Exhibitions & Special Events

Kevin Chadwick - Family

Friday, December 4th 2020 - Wednesday, December 30th 2020

Kevin Chadwick - The Fabric of Life

Friday, June 5th 2020 - Wednesday, July 1st 2020

Meet artist Kevin Chadwick at his opening reception, Friday, June 5, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Jeff Jamison - Urban Living

Friday, May 1st 2020 - Wednesday, June 3rd 2020

Meet artist Jeff Jamison at his opening reception, Friday, May 1, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Jeff utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity as he paints. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His unique perpesctive and distinctive style draw viewers into scenes both real and imagined.

John Traynor - Impressions of Charleston

Friday, April 3rd 2020 - Thursday, April 30th 2020

A skilled painter of every genre - landscape, still life and portraiture - John Traynor's unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work. People are often reminded of moments in their life or memories of the past.

Exhibition on view April 3 - 30, 2020.

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. This led to our current exhibtion, Italian Sojourn. 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 which took place earlier this month (March 2020). "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.