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:

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Renee Bruce - Sunflower

Join the artists of Art Central Gallery as they celebrate the beauties of spring!  This group exhibit will feature different media and styles, with each artist exploring the theme in her own unique way.

The show and sale will run from April 29-May 31, 2017 M-F 10-5, Saturdays 9-4.  More info is available at

Yvonne L. Rousseau - Magnolia

Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Loving the Low Country" by artist Christine Crosby

“From the beaches to the marshes, the landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them, my paintings portray my love of a lifetime living in the low country.” Christine Crosby

When viewers stand awestruck in front of one of Christie Crosby’s oil paintings, chances are they are feeling some of the same tugs the artist experiences.  As a local girl, born and bred, Crosby has spent many days over the years soaking up the sun and scenes of the land she loves.  And her devotion to this place shows in her paintings; they are filled with the energy, the serenity, the power of the vistas that abound in our corner of the world.

Crosby’s exhibit, “Loving the Lowcountry” will be on view at Art Central Gallery through the month of April 2017.  The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-5.  Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, April 20, 2017 5-8 pm

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

“Water Works – Passages of Water” by Debbie Grogen

Debbie Grogen will be exhibiting her newest collection of paintings at Art Central Gallery during the month of March.  The show is titled “Water Works, Passages of Water”, and will encompass a collection of paintings in ink, watercolor, oil, and pastel that feature focal points of water in some form. 

Why Water Works?  Man has always been inspired by water — hearing it, smelling it in the air, playing in it, walking next to it, painting it, surfing, swimming or fishing in it, writing about it, photographing it, and creating lasting memories along its edge.

The muse is no less powerful for Debbie and has stirred her to honor various bodies of water in her work.  Included in this exhibit are paintings of the Swamp Garden at Magnolia Gardens and a marsh scene rendered in pastels, as well as a watercolor of cypress stumps and trees in still, highly reflective water.  There will be some surprises for all to see incorporating water and the variety of different mediums together.   Please join us for the Third Thursday Reception on March 16, 2017 at Art Central from 5:30-8:30 pm. 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

"BE MINE" by Jan Dalton

"February is the month of Hearts and ‘Be Mine', as in Valentine.  I’ve been reflecting on my newer art and how it would relate to 'Be Mine'.  Even though I paint flowers and landscapes, my heart always returns to my love of animals, and this year I have created 3 new pieces for the month of February:

The turtle says to the sea: 'Be Mine’. Years ago I had the pleasure of diving with sea turtles. In my memories they always seem to be smiling, gracefully moving through the water as if to say: 'The sea is mine… it belongs to me.'

 If you venture out to the local plantations you will find the animals, and among the animals you will find a 'Sassy' rooster saying to the hens: 'Be belong to me.'  He struts as he walks, scratching at the dirt, proud and puffed up.  And if you arrive early enough, I’m sure you would hear him wake up the farm with his morning hello.

 'The Water’s Edge' is an image of the forest, where the baby elephant greets the heron in the tall grass at the water’s edge. Though he may roam through the forest and play among the trees, he will always return to the water’s edge because the water says: 'Be Mine…you belong to me'.

 Please enjoy my new pieces on display throughout the month of February and be sure to stop by Art Central in Summerville and visit with me on Feb. 16, 2017 (3rd Thursday) from 5:00 to 8:00 pm".
       - Artist Jan Dalton

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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.