Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary to host live painting event

Junko Ono Rothwell ("Birds of Kiawah," above) and Rick McClure will be at a two-day live painting event at The Wells Gallery.

This weekend, The Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island will be hosting painters Junko Ono Rothwell and Rick McClure for a two-day live painting event.

From 1-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the public is invited to come to the gallery and meet the artists, converse with them about their works and watch them paint live.

Rothwell got her art degree from Okayama University in Japan, and then moved to the U.S. and took additional classes at Cornell University.

"Rothwell's cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape, which echoes Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly influenced by her American art experience. She uses bold, bright colors in contrast to the more delicate tones often associated with Asian art," explains Emily Wagner, gallery director.

Color is extremely important to Rothwell, and she utilizes it to alter the mood, movement and energy of her pieces. The artist herself states, "When I was an art student in Japan, I used darker colors. But after I moved to the U.S., I often went to museums where I learned to use brighter colors."

McClure has been a professional painter for more than 25 years and has won awards for being a plein air painter and teacher over those years. He is truly passionate about painting en plein air and capturing both landscapes and cityscapes all over the country, and his works are widely recognized.

McClure currently lives in Oklahoma but enjoys traveling in search of inspiration, of course bringing his easel along. He is an active member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the American Impressionist Society.

Come meet these painters in person Friday and Saturday at the Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. For more, call 576-1290 or go to www.wellsgallery.com.

On Wednesday, hang with some local creatives at Social Restaurant and Wine Bar's Starving Artist Party.

Over the years, Social has supported the arts and helped many artists get more exposure through these Starving Artist Parties. The featured artist for this event will be Ben Sellers.

Expect to see lots of Sellers' work on display and for sale that night. There also will be live music by the Artful Dodgers. And with Cathead Vodka as the main sponsor, mixologist Don Goodemote will be whipping up several different cocktails and attendees will be voting for Social's next Cathead Cocktail.

The event will take place starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Go to www.socialwinebar.com.

Living in North Charleston and need an art fix? The city has you covered.

Throughout the month of August, check out the concurrent solo exhibits of works by Jessica Burke and Michael Ellison at the City Gallery, located inside the Charleston Area Convention Center. Burke's collection is focused on graphite portraits and Ellison has a beautiful collection of photography on display.

Next week, local artist Wendy Hilton will be showing her landscapes and nature-inspired paintings at The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Ave. in North Charleston, for the month of August. There will be a reception that is free and open to the public from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15.

Ever wanted to mess around with oil paints and mixed media? Lucky for you, Madeline Dukes will be teaching an Oil Mixed Media Workshop from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 23 at the Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave. in North Charleston.

"Adult participants will learn to push the limits of texture, line and rhythm in their work by utilizing cold wax, oil sticks, palette knives and color shapers," explains Ann Simmons.

"Instructed by accomplished contemporary oil painter Madeline Dukes, students will learn techniques to energize their paintings with playful experimentation and expression," she adds.

This class is open to all levels of painters. The fee is $15 and materials will be provided; call 740-5854 to register.

For more information, call the Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org.

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