Posts Tagged ‘abstract’

The Countdown Continues: “Peaceful State”

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Kristie Landing
"Peaceful State" Mark Bettis 36" x 36", Mixed Media on Panel

“Peaceful State”
Mark Bettis
36″ x 36″, Mixed Media on Panel


Spoleto is about to begin and amidst this and other busy times in Charleston, we seek ways to bring a sense of tranquility to our lives. A Nest candle, white hydrangeas, and soft piano music might do the trick, but art also contributes to our moods. For this reason, we love rare gems like Mark Bettis’ “Peaceful State.” In contrast to his upbeat and joyful works like last week’s “Burst of Spring,” this work is designed to bring viewers peace of mind. Transcending the quiet, “Peaceful State” lifts the spirit, sending viewers into a state of pure visual bliss.

While highly abstract, this mixed-media work is designed to be very approachable. The symmetry involved, from the colors to the shape of the canvas- a perfect 36” square, achieves harmony  and balance. There is no object to focus the gaze on, which lends an air of mystery to the work; yet it is like wondering about the galaxy— baffling, yet strangely soothing. As the misty strokes of color pool together in “Peaceful State,” I’m left with the lasting impression of serenity. Are you?

For more works by Mark Bettis, visit

Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday for another close look at a work premiering in the show!


Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Ready for some secrets from our gallery? Here are two that we are more than happy to share! Happy International Museum Week!


1. Artist Karen Weihs has a knack for seeing forms emerge from nothing. A prime example? Her ability to see the sky and marsh as interchangeable in many of her works. Karen has more than once started a painting and flipped it over halfway, deciding that she liked it inverted better. Take a look at the works below & let us know what you think!








2. Our lovely bronze lady “On the Beach” by Marianne Houtkamp is so heavy you usually wouldn’t lift her to turn her around. But, if you happen to do this, there is a sweet surprise in the shape of a beautiful sun hat that she holds behind her back!

“On the Beach” FRONT


"On the Beach" BACK

“On the Beach” BACK

Window Shopping

Posted on: March 21st, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Bright colors seem appropriate for the second day of spring, wouldn’t you agree?


"Sunday on the Cove" Karen Weihs 24" x 24", Oil on Canvas

“Sunday on the Cove”
Karen Weihs
24″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas


"Brink" Karen Weihs 40" x 40", Oil on Canvas

Karen Weihs
40″ x 40″, Oil on Canvas


"'La Jeannette' at Full Sail" Evgeny & Lydia Baranov 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas

“‘La Jeannette’ at Full Sail”
Evgeny & Lydia Baranov
24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas



The Buzz

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Kristie Landing

Way to go Karen Weihs and J. Christian Snedeker! These two artists have been honored in not one, but multiple publications in the last month. Check out these news-worthy artists and events by clicking on the articles below:



Carolina Arts

Moultrie News




Carolina Arts 

Charleston Magazine

Moultrie News




Hemingway in Cuba

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Kristie Landing


"Cojimar" 36" x 48" Oil on Canvas

36″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas


The year is 1928—Ernest Hemingway, his wife Pauline, their two sons, Jack and Patrick and Pauline’s sister Jinny Pfeiffer are traveling from Key West to Spain. Fate has it that they land in Havana, Cuba—a layover point on their westward journey. Unbeknownst to all, Hemingway will one day return here to live.


It is said that Hemingway felt such a connection with Cubans and their culture—from marlin fishing to Havana bars, that he called himself a “Cubano Sato,” or a garden-variety Cuban. He moved to Havana in 1939 and eventually settled in San Francisco de Paula, about 15 miles from Havana. It was here, at his house called Finca Vigía, “Lookout Farm,” that Hemingway penned the novel that he would be most known for, “The Old Man and the Sea.” Drawing inspiration from small nearby fishing village Cojimar, he wrote about an old fisherman’s struggle to subdue a captive giant marlin—a story that would be his last major work, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a significant contributor in his earning the Nobel Prize in Literature.


For its beauty and reputation, visitors seek out Cojimar, including our own artist Karen Weihs. Like Hemingway, Weihs was inspired to create something that spoke not only of the setting, but also the locals. Her work by the same name features abstracted huts in every color of the rainbow atop a field of grasses and under a misty blue sky. When asked why she chose so many colors for the buildings, Weihs responded, “In Cuba, people use whatever color they can find to paint their homes…they are a colorful people.”