Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Artists' Roundtable

The September 10th Opening Reception of the, Artists’ Round Table sponsored, Fall Exhibit at Vista Studios Gallery 80808 will provide an overview of the range of artists the organization strives to assist and promote. The Friday Opening at 808 Lady Street, in Columbia, will begin at 5:00pm and end at 9:00pm. Artists will also be present Saturday, September 11th from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The show closes on Sunday, September 12th.

The Artists Round Table Exhibit will feature the following Columbia Artists: Richard Glover; Pat Stone; Sandra Carr; Sam Compton; Bill Sander, Cheryl Coble, Keith Tolen, Ellin Baskin, Betsy Kaemmerlen, Sue Shrader, Tam Hicks and Brenda Schwarz Miller. There will be a variety of media including ceramics and sculpture, paintings, photography and jewelry.

A.R.T. provides opportunities for artists to connect; collaborate; and engage each other and the community. Most importantly we will be educating the public on the importance of the Arts in South Carolina. A.R.T. is involved in ongoing collaborations with other art, performance and literary groups, as well as, local businesses and organizations to develop future events and expand the opportunities offered to local artists and the community.

For more information call (803) 609-3479 or visit the Artists Round Table website at

"Twist," Tam Hicks

"Red and Black," Sue Shrader

"Photograph," Robert Glover

"Iris Flare," Brenda Schwarz

"03," Bill Sander

"AF Plates," Betsy Kaemmerlen

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Color Fields, Forms & Fractures / August 27 – September 7, 2010


if ART Gallery


@ Gallery 80808/Vista Studios

808 Lady St.

Columbia, S.C.

Color Fields, Forms & Fractures:

Ashlynn Browning – Philip Morsberger – Paul Reed – Tom Stanley

Katie Walker – Paul Yanko – Don Zurlo

August 27 – September 7, 2010

Opening Reception: Fri., August 27, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours:

Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

& by appointment

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:

(803) 238-2351 –

Opening on August 27, 2010, with a 5-9 pm reception, if ART Gallery presents at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, a group exhibition of abstract paintings by seven gallery artists. Included in the exhibition are Ashlynn Browning of Raleigh NC, Tom Stanley of Rock Hill, SC, Paul Yanko and Katie Walker of Greenville, SC, Philip Morsberger of Augusta, Ga., Don Zurlo of Lexington, SC, and Washington Color Field great Paul Reed of Arlington, VA. The exhibition will run through September 7.

All the artists in the exhibition present non-objective paintings fitting within the traditions of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard Edge painting or Constructivism. Paul Reed (b. 1919) in a sense provides the common denominator within the exhibition with paintings that provide elements of all the genres mentioned here. An Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s, Reed became a pioneer of the prominent 1960s school of Washington Color Field painters, creating luminous paintings with daring color schemes and often hard-edged shapes. In his work of the past decade, he has combined more expressionist and hard-edged and Constructivist elements.

Katie Walker (b. 1970) and Don Zurlo (b. 1934) throughout their careers have worked at the crossroads of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field. Philip Morsberger (b. 1933) is an essentially representational painter who through his vigorous brushwork creates Abstract Expressionist paintings the moment he opts to leave out the figure, as he frequently does. Ashlynn Browning (b. 1977) comes out of the Abstract Expressionist tradition but in the past year has added some Constructivist elements to her work. Tom Stanley (b. 1950) has developed his black-white-red representational paintings with strong mechanical and graphic elements into abstract paintings with similar qualities, where lines and shapes float against white-and-gray backgrounds. Paul Yanko (b. 1968) adds layer upon layer as he constructs from an array of small geometric shapes rather intricate paintings that relate to Color Field an Hard-Edge, with an element of Op Art.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Resident Artist, Sharon Licata, Exhibits work in Hilton Head

The Art Beyond Tradition Group presents


An exhibition of extraordinary abstract art

SEPTEMBER 10 - 24, 2010


Walter Greer Gallery 14 Shelter Cove Lane Hilton Head Island, SC


Friday, September 10 5 - 7 p.m.


September 11, 2010 10:30 AM

Admission to all events is free


Monday - Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, Noon - 4 p.m.

Contact: Irene K. Williamson



Different Strokes at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

An extraordinary exhibition of abstract art, presented by Art Beyond Tradition, opens at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC on Friday, September 10, 2010 with a reception in the Walter Greer Gallery from 5:00-7:00 PM. Thirteen fine artists are presenting their latest works including paintings in oils, acrylics, watercolors and collage, as well as sculptures in stone.

The following day, Saturday, September 11, the artists are holding a coffee event at the gallery beginning at 10:30 AM to walk the public through the show, explaining their artwork. The show continues through September 24. Admission to the gallery is free, and all the artwork is for sale.

