience, he visited many art venues and met incredible artists around the world. From there, he started to help these talented individuals by connecting their ingenious artwork with the South Florida art community. In this spirit he created Art Scope Gallery, whose mission is to represent artists and promote them in South Florida’s fascinating art market. Art Scope Gallery connects artists, collectors, designers and people who simply love art.
Art Scope Gallery currently holds 50 works from seven different artists from South America and Europe. All seven are exclusive to the gallery and each offers a unique style to the gallery’s expanding collection.
All styles are represented, including abstract, figurative and cubic. Subject matter also ranges from religious to natural to scenic. Many of the artists create masterpieces with a greater social commentary, such as upand- coming artist Antonio Brasil.
The gallery operates by appointment only.
ART SCOPE GALLERY
HOT SANDS GLASS
Located on the Gulf Coast in beautiful Perdido Key, Florida, Lyn Gentry’s private home studio, Hot Sands Glass, features the unique and innovative works of the internationally accomplished artist. Gentry, who has more than 30 years of experience in the art glass world, says: “I love walking into my glass studio; I feel comforted and challenged every day. It’s my mad laboratory, filled with all kinds of colors and shapes of glass, molten pooled glass, glass like pulled taffy. The glass has its own story to tell, and all of these shapes are what inspire me to create a new piece.”
Gentry combines her vast experience in various processes, including glassblowing, slumping and lamp work, to create her glass art. Using these techniques, she creates custom designs in glass for individual collectors, and her tremendous talent and flexibility accommodate her clients’ wishes (she even created an 8-foot 3-D glass alligator). The innovative artist has also developed a technique unique to her art glass creations. Certain pieces, called “Light Paintings,” will self-illuminate when charged by the light, glowing in the dark though no electricity is involved.
HOT SANDS GLASS
A famouse graffiti artist for more than 30 years, Aladdin is a legend and pioneer of the graffiti movement in California. He has been featured in countless magazines, books, music videos, film documentaries, and his work has appeared on two NBA posters. He has shown his work in various galleries around the world, including the San Jose Museum of Art, and he has been an additional artist in the Burning Desire exhibit, which originally featured Los Angeles graffiti artists such as Hex, Slick and others. He is also a featured artist in various books on street art, including Painting the Towns—Murals of California by James Prigoff and The History of American Graffiti by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon. Says Aladdin: “My artworks to date veer away from the stereotypical imagery that shines the spotlight on negativity and the madness that surrounds us. … I really want to promote happiness, laughter and positivity. All of my pieces incorporate colorful and vibrant light.”
Aladdin, who paints murals globally, currently creates from his new studio located in the new Magic City Garage Venue in Miami. See his most recent work on Instagram @aladdin _the_artist and contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A native Floridian, Beau Wild studied occupational therapy at Boston’s Tufts University and painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Dual roles as therapist and painter spanned decades and each enhanced the success of the other. Wild says in her artist statement: “As early as I can remember, I was an observer. Several questions intrigued me then and continue to intrigue me now—why do people do what they do? What motivates their actions and reactions? What makes us all ‘tick’?” Today, Wild paints both nonobjective and figurative abstracts in her studio on Rose Bay in Port Orange, Florida.
Wild, who returned to her hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1983, has shown work in nationwide art festivals, competitions and many museums. Her work is represented by seven galleries, from Key Largo to Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Wild has won many awards, including “Best in Show” in competitive exhibits and has participated in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Twice accepted into the Witness to Creativity installation exhibits sponsored by the Florida Museum for Women Artists, she was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 during a national competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.
DOUG POWELL ART
Professional, award-winning artist Doug Powell has mastered an unusual art form: mosaic portraits and murals created with cast-off computer keys from tens of thousands of keyboards. Powell notes in his artist statement, “From a distance, the three-dimensional mosaics look like a textured painting, but upon closer examination [they reveal] an unexpected landscape of hidden words, phrases and quotes intimately related to the work.”
His art is collected by Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not!” and displayed in numerous museums in New York, California, Canada, London and Amsterdam. Since 2010, Ripley’s and Powell have transacted dozens of works of art, including mural-like portraits of John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Frankenstein, the Statue of Liberty, John F. Kennedy and, most recently, Princess Leia. In 2017 and 2018, Powell exhibited in Art Basel Miami and was featured in the Spectrum Miami Art Show, winning the Director’s Award both years as well as Spectrum Selects and the Spotlight awards. His commissioned works include a 7-by-14-foot abstract mural (24,000 computer keys) for the Marriott Resort Hotel in Santa Clara, California, and a 7-by-7- foot portrait of Mary Kay Ash, created out of 11,800 lipstick caps, for the Mary Kay Corporation in Dallas.
DOUG POWELL ART
Internationally renowned, award-winning artist Souren Mousavi focuses on feminist expression. “My aim is to express the freedom reflective of every life, empowering women and the lives of everyone,” she says. Mousavi, who was born in Persia and is classically trained across all artistic media, including watercolors, oils, acrylics and graphite, describes her work as outwardly reflective. Her semirealist expressionism uses a modern application of traditional techniques that together create emotional, intense and sensitive pieces centered on freedom and empowerment. Mousavi, now Miami-based, works with clients on individual and commercial commissions and also creates wall murals, body art and bespoke portraiture.
