Monday, March 5, 2018


Art Central Gallery features the March 2018 show and sale "Ordinary to Extraordinary" by artist Debbie Grogen. Join us on Third Thursday, March 15, 2018 5-8pm for a gallery reception and meet the artist!
"We have all done it.  We go to a new place or on a new adventure and we must capture our experience with our photographs.  But what happens after that?  Do you look at your photo and say I remember this brighter, softer, more vivid?  The camera has never been able to capture what the human eye can see.  It cannot capture the all the shades and tones of color your eye sees.  Nor can the camera capture the feeling of standing on a beach with the breeze caressing your face with a delightful coolness on a humid day: or the sheer magical lavender colors in the sky after the sun has set.  But your art can capture that feeling.

 The reason is simple.  When you create a painting, it is from your soul.  Do you remember that moment when you were inspired to take that photo and why?  What attracted you to this image?  The light against the dark contrast, the colors, shapes, textures or the historical importance that a place evokes. These are questions that your art can try to answer for the viewer.  It involves taking the ordinary to the extraordinary.

My theme of this show endeavors to show how art can transform an image and make it special to the viewer.  Each piece of art work was inspired by a memory, feeling, or sense of inspiration.  Both the photo and the art that was inspired by it will be displayed to demonstrate this transformation.

It is my fervent wish that after viewing this exhibit you will be enchanted from the ordinary to the extraordinary both in visual delight and emotion." - artist Debbie Grogen

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  

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

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

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 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 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

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 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.