Thursday, February 28, 2013

Robert Lange Studios looks at the Evolution of its artists

Exhibit Open Now

Posted by Susan Cohen on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Robert Lange Studios
  • Robert Lange Studios
  • "On Our Plate" by Robert Lange, 1957 and 2013
Everyone's an artist when they're six years old and they have a 64-pack of Crayola (with a sharpener on the back). But if they grow up to be a professional, their work tends to come a long way. For its Evolution show, opening this Friday, March 1 from 5-8 p.m., Robert Lange Studios invited its artists to revisit the works of their past — we're talking everything from childhood crayon scribbles of fish to more recent pieces from the beginning of someone's career.

Trust by Erik Johnson, 1989 and 2013
  • Robert Lange Studios
  • "Trust" by Erik Johnson, 1989 and 2013
"We always are interested in the progression of how to make an artist," gallery director Carri Schwab says. "How does it actually happen? Were you just born with it? Did you start out with some kind of talent or did you just love doodling? There's all kinds of stories behind all of the very first paintings or drawings that are in the show, and then developing into the artist that we say today."

The artist's origin stories are interestingly varied. San Francisco-based Michelle Jader always loved painting fish, butterflies, and birds as a child, "And now, 40 years later, she still is painting things that float and fly," Schwab says. When Ali Cavanaugh was pregnant and felt her baby kick, she decided to paint what she imagined her unborn child might look like as an adult. Nineteen years later, the new piece is strikingly similar to the premonition. And Nathan Durfee chose a painting he made only seven years ago. With his new piece, he shows how much he's developed since then as he's gone from the illustrative world to the fine art realm, growing his approaches to color theory, themes, and composition.

Citadel, SC by Fred Jamar, 1957 and 2013
  • Robert Lange Studios
  • "Citadel, SC" by Fred Jamar, 1957 and 2013
We assume there will be a lot of red dots around before the night is up, and each new owner will get not only the new piece, but the original as well. The First Friday art walk opening will also feature music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

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Bottles 'N Brushes raising money for Brush Bus

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:00 AM


Thanks to places like Bottles ‘N Brushes, we've learned the wonders of wine-fueled art classes. And pretty soon, BNB hopes to make it even easier to sip and create by bringing their classes to their fans with a Brush Bus.

Great for bridal showers, birthday parties, and more, the bus will carry all the supplies necessary to have an event right in your own home or office. After an assistant sets up the supplies, all you’re left to do is stock the bar and invite friends over to create a masterpiece, with step-by-step instructions from a BNB artist. If you’ve always wanted to get your drink on while learning to paint but didn’t want to drive home afterward, we think this is your solution.

BNB is still raising money for the bus through Funding Charleston, and they're asking fans to make donations.

By the way, BNB is hosting a sidewalk sale at their West Ashley location on Sat. March 2 from 8-10 a.m. All paintings have been discounted to $10. See for more info.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sarah Boyts Yoder hosts farewell show at Michael Mitchell

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM


Local painter Sarah Boyts Yoder is moving to Virginia, but not without saying goodbye. She's having a farewell show at Michael Mitchell Gallery called Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. The show is Sat. March 2 from 6-9 p.m. Stop by to pick up some art and say goodbye.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Patch Whisky leaves his mark on Florida Mellow Mushroom

The Whisky Treatment

Posted by Davin Turkewitz on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM


Charleston expat artist Patch Whisky scored media attention last week for his custom paint job at a Florida Mellow Mushroom. West Palm Beach’s NBC affiliate followed Whisky as he covered the restaurant in “space, aliens, monsters, you know, rainbow monsters.”

He based his vibrant color scheme on the bright colors that dominate the South Florida landscape. “This is what you would call a dream job," Whisky said. "This is what I’ve spent my life trying to get to."

You can see the artist's work locally behind the shops of Avondale, in Park Circle, and at City Paper HQ.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Look to the trees for a free West Fraser painting

Look! Up in the Sky!

Posted by Susan Cohen on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The hunt is on for a free West Fraser painting, which the artist has graciously hidden in a tree in downtown’s French Quarter. The generous gesture is part of Fraser’s ongoing Painting in a Tree project, which he started in Cumberland Island, Ga. in 2009.

Whoever finds the painting gets to keep it — but that person is encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity, organization, or school in return.

Here’s the front:


And here’s the back:


And don’t bother trespassing into any yards: The painting’s in a public place.

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