Since the beginning of June, a few of my paintings have been on display at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, located in the heart of the historic district of Charleston, SC. This nonprofit organization has been around since 1953 with a mission to promote the practice, teaching and recognition of Fine Arts in the Charleston area. The gallery exhibits the work of over 70 of the members, showing paintings, photographs, drawings and mixed media art in a range of prices. We members share the rent and have gallery-sitting and other duties. I plan to participate and provide fresh art on a regular basis throughout the next year.
I recently took my first shift working at the gallery, on a blustery beginning-of-summer day. It is a bit of a long drive from Edisto Island, but always a treat to be on “the peninsula” among the beautiful old buildings. Charleston is full of tourists now, and many stopped by to peruse our diverse assortment of artworks. Most came as couples and family groups. I was impressed that several parents were preceded by their children, eager young art afficionados who were serious in their interest. I hope they will become the next generation of art patrons and creators and am glad our gallery has an atmosphere that welcomes them.
Like some other galleries in this area, CAG allows a “salon style” of exhibit design. Wall space in the seven rooms is filled almost floor to ceiling. While this tight spacing may not present an individual painting as effectively as a more austere arrangement that imbues each work with importance, it creates an unpretentious atmosphere. Perhaps at the risk of being overwhelmed, viewers are given plenty of choices. I display four of my small landscape paintings in my wall area and was pleased to have “Sunset Study II” go home with a buyer early on. I hope that trend continues.
Along with the ongoing, constantly evolving exhibit of affordable art, CAG gallery has a featured artist each month and participates in the monthly First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. on scheduled dates. The gallery is located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, open daily from 11 to 5. The phone number is 843-722-2425. Gallery information and images of works by the member artists are online here: Charleston Artist Guild Gallery Fine Art
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