Exhibitions & Special Events

The Memories We Make

Friday, September 7th 2018 - Wednesday, October 3rd 2018

Join us for an Artist Reception Friday, September 7th from 5 until 8pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is featuring renowned contemporary Impressionist painter Jeff Jamison.  His new works for "The Memories We Make" will bring the viewer right into the scene while simultaneously allowing them to create their own version of what that feels like. We are delighted to invite you to escape into Jamison’s timeless realm of long-lost lovers as they reunite in dreamlike cities, cozily tucked beneath the glow of a umbrella. You might feel the urge to suddenly ride your bicycle along a sunny side street in Charleston, or your breath might catch at the sight of couples waltzing in a luxurious ballroom. All of this is normal, in fact, it is the provocation of the senses that Jamison seeks in his works.
Jamison imbues a combination of nostalgia and timelessness into his paintings through use of a contemporary style. This might seem paradoxical, and perhaps it is, but it is what makes his works so enigmatic. They are beautiful and mysterious, light and carefree and above all, they invite you to participate with your imagination. The cities Jamison features might appear to be New York or Paris, but look close! Many paintings are in fact the cities of his dreams— mashups of places he has been and places he wishes to go. Because of the ambiguity of people and places, Jamison's works offer something to everyone.
Born in 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison became interested in art at an early age. He began taking classes as a means of learning how to capture the light and shadows that held his constant attention. His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. In 1982, Jamison enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years, he graduated and was offered the position of Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this time, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami. His award-winning illustrations began to fill national publications, including magazines and novel covers.
Eventually deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His awards and honors include: Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Award of Excellence (2009); Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks Top 100 (2007); Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show Finalist (2007); Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters - Third Place, Honorable Mention, and Jury Top 50 (2004, judged by Pino); National Park Services “Arts for the Parks” Competition - Mini Top 100 (2004); National “Paint Christopher Columbus” contest – Winner (1994).

Kevin Chadwick ~ Tapestry of Life

Friday, October 5th 2018 - Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Please join us for the gallery's debut exhibition of artist Kevin Chadwick on Friday, October 5th from 5-8pm. The artist will be in attendance and we will be serving lite bites and refreshments.

Join us Friday, October 5th from 5 until 8 pm for the debut exhibition "Tapestry of Life" featuring artist Kevin Chadwick. His works are soulful as well as colorful depictions of a bygone era. Chadwick is a master story teller and the tapestries he weaves with his oil paintings captivate the viewer and evoke emotional connections to his subjects.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1976, Kevin found his career immediately took off and has taken many artistic turns through the years. Landing his first job as an illustrator while still in school, Kevin worked for a national glassware company illustrating for corporations such as McDonalds, Burger King, Hallmark Cards and Twentieth Century Fox. Upon moving to Washington, DC in 1978, Kevin first freelanced as a magazine illustrator until 1984 when he decided to form his own firm Chadwick Design Incorporated. First specializing in theatrical graphics, Kevin also illustrated for national ad agencies along with National Geographic, The Washington Post, PBS, Kennedy Center, New York Times Book Review, Special Olympics and the Shakespeare Library just to name but a few. Kevin received numerous awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of New York and of Washington, DC. Able to illustrate in various mediums, Kevin more and more enjoyed the richness of oil paints. First using them as washes combined with pencil in illustrations and later strictly traditional oils on canvas or panel.The commissions soon followed and 
Kevin now works out of the historic city of Lynchburg, VA painting full time. His portraits and figurative works can now be found in the collections of the Caring Institute, Washington. DC, World Mercy Fund, Bad Homburg, Germany, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, England,  
Doyle Hotel Collection, Dublin Ireland and in private collections both here in the States and in Europe. Chadwick now specialzes in African American figures.

Craig Nelson ~ Travels through Italy

Friday, November 2nd 2018 - Sunday, December 2nd 2018

Join us Friday, November 2nd from 5 until 8 pm for the Opening Reception of "Travels through Italy" by nationally acclaimed artist Craig Nelson.

It is often the simplest moments that have the biggest impact on us. This is not always in the form of memories, but certainly in spiritual well-being. The afternoon we drove through Sorrento we could feel the sun shining on our faces and glinting off the sea. That time we stopped at a vineyard in Tuscany to taste sweet nectar siphoned straight from the barrel. I remember laughing as we clinked glasses, do you? Or the day we paused in St. Mark's Square to stare up at the incredible cathedral, hardly able to comprehend its beauty. We snapped pictures on the warm stone before clambering into a gondola, leaving all worries to the wind.

How is life connected and what do these small moments mean? Are they a reminder to slow down and observe the world today, as we did on vacation? In the newest exhibition by Craig Nelson at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, each captured moment spills into an ocean of sentiments. It is up to you, dear viewer to find the meaning at their depths. Does the light dappling the vines in Tuscany strike a memory? Can you feel your pulse quicken at the sight of a busy side street in Florence? No? Well, how about this: listen closely as you observe Nelson's Italian landscapes. You might find that you hear strains of "O Sole Mio" drifting through your consciousness, a music box recording played from days past. 

In conjunction with the fifteenth anniversary of Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, we are pleased to honor award-winning artist Craig Nelson with this solo exhibition. Nelson has been painting for over thirty years and has been represented by our gallery since our very first year. Years after receiving his BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California, Nelson became the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He continues to serve this position and has taught two of the other artists represented by our gallery. Nelson's numerous achievements include five gold medals, two silver medals, Best in Show, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and over 200 awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. He has been published in Communications Arts Annual and JCA (Japan) in addition to many others. His works are collected worldwide.