Exhibit at Century 21 Properties Plus pitched as avenue for local artists to get their works out

Local artist Sheila Kern will show her work through Dec. 17 at the Century 21 Properties Plus office in Harrell Square. Rotating artwork at local offices such as real estate agencies is an emerging trend.

When Carol Tousey saw the new Century 21 Properties Plus office West Ashley, she liked the spacious layout and clean look but it struck her instantly that the building needed images to admire.

“This office is a modern design with glass partitions and a open space concept. The one thing it is missing is artwork on the walls,” she says.

“My significant other (Tim Rash) is the CEO and broker-in-charge of the Properties Plus offices and when they had their grand opening, he took a couple of our prints from home to add some artwork to the walls since they were bare.”

That’s went the proverbial light bulb went off.

“I had an idea to ask some local artists if they would be interested in having their work displayed at the new office and have a gallery type opening evening where the public could come to the office, have some wine and appetizers, meet the artist and see the art on display,” Tousey says.

According to Tousey, “The artists’ works would be available for purchase during the show as well as while hanging on display in the office. The artists will receive 100 percent of their purchase price for their art as there will be no commission like they would pay in a typical gallery,” she says. “I have several local artists interested and ready to be featured in the office.”

The first Charleston area artist to exhibit in the real estate office is Sheila Kern, a local painter who spent a decade in Europe and elsewhere honing her craft before returning to the U.S. in 2010.

Kern unveiled her artwork in an exhibit that debuted Nov. 12 and runs through mid December.

“This is my first exhibition,” she says. “I had a friend (who offered) a wall to do a painting in public. I said, ‘Sure.’”

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The artwork fits in with the Century 21 Properties Plus theme for the property, Bud Poston, office manager, says. “It’s a way-modern office concept, glass walls,” he says.

According to Rash, it’s the kind of place for customers to pull up a chair, “have a cup of coffee” and talk about home needs in a casual setting.

Tousey says the Century 21 Properties Plus office at Harrell Square is just the beginning.

“My idea is to provide local artists with an opportunity to display and sell some of their works where they may not be able to get into one of the galleries downtown, to provide some incredible local art in the new office and to give the public the opportunity to have an art night out in a non-gallery environment,” she says.

“If it goes well in the West Ashley office, I want to do something similar in the Summerville (Century 21) office featuring artwork from the students at Rollings Middle School of the Arts,” Tousey says.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.