Artists participating in this show include: Deanna Bowdish, Cindy Chiappetta, Art Cornell, Marilyn Dizikes, Jo Dye, Anne Hakala, Vickie Jourdan, Sharon Collings Licata, Mary Jane Martin, Joan Templer, Arla Crumlick Wible, Caroll Williams, and Irene K. Williamson.

The Art Beyond Tradition group of abstract artists was formed in 2005 and held its first exhibition the following year at the Arts Center. The extraordinary collection of abstract art was reviewed as one of the most exciting, colorful and unique presentations on Hilton Head Island. The gallery was ablaze in color, design and ideas. Showing every two years, the second show, also at the Arts Center, was held in 2008, and the presentation of “On the Edge” was another overwhelming success.

The 2010 show, “Different Strokes,” lives up to its title in a variety of ways. Once again, the artwork is totally new, totally abstract and totally unique. Over the years, the artists have honed their skills, expanded their vision and delivered a strong statement of their art that is way beyond the traditional. Each artist brings new ideas and different strokes to this show.

All of the artists in the group have been recognized for their work and are constantly striving to give voice to their muse as their paintings and sculptures evolve. Art Cornell, an acclaimed author, poet and painter of abstract art says, “I strive to create unique pieces of art that must stand the test of time through the use of color, texture and form. Then, and only then, will I have succeeded as an artist.”

Mary Jane Martin is at play when in her studio on Lady’s Island. She works using watermedia and mixed media to create playful paintings on canvas, paper and boards. “My work reflects my interpretation of the world I live in and this year, I can truly say it’s a year of coloring outside the lines.”

“Abstraction encourages me to push the limits of my creativity,” says Irene K. Williamson. “For me, each painting is an adventure…a discovery that excites and sharpens my imagination. A successful painting results from the unique fusion of mind and matter that enables me to express an idea in a new way. “

According to Arla Crumlick Wible, “We exist in a box of space and time. We think our individual lives are important and complicated, but, in essence, we are one and life is a circle. Life is simple! Life’s elements are as simple as the basic elements creating art! My paintings express this simplicity.”

Jo Dye, whose collages express her love and understanding of the Lowcountry, describes the influence of her environment on her work: “Surrounded by nature, I am continually inspired to incorporate the colors and textures around me, in an abstracted interpretation. I look for new ideas and subjects and explore any technique that interests me. This show gives me an opportunity to incorporate assemblage and collage as well as mixed media, and to continue to experiment and grow.”

Marilyn Dizikes, an award winning artist who has had some of her work traveling the state in the SC watercolor exhibit last year, has created unique paintings influenced by recent travel in Greece. She describes her work as speaking the universal language of art. The basis for individual artist’s work is a reflection of their lives, where they lived, where they studied and places they’ve loved.

Joan Templer who joined the Art Beyond Tradition group this year was born in South Africa, where she taught art for many years. After immigrating to the United States she and her husband lived in New York and Atlanta. Now living in Beaufort, Joan says, “My work is constantly inspired by the expansive, ever changing light on the water whether in abstract or semi-abstract form.”

Deanna Bowdish, is an artist and art gallery owner. Her work focuses on the sparing essentials of color, shape and texture. She creates bold tactile surfaces dragging color in progressive, deliberate layers with a wide range of created and found tools. Deanna pursues vibrancy in her art by playing on the struggle between structure and chaos.

Abstract art is somewhat of a mystery to some viewers. Vickie Jourdan talks about her approach to painting. “People often ask me if I have something specific in mind when I start an abstract painting,” says Vickie. “Actually everything that is going on in my mind at the time influences the painting. I think about pushing paint around, playing with texture, experimenting with mediums, and exploring color combinations. What if I do this? What if I do that? Then all of a sudden a special feeling comes over me and I know the painting is finished.”

Caroll Williams was educated as a graphic designer, but her passion in art is creating assemblages and collage, working mostly with old and found objects. “The end results of my work,” she says, “depend almost entirely on the nature of the materials I find or am given, so the serendipitous aspects of this process can be both daunting and thrilling, and the making of each new work is a challenge and an adventure.”

Sculptor Sharon Collings Licata from Columbia, SC, works in a variety of media: stone, clay, and formed stone. Sharon says she always finds herself returning to a sense of motion in her art. “It is important that it be viewed from all sides,’ she adds. “ Only then can one get a sense of all the interactions of space and line that came into play during creation.”

The Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center in Shelter Cove is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 11, the gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 18 from noon till 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call the Arts Center at 843-686-3945.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a non-profit performing arts organization that also oversees two art galleries and conducts regional arts educational programs.


