|Rhett Thurman's model Yves|
November seemed to fly by and now here we are greeting December which always brings so much holiday cheer and festivities. During November I was busy with my own work while joining in on as many art related activities as my schedule would allow. Please join me for a review of a couple of events.
Washington Park Paint Out
The first weekend in November saw Plein Air Painters filling the streets of Charleston with their easels and paints. The Charleston Fine Art Dealer Association (CFADA) sponsored a Paint Out held in Washington Square with 20 or more locally and nationally known artists. The Artists who participated spent the morning painting in Washington Square. When the paintings were finished they were donated for auction to assist funding for art programs at local schools.
Leaving Pawleys Island early that morning the sky looking towards Charleston was very gray but to everyone's luck the day was primarily overcast with sun breaks. I spent the morning walking in a circle watching the paintings as they progressed and making some new friends. After the paint out I had a lovely lunch and spent the and afternoon visiting galleries. Below are a few of the artist and the names of the galleries where their work is available.
|Rhett Thurman, Sylvan Gallery|
|Mark Horton, Horton Hayes Gallery|
|Simon Kenevan, The Martin Gallery|
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and Shem Creek
Next was a 3 day Paint Out sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast about 30 member artist gathered in Charleston for the first week in November. Plein Air Painters paint outdoors seeking to capture the light, air and scenery, typically in one session. During the week the PAP-SE painters were very busy. They visited various locations throughout Charleston to paint, gave painting classes and had a gallery opening. The week culminated with a gallery opening showcasing 3 pieces painted that week from each artists. The paintings were showcased at three galleries on Broad, Coco Vivo Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery, and the Galerie on Broad.
|Dee Beard Dean|
|Fishers and Artists at Shem Creek|
|Katie Dobson Cundiff, foreground, Frank May and Lori Putnam's painting|
What a Great Week
Cece Campbell a friend and Pawleys Island artist joined me Saturday morning at Washington Square, Monday at Shem Creek for the Plein Air painting and Friday for the Gallery Openings.
Shem Creek was beautiful, windy but beautiful. Watching others paint gives you an opportunity to partake in their process, see what they are focusing on, what they are editing and a peek into their thoughts. Watching as people translate or communicate what they see in their own style is always so interesting for me. As pictured above 3 artists were painting in the same area yet all of the paintings were very different.
Friday evening we drove to Charleston had dinner at Basil Thai before heading to the art open at the Galleries. Each artist had their 3 finished pieces framed and hung. The galleries were packed, the paintings beautiful and and everyone appeared to be having a very nice evening. Hopefully the evening was as successful for everyone as it was lively.
December Is Here
Best Wishes to all and I'll be writing soon about my trip this week to Alexandria VA for a workshop. I am very excited about this opportunity and will share my thoughts after the class.