Monday, April 2, 2018

Lowcountry Potpourri—New Paintings from Mary Ann Bridgman

"Old Crabbing Dock" by Mary Ann Bridgman

Mary Ann Bridgman is the featured artist at Art Central Gallery during the month of April. Her exhibit, “Lowcountry Potpourri,” is a collection of watercolor paintings depicting various Lowcountry scenes.
The artist says the South Carolina Lowcountry offers continual inspiration for her paintings. She loves the rich and diverse landscapes and the way light and shadow change them in different seasons and at different times of day.
Bridgman strives to convey the essence of this unique place with her artistic interpretations. In “Botany Bay Pathway,” we can see special light effects coming through lush vegetation. 
“Joe’s Hideaway” looks like the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.
Meet Mary Ann Bridgman at Art Central Gallery, 130 Central Ave. on Third Thursday, April 19, 2018 5-8pm. “Lowcountry Potpourri” will be displayed until April 30, 2018.  See more of Bridgman’s work at

Monday, March 5, 2018


Art Central Gallery features the March 2018 show and sale "Ordinary to Extraordinary" by artist Debbie Grogen. Join us on Third Thursday, March 15, 2018 5-8pm for a gallery reception and meet the artist!
"We have all done it.  We go to a new place or on a new adventure and we must capture our experience with our photographs.  But what happens after that?  Do you look at your photo and say I remember this brighter, softer, more vivid?  The camera has never been able to capture what the human eye can see.  It cannot capture the all the shades and tones of color your eye sees.  Nor can the camera capture the feeling of standing on a beach with the breeze caressing your face with a delightful coolness on a humid day: or the sheer magical lavender colors in the sky after the sun has set.  But your art can capture that feeling.

 The reason is simple.  When you create a painting, it is from your soul.  Do you remember that moment when you were inspired to take that photo and why?  What attracted you to this image?  The light against the dark contrast, the colors, shapes, textures or the historical importance that a place evokes. These are questions that your art can try to answer for the viewer.  It involves taking the ordinary to the extraordinary.

My theme of this show endeavors to show how art can transform an image and make it special to the viewer.  Each piece of art work was inspired by a memory, feeling, or sense of inspiration.  Both the photo and the art that was inspired by it will be displayed to demonstrate this transformation.

It is my fervent wish that after viewing this exhibit you will be enchanted from the ordinary to the extraordinary both in visual delight and emotion." - artist Debbie Grogen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Bright Spot by Sarah Kuhnell

A Bright Spot—New Exhibit by Sarah Kuhnell

Art Central Gallery presents a new exhibit, “A Bright Spot”, by artist Sarah Kuhnell during the month of January.  These paintings balance the dreary days of winter with an exploration of color.  

“Find a bright spot” may be a pretty good piece of advice.  But for Art Central’s Sarah Kuhnell, it is an approach to painting. For this exhibit, she has chosen several compositions in watercolors and acrylics which revolve around the ‘bright spot’.

In two paintings featuring Stargazer lilies, Sarah catches your eye with a vivid magenta.  The lilies seem to jump forward from a very dark background.

“Flip Flop Frittata” is a fun painting with an unusual point of view.   Sarah uses color to guide you to each participant sharing the familiarity and comfort of a simple meal.  

“A Bright Spot” will be featured at Art Central until the end of January.  Meet the artist, Sarah Kuhnell, at a reception on Third Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  More information is at