Mousavi’s vast accomplishments include winning the 2016 ACA Lifetime Achievement Award; appearing on the front cover of ArtBusiness during Art Basel 2015 in Miami; having her life story broadcast on the BBC World Service, and getting feedback from around the world; being featured in The Sunday Times; gaining her master’s degree during a period of Iran’s history when women’s rights were repressed; and protesting for the rights of women, despite being beaten, arrested and jailed four times. Says the artist, “I never gave up on my dream to be a free feminist artist, recognized by the world.”
CLAUDIA CASTILLO ART STUDIO
Engrained in the vibrant Wilton Manors community, this boutique gallery provides a unique variety of quality original artwork, gifts and collectables. Claudia Castillo Art Studio, winner of the 2018 Design Excellence Crystal Award for Best Multi-Line Showroom by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), offers classes for all levels and monthly events to celebrate its artists.
An award-winning artist from Bogotá, Colombia, Castillo showed her work at the first Island City Art Walk in Wilton Manors in 2009. She currently serves on the Wilton Manors Improvement District, on the Island City Art Advisory Committee, as a board member for the Broward Art Guild, and as co-chair of the Art Around Town Committee. She says: “I fell in love with the community and have continued exhibiting at Art Walk each year. The opening of my studio is a lifelong dream for me, especially here in the community that has appreciated my work and given me such great opportunity. It is my goal that my studio becomes a place for the community to enjoy not only my art, but also a place where young artists can be inspired, exhibit and grow.”
CLAUDIA CASTILLO ART STUDIO
ARCHITECTURAL WALL DÉCOR
Owner Dan Houston has been an exceptional, award-winning contemporary artist for more than 40 years. His unique, contemporary pieces include outstanding paintings and sculptures created for collectors, architects, designers and interior decorators. He creates framed and unframed abstract and realism paintings using acrylics and mixed media on paper, canvas, wood and Masonite. Houston’s versatility is a key asset in his commission work, and he works with clients on large-scale projects. Though varied, Houston’s art is easily identifiable and distinct; his trademark use of courageous, contrasting colors is described by aficionados as “fearless” and “bold.” When these strong, striking colors are combined with passionate brushstrokes, his abstract art gives the viewer a sense of strength and empowerment.
Houston’s new space, Architectural Wall Décor Art Gallery, is just minutes from downtown Sarasota, Florida. Houston was drawn to the area for the vibrancy of the art community, saying: “My work is bold and contemporary. … I moved to Sarasota because of the openness of the art here.” The gallery, newly opened at the start of 2019, features abstracts, romantic couples, figurative work, greeting cards for the LGBT community, silkscreen T-shirts and hand-painted tote bags.
ARCHITECTURAL WALL DÉCOR ART GALLERY
A vital part of the historical Crayton Cove neighborhood in the heart of Old Naples, Florida, Guess- Fisher Gallery has been owned and operated by artists Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess for over 35 years. Fisher has been living in Naples and painting his watercolors and oils for over 47 years, while Guess has been creating her fine art batiks, with hot clear wax and dyes on fabric, since 1979. She is one of very few artists working in this rare art form in the United States. Guess says, “[We] came together 38 years ago with common interests to create and share our various works with the world and create a family and a life. This journey has come full circle. … Our artwork is happy because we are happy, and we enjoy sharing this with others.”
The inviting and comfortable space is a working gallery, so you can meet the artists, both of whom offer commission projects, and see pieces being created at various steps in the process. The artists’ upbeat and warm attitude and artwork make Guess-Fisher a must-see gallery in Naples. Professional singer/songwriter Marie Nofsinger was so inspired by Fisher’s artwork that she wrote a song called “Phil Fisher Skies” to honor it.
RHONA LK SCHONWALD
Multitalented, award-winning international artist Rhona LK Schonwald creates art that stirs the imagination and sparks creativity in all who enjoy her work. Her highly acclaimed paintings have been featured in the movie Universal Signs and on both book and music covers, and her work has been exhibited in the permanent collection in the consulate in Dubai and in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her works play on emotions and draw from nature, evoking serenity, sensuality and joy. The relationships among colors of paint or forms in sculpture embody human emotions and interactions. Her creations are reflections of life’s milestones, miracles, adventures and triumphs.
For Schonwald, developing abstract works creates a conundrum—how to create an intriguing, cohesive composition from absolutely no frame of reference. This is a puzzle that both stimulates and perplexes the artist. The famed French author Marcel Proust stated that, “The real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” That is what Schonwald hopes to convey to people, and it’s why her paintings, photographs and sculptures are designed to be turned multiple ways—to enhance the voyage of personal discovery through imagination and creativity.
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MARLENE ROSE GLASS
Considered the top female sand-cast glass artist in the world, Marlene Rose’s work is timeless. A reflection of both ancient and modern, Rose is one of those rare artists who has discovered a profound way to connect the past and the present.
“Threads of human imagery, passing through cultures and time inspire me,” says Rose. “I am compelled to weave and recompose their nuances, all to communicate the immortal vibrancy of the human spirit. My goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever I can make—to make the piece come alive.”
