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