20 Artists, July 2011
Opening July 15, 5-8 pm
Karen Ann Myers, JJ Ohlinger, Susan Romaine, Kirsten Moran…
Twenty contemporary artists come together to exhibit, What We Choose, featuring over thirty art works accompanied by the palettes used to create them
Twenty contemporary artists come together to exhibit, What We Choose, featuring over thirty art works accompanied by the palettes used to create them. The exhibition will hang through July 2011, and a festive reception, featuring live music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres from Charleston Grill will take place on the THIRD Friday of July, July 15 from 5:30-7:30PM as part of CFADA’s Palette & Palate Stroll. Tickets are required (www.cfada.com).
What We Choose unfolds with a general theme: Twenty artists tackle a painting and display the palette they used to create it. At Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street location, artists will present the two pieces, which are the same size, as a framed set. Visitors will encounter paintings and ideas from living artists that are progressing the Charleston contemporary art scene and will have the unique opportunity to get a painting they love and the palette used to create it.
“The palettes provide a glimpse into the creation side of each artists process,” says gallery owner Robert Lange. “They will be given to the person who buys the painting and I can already imagine the wonderful conversations that will be created.”
Familiar to RLS, painter Ali Cavanaugh creates realistic figurative works in watercolor; her palette of paint is quiet and limited to only a few colors. Nathan Durfee in contrast creates narrative macabre works in oil and uses a palette covered in bright dabs of color with his patchwork style exploding out from each dollop.
A Charleston favorite, Kenton James of Scoop Studios, loosely interprets architecture in an abstract nature while mixing in figurative images to create overlapping planes of imagery. Additional contemporary talent will be presented, including artists Karen Ann Myers also of Scoop, and JJ Ohlinger, Susan Romaine from Smith Killian Fine Art and Kirsten Moran.
“Every year we have a group show including artists from outside of our gallery and every year it’s one of the most fun nights I experience in Charleston,” says gallery owner Robert Lange. “The owners of the participating galleries and visiting artists have been influential in creating a much more diverse landscape for both artists and also enthusiasts to enjoy.”