Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Color Expressions" by Renee Bruce

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Art Central is pleased to kick off the new year with a burst of color from artist Renee Bruce.  Her solo exhibit, “Color Explorations,” is on display at the gallery through the end of January.

“Color Explorations” comes just in time to brighten a sometimes dreary month.  Renee’s newest work is a collection of paintings created with richly pigmented alcohol inks on impervious surfaces.  The artist is excited about her new work.  She says, “The inks I used in these pieces are captivating.  They’re luminous and seem to float across the surface.”

Renee explains her process, “These paintings were so much fun to create!  No brushes, but I used other tools, including a credit card, cotton swabs, a spray bottle and canned air.  I tried not to control the ink unnecessarily.  The colors mixed and mingled until something beautiful began to happen.  Then I encouraged, repeated, added and subtracted until the image was complete.  It was really an interactive process and very freeing for me as an artist.”

Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, January 17, 2019 5 pm.-8 pm.  Her exhibit, “Color Explorations” will be presented until the end of the month.  More information is at www.artcgalleryltd.com.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

"Magic Hour" by Alexandra Kassing


Through the end of November 2018 Art Central Gallery will feature the show “Magic Hour” by artist Alexandra Kassing. The artist explores a fascination for sunsets and night skies. “I love this special time of transition when it seems like the land loses its color and light, but by contrast the sky comes alive with vibrant color,” said Kassing, “I call this the Magic Hour”.

“I consider myself a colorist, or modern impressionist - with light and color being the dominant feature of my work. In this series, I pushed this even further by painting the land almost colorless using a very dark palette which contrasts with the intense light and vibrant color of the sunlit sky,” said Kassing.

The largest painting in the show, “Worth the Wait” depicts two boaters on a dark marsh who are poised in silhouette watching the sun descend. “In this work, I wanted to recreate that place of quiet and solitude where one can rest and watch the spectacular show taking place in the sky. I wanted the viewer to almost feel the cool descend over the marsh, as the sky was all ablaze with warm” says Kassing.

Another painting, “Sunset in the Holy City” was inspired by a view the artist had from a Charleston rooftop. Kassing says.  “I was fascinated watching the edge of night descend over the city, and how the intense light made the church steeples almost seem to dance. By contrast, the rest of the city below was indistinct but still attracted me with its dark, mysterious places.”

Meet the artist at the Third Thursday reception, November 15, 2018 from 5-8pm at Art Central Gallery, 130 Central Avenue, Summerville.  For more information visit the gallery website: www.artcgalleryltd.com




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bright Blue Weather by June Sullivan



“O suns and skies and clouds of June and flowers of June together, ye cannot rival for one hour October’s bright blue weather.” - Helen Hunt Jackson

Photographer June Sullivan was inspired by the beauty of autumn and poetry in her latest photography show “Bright Blue Weather” featured at Art Central Gallery through October. June says, “When I was in the fifth grade, I was required to memorize and recite 'October’s Bright Blue Weather' by American poet and novelist Helen Hunt Jackson. Through the years, this poem continued to resonate with me and is one of my earliest memories of my love of the fall season. Color and light are important factors for a photographer and the fall season is an excellent time to capitalize on those two elements. From the beautiful leaves and berries of the pyracantha in my photo, ‘Autumn Comes Calling’ to a picturesque courtyard in ‘Autumn in Charleston’; my photographs feature the colorful palette of low-country South Carolina this time of year”.

Visit Art Central Gallery  located at 130 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC through October 2018 and find your own autumn inspiration! Meet the artist at a gallery reception on Third Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5-8pm.

