|The Forge, Robert Liberace 40x60|
Last November a friend and I went to the French Quarter Art walk in Charleston. The day was perfect, sunny with just a touch of fall in the air, we walked and visited galleries until we realized they had all closed.
Around Thirty galleries participate and all are within walking distance of one another. The atmosphere is always fun and inviting as you step through the doors to see what's inside.
|In Front of the Plaza, Betsy Havens|
We began early in the afternoon starting with our list of must see galleries. We definitely wore comfortable shoes.
We parked on Queen Street and started on King Street at the Sylvan Gallery. We wanted to see the current work of our friends and teachers Betsy Havens and Jim Calk. The Sylvan Gallery also had a wonderful display of Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick's work.
|The Principle Gallery, Post Show|
|Harvesting, Lina Liberace|
The Principle Gallery, exhibit was titled "The Ties that Bind" a mentor-mentee exhibition.
The show consisted of eight featured artists and their mentees. Both mentor and mentee were asked to paint a piece for the show. The paintings were hung on separate walls (see photo above) with colored string running up the wall across the ceiling and down another wall connecting the mentor and mentee.
|Purple Plums and Lavendar Butter, Lina Liberace|
One of my own mentor's work, Robert Liberace was on exhibit, Rob had picked Lina Liberace a very talented artist and his wife as his mentee.
Horton Hayes Gallery
After visiting the Principle we headed down Queen Street to Horton Hayes, one of my favorite galleries. Here, Mark Horton had a wonderful display of paintings. Most, if not all, of the featured artists, had traveled to Charleston and were in painting and talking with gallery goers.
|Horton Hayes Gallery|
Pardon the side story but's it's very funny and full of serendipity which I love. On Monday morning the week of the art walk, I opened my Facebook page and saw a funny post from a friend in Arizona.
She knew a friend who had gone into a coffee shop, ordered a coffee, and when asked his name, he said Marc with a "C". When he received his coffee the cup had "Carc" written on the side. The FB post showed a picture of the cup.
This Facebook posting wouldn't leave the top of my home page and it remained there most of the week.
Friday night I was introduced to Marc Hanson, a Horton Hayes featured artist. Something was so familiar about him. As we talked we tried to find the connection. We went through a list of other artists we knew. Still nothing. We talked about how small the world of artists was becoming or at least the ones we knew.
|Marc with a "C" and Me by one of his wonderful paintings|
The friend who shared the posting on Facebook lives in Arizona. Marc lives in Colorado and they met in Texas at an Oil Painters of America Event. All week on FB I kept seeing his name. Little did I know that in a few days, I would get the pleasure of meeting Marc in Charleston, SC.
Pat took pictures of Marc and myself with each of our phones. At the same time, we each texted pictures of us together to our friend in Arizona. I so love those moments in life, truly one of my favorite things.
Shortly afterward we went to the Galleries on Broad and I believe we visited every gallery.
My friend Pat Puckett is a talented artist and represented in Charleston by the Spencer Gallery. We stopped by Spencer for a while giving Pat time to greet people. It was late and I was happy to find a chair, sit and enjoy the paintings.
|Pat S. Puckett|
Head to Charleston to visit these galleries and more. You may find something perfect that works for your home. If you can't visit Charleston look around your community and spend an afternoon visiting local galleries and interacting with local artist.
Locals to Pawleys Island can enjoy Cheryl Newby Gallery, Island Art Gallery and the Seacoast Artist Gallery in Myrtle Beach. Island Art and Seacoast specialize in local artists work. Betsy and Jim are represented locally by Island Art Gallery.
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