To achieve this, each sculpture is hand cast by pouring liquid molten glass at 2,000 degrees into carefully prepared sand molds. While this technique is based on a tradition of metal casting that is thousands of years old, it is only recently (since the 1980s) that this technique has been available in glass. Both complex and dangerous, Rose calls this process “a delicate dance of heat and light.”
Rose’s work can be seen internationally in museums, top art galleries, and the collections of Hollywood A-listers and art connoisseurs alike.
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JOEL SHAPSES STUDIO
Joel Shapses Studio was created in 1995 to spotlight the acclaimed artist’s diversity in sculpture. Shapses, who has completed more than 975 sculptures and won more than 82 awards, creates sculptures in fused glass, marble, granite, limestone, alabaster, clay, bronze, resins and aluminum. Clients and designers choose his sensuous abstracts and natural interpretations to embellish their homes and workplaces. Shapses also works on commission projects. From the architectural impact of his abstract art forms, illuminated with fluid neon and LED lights, to the aesthetic capture of images penetrating stone, the viewer’s tactile senses are aroused with a sense of urgency to explore each form in greater depth than just visually.
Shapses’ Naples studio and showroom serve as a marketplace for high-quality fine art and crafts at affordable prices. Alongside Shapses’ sculptures, visitors can find the work of artists Richard Diedrich and Joan Eshkenazi. Notes Shapses: “We all complement each other. Diedrich is an abstract painter who works in alcohol inks and acrylic in vibrant colors. Eshkenazi is a painter and ceramist. Her paintings, done in alicyclic and watercolor, depict warm figurative subjects. The focus of my gallery is the diversity and synergy of our artists, who are willing to expand their boundaries.”
JOEL SHAPSES STUDIO
TALIN TROPIC STUDIO
Florida artist Talin Lyman has been creating and designing for more than 25 years. Known originally for her vibrant and lush tropical fabrics and wall coverings, her work appears worldwide, from her one-of-a-kind musical painting in China to two grand frescoes at the Intercontinental hotels in Italy. Her internationally acclaimed fabrics have been featured in Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Veranda, Florida Design, international design centers, luxury hotels and more. Her artwork can also be found in the galleries on Holland America cruise ships.
Talin Tropic Studio offers a wide range of exclusive, custom products for both homes and commercial properties. These include paintings, fabrics, murals, frescos, floorings and wallpaper. Lyman’s art training enables her to produce gorgeous works in a variety of styles, from abstract to impressionistic to tropical and beyond. She takes creativity to the next level, offering art classes at the Intracoastal Park Clubhouse in Boynton, Florida, and even inventing a one-of-akind piece of furniture: the Bone Appetit Seat. Featured on Martha Stewart, these “doggy high chairs” are custom-made and hand-painted with a portrait of the lucky pup on the back. “They make a great conversation piece, and little dogs love it because they get to join their families at the table!” says Lyman.
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H. Allen Benowitz, a self-taught photographer from Brooklyn, New York, has lived in Miami since the 1960s. “The trademark of my work is depth and texture, drawing one’s eye in to the picture, highlighting varying objects’ multifaceted shapes and shades of light, and bringing a still image to life,” the artist says. “Each captured image is motivated by passion behind the shutter.” Photo subjects include nature, wildlife, people, architecture and adventure travel.
Vast recognition for his work includes a Judges’ Award at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest; award winner, B/W photography, One Ear Society; and winner, American Institute of Architects global competition. Benowitz was chosen as one of Art Business News’ Top Emerging Artists for 2014, and a year later his work was on display at the Louvre in Paris.
His recent exhibitions include the Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables, Florida; the Toe River Arts Council and the Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina; Naples National & Downtown Arts Festivals; Las Olas Art Festival, Florida; Art & Culture Center of Hollywood; Spectrum-Miami; Coral Gables Museum; Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York City; and the Coconut Grove Art Festival Gallery.
DelrayArt is a cutting-edge art gallery located in the hip Pineapple Grove arts district of Delray Beach, Florida. Owner Joe Davis, who opened DelrayART in 2006, is a renowned painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He has exhibited worldwide, from New York to Los Angeles to Tokyo. His work has appeared in national publications, such as The New Yorker magazine, and is in many collections, including those of the John Paul Getty estate, Nicholas Cage, Universal Studios, Seibu Japan and more. Part of the East Village art scene in New York in the early 1980s, Davis maintained a studio on 42nd Street, where he became known for his paintings of Times Square and the Lower East Side.
DelrayART gallery focuses on works that express a sophisticated coastal sensibility, and the art is selected to blend with both contemporary and traditional décor. The gallery represents Davis’ paintings and prints, as well as the photography of Karen O’Neill and Verne Varona. In addition, DelrayART specializes in décor solutions for large spaces and walls through custom large-format printing on canvas, aluminum and acrylic, as well as epoxy-resin coatings. Prices range from “beginning collector” to high-end décor, and the gallery also offers full custom-framing services.
Tom Hoitsma’s art is transcendent. The size of the work, the heavily layered paint and the almost sculptural quality of the 4-inch-deep canvases create a dynamic visual experience. “Something happens when I create work at a certain scale,” Hoitsma observes. “In all my work, a sense of the physical is very important—putting the brush in paint, placing the paint on the canvas or wood. The goal is for the painting to change the air in the room.”
