PAST EXHIBITIONS

Jan  Swanson

"Interpretations: New Work"

March 6 - March 30, 2014 

Jan Swanson is a native of Asheville, NC and graduate of Clemson University. Swanson became interested in art and the business of art while owning The Bus Stop Gallery located on Millwood Avenue Columbia, SC for several years. Swanson became familiar with many artists in the Southeast during her tenure as Gallery Director of Bus Stop and also began her journey as a bonefide artist herself...more about this exhibition.


COLOR:  Selected Works from The Gallery

January 15 - February 28, 2014

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Bruce  Nellsmith

"Formal Structures and Memories"

November 21 - December 2013

Nellsmith comments, “The time I spend in France each year has an undeniable impact on my work. In years past, this impact was most often seen in the choice of motif or subject matter, however, this past spring, its influence was on the way that I see the motif. Spending time in the colorful and light drenched Mediterranean village of Collioure, I began to appreciate the impact that this little seaside town had on the work of Derain and Matisse. It was in this southern village that Fauvism was invented...more about this exhibition.


Michael  Cassidy

"Things"

October 17 - November 16, 2013

Cassidy comments, “Quite simply, this body of work is a about things that are important to me. The paintings are the result of a process of embracing where I came from, who I am, and who I want to be. I grew up around people who take pride in hard work and self-sufficiency, have a strong bond with place and family and possess a deep passion for hunting and fishing. Many of these objects of utility and action were used or given to me by close family and friends. So, with the utmost of honesty and integrity I paint these objects, telling the story about the people and things that have made me...more about this exhibition.


Bill  Jackson

"Limbo and the City of Dis"

September 5 - October 12, 2013

Jackson comments, “My present body of work, inspired by the epic poem "Dante's Inferno", consists of both figurative and abstract paintings. While the paintings may appear unrelated, they are united by the subject matter contained within the cantos about Limbo and the City of Dis...more about this exhibition.


Tim  Floyd

"Italy, Spain and a Hat Shop in Charleston"

August 1 to 31, 2013

The first gallery show in Columbia, S.C., to feature only encaustic paintings, Tim Floyd’s “Italy, Spain and a Hat Shop in Charleston” will open on Thursday, August 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Art Gallery. A benefit for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the opening will feature images from Floyd’s travels in Italy, Spain, Charleston and other locales...more about this exhibition.


Claire  Farrell

"The Wright Stuff"

June 20 – July 27, 2013

Claire is a versatile artist who works in a variety of media. She holds degrees from Duke University and the University of South Carolina. Additionally she had studied at printmaking at Santa Raparata Art School in Florence, Italy and at Penland School of Art in North Carolina. The exhibit will include her traditional oil paintings and recent mixed media monotypes...more about this exhibition.


Gerard  Erley

"From Vistas to Vases"

May 9 – June 15, 2013

An oil painting exhibition featuring Gerard Erley will open in the City Art main gallery on May 9 with a reception for the artist from 6-8pm. The show will continue until June 15, 2013. Gerard Erley, an Illinois native currently living in South Carolina, has had over two dozen solo exhibits throughout the United States. His award-winning artwork has been exhibited in over 200 juried shows, winning over 60 awards. The artist’s work has hung in museums and galleries from New York to California, and can be found in museum, corporate and private collections both in the United States and abroad...more about this exhibition.


Bernard  Kruseman Aretz

"Duality"

April 18 - May 4, 2013

Bernard Kruseman Aretz is a thirty five year old visual artist whose interests lie in painting imagery that confronts the viewer with reality. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts student at the University of South Carolina and received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Originally born in the Netherlands and currently resides with his family in Charleston, South Carolina....more about this exhibition.


Robert Ariail

"Editorial Cartoons"

March 7 - March 30, 2013

City Art Gallery is proud to present a body of work by Robert Ariail, the recent recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts for Individual Artist. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a SC artist and richly deserved by Robert Arial. For this exhibit, City Art will include as many of Arial’s originals as the Main Gallery will hold...more about this exhibition.


Marge Loudon Moody

"Made in America 1983 - 2013"

January 17 - March 2, 2013

Marge says, “I make abstract acrylic paintings on canvas, collages and mixed-media pieces, which, through a rigorous process of working and reworking composition and art elements, arrive at a harmonious expression of the essential nature of the subject. Life experience may be similarly layered....more about this exhibition.


Wanda Steppe

“Sticks and Stones”

November 14 - December 23, 2012

Steppe says, “I have amassed a considerable collection of objects that hold personal meaning for me, everything from birds' nests and eggs to dead flowers and insects. They have one thing in common; all are a testament to what once was– elegant, haunting reminders of life at its fullest and the ravages of time”. Wanda believes that, “painting has become not just a pursuit but a way of life”...more about this exhibition.


