Sunday, January 1, 2017

BIRDS EYE VIEW by M. Faith Cuda

Bird’s Eye View

Art Central Gallery is paying tribute to B.I.R.D.S. in our January exhibit by artist of the month, M. Faith Cuda.

Yes, it is a cooler season and you might think that our birds have left us, but many of our feathered friends remain with us.  As they soar above they have a true "Birds Eye View" of all that lies beneath.

So if you were asked, "What's the most common year-round bird in The Carolinas?" Answer? Carolina Chickadee....

If you were asked "What's the smallest bird in South Carolina?"  Answer? The beautiful Hummingbird...

If you were asked "What's the tall and stately bird you see slowly stalking the shallow wetlands of the lowcountry?"  Answer? Right again, the Great Egret...

And if you were asked "What is the most amazing colorful back-yard bird you see in the summer in the Lowcountry?"  Answer?  Why, of course, it is The Painted Bunting, our signature sculpture bird sitting atop our Art Central building.  The Painted Bunting is our B.I.R.D.S. (Birds in residence downtown Summerville) contribution!

During the cool of winter, we hope you will take some time to stop to view majestic birds in flight and listen to hear the melodies they sing!  Take time to visit Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens to watch the strutting peacocks, and take a drive to the beach to see the soaring seagulls along our beaches.

But don't forget to come to Art Central to see many paintings of these truly wonderful birds.  You won't regret it!  Meet the artist, Faith Cuda, at a reception on Third Thursday, January 19, 2017 5-8 pm.  Visit for more information.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Winter South Carolina Style

December 2016 Art Central group show

‘Winter Wonderland’ is so often the theme this time of year.  Usually it includes plenty of snow—people playing in it, trees and mountains covered with it, little carrot-nosed creatures made from it.  June Sullivan’s “Winter Hymn” celebrates this theme with a breath-taking architectural shot on one of the rare occasions that Summerville experienced ice and snow.

Here in South Carolina, though, winter usually looks different. Winter may bring crisp air and low, dark clouds.  But it also includes yellow marsh grass, green live oak trees and bright blue skies.  

Meet the artists at a holiday reception on Third Thursday December 15, 2016, 5-8 pm.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rhythm Exploration Continued by Yvonne L. Rousseau

ENTHUSIASM ,  20" x 16" acrylic on canvas 

Expanding this series of work without a realistic subject was an enjoyable adventure. In these paintings you see a relationship between line and shape, a sense of near and far, a balance between positive and negative space, a range of color values.  These elements are always important, with or without a discernible subject. I feel it becomes even more necessary to be mindful of these design elements when working without a formal subject.

    So Yvonne Rousseau explains her new abstract art exhibit, which will hang during the month of November at Art Central Gallery in Summerville. 

    This series has an added component.  The artist began several of these paintings by inviting ordinary people to make a stroke or two on a blank canvas. It then became her challenge to incorporate those strokes into a finished work of art.

    Visit Art Central Ltd Gallery during November to see this featured artist’s series.  Leave a brief comment about your favorite painting in Yvonne’s THOUGHTS BOX and win a mini painting if yours is chosen at the close of the exhibit.  The winning comment will be posted on the Art Central Facebook page.

   Meet the artist at the Third Thursday reception, November 17, 2016 5-8 pm.  See more of Yvonne’s work at

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Greens to Golds by Sarah Kuhnell

The theme of Sarah Allums Kuhnell’s October 2016 exhibit at Art Central Gallery reflects a transition from summer to fall and harvests, the shift from cool relaxation to holiday celebrations, and the flow of her inspirations.

Curating the paintings for this show reminds the artist of the gifts life has granted this year, the sights that echo in her heart and challenge her to capture them in her art.

Early in the year, a chilly walk at Magnolia Gardens inspires a tribute to honey bees busy among our winter camellia beauties.  The result is “Gathering Gold.”

In "Bartletts Reflected", a watercolor of golds and greens, the smooth skins remind Sarah of painting faces with varied blushes.  The artist wonders, “Doesn't everyone line up their produce for a photo shoot? Especially when pear lovers lurk nearby?”

Lucky timing with camera ready, Sarah snaps the crane’s hop on the waterfall.  In “Short Flight” the graceful curve of this majestic bird’s unfurled wings are echoed in the shapes of light, shadow and splashing water.

Other paintings show the glee of children playing in a fountain, the informality of friends sharing brunch, the frilly dramatic blossoms of the stargazer lily and other moments celebrating the beauty around us.  Together Sarah’s art works reflect a year of precious gifts.

“Greens to Golds” will hang at Art Central Gallery through the end of October.  Meet the artist and her colleagues at Third Thursday, October 20, 2016 5-8 p.m.  as they celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the gallery.  More information about Sarah’s work is online at

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Still Lifes by Detta Cutting Zimmerman (1945-2014)

September 2016 featured Show & Sale at Art Central Gallery, Summerville, SC

“Detta just loved to create still life paintings.”  These are the words Delbert Zimmerman uses to describe the art of his late wife, Detta, whose work is featured at Art Central during the month of September.

Many of the flowers and vegetables for her paintings came from her own backyard.  She also eagerly searched the farmers’ market to find objects to feature in her work.  “She loved all the bright colors and shapes they had,” Delbert remembers.

Detta would set up her composition and take several photos of the arrangement. Then she would paint for hours.  Each element in the still life arrangement has a purpose.  Sometimes that purpose is to delight and challenge the artist, as with the reflective copper pitcher in “Fall Bounty”.  Detta’s work illustrates her love of patterns, colors and shapes.

Detta painted and thought about painting wherever she went.  Often she set up a still life to paint while working at Art Central.  The artist also composed arrangements using the elements of a family picnic or a luncheon with her sisters.  As in “Pink Azaleas and Red Wine”, the viewer is invited to share a glass of wine and stay for a while.

Be sure to stop by Art Central on Third Thursday, September 15, 2016 5-8 pm, to see one of Detta’s first still life paintings she did at 12 years of age.  This genre clearly was one of Detta’s life-long passions, as she created so many over her 60 years of painting. Lucky for us many of these paintings are still available!

Learn more about Detta’s work at

Monday, August 15, 2016

Reflections - Renee Bruce

Quiet water is a magnificent thing.  From one angle, you can look deeply into the water to see what lives and moves there.  From another angle, you can see the reflection of what is above the water.  Those reflections have small differences from what is above, such as color, shape, angles but the mirror image is there.

Artist Renee Bruce has been noticing these small differences and recording them with paint on canvas.  Her new exhibit, “Reflections”, will be on display through Aug. 31, 2016 at Art Central Gallery in Summerville, South Carolina

On a recent visit to Buffalo Lake in Summerville,  the morning rain storm is clearing and the sun begins to peek through the clouds.  The artist is enchanted by the clouds, which appear to be floating in the sky.  Bruce says, “On second glance, I notice the water.  The very still surface is a magnificent mirror.  The clouds are beautiful enough when you see them in the sky, but in the reflection, they are mesmerizing.”

At Beidler Forest, leaning over the rail of the dock to peer into the water—what captures the eye? “The sky!  The water is so still that it is a perfect, if skewed, mirror.  The trees appear to be leaning over my shoulder as though we are all gazing into a deep well.”

Visit Art Central Gallery to see what has been commanding Renee Bruce’s attention.  And be sure to notice clouds for yourself!“Reflections” will be featured through the month of August, with a reception for the artist on Third Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, 5-8 pm. For more about the artist visit: