Sunday, June 26, 2011

Turtle Bowls

Turtle Bowl (11" diameter) by Wilma Cantey at Art Central
It's always "turtle season" in the Low Country!  Come in to Art Central Gallery (in historic Summerville, SC) to see our wonderful turtle bowls in sizes ranging from 5" to 11".  They stand about 1.5-2.5" tall (and prices range from $38 to $110).  All bowls are food, microwave and freezer safe.  What a beautiful gift for yourself or someone special!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Art Central Makes a Difference!

Art Central is proud to present Meals on Wheels of Summerville with a check to help provide good nutrition to some of our neighbors who need it most.  Pictured above (l-r) are artist Renee Bruce, MOW Executive Director, Betsy Luke, and MOW Board member/artist Mary Ann Bridgman. With lots of help from the public, the artists raised these funds at the recent Open Studio Tour.  Donations from artists and patrons, ticket sales and a portion of money from art sales on Tour day will be enough to feed one MOW client for an entire year!  Thank you to all who participated.  Together we can make a difference in our community! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


April 21st! Third Thursday Tomorrow! 

Lots of fun in store for all with 
D.R.E.A.M. Shaggin and Shoppin in Downtown Summerville tomorrow from 5-8pm. 

Art Central plans Demos 
with Short Central Art Walk 
as Josh Padgette Trio entertains!

Bring your pastel green, we'll provide 
some fun and the shoppin!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


A great day is in store on April 16th rain or shine from 11am to 6pm for studio tour visitors!
An inside peek at how and where our artists create, a good cause to support, and a variety of light refreshments among the various studio locations await you.
Raising money for Meals On Wheels of Summerville, Inc. is OUR destination!
This dedicated community-sponsored program provides home-delivered meals for those who are unable to prepare good food for themselves. Each weekday, about 175 meals are prepared in the Meals on Wheels kitchen by staff cooks. The meals are packaged and delivered by teams of volunteers throughout the greater Summerville area. In 2010, more than 44,000 meals were prepared and delivered.For further information or to volunteer, please contact Betsy Luke, Executive Director (843 873-8224).

Pick up your tickets and tour maps at Art Central Gallery now!
$15 in advance, or $20 at each artist's studio location on the day of the studio tour. Light refreshments will be served at each location!
In addition to donating profits from ticket sales, 10% of gallery and studio sales during the tour will benefit M.O.W. of Summerville! Visitors' donations to Meals On Wheels of Summerville are welcome!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Stop by our Booth!

The Flowertown Festival will be here before we know it! We'd love to see you at our booth (S-4), which is next to the spot we had last year. It's located near the Cuthbert Center (Azalea Hut/tennis courts), on the sidewalk parallel to Main Street. Come see us and let's talk about art!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pollen count forecasts a blooming, booming Flowertown Festival

Now is the time for an inch or so of rain and then a nice break until after the Flowertown Festival on April 1-3!!! Wouldn't it be great if we could place an request like that? Just a bit of rain to knock down some pollen, keep the flowers fresh, extinguish grass fires, and grow some more flowers is all I'm thinking.

Art Central Gallery will have a tent in the park as will Festival featured artist, Kathleen Wiley. A great festival to Kathy and to all!

Buy your tickets for the 3rd Annual Art Central On Wheels for Meals On Wheels of Summerville on April 16th at the gallery or in the park!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shades of Green Shamrocks for March 17th!

"St. Patrick's Day and Third Thursday
D.R.E.A.M. celebrations in one!"

How many Shades of Green will you find on Short Central Avenue this Thursday evening? It's a lucky afternoon to be out!
Josh Padgett Trio by the green.
Demos by Artists of Art Central, 'Themes in Green.'
Introducing Tug Mathison, recent exhibiting artist.

Will you receive a lucky shamrock?

3rd Annual Art Central
Studio Tour On Wheels
for Meals On Wheels of Summerville!
April 16th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Six studios around Summerville will open to ticket holders.
Tour Tent Show at Art Central Gallery on Short Central.

Tickets now on sale $15; $20 day of the event
Art Central Ltd. Gallery, 130 Short Central Avenue

Saturday, March 5, 2011

D.R.E.A.M. Third Thursday is March 17th!

5-8 pm on Thursday, March 17th, get your green on at ART CENTRAL!

Tickets for the April 16th Studio Tour for Meals On Wheels of Summerville are $15 and available now through the gallery or by phone, 843 871 0297.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Welcome New Artist!

Art Central welcomes Tug Mathisen to the gallery! His paintings are bright and cheerful. Come by to see them and meet Tug.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Still Life Challenge

Art Central artists interpret this lovely still life by Detta Cutting Zimmerman for a future Third Thursday.
Tastes and tulips? Apple a Day? Red White and Blue? Which view will each choose?


With a Mardi Gras flourish, artists Sarah Kuhnell and Renee W. Bruce serve the last tidbits of King Cake at Art Central's February Third Thursday event.
Did you pull a good fortune? Visit to download a copy of this delicious recipe.

Photography Exhibit Now on View at Summerville Town Hall!

Congratulations to June Peel Sullivan on a well-earned ribbon for "Tri-Colored Heron" in the second ABCC Town Hall Photography Exhibit.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Given with a Heart!

"Ocean Breezes" (watercolor) by Helen K. Beacham

The "Heart Ball" raises funds and awareness for a great cause each year. When you attend this year's gala event in Charleston, be sure to bid high on Helen Beacham's "Ocean Breezes"!
Spring is on it's way! The daylilies are sprouting, the birds are singing. Even the groundhog says spring will come early. I'm ready!

Monday, February 14, 2011

This Week!

Happy Valentine's Day!
What a beautiful start to a busy week!

Art Central joins the Mardi Gras Parade to celebrate downtown and Love You Back Summerville! for Third Thursday, February 17th, 5-8 p.m.

More bells and whistles! More ruffles and drum rolls!!
Ticket sales open soon for the
3rd Annual Art Central On Wheels for
Meals On Wheels of Summerville Studio Tour!
Save April 16th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and visit Art Central for your ticket.

Thank you to Helen Beacham, Christine Crosby, Yvonne Rousseau, and Sarah Kuhnell for contributing prints to be auctioned at Summerville Rotary Club's Gift of Life campaign during the month of February. Your gifts will help provide life-saving surgeries to children of third world countries who would otherwise have no other options. Summerville Rotary Club ( conducts a Gift of Life ( auction each February during its weekly meetings. At incipiency MUSC and it's staff was the only participating hospital conducting heart surgeries. Now there are three additional hospitals throughout the state and the scope of the surgeries has been broadened to include other areas, such as burns. Rotary's contribution to the project has been to provide for a relative to travel with each child. Often parents stay in the homes of local Rotarians during the children's hospitalizations. Art Central has been a contributor to this project for several years by donating photography, prints, and originals for auction.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Art Central Artists Are Winners!

Five Art Central artists have taken home ribbons from the Summerville Artist's Guild 2011 Judged Show, including the "Best of Show" winner, Kathleen Wiley. Pictured here are (l-r) Kathleen Wiley, Mary Ann Bridgman, Detta Zimmerman, Delaine Walters and Sarah Kuhnell. Visit the Dorchester County Library at 76 Trolley Road, Summerville, to see all the great paintings. The show continues through February 11, 2011.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Summerville Town Hall Art Show

An Honorable Mention Award was given to Bette Lu Bentley-Layne for her painting entitled "Dancing For Joy" . The show hung in the new annex for most of December and January. The new exhibit beginning in February will showcase photography.

Monday, January 31, 2011

February Featured Artist

Helen K. Beacham is reminding us what Summerville's all about...the flowers! It won't be long before our gardens will be blooming, but meanwhile why not come see her show that's hanging at Art Central through the month of February. The series is entitled "Floral Delight" and is sure to make you long for Spring!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"French Poppies and Wildflowers" donation to Chase After A Cure

Art Central Artist, Alexandra Kassing donated her work in oil, "French Poppies and Wildflowers" to the charity auction for the gala event Chase After A Cure to be held on February 19th, 2011 at the Charleston Marriott. Several other Art Central artists have also donated artwork for the event. Proceeds from the auction items that evening will go to raise funds for children's cancer research.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Chase After A Cure website:

The Pain of Silence

Silence hurts?

Yes, silence hurts!

Well, in most circumstances it is golden, can heal, cuts stress but 0, no, nunca, nada comments on a blog page hurts:(

It is painful to acknowledge less interest than is desirable but there shall be blogs! comments!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Excited to hear that ARTISTS will soon be returning to win t.v. challenges and their own major one-man show but I'm seriously challenged on remembering its title for this post! But not too embarrassed to ask: Any help out there???

I followed a few episodes of the cross country ARTRACE that recently ran on Ovation TV, missing the final and the winner, of course.

Congratulations to the artist who won the recent REDUX Portrait Draw-down Challenge!

Mainly Maine

MAINLY MAINE, presented by Mary Ann Bridgeman, artist of the month at Art Central Gallery in Summerville remains on view through January. Feel the strength of the light and cool freshness of the air in these watercolors of the northeast coast. Great paintings!


Save Saturday, April 16th
to attend the

2011 Art Central's Studio Tour

To Benefit Meals On Wheels of Summerville!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chase After a Cure

Some of the artists of Art Central Gallery have chosen to donate a piece of their work for an auction to raise funds for the research of neuroblastoma. This original painting "Evening Walk", donated by Bette Lu Bentley-Layne,, will be available at the Third Annual event on February 19, 2011, at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Visit for more information.