Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Bright Spot by Sarah Kuhnell

A Bright Spot—New Exhibit by Sarah Kuhnell

Art Central Gallery presents a new exhibit, “A Bright Spot”, by artist Sarah Kuhnell during the month of January.  These paintings balance the dreary days of winter with an exploration of color.  

“Find a bright spot” may be a pretty good piece of advice.  But for Art Central’s Sarah Kuhnell, it is an approach to painting. For this exhibit, she has chosen several compositions in watercolors and acrylics which revolve around the ‘bright spot’.

In two paintings featuring Stargazer lilies, Sarah catches your eye with a vivid magenta.  The lilies seem to jump forward from a very dark background.

“Flip Flop Frittata” is a fun painting with an unusual point of view.   Sarah uses color to guide you to each participant sharing the familiarity and comfort of a simple meal.  

“A Bright Spot” will be featured at Art Central until the end of January.  Meet the artist, Sarah Kuhnell, at a reception on Third Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  More information is at www.artcgalleryltd.com.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Detta's Gardens - by Detta Cutting Zimmerman

Detta’s Gardens

During the month of November 2017, Art Central Gallery presents an exhibit of Detta’s Gardens, from artist Detta Zimmerman (1945-2014).  Some of these paintings, such as “Gardenias in the Backyard,” depict flowers from her own yard.  Others are beautiful scenes of peaceful outdoor spaces that invite the viewer to linger.  Natural landscapes round out the exhibit.

Detta loved gardens!  She enjoyed growing a garden and relished painting the bounty from hers as well as produce and flowers from others’.

Over the years, Detta visited many gardens and was inspired by the joyful colors and patterns.  She always took note of what seemed to work and what caught her eye.  Some of these ideas found their way into her own yard and some she used to create magical spaces on her canvases.

The viewer is invited to stop and smell the flowers, and enjoy a piece of fruit or a glass of wine before continuing along the dappled path.  It’s an invitation that is hard to refuse, as joyful trees and whimsical clouds beckon, and there is a day filled with possibility right around the bend.

Stop by Art Central, 130 Central Avenue, on Third Thursday, November 16, 2017 5-8pm for a reception with the artists. Visit the gallery through November to see some of Detta Zimmerman’s work that has not been shown for years.  More information is at www.artcgalleryltd.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Morning Skies - paintings by Renee Bruce

Morning Skies—New Paintings from Renee Bruce

Artist Renee Bruce continues her fascination with clouds in her new series, “Morning Skies.”  The paintings are on exhibit at Art Central Gallery October 1-31, 2017.

While on a visit to Myrtle Beach with her family, the artist was able to spend a few early morning hours on the beach watching the sun rise.  “What a glorious start to the day!  I’ve been fascinated by clouds since childhood and was lucky enough to see a wonder-full display of shifting light and color,” says the artist.

“The rising sun is awe-inspiring any day, but I’m not usually awake for it!  So it was a real treat for the clouds to be so beautiful on the day I was there.  I really felt honored to witness nature’s gift.”

Renee’s joy over this uncommonly ordinary event is evident in her paintings.  Stop by Art Central Gallery on Short Central Avenue to experience some of this joy for yourself!

A reception for the artist will take place at the Art Central 19th Anniversary party on Third Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 5 pm til 8 pm.  Find more info at www.artcgalleryltd.com

Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Splendor of Nature...In Pastels" by Faith Cuda

Art Central Gallery's September Exhibition is by Faith Cuda.  It is entitled, "Splendor of Nature....in Pastels".  Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, September 21, 2017 5-8 pm.

It’s fair to say that Faith is excited about her work: "I'm passionate about pastels and this exhibit of my newest art is just the beginning of a grand adventure into this exquisite medium.  Because pastels are a blend of finely ground pigment with a minimal binder, they maintain their brilliance and vibrancy.”

The artist continues, “I chose the wonder of nature to display my new found love of pastels. From landscapes, to water scenes and even a fruit still life, we can all enjoy the wonders of the earth and what it produces.”

In this artist’s hands, nature whispers of a pathway in the forest that beckons us "Around the Bend" and to the stillness of "A Boat Docked" at sunset.

According to Alfred Billings Street, "Nature is man's teacher.  She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eyes, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence."

Faith Cuda has felt the sway of Street’s words in "Splendor of Nature....in Pastels!"  The show will be featured at Art Central Gallery, 130 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC through September 2017. Visit the gallery Monday-Friday, 10-5 and Saturday 9-4 to see these paintings and more of the artist’s work.  Information about Faith’s art can be found at www.artcgalleryltd.com.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

For the Birds by Delaine Walters

For the Birds

Does my reflection make me look fat?

Why did the rooster cross the road?

Why am I always last? 

These questions are just some of the topics addressed by Delaine Walters’ eclectic new exhibit at Art Central Gallery, Summerville, SC.  “The Birds” will be on display through the month of August 2017, with a reception to greet the artist on Third Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 from 5 pm til 8 pm.

Delaine loves to paint birds, and more than two dozen of her avian works of art will engage the viewer with suggestions about the birds’ inner thoughts as well as their outer beauty.  This show is all about variety.  From batiks, oils and watercolors to nesters, waders and singers, there is something here to please any art lover.  

No chickadee wants to be late for the meeting, and even egrets experience moments of tension on the home front.  The white peacock knows he’s “all that.”  The Partridge in a Pear Tree is here too!  Stop by to see who else is roosting at Art Central in August.

Find more information about Delaine Walters’ work at www.artcgalleryltd.com. The gallery is in the Summerville, SC Historic District at 130 Central Avenue; hours are Monday-Saturday, 10-5.

Monday, July 17, 2017

BRIDGES - photographs by June Sullivan

For the month of July 2017, Art Central is featuring photographer June Sullivan’s “Bridges.”

Her show and sale features mostly low country local bridges such as the old Cooper River bridges, the Ravenel, and others from Magnolia Gardens and Azalea Park. She has also included one of her personal favorites, the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, the third longest arch bridge in the world, pictured here.

“I believe bridges capture our imagination,” says Sullivan.  “They are a common theme in art and literature because whether they are large steel giants or quaint wooden structures, they give us that sense of crossing over. They are full of memories of the past and anticipation for the future. I hope to engage the viewer in that feeling of leaving behind and going to and have them accompany me on the trip.”

Sullivan’s exhibit will be available July 1 through July 31, 2017.  Stop by Art Central and enjoy it.  Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, July 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Skylights by Mary Ann Bridgman

“Sunrise at Litchfield” pastel by Mary Ann Bridgman 

“Skylights”—New Pastels from Mary Ann Bridgman

Mary Ann Bridgman is the featured artist at Art Central Gallery during the month of June 2017.

Her show and sale, "Skylights", is a collection of pastel paintings depicting various Lowcountry sky scenes.  The artist is enamored of the colorful, dramatic and quickly changing skies, especially at dawn and sunset.  This feeling of awe is what Mary Ann strives to convey with her pastels. 

The shapes and colors of the sky change so rapidly that she finds it most beneficial to take several photographs and then create her paintings in the studio.

Meet Mary Ann Bridgman at Art Central Gallery, 130 Central Ave., Summerville, SC, on Third Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 5-8 pm. More images are on view at the Art Central Website: www.artcgalleryltd.com

“Skylights” will be featured until June 30, 2017.