Hoitsma studied with worldrenowned art historian and author Harry F. Gaugh, who was integral to fostering Hoitsma’s interest and understanding of the monumental, large-scale abstract expressionist painters of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. While still attending college, Hoitsma had the opportunity to intern with the celebrated feminist artist Miriam Schapiro. This experience changed the course of his work and continues to influence his painting to this day.
“Exploring how specific combinations of marks and colors affect me in deeply profound ways is the focus of my work today,” he says. “I refer to my current large-scale paintings as deconstructed landscapes, and while the starting point is often inspired by landscape and/or the natural world, the objective is a vibrant, tactile visual experience.”
CINQ Gallery promotes artists who share a unique vision and passion for contemporary art. The gallery provides a platform to showcase the diverse talent of each artist. CINQ’s style and sensibility have helped it acquire a stable of artists with a unique blend of artistic disciplines, creating an enjoyable experience for all.
CINQ’s philosophy is to celebrate the diverse nature of producing and experiencing art. The Dallas gallery features the work of a multitude of artists, ranging from local to international backgrounds. Artist John Peralta explores sculpture through manmade materials, while it’s the many layers of built-up material that fascinate mixed media artists Robert Oltarzewski and Jennifer Wagner. Abstract photographer Rodolfo Choperena creates dazzling prints on metal, and painters Steven Tye Culbert, Scott Dawson, Katie O’Sullivan, Oscar Mejia, Mike Salcido, Jessica M. Chaix and Kim Schmitt Thomas live in a world of vivid paintings. CINQ proudly showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists Juan Luís Jardí, Khoo Sui Hoe and jewelry designer Andrea Tello. Shane Russeck, the newest addition to CINQ, brings a fresh approach to wildlife photography. CINQ hosts many events and receptions throughout the year.
DINORA TRINDADE FINE ART
Born in Portugal, artist Dinora Trindade fell in love with painting while living in Africa. Notes the artist in her artist statement, “I remember as a young girl, driving with my father in Luanda, viewing the scenery, and saying to myself, ‘I can paint that.’” After moving to the United States, she developed her talent through years of study, maintaining her objective to perfect the art of realism. She continues to see her travels as a source of inspiration.
Her work is categorized into three styles, electric, “rising,” and impressionism. “I have recently added my own style of impressionistic work as an added choice to my clientele,” she says. “[Though] challenging, working with palette knives is a very rewarding experience, creating an end result that is light and expressive. I concentrate heavily on color, composition and simplicity.”
Painting has always been a calling for Trindade, who “believes that art is a core value in our world,” and this mentality shines through every piece of art she creates. She is available for commission projects or, as she says, to help “select an existing piece that reaches your soul as it has reached mine.” For more information, visit her website.
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GAPPA FINE ART GLASS
Gappa Fine Art Glass specializes in working with homeowners, business owners and interior designers to create one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces for private residences and commercial properties. Combining his architectural training with innovative artistry, founder David Gappa is a master at transforming glass into fine art sculptures, chandeliers, decanters, wall sconces and displays. “I have found that the passion of my life is working with the shifting energies of molten glass into its final stages of artistic completion. Glassblowing, for me, is a magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form. The creation of each piece is a journey, as I strive to trust in the path that the glass chooses for me,” says Gappa.
Employing a turnkey process— concept, design and installation— each commission is original and customized for the client and the space. Gappa’s pieces of art glass can be found and purchased at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery in Grapevine, Texas, and American Fine Art Gallery in Dallas. Gappa Fine Art Glass brings the ancient art of glassblowing to life with a modern twist.
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CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
Founded almost 24 years ago in Dallas, Christopher Martin Gallery has created the perfect atmosphere to present the reverse glass paintings and limited edition work of Aspen-based American artist Christopher H. Martin. The Dallas gallery is located in the Dallas Design District. Additional galleries are located in Aspen and New York City.
Currently on display in Dallas are works by Martin and sculptures by Michael Enn Sirvet. Martin abstracts his observations of nature using his signature reverse painting technique applied to the back of acrylic panels. At first glance, the works by these artists display a rational balance and undeniable harmony, reflecting an organic sense of existence and a natural ability to transform the spaces that they inhabit. The exhibition also features Martin’s first mural wall experience, executed on a handmade silver-leaf surface.
The newly opened New York gallery is located at 1015 Madison Ave. The inaugural exhibition features Martin’s work created for the show and introduces the glasswork of Mexico-based American artist Orfeo Quagliata.
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY
Sharon Grimes is a self-taught contemporary, abstract artist whose art is a personal expression of life, with all its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy, and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast and texture, which demonstrate her remarkable understanding of color and composition.
Grimes first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals and her surroundings. In her early 20s, her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.
Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator of La Posada de Santa Fe and Spa, as a “feast for the eyes.” Grimes’ paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions, including the East Texas Regional Art Exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, P’s Gallery Regional Art exhibit, and the Tyler Museum of Art. Her most recent solo show, Written in the Stars, was hosted by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. In 2017 Grimes exhibited at Longview Museum of Fine Art and judged the 57th annual Student Art Exhibition.
