Friday, September 1st 2017 - Saturday, September 30th 2017
Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets ~ "Russian Impressionism" Reception September 1st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Gallery Talk on 25 Years in America by Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets September 2nd from 5:00 - 6:00pm
Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets will be in Charleston for the opening reception of their "Russian Impressionism Exhibition" on September 1st from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. The stunning new works will be on view through September 30th. The artists both received their Master of Fine Arts degrees at The St. Petersburg State University of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Several years after graduation the couple made a bold move to the United States. They had relatives in El Paso, Texas so that is where they moved and still reside. They have been extremely successful and what many would refer to as a couple that has achieved the American dream. Aleksander specializes in Impressionist landscape and figurative oil paintings. His most famous painting is unquestionably the one of First Lady, Laura Bush which was unveiled in 2008. The exquisite portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Lyuba Titovets is a still life artist and also creates whimsical Russian Folk scenes. She has become one of the top painters in America of this genre. Her works exude a vibrancy and playfulness that captivate the viewer and bring them emotionally into the scene. There is much detail in her scenes but her style is quite painterly. The new show will have a variety of American and European scenes.
Friday, October 6th 2017 - Tuesday, October 31st 2017
Craig Nelson European Exhibition of New Oil Paintings
Saturday, October 7th 2017 - Saturday, October 7th 2017
Painting Demonstration by Craig Nelson from 2:00 - 5:00pm October 7th, 2017
Please join us in the gallery at 58 Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston for a special opportunity to watch master painter Craig Nelson give a painting demonstration. Craig received a BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California and is currently the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Every summer a lucky group get to join Nelson in Europe for a painting workshop.
Friday, November 3rd 2017 - Thursday, November 30th 2017
John C. Traynor - Exhibition of Charleston and New England Scenes
John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961. Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown. He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.
John spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, startingat the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.
Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows, in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities with galleries
Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.
John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, Hawaii and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings.
John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture. His 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.
John is inspired by the nature he sees around him whether it is the flowers from his gardens, people in his life or the landscape outdoors. Traynor’s interpretation of his subject matter is influenced from artists of the past. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a richness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style.