Exhibitions & Special Events

Oil Painting Demonstration

Saturday, March 7th 2020 - Saturday, March 7th 2020

Meet the artist and see him at work! Donald Weber will give an oil painting demonstration in the gallery on Saturday, March 7, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Weber, a contemporary impressionist, will discuss technique and materials as he creates a painting. His show, “Italian Sojourn,” is on view in the gallery through March 31, 2020.  The event is free and open to all.

Donald Weber ~ Italian Sojourn

Friday, March 6th 2020 - Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Donald Weber recently rediscovered “a collection of photographs from a trip to Italy, about 20 years ago," he said, and he was inspired to "revisit" them as painting subjects. As a professional architect as well as a professional artist, he brings discipline and freedom to his canvases, often working, he said, on "up to three at a time." He maintains studios in Louisville, Kentucky, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and he said he finds the contrast in the two locales "energizing." He and his wife make the roughly 1300-mile trip in an Airstream several times a year. He happened to be in Charleston along with a few paintings when he first met Ella Richardson in 2016. He was on a family vacation originally destined for Washington, D.C., which diverted to Charleston. He was taken by the city's charm and art industry, and Ella was taken with his work. She offered him a show, The Romance of Charleston, which opened in February 2017.

 

Weber was recently chosen to be the head judge of MasterWorks New Mexico 2020 taking place in March. "This is a great honor for me," he said, "particularly after seeing the list of past judges." MasterWorks New Mexico is a juried exhibition and sale showcasing New Mexico’s master fine artists, now in its 22nd year.

 

With clients such as Crayola, NASA, Warner Brothers, and SeaWorld he has had an amazing career, and he continues to dazzle viewers with his unique perspective and brilliant palette. 

 

Craig Nelson ~ Watershed Moments

Friday, February 7th 2020 - Tuesday, March 3rd 2020

Join us for the year’s first Art Walk and meet the artist! Mirroring the character of the French Quarter itself, Craig Nelsons paintings have a timeless quality. Stroll by stately European facades and sweeping land- and waterscapes where past and present mingle. His masterful brushwork brings the textures of stucco, stone, sunlight and rain to impressionistic life on his canvases. 

 

See the artist at work! On Saturday, February 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Nelson will hold a painting demonstration in the gallery and will discuss his technique and materials.

 

Exhibition on view through March 3, 2020.

 

Since 1970, Nelson has been depicting figures, landscapes and various environments in rich, vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brushwork, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art.

 

After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Nelson began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. Nelson's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys,” “Slapshot," and "Homeward Bound" among others. His many album cover credits include "Sammy Davis Jr. Live,” "Rick Nelson, Country,” and "Natalie Cole, Thankful.”

 

Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law Schools, the U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School and many others. He has won more than 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Nelson the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining Alone". His work is collected in the United States, Asia and Europe.

 

In 1974 Nelson began teaching at Art Center College of Design and for the past 30 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is Director of the School of Fine Art, MFA & BFA, Drawing and Painting.

 

Nelson is currently a signature member of the California Art Club, and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's books "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and "The Drawing Bible,”  published by North Light, are now available.  He teaches two to three workshops a year which have gained in popularity, attracting students from all over the United States and Europe.   Nelson's annual Figurative Painting workshop and his Sonoma Plein Air Painting workshop are held in Santa Rosa, California.  His European Painting workshops have covered many areas throughout Italy and France, Austria, Holland and the Italian alps.  His Summer 2019 workshop was in Sicily and in January 2020 Nelson offered a plein air workshop in Cuba.

 

Hope Reis ~ An Eye for Beauty

Monday, January 6th 2020 - Wednesday, February 5th 2020

January 2020’s Featured Artist: Hope Reis | An Eye for Beauty 

 

Hope Reis’ paintings of interiors and gardens offer a glimpse into a world of serenity and elegance. Viewers relax into these plush settings, often with a tea tray at the ready and lamplight glowing.  

 

Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, Reis now resides in Palm Beach, Florida. She learned to paint through self-study and workshops with some of the most respected instructors in the country.

 

Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she sees her series of interiors as bringing her full circle, combining her love of beautiful surroundings with her passion for painting.

 

Reis seeks to combine Realism and Impressionism in her paintings and drawings from life. Whether arranging subject matter in her studio, painting outside en plein air or working with a model, her desire is to capture the light and the ambience of the scene. 

 

Reis is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, the American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of the Southeast, Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach and Landscape Painters International.

 

Lindsay Goodwin ~ European Interiors

Friday, December 6th 2019 - Saturday, January 4th 2020

Join us for a sumptuous evening of European Interiors,  new artwork by Lindsay Goodwin, at a reception Friday, Dec. 6, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Experience Old World elegance and charm in these paintings of storied chateaux, restaurants and hotels on the First Friday ArtWalk and meet the artist. 

 

During the summer, Lindsay and her family travel Europe. This past summer they toured parts of England, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Lindsay said she was always willing to follow a lead if she got a tip on a great interior, one with the ambience only age can bestow. All of her paintings depict real places, so viewers may recognize places they’ve been, or would like to go.  When she returns home, she heads to her studio to reconstruct the rooms in oil on canvas, from the table settings to the tapestries.

 

A passionate devotee of capturing spontaneous romanticism, Lindsay is a treasured discovery among the next generation of fine artists. Lindsay creates gradations of tonal balance on her canvases; equilibriums evident when the viewer recognizes the artful juxtapositions of warms and cools.  Her fascination for capturing the historical moment of interiors from Paris to Boston reflects our own human desire for beauty in our lives and for bringing the elegance of historical splendor into our homes.

 

Born and raised in Topanga, California, Lindsay had her initial fine art training at O'Neill's Fine Arts in Malibu. Following instruction under Katie O’Neill, Lindsay enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

 

On her way to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lindsay gained invaluable artistic knowledge as a student of Craig Nelson. Lindsay has incorporated Nelson’s utilization of rapid oil studies into her own methodology.  She paints alla prima, Italian for “at first attempt,” also called a wet-on-wet technique. This allows her to work anywhere on the canvas at any time during the process. She will even work through the night to complete a painting from start to finish. She believes that by setting a time limit to her canvas, she sharpens nearly every aspect of her work, including perspective, tonality, and most importantly, atmosphere. During her final semester at the Academy of Art University, Lindsay was chosen as one of the top emerging artists among her graduating class. 

 

Now an established artist with talent she continues to hone, Lindsay’s following also continues to grow. 

 

Her awards and press coverage include:

 

In 2018, she was awarded the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society 2018 Best of America Competition Merit Award for Glow of Provence, Avignon (Oil, 30” x 40”). 

 

She was the winner of the Oil Painters of America 2017 National Juried Competition Exhibition Still Life Award of Excellence for Belle Epoque Paris (Oil, 40” x 30”).

 

Lindsay received an Honorable Mention Award from Oil Painters of America for her painting, Light on Copper  from her 2012 Spring Online Showcase.

 

In December 2008, Goodwin was showcased in American Art Collector’s largest feature article to date, with an eight-page spread of her solo exhibition that year.  

 

One of her most-sought after recognitions was her inclusion in Southwest Art magazine’s annual “Top 21 Artists under 31” spread in their September 2005 issue.