Friday, August 31, 2018

PUZZLE ART by Faith Cuda

"Prismatic Puzzle"


During the month of September, Art Central Gallery presents a solo exhibit, “Puzzle Art,” by Faith Cuda.  This captivating body of work is on view during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, at the gallery at 130 Central Avenue, Summerville, South Carolina.
Speaking of her newest paintings, Faith says, “Creating art can be both fascinating and challenging at the same time.  With these paintings, I held the image in my mind and heart along with the medium (oil or acrylic paint) and my unique style of applying the paint.  All of it came together to bring the images to life.  The size of a piece of art, whether large or miniature, is also part of the equation.  The work can be a single canvas or a number of pieces put together like a puzzle to create the final image.”
In “Puzzle Art,” Faith uses the time-honored method of continuing the image across two or more canvases.  A diptych, such as “Sunburst,” is a two-paneled piece joined into one painting, with or without a hinge.  The showcase piece of this exhibit, “Prismatic Puzzle,” is a triptych, meaning the painting consists of three panels.  The panels do not have to be the same size.  One panel can be larger and the other two smaller or any creative combination the artist wishes to arrange the three pieces.
“Poppies Galore” is a polyptych, or a piece of art having more than three panels.  Faith explains, “A polyptych can include many panels depending on the size and structure of the total image being painted.  In this case I painted four canvases that were the same size.  The resulting work is unusually large and hopefully powerful.”
Faith Cuda will be honored at a reception on Third Thursday, September 20, 2018 5 pm-8 pm.  Her exhibit, “Puzzle Art,” will be presented until the end of the month.  For more information visit  www.artcgalleryltd.com.

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"Poppies Galore"



Sunday, August 5, 2018

"Water Water Everywhere" by Laura Cody



Artist Laura Cody will be exhibiting her latest pastel paintings at Art Central Gallery, at 130 (Short) Central Avenue, Summerville, SC during the month of August.  The exhibit, Water Water Everywhere!, includes pastel paintings of waves, beaches and the people who enjoy them.

Laura Cody loves to paint waves!  She says, “There is something so majestic about the ocean and I especially love trying to capture the light as it comes thru the cresting waves.  I find wave paintings to be very calming and peaceful to look at.”  This fascination with the water and the beach are evident in Laura’s newest paintings.  “Surf Side” is 12 inches high and 36 inches wide, a shape that is particularly suited to the wide waves.

“Being at the beach brings up so many wonderful memories of my childhood, my children on our summer vacations and my grandchildren visiting us during the summer.  In “Beach Fun” I was drawn by the sun light on the child and her reflection in the shallow water.”

Laura’s exhibit will be at Art Central through the end of August, with a reception for the artist on Third Thursday, August 16, 2018 5-8 pm.  More info about Laura’s work and the gallery is at www.artcgalleryltc.com.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

This Land I Love

Detta Cutting Zimmerman

"This Land I Love" group show by Art Central artists will be featured through July 2018 - reception on Third Thursday, July 19th 5-8pm

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Paper Chase by Delaine Walters


Art Central Gallery presents “The Paper Chase”, works on paper by artist Delaine Walters. The show and sale will be available at the gallery through June 30, 2018.

Some of these works are batiks on rice paper.  This paper is a thin tissue with fibers embedded and is deceptively strong.  It can stand up to the wax, paint and heat of the batik process.

Delaine values this paper for its airy softness and texture.  She says, “When I think of batik paintings, I feel softness and I see texture.”  The artist’s response involves all of the senses.

The batik process is exciting for Delaine because of the element of surprise.  Delaine explains:  “I draw the pattern on the smooth side of the rice paper with a waterproof pen. Then I wax out the areas that will remain white.  When the wax cools I add watercolor.  After 6-8 more layers of wax and watercolor, the pattern gets lost and I continue on instinct.  At the end, the entire piece of rice paper is covered with wax.  As I iron out the wax, the magic happens!  My planning and careful attention almost always end with a surprise.”

Other pieces in this exhibit are watercolors on handmade paper.  “The Paper Chase” is on display at the gallery, 130 Central Avenue, 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday.  Meet the artist at a reception on Third Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5-8 pm. For more information visit www.artcgalleryltd.com