PAULA B. RADVANSKY
Paula B. Radvansky is a Texas artist and designer. She studied art and business at Texas Woman’s University. She studied graphic design at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Texas Woman’s University chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success. From the NSLS she brings values to her design and art that incorporate mind, body and soul. These values convey optimism, good energy, healing and comfort. Art is her first passion and next is interior design. PBR Designs are contemporary designs that communicate fresh, positive energy. Every artwork has a concept or story that is explained in the title. The art itself shares the details of the story. The story then creates an energy the viewer receives. These designs are created with hospitality projects in mind, projects such as hotels, resorts, hospitals and health care facilities. PBR Designs are also ideal for residential, retail, staging projects and home interior design. The product line includes original paintings, framed prints, metal prints and woodprints.
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THE ART LIFE WAY
The Art Life Way is more than a gallery, it’s a philosophy, bigger than the masterpieces of accomplished artist and owner Kat Warwick. “Any person working artistically realizes that their artistic endeavors will become a way of life—a path, a journey, an adventure,” she says. “My way is magical and includes both visual and performance arts. In all of my works, you will find flashes of movement surprisingly contrasted with moments of stillness. It is an instant, in a life, captured for eternity.” Warwick, who specializes in terra-cotta, stone sculptures and bronzes, notes: “While I am seen as a sculptor, what I am truly creating are stories. The realities of our human experience and the human impact unfold. Documentaries of nature and memories that beg remembrance come to life. Tales that long to be told and adventures unknown, find their voices.”
The artist offers commissioned sculptures and paintings. Warwick has been creating art since childhood and has adapted an award-winning style through a formal art education and many years in the professional art world. She is represented by five galleries and will soon take over the management and instruction of the stone carving department at The Creative Arts Center of Dallas.
KAT WARWICK THE ART LIFE WAY
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Located in the heart of the Dallas Design District, this contemporary art gallery is owned by and represents painter Debra Ferrari and sculptor James Ferrari. The couple creates in the studio gallery and provides clients with hands-on, one-on-one consultation. Says Debra: “We work closely with designers, collectors and a variety of people. … Sometimes people feel intimidated coming into an art gallery, and we always help them feel comfortable while providing as much information as possible. I love telling people more about what we’re working on.”
Exciting new projects include Debra’s new exhibition, Running to Stand Still. “All the paintings are inspired by nature and aim to communicate the climate crisis in a creative way,” she says. “We live such a fast-paced life, so connected to computers and phones. … My goal is that people can stand still and really get back in touch with our environment, with what is going on around us.” Meanwhile, James, named one of the up-and-coming contemporary artists by New Art International, is working on an exhibition, Beyond Comprehension, to feature a new series of abstract modern and representational sculptures made from car parts. Ferrari Gallery also represents emerging artists, including accomplished artist Max Jones, from Taos, New Mexico.
STACIE HERNANDEZ FINE ART
Stacie Hernandez is a classically trained fine artist whose work captures the emotional intersection between people and experiences. Strongly influenced by both the modern art movement’s abstract expressionism and a rich multicultural experience, her work reflects the complex, interconnected ways in which people experience events, music, landscapes, relationships and circumstances.
Her art synthesizes a multitude of contrasting concepts and forms: light and dark, warm and cool, space and density, gravity and lightness, while each color, line and shape struggles to gain its own recognition, each inextricably linked to the others. Every work has a title that opens a portal through which viewers can connect to the story.
Working full time from her new studio and gallery, Hernandez creates both original and commissioned artwork. She invites art patrons to visit to see her new series inspired by Caravaggio, which will feature narrative figurative paintings with contemporary elements. Her work can be seen online or at 1110 Dragon St., Suite 120, in the Dallas Design District, where art patrons can enjoy the gallery experience, have an opportunity to speak with Hernandez regarding commissioned works and view the artist’s creative process.
STACIE HERNANDEZ FINE ART
JOHN L. HUMPHREYS
John L. Humphreys is an abstract artist and designer from Del Rio, Texas, and resides in Dallas. He has a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University and studied art and art history as part of the curriculum.
Specializing in acrylic on canvas abstract paintings, Humphreys is inspired by many years of work as both an architect and interior designer, which lend him strength in visualization. Depth of color, attention to detail, perception of scale and emotional response to movement, as well as fl exibility and adaptability to design and execution, all contribute to the artistic expression of his work. Ultimately, his abstract paintings create images that encourage personal interpretation by stimulating one’s imagination while enhancing both space and style.
Paintings range in size from 30 by 40 inches to 48 by 60 inches. Larger canvases are also available. Commissions are accepted, and color palette, texture, technique and composition are given careful consideration in creating a special abstract to be enjoyed for years to come. Quality of materials, fi nish details and a wide range of techniques are ever present in his paintings.
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LEPRINCE FINE ART
LePrince Fine Art, located at 184 and 183 King St., in Charleston, South Carolina, doubles as a studio for owner and artist Kevin LePrince. LePrince paints there six days a week and encourages guests to watch and ask questions about the process.
The walls are filled with bodies of work from a select few nationally recognized, emerging artists from across North America. While the general look of the artists represented could be described as contemporary impressionism, each artist has a unique style defined by brushstrokes, palette choices and composition.
