Tuesday, November 3, 2009

11 Years and Pushing the Limits!

Art Central recently celebrated 11 years! Here are a few photographs from the reception. We had a wonderful evening of wine, live music from Steve Jacobs and catering from April Agren. Door prizes of wine, chocolates and gift certificates to Firewater Grill were awarded in a drawing at the close of the evenings festivities. We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in making this event a memorable occasion. We would also like to thank everyone for voting in our People's Choice and Favorite Artist. After all the votes were tallied the favorite artist was Helen Beacham and the People's choice for favorite art was Kathleen Wiley's oil painting "Auspice".

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sarah Allums Kuhnell's Portrait Demo

On September 3rd Art Central artist Sarah Allums Kuhnell gave a portrait demonstration in pastels to the members of the Summerville Artists Guild. In a very short time she skillfully demonstrated gesture drawing, blocking in values, and the creative use of colors in the pastel medium. The model for the portrait was Art Central artist Kathleen Wiley.
Sarah will be offering a Portrait Workshop through the Summerville Artist Guild in January.

Last Art Walk of 2009

Mark your calendars for September 17th. This is the last Art Walk of the year on Short Central. We hope you can join us from 5pm-8pm for an evening of Art, Wine and great music! The band in the photo shown is the "Josh Padgett Band" from our July Art walk.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beacham wins 1st Place for Watercolor

On Thursday, May 14, one of Art Central's artists, Helen K. Beacham, took 1st Place for her watercolor painting entitled NOT "on edge" at the Community of I'On Artists Guild's Spring Show. A total of 152 paintings were submitted to this prestigious exhibition. NOT "on edge" is part of Beacham's "Barefoot..." series, and the painting is currently hanging back at Art Central Gallery for the remainder of the month.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Creative Process by Renee Bruce

What an honor it was to talk to the Summerville Writer’s Guild about my creative process. As a visual artist, my process involves forming an idea for a painting, gathering reference materials, sketching and refining the design and painting the final image. Anything that strikes me as beautiful might become a subject for a painting—sunlight on a blossom, a row of live oak trees, the sky—the list goes on. Usually, I collect my own reference material whenever I find it. Magnolias are a favorite subject, but their blooming season tends to be very busy for me. Almost never do I get to paint the blossoms while they are on the trees! Usually I content myself with photos shot during their peak time and painting sessions in the studio using my photographs as reference.
I don’t know if a painting is worth a thousand words, but I do know that creating has some universal elements, whether your medium is the written word or paint. Ideas form, take shape and develop and, finally, emerge to stand on their own. This process is for me a spiritual exercise. Creating art gives me a way to experience my world, to think about my feelings and responses and to express my ideas.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ode to the Live Oak Tree

I am having a love affair with live oak trees. My husband doesn’t mind; he built us a house among them. My studio window looks out into their canopies. It’s like my own personal Eden.
I like their majestic trunks, which can be gray or lavender or chocolate according to the light. Live oak branches grow in all directions and look like arms waving in the breeze. Sometimes they swoop down to touch the earth. When the evening sun turns the leaves to gold, it takes my breath away.
Standing next to a live oak that is hundreds of years old makes me feel small and insignificant. Yet, I also feel something else—the power of nature, the precious vulnerability of the landscape, my privilege to live among these giant trees, my desire not to harm them or their environment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Donation To Summerville ASPCA

During the month of January, our Gallery took donations on behalf of the Summerville ASPCA. This photograph shows artist Kathleen Wiley donating the money collected, as well as several donations made by the artists.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Purpose For This Blog.

This blog was created to be a more interactive site for people to visit. There are 13 different artists in our gallery (plus consignment artists) and it seems like we always have so many individual projects going on. As artists, we are inspired by the experiences in our daily lives. This blog will give us an opportunity to journal our artistic endeavors and share a more personal side of an artist's life. We also will be putting alot of our upcoming events on here. For more information please visit our gallery's web site at www.artcgalleryltd.com
- posted by Kathleen Wiley