Doyle Bows Out
Last month, with the publication of his third coffee-table book, I See London, I See France, legendary Charleston artist John Carroll Doyle also unofficially let it be known that, as of Dec. 31, he'll be closing his gallery at 54 Broad St., turning over the sale of his works to King Street gallery owner Joe Sylvan, and spending his time hereforth puttering around the house in paint-speckled slippers and sweats. Doyle, whose stylish artwork has been sprucing up the walls of Charleston homes and businesses for the better part of 30 years, is retiring at the end of the year in order to devote himself fully to painting.
The self-taught artist has become nationally known for his energetic, light-filled paintings of subjects like blues musicians, billfish, and still lifes, as well as for his evocative black-and-white photography of Charleston and, of course, beautiful women. 1999's John Carroll Doyle: Portrait of an Artist was as much about the Charleston of his youth as it was Doyle's artwork. His last book, 2002's Femininity, was a lush account of the female form; I See London, I See France contents itself with less skin and more whimsy, yet is no less an exploration of femininity in its subject matter – just a different side of it: panties, "like beautiful bows and wrappings on a special gift," Doyle writes. We couldn't agree more.
Through the end of the year, all original oil paintings and reproductions in the gallery will be sold at a discount of 25 percent. Here's to a happy (and productive) retirement, John. –Patrick Sharbaugh
Music To Their Ears
Students in the College of Charleston's Department of Music made their teachers proud and earned some serious street cred last month when they took home a batch of top honors at the state level of the Music Teachers National Association's Performance Competitons, held at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. The Terranova Piano Trio – pianist Giuliana Contreras, violinist Javier Orman, and cellist Yun Hao Jiang – won the Chamber Music Competition, while judges declared soprano Henriet Fourie the winner of the Young Artist Voice Competition. Additionally, mezzo-soprano Lauren Pashke earned a spot as Fourie's alternate, and judges named pianist Ghadi Shayban the alternate in the Young Artist Piano Competition. The winners will advance to the Southern Division Competitions, held in early January, and if successful there, they'll move on to Nationals. The purpose of the competitions is to recognize talented musicians and their instructors, two things the College, it seems, has plenty of. –Christy Robertson