“I’m trying to encourage artists to push their creativity,” LePrince says. “I do this by giving them more wall space. That way, they’re not restricted, and they can get outside of their comfort zones, push the envelope a little.”
Between both galleries, there is 3,600 square feet of open gallery space, high ceilings and hardwood floors. The gallery has been designed to highlight the art—a collector can relax and enjoy a painting from a distance.
LePrince’s work is also represented by Pecky Interiors at 100 Central Ave. in Sarasota, Florida, and Jett Thompson Home at 393 Broad Ave. South in Naples, Florida.
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JOHN C. DOYLE ART GALLERY
John Carroll Doyle is one of the most renowned artists in the history of Charleston, South Carolina. He is known for capturing various aspects of Lowcountry life in his art, including energetic billfish, Charleston landscapes, blooming hydrangeas and figurative works.
His eponymous gallery has been in operation for over 30 years. Since Doyle’s passing in 2014, gallery director Angela Stump has worked tirelessly to celebrate his life, honor his legacy and share his passion for art. This spring, the gallery is thrilled to add seasoned co-director Jennie Fili.
In addition to originals and reproductions of Doyle’s work, the gallery features six additional artists who are actively creating original oils, monotypes and bronze wildlife sculptures.
“I think John would be thrilled at the choice of artists we have made to be represented here in his namesake gallery,” says Stump.
This diverse group of artists are award-winning Anna Rose Bain, Dhwani Parekh, Simon Kenevan, Geoffrey C. Smith, as well as notable Charleston artists Anne Maree Lawrence and Margaret Petterson.
John C. Doyle Art Gallery is located in the heart of Charleston’s historic French Quarter. For more information about the featured artists and upcoming events, stop by Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the website.
JOHN C. DOYLE ART GALLERY
Born in 1956 in rural Dillon, South Carolina, a town more noted for the glitzy South of the Border tourist attraction than fine art, Monnie Johnson started life with an innate talent so good that his fourth-grade teacher accused him of tracing a portrait of George Washington rather than applauding the freehand copy he’d actually made.
Johnson has a voracious appetite for learning and growing and has taken many courses, participated in workshops, and studied the work of hundreds of artists in galleries and museums. Among others, he credits Charleston artists Laurie Meyer and Rick Reinert and his gallery colleagues in Charleston and Summerville as influences in his signature style.
The essence of that style is Johnson’s focus on light and the use of broad brushstrokes and color. He relishes seeing and painting scenes of the rainy season in Charleston, with its reflections of architecture, lampposts and other objects, and people on or near glistening sidewalks. It’s the mood of the moment that Johnson captures in these rainy-day pieces of art.
Johnson is currently represented by Lowcountry Artists Gallery at 148 East Bay St. in Charleston, South Carolina.
Meredith Poston was born in Louisville, Kentucky, into a family that appreciated the fine and performing arts. From an early age Poston wanted to be an artist and was strongly encouraged by her family. She focused on human and animal subjects, and she copied the work of her father, who was a medical illustrator.
Throughout her adolescence Poston’s passion for art grew. She participated in art classes and camps throughout high school. She attended Western Carolina University, majoring in fine art and communications, where she developed her abstract style. After graduation Poston left the North Carolina mountains for the Charleston, South Carolina, coastline, settling on James Island in 2009.
Poston paints abstract expressionist remembrances and reflections. She finds solace in loose, sporadic brushstrokes, with a combination of soft elements juxtaposed to stark separations of contrasting color. Her work is an expression of nature as she sees it—colorful, sometimes gentle, but often startlingly real. Poston paints in her waterfront home studio when not working as a writer and researcher; she also contributes to the James Island government, as secretary for the James Island Public Service District.
CHARLESTON artist Lisa Willits finds endless inspiration in the beauty of coastal South Carolina, where she has lived for the past 30 years.
“I paint what I love—the colors and glow of sunrise and sunset skies, incredible cloud formations and the quiet stillness of the marsh,” she says. Her latest series focuses on the towering cumulus clouds common during the summer months.
“I am constantly chasing clouds and have many stunning reference photos of these forces of nature,” says Willits. “They are incredibly dynamic subjects, with their endless array of edges and subtle shifts of color and value. I love to play with these elements, adding more drama to the scene through contrast and scale.”
Willits began her art career nearly two decades ago and has honed her craft through workshops and classes with many well-known artists.
She paints primarily in her home studio, located in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood, but also loves the challenge of plein air painting, often bringing along a small set of oils while boating on the Intracoastal Waterway. Willits is represented by Lowcountry Artists Gallery at 148 East Bay St. in Charleston.
Combining her love of art with an appreciation for math, Carla Johannesmeyer graduated with a degree in architecture from Virginia Tech, enhancing her education with studio art courses in drawing, printmaking, photography and film.
Johannesmeyer went on to have a successful career as an architect and environmental design leader, but never wavered far from her art. Today, she is immersed in the art of expression through her paintings.
With a keen eye for composition, Johannesmeyer blends a sense of geometric rhythm and lyrical freedom in her art. Her oil paintings are reminiscent of post-impressionist artists but border on expressionism.
