If it seems like I’m writing about an art walk every couple of weeks, it’s because I am. This city is one productive beast when it comes to the visual arts.
There are some really great shows happening for this June’s First Friday Art Walk. And, of course, the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit is still happening in Marion Square. Go by there and meet the artists in person any day of the week.
Here are some teasers for this First Friday’s Art Walk. Unless otherwise mentioned, all are free and open to the public and take place between 5-8 p.m. Friday.
When I first saw Nathan Durfee’s work years ago, they consisted of small paintings of clouds in the hallway at Theatre 99.
It’s been incredible to watch his progression over the years, and his newest body of work, “Tangled Dreams of Knots and Leaves,” seems to me the most mature and complex paintings I’ve seen him do to date.
In keeping with his characters and stories, these creatures appear to have a more serious, more developed structure to them as well as the maturity of Durfee’s own technique.
“The show will focus on the lives of a handful of characters that share a bloodline,” Durfee explains. “Although the creatures will be of all shapes and sizes, there will be consistent characteristics to show they were once part of the same family. There will also be a passage of time shown in the body of work, the same characters will be depicted as they were young only to be revisited as adults.”
Meet the artist in person and ask him to tell you all about his creatures at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Call 805-8052 or go to www.robertlangestudios.com for more.
Debbie Daniels is involved in a love affair — with the Lowcountry. She is asking the viewer to “slow down, relax and enjoy the view” with this new collection of oil paintings of Lowcountry sights and landscapes.
Having emigrated from England as a teenager, she has since called Charleston home and doesn’t plan on leaving.
“I am always in awe of the Lowcountry landscape and feel a sense of calm when I look out across a wide expanse of marshland. Palm fronds gently swaying in the breeze and sounds of the surf as I look out across the ocean give me a sense of well-being. I love living in Charleston and I am drawn to landscape compositions that convey these feelings.”
See her work at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St. Call 722-2454 or go to www.charlestonartistguild.com for more.
Master pastel artist Denise LaRue Mahlke, Pastel Society of America, is well-known for her stunning scenes from all over the United States.
“Her paintings convey a sense of restfulness and peace that reflects the spiritual connection she feels for the landscape she loves. Denise believes that being an artist is a calling that involves preserving, celebrating and sharing in God’s creation,” explains M Gallery owner Maggie Kruger.
“There is always more to learn and I have a responsibility to put forth my best efforts in the spirit of thanksgiving and praise. The opportunity to reflect the creative ingenuity and love of the Creator through my work is a privilege and a joy,” the artist said of her own work and process.
See her pastels at M Gallery of Fine Art, 11 Broad St.
Call 727-4500 or go to www.mgalleryoffineart.com.
In the art world, you are rarely welcome to touch anything. Actually, you would be severely reprimanded, if not kicked out of a reputable place.
Sculptor Mark Yale Harris at Mary Martin Gallery feels differently.
“The purpose of my artwork is to provoke a perceptual, internal and intellectual response for the viewer, a visual that speaks to life’s experiences. To create symbols of universal connection and the relationship that one has to another and to nature,” Harris said.
His chosen medium is stone — alabaster, marble, limestone — and limited edition bronzes.
The reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad St. Call 723-0303 or go to www.marymartinart.com for more.
California artist Brian Scanlon returns to Charleston and to the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery for his new solo show “On the Sunny Side.”
His love of architecture can clearly be seen in his landscape paintings as he promotes the more angular lines throughout the scenes in a beautiful way.
Check out more of this West Coast artist’s work at Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, 1½ Broad St. Call 722-5353 or go to www.ellis-nicholson gallery.com.
Each year, Ann Long Fine Art hosts its annual Young Collectors’ Show, giving the younger generation of art lovers a chance to start their own collections with pieces that are priced within their budgets.
“The gallery is hung from the ceiling nearly to the floorboards, salon style, making this a large and diverse selection of subjects, mediums and artists. There are fresh works by Kamille Corry, Paula Rubino, Leo Mancini-Hresko, local master Jill Hooper and many more,” gallery owner Ann Long said.
Don’t let the name mislead you, anyone can purchase these pieces.
“The exhibition has less to do with age and everything to do with price, all works in YCS are $3,500 and under,” Long said.
See the show at 54 Broad St. Call 577-0447 go to www.annlongfineart.com.
If you’re a clay lover, this is for you. Cone 10 Studios’ spring exhibit looks absolutely adorable and kind of makes me want a husband just so we can have cute “his and hers” clay artwork in our house.
The theme for their show is “Meoto,” a Japanese word often used for clay forms that are coupled but are still slightly different sizes and shapes.
“Traditionally, one is intended for the man of the home and one for the woman (‘his and hers’). This coupling can be interpreted more broadly into relationships: energies of masculine and feminine, yin and yang, recessive and dominant, interlocking, interchanging, scale, etc.,” said Betsey Carter, co-owner of the studio.
The reception will be from 6-9 p.m. at 1080 Morrison Drive. Call 853-3345 or go to www.cone10studios.com.
Five local artists Dos Bandidos, Gregg Lambton Carr, Rebecca Hinson, John-Mark Harris and Jessika Stocker are collaborating to put together “A Marriage of Mediums.”
Expect to see original work from each of the artists, including oil paintings, photography, screen printing and pottery.
Join them for an opening reception 6-10 tonight at 193 King St. Contact Rebecca Hinson for more information at 862-7593.
Atelier Gallery has settled into town quite nicely over these past few months and have made a nice name for itself.
On Saturday, check out Christy Kinard’s rich compositions depicting “Southern Life” with beautiful pieces of abundant flowers.
“Her works capture the joyful, layered character of the South, working from both childhood memories and life,” said gallery owner Gabrielle Egan.
Join Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., for Kinard’s reception 6-8 p.m.
Call 722-5668 or go to www.atelier24lexington.com for more information.