Exhibitions & Special Events

Ebb & Flow: Coastal Rhythms in Black and White

Friday, May 7th 2021 - Thursday, June 3rd 2021

Art Open House on Friday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Photographer Mike Basher and artist Renee Levin will be in the gallery to meet patrons from 2:00 until 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 8. The Open House will coincide with the First Saturday Art Stroll for all participating members of The Charleston Gallery Association. We hope you can join us!

Ebb & Flow: Coastal Rhythms in Black & White is an exhibition of two artists’ work, one a photographer, one a painter, both drawn to the maritime landscape.The exhibition opens with a Gallery Open House on May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event will be coinciding with the Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk on May 8th. The artists will be at the gallery to meet patrons on Saturday from 2:00 until 5:00 pm. We hope you will join us.

 

Renee Levin paints shells; the macro, while Mike Basher photographs the larger landscape, where the shells lie. The similar, minimal palettes ground the viewer in a world of water, coastlines and beaches, where the rhythms are set by the tides.

 

Basher’s work is more atmospheric; Levin’s is more concrete. Both have an elegant stillness that lends itself to interiors whether private or public.

 

The simplicity of Basher’s work is more of an allusion to, not a direct depiction of, his subject matter, where he challenges the viewer to derive their own interpretation as to its whereabouts. Directly, his photographs deliver a sublime experience, found in ordinary space.

 

His background with commercial shoots has taken him all over the globe, creating campaigns for brands like Under Armour, The North Face and Reebok. This expertise has culminated in his captivating personal fine art work.

With a career in commercial photography that spans two decades, his intimate fine art work breathes a powerful sense of peace and tranquility through spatial relationships. His work – captured entirely on large format film – has an incisive clarity and quiet meditative mood. Many photographs tell the tale of a grander space, whilst showing only the limited elements he has chosen to unveil.

 

Renee Levin, born in New York City and raised primarily in New Jersey, received her Fine Arts degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. There she was awarded the Paul Robeson Emerging Young Artist award upon graduating.  She also studied art at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  After graduating, Levin worked as a designer and then art director at a New York City design firm for 12 years.

 

Simultaneously, she felt a need to fill her fine art void and did so with painting.  She eventually moved back to coastal New Jersey where she now resides with her husband and two children. Painting has become her exclusive focus, gaining a quick following and respect from art lovers from coast to coast. Levin is constantly inspired by her regular adventures at the beach and in nature.

 

She is best known for her modern depiction of coastal objects and primarily paints in large format using oil. Her recognizable style of juxtapositions combined with a monochromatic palette allows Levin to showcase her minimal and modern aesthetic.  These juxtapositions include the use of extreme contrasts - pairing dark with light, dramatic shadows with bright glimmers, grit with softness and realism with graphic elements. She carefully considers her composition which results in dynamic use of negative space, as well as movement, almost playful at times.  Levin's coastal roots and deep connection to nature ground her creativity and allow her to celebrate these natural objects - their beauty, fluidity and unpredictability - in her work.