She prefers a large brush and paints with visible, confident brushstrokes, layering lush color to evoke light, shadow and reflections in her subjects. She continually pursues learning experiences that challenge her point of view, weaving these perspectives into her art.
Her current works include studies of the figure within architectural space and botanical expressions from coastal wildscapes to gardens, all built on the concept of divine proportion. You can learn more about her work and upcoming exhibits by visiting her website.
GAYE SANDERS FISHER FINE ARTS GALLERY
Gaye Sanders Fisher grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her passion clearly lies in the Lowcountry, where she opened her gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, more than 20 years ago. Situated amongst the picturesque pastel homes on Church Street, the pale yellow house is where Fisher displays all of her watercolors and prints of Lowcountry scenery. From spring flowers and Holy City steeples to firehouse fronts and marshland fowl, Fisher finds plenty of inspiration from her immediate surroundings. She’s even painted and penned a bit of prose about the gallery’s neighborhood cat. The book Daily, the Gallery Cat is about a feline that gets into all kinds of adventures behind the walls and down the alleyways of beautiful downtown Charleston. Published in 2003, the 30- page illustrated book remains a charming way to remember Daily, a special old friend. Fisher has also illustrated a book about bullying, entitled You Are Special, Too, using African animals to tell the story. The gallery regularly participates in the French Quarter Art Walks and is open to the public. Fisher is now painting a series of South Carolina churches that are waiting restoration by the South Carolina Restoration Committee. Six paintings donated by Fisher will help raise money for this project.
GAYE SANDERS FISHER FINE ARTS GALLERY
CHERYL NEWBY GALLERY
There aren’t many galleries where you can browse both antique and contemporary art in a single visit. However, at Cheryl Newby Gallery in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, you can.
Owner Cheryl Newby maintains an extensive selection of contemporary paintings and sculpture alongside a selective inventory of antique maps and prints. This year, the gallery celebrates its 35th year in business.
A quick look around the antique side will turn up works by the likes of John James Audubon, George Edwards, Mark Catesby and John Gould. If those don’t satisfy, Newby will gladly find something more to your taste or hunt down prints by a particular artist, should you have one in mind.
When it comes to contemporary artists, the gallery represents 13 painters from throughout the country, including William McCullough (S.C.), the late Ray Ellis (Mass.), Paula Holtzclaw (N.C.), Martha dePoo (Fla.), the late Quita Brodhead (Pa.) and Mike Williams (S.C.). Three nationally known sculptors— Sandy Scott (Wyo.), Gwen Marcus (N.Y.) and Catherine K. Ferrell (Fla.)—also have work in the gallery, as does fine ceramics artist Glenda Taylor (Fla.) and portrait painter James Crowley (S.C.).
CHERYL NEWBY GALLERY
Painter Sheryl Stalnaker finds joy in depicting saltwater life and the beauty of her surroundings. “I love being outside and studying the scenes around me,” she says. “Looking at the moving, reflective water or changing skies and light is mesmerizing.”
Stalnaker often begins a painting on location, studying her subject live rather than simply working from photographs, which brings her works to life. With brushes and a palette knife, she builds up layers of paint, adding depth and interesting textures. “My landscapes show a perspective that draws the viewer into the painting,” she explains. “I want to transport the viewers away from their hectic lives and into the scene, where they can sense the morning air, feel the afternoon heat, smell the salt air or hear the sounds of nature.”
Stalnaker is represented by the Martin Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hilarie Lambert is most known for her generous paint application—brushing layers and layers of color across the canvas. She puts down the paint in quick and loose, but strong, brushstrokes, imparting energy and a spontaneous sensibility to each work. The resulting patches of colors and shapes come together to form her signature style, best described as contemporary impressionism.
Her latest series, The Botanicals, was inspired by recent travels over the last year to Madrid, Paris and the South of France, and Argentina. The large-format series consists of oil paintings with saturated color and vibrancy.
When not traveling to paint and teach workshops internationally, her work can be found at Hilarie Lambert Studio on James Island, South Carolina, and at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibtion in Charleston, from May 24 to June 8, at booth #37.
COLLEEN WIESSMANN ABSTRACT CONTEMPORARY FINE ART
Artist Colleen Wiessmann has been active in arts her whole life. After studying at the school of the New York Botanical Garden, she worked as an interior landscaper for 25 years, which transformed into a love of texture and design. Says the artist: “I like to tell a story in my abstract paintings, through words, lines and symbols. I create abstract paintings with acrylics, inks, wax, oil and various textured materials. I use collage and layering techniques to create dimensional artwork to capture the viewer’s eye and emotion.”
The artist finds inspiration from memories deep inside of her, experiences and spirituality, noting: “By channeling my energy into the creative process, my work becomes both a part of me and a reflection of life as seen through an artist’s eye. As an artist, my goal is to make you look beyond the surface and feel the emotions hiding within each painting.”
Born and raised in northern New Jersey and currently living on Seabrook Island, South Carolina, Wiessmann was president of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild for eight years. Her award-winning works are owned corporately and privately around the world, and she welcomes commissioned projects.
