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 Mine...you 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 www.artcgalleryltd.com 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 www.artcgalleryltd.com

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 www.artcgalleryltd.com.

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 www.artcgalleryltd.com