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:



Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Fields and Valleys" by artist Alexandra Kassing

Art Central Gallery features the work of artist Alexandra Kassing in July 2016 with her show "Fields and Valleys".  The landscape exhibit features colorful images of flowing fields and valleys overlooked by majestic mountains.

"There is something about the rhythm and energy of an open field that continues to inspire me," says Kassing. "When I paint these scenes, I am trying to capture just a fleeting moment of nature's song."

Many of the works were completed on site "en plein air" to catch the immediate impression of the landscape. For these, Kassing works with quick, lively brushstrokes or palette knife to convey the energy of the scene.

Several of the paintings were done at her grandparents' Kansas farm where the artist first learned to paint. "My grandmother was a Kansas landscape painter and was my first serious art teacher. Working in her studio and in the wheat fields near her home, I felt her inspiration," said Kassing.

"Fields and Valleys" will be featured July 8-31st, 2016 at Art Central Gallery, 130 Central Ave., Summerville, South Carolina. The public is invited to a reception with the artist on Third Thursday, July 21, 2016 5-8pm. For more information visit: 

Step Back in Time with artist Delaine Walters

Step Back Into Time with Delaine Walters’ Newest Paintings

Art Central Gallery presents Delaine Walters as the June 2016 Artist of the Month, with "A Step Back Into Time".  Her inspiration for these new paintings comes from artists no longer with us, such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and John William Waterhouse.  The old masters’ art holds a fascination and mystery for Delaine.  The more she studied each master artist’s works the more she wanted to paint them.

Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night,” was #1 on the list, and the artist began by making swirls of rice paper in the shapes of clouds and sun.  For the branches of the almond tree in bloom, Delaine used impasto to emboss the flowers.  The artist says, “This could be my little town, small, unique, quiet, peaceful. It just makes me feel good.”

Delaine’s skillful re-imagining of John William Waterhouse’s painting, “The Lady of Shallotte”, 1895, will have to be seen to be believed.

STEP BACK INTO TIME and re-visit some classic images from art history with a contemporary twist.  An artist’s reception will be held on Third Thursday, June 16, 2016 5-8 pm.  More information about Delaine Walters’ work is at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Let's Go to the Beach" photography show by June Sullivan

"LET’S GO TO THE BEACH!"   -  A Collection from Photographer June Sullivan

"I have always felt that people who live an extended period of time in close proximity to a beach are never quite happy if they have to move to a more landlocked place, no matter how interesting or beautiful the area," says photographer June Sullivan

Such is the hold the beach has on local photographer June Sullivan.  And her exhibit at Art Central Gallery during May celebrates that love of place, that “something that seeps into the heart and mind and beckons to the soul.” 

Sullivan has included some of her favorite images of the beach in this exhibit.  She says, “deciding which photographs to display has been difficult because the beach offers so much.  I hope to take those who see the exhibit on a journey of at least one favorite memory.  Everyone in lowcountry South Carolina has a favorite beach, pier, boardwalk, or shell collection that I believe will connect them to my photographs and hopefully bring a smile as we all anticipate the arrival of summer.”

Stop by Art Central Gallery, Summerville, SC during the month of May to see which photograph brings to mind a beach memory, and meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, May 19, 2016 5-8pm.