COLLEEN WIESSMANN ABSTRACT CONTEMPORARY FINE ART
South Carolina artist Sandra Roper was an art major at the University of South Carolina before her path led her to a career in advertising. But 17 years ago, the Greenville native left the corporate world to stay at home with her two sons. “I wanted to go to all of their ball games,” she says. “And then I started painting again and things just evolved from there—and I never missed any ball games.”
Painting in watercolors, Roper finds inspiration in the creativity and brilliance of Charleston’s eclectic styles of architecture and from the passion, perseverance and dedication people have for their work and traditions.
These days, Roper is working on a series of ordinary people doing extraordinary things— oyster shuckers, shrimpers, farmers, hog butchers—as a way of preserving the stories of waning art forms.
You can find Roper’s paintings at the Lowcountry Artist Gallery at 148 East Bay St. in Charleston or on her website.
The Charleston, South Carolina, Lowcountry and its history have played an important role in Kathy Clark’s life and art. She often focuses on landscapes that reflect enduring feelings for the place she calls home.
“Having spent my entire life living on the islands of Charleston has definitely influenced my appreciation for history and the ever-changing tidal creeks, marshes, rivers and ocean,” Clark says. “For me, translating these visions on paper or canvas has been one of the most satisfying ways of expressing myself.”
Clark’s artistic abilities have developed from a number of sources, including studies with the Gibbes Museum of Art. More recent studies have explored palette knife painting with James Pratt, an artist from New Zealand, and figure drawing with Karen Vecchioni.
Clark’s work is a combination of impressionism with a touch of realism. She does not follow any defined approach. It is derived from a confluence of varied sources of inspiration. She connects with the subject and brings out the beauty of its meaning.
REVEALED ART GALLERY
Since its opening in 2016, Revealed Art Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, has solidified itself as a local hub of culture and creativity.
The dynamic gallery space showcases an eclectic mix of artists and mediums, ranging from paintings, sculptures and photographs to handmade jewelry, bags and furniture. Currently, works from over 20 local and regional artists and artisans are on display.
Founders Jaclyn Quilal-lan and Scott Parsons enjoy the contrast their contemporary art gallery, located in the French Quarter just steps from Charleston’s iconic Dock Street Theatre, brings to its historical surroundings.
The longtime friends and art enthusiasts also strive to foster connections with the community, through workshops, classes, events, private rentals, brand collaborations and more.
On April 5 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the gallery will host the opening night reception of Obsession— an exhibition by Asheville, North Carolina-based artist Constance Williams.
The show explores the use of shape, color and form in three distinct groups: spherical, striation and combinative; like a DNA signature, it is ever present throughout Williams’ various mediums and continually evolves. For more information about upcoming events, visit revealedgallery.com.
REVEALED ART GALLERY
Deborah Sisco’s work is influenced by the pioneers of the 19th-century modern art movement. She approaches each new work with a vision of color that is intended to produce a poetic relationship between the compositions and music that inspired it. According to Sisco, it is first and foremost about the color; it needs to be visually pleasing, disturbing, happy or peaceful, but it should not leave you empty. She feels her works need to be an honest display of her feelings and emotions and that the viewer should be drawn into each work, becoming part of it while having their own individual journey. Sisco’s work is displayed in private collections and commercial establishments across the United States and Europe.
“I believe art is a compilation of our conscience and unconscious mind. It is what we experience in our everyday lives and what we dream of at night. It is how we touch reality and how we lose ourselves to our imaginations,” Sisco says. “Sometimes I see art in a face or the sky or in a cloud. Sometimes I see a group of shapes, colors or buildings, and sometimes I dream.”
Alex Radin has always enjoyed the act of creating. A native-New Yorker, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design, then relocated to the Charleston, South Carolina, area in 2001.
Radin is primarily an oil painter, although he has also worked in film, installation art and other mediums, including writing. His work is heavily laden with symbolism and metaphor. He has been a part of both solo and group exhibitions in New York, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Texas.
“While ideas are the driving force behind my work, I place a high value on technique and love to get lost in the design and breakup of space,” Radin says. “I am intensely interested in the conversation that colors have with one another, as well as communication between strokes, shapes and colors. Even though I get lost in all of this, I always return to my subject matter in the end. My desire is to help people see the world in ways they may not have seen it before. I want to draw people’s attention to the beauty and the mystery that surrounds us every day.”
VICKI P. MAGUIRE, CONTEMPORARY FINE
Contemporary fine artist Vicki Maguire has always had the painter’s mindset. “Since childhood it has been my intuition to be curious, creative and always observant of the essence of the outdoors,” she says. “While I realize God is the Master Creator, it is the nature of my personality that flows over into my art practice. Painting is a visual language or story. The beauty and realm of experiences are reflected on canvas. It is emotional and from the heart. My goal is to tell it boldly enough that it connects with the viewer.”
Maguire has been recognized nationally and installed corporately, and she takes great joy in art for healing. She notes, “Over the years, as my career evolves, I am able to continue to learn and observe the world as I grow myself with art.” Her paintings often suggest a type of landscape, garden or seascape, and these works are layers of expression, an essence from the heart. Moody elements, such as fog, mist, clouds and distant pastures, can suggest a bolder emotional connection. After several moves coast to coast, Maguire currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” —Matisse
VICKI P. MAGUIRE, CONTEMPORARY FINE ART