Design and Install by Martha Ahrens Schymik

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Illusion of Truth at Gallery 80808 August 19-24

Reception: August 19 at 6pm
Gallery Talk: August 23 at 7pm

Implicit memory is built on repeated past experiences that allow us to perform certain tasks without consciously thinking about them. Most of us might think of rote behaviors--driving to familiar destinations, tying our shoes, getting dressed--as examples of implicit memory, but this phenomenon is also present through sensory experience. One of the most studied examples of implicit memory, in fact, is the repetition of certain messages and their ability to create an “illusion-of-truth” effect. In other words, simply because we hear (or say) something repeatedly, we have a tendency to believe it, regardless of its objective truth value. Likewise, implicit memories can sometimes lead to the formation of odd associations, such as an aversion to certain foods because they were once ingested at the same time as an illness, or a deep dislike of a person or a song simply because it was present when something unpleasant occurred.

For this exhibit, Eric, Marshall, Tricia explore the influence of implicit memories on the lives of their subjects, seeking out the illusory understanding of truth that has been constructed in each instance and thus reframing the meaning of experience.

Contact: Eric Plaag at or (803) 466-7050

Eros 8 - Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Plaag

Eros 2 - Doppleganger, Plaag

Dreams of Gotham, Hodge

Aletheia 1--Grand Illumination, Plagg

A Sign Proclaimed it was the Largest in the World, Hodge

Washed up in Ocean City, Hodge

Illusion of Truth #4, Hatfield

Illusion of Truth #8, Hatfield

Illusion of Truth #9, Hatfield

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jeff Donovan's Show Opens Friday

IF Art,1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 238-2351

Sofa Man, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel on canvas

25 x 20 in.

$ 1,200

Opening This Friday


Post-Retrospective Perspective

Since the overwhelming success of his January retrospective, Columbia, S.C., artist Jeff Donovan has been on fire. The ceramicist and painter completed some 15 new paintings that will be shown in an upcoming exhibition at if ART Gallery. The exhibition, Post-Retrospective Perspective, will run from August 13 - September 4, 2010; the opening reception is Friday, August 13, 6 - 9 p.m.

Most of the new paintings feature the psychologically ambiguous figures with a somewhat invented physiology that Donovan is known for. But while the artist's current cast of characters is as subdued as usual, the new paintings are especially lively. Donovan's uses bright colors or high contrasts, continuing the trend that was visible in the most recent paintings included in his January retrospective. His characters have volume and strong graphic qualities, often filling most of the space. The complex surfaces are radiant, carefully built up with gouache, charcoal, pastels and sometimes acrylics. Very few of the paintings have the earth tones or monochromatic qualities that characterized many of Donovan's paintings of the past several years.

The new exhibition testifies to the burst of energy and inspiration that Donovan has gathered from the success of his January retrospective. That exhibition featured almost 100 art works, the majority on loan from collectors, and saw brisk sales.

For a PREVIEW of the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

Oh My, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel

on canvas

21x 21 in.

$ 1,325

Hmmm, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel on canvas

30 x 30 in.

$ 2,000

Monday, August 2, 2010

Interiors & Exteriors: The body and its environment
Artists: Kevin Archie, Lizzie Cuthbertson, Laurel Steckel, and Joshua Zerangue

Reception time: Thursday August 12 from 6-8pm


Thursday, Aug 12, 6-9
Friday, Aug 13, 11-4
Saturday, Aug 14, 11-3
Monday, Aug 16, 11-3
Tuesday, Aug 17, 5-8

"Interiors & Exteriors is a show about the spaces in which humans exist, including the space of the body itself that we dwell in. The artists in the show are all interested in identifying and exposing these human spaces. They look at two parts: both the exterior with its superficial, physical qualities, as well as their artistic interpretation of the interior and the depth of psychology that it lends itself too. Their mediums all present different ways of viewing the spaces. Photography sometimes begs a question of memory, while drawing and painting show a certain excavation of the artist. All mediums seems to unveil curious parts of our bodies and their environments successfully, making it worthwhile to spend sometime in this gallery's environment. It's a show not to miss."

Contact info: Laurel Steckel 847-606-9713, email -

Lizzie Culberthson

Laurel Steckel

Kevin Archie

Joshua Zerangue

"Keeping Abreast of Cancer" at Gallery 80808 August 6th – 10th

"Keeping Abreast of Cancer"

Jim Lalumondier

Reception August 6th 4-8pm (Friday)

Show Runs August 6-10

This series addresses the aspects of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction via abstract acrylic paintings.

A portion of all profits will go to benefit S.O.S. the Share Our Suzy foundation which helps individuals whom are going through breast cancer treatment.

The show runs from August 6th thru the 10th.

The location is Gallery 80808 at Vista Studios on Lady Street downtown.

I am in the process of acquiring sponsors to offset the costs thus enabling S.O.S. to get the maximum donation. Costs at this point appear to be in the range of $750.00.

There are no levels to the sponsorship, but sponsors will get their name on my mailer and will be recognized throughout the week of the show via signage.

I consider this series to be the most important work of my art career thus far.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jim Lalumondier # 767-2774