Mary Robinson

"Acclimations and Alterations"

October 11 - November 10, 2012

In my work, I explore the experience of being human as part of a larger web of existence. The imagery in my drawings, prints and paintings is directly influenced by frequent walks in the Congaree National Park and similar environments, where I am particularly attracted to tangled vines and draping Spanish moss, along with sturdy and tenuous tree trunks and branches....more about this exhibition.


Dawn Hunter

"Personified Doubles & Visual Opposites"

September 13 - October 6, 2012

Hunter was educated at the Kansas City Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, and the Yale University Norfolk program. She received her MFA in art from the University of California, Davis and has held residencies at the Cooper Union in New York and the Royal Academy of Art in London. Her work has won many awards and grants, including a Starr Foundation Fellowship and the Amitage Prize from Sotheby’s of London. She also serves as the Foundations Coordinator in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina....more about this exhibition.


South Carolina Watermedia Society

35th Annual Exhibition

July 7 - September 2, 2012

The SCWS exhibit features original paintings from around 60 artist from across the state, consisting of watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and any other water-based media...more about this exhibition.


Michael Fowler

“Recent Landscapes in Oil”

April 26, 2012 - July 7, 2012

“Recent Landscapes in Oil” a solo exhibit of the painting of Michael Fowler will be featured at the City Art Gallery as part of Artista Vista Thursday April 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Art enthusiast, Sister Wendy Beckett, says that each of us is touched at some point by the “silent beauty of the natural world.” She calls this experience sacred, since we are at once responding to something greater than we are, yet something that is an intimate part of us...more about this exhibit.


Brian Rego

“Recent Oil Paintings”

January 26, 2012 - March 24, 2012

Rego says of his newest work, “Amidst the powers of intuition, imagination, and the obscurity of the observed world, lies the bridge of painting that connects the viewer to what is perceived, what is felt, and what is remembered. I paint my subject from life and consider it to be a great joy and an immense struggle. For me, the purpose of painting is to express something that is profoundly human, something sensual, spatial, that settles on the fringe of memory and the observed experience, a reality both strange and familiar”....more about this exhibit.


Rod Wimer

“Current Abstract Collages”

November 17, 2011 - January 24, 2012

My current abstract collaged works are all about my never ending experimentation with found objects and my love of texture and color in all its forms. These large format canvas collages are constructed of an undergirding of acrylic paint, oil pastel, and graphite. I then continue to build layers with both found and hand-made papers, fibers, and more layers of paint and pastel. ....more about this exhibit.


Patrick Parise

“Drawn to Nature – Looking Back”

October 6 - November 12, 2011

A look at Patrick Parise’s body of work reveals a great deal about the artist’s life and the passion that inspires him. Parise’s bold use of color and strong compositional elements convey the intense beauty the artist sees in the world around him. With a full range of real to surreal, soft to bold, concrete to abstract, Parise’s paintings invite the viewer to join his journey and awaken a desire to pursue the beautiful with themselves.

Parise said, “An artist’s language is sometimes sensual, sometimes bold, sometimes spiritual, always the result of felt experiences. My art comes from many directions and life experiences, and the mysteries behind them...more about this exhibit.


Harriet Goode

“Tall Girls”

September 8 - October 1, 2011

All the paintings are oil on wood panels that Goode based on characters from short stories. “If we allow words to flow freely in our minds, the experience of reading fiction is immeasurably enhanced,” Goode said. “My paintings are about the often overwhelming power written words have over us, and the rich imagery our minds can create when those words are set free.” ....more about this exhibit.


Lee Monts

“Remembrance/Spontaneous Vision”

June 4 - July 9, 2011

With no formal education in art, Monts began painting with acrylics in 2002. Monts primarily creates contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas, paper and board. He prefers to use a limited palette with colors that produce a wide range of hues and values. The end result according to Monts is generally an abstracted landscape that while often ambiguous creates a feeling of familiarity for the viewer or relates to some shared life experience....more about this exhibit.


Stephen Nevitt

“ LAYERS AND PASSAGES: A TRIBUTE TO SEVEN WOMEN OF COURAGE AND COMPASSION”

April 28 - May 30, 2011

My art works during recent years continue to be about family, but they have focused primarily on a handful of individuals, many of whom were women who quietly showed great courage and determination in the face of overwhelming difficulties. As I found additional information through research and conversations with elderly relatives, I became more and more impressed with these women's responses to tragic circumstances...more about this exhibit.


Joe Byrne

“Industrial Strength: Abstracted Realism”

March 17 - April 9, 2011

Most of Byrne’s realistic pieces zero in on a moving part -- a latch, piston or gear. With technical precision Byrne conveys the tension of nuts and bolts on an I-beam, the force of hydraulic pistons, and the ballistic motion of swing levers on a steel door. So lifelike is the image that you can practically feel the heat reflecting off the paint surface, or hear the squeal of a corroded hinge...more about this exhibit.


Bruce Nellsmith

“Homeland”

November 18 - January 13, 2011

The Homeland series of Nellsmith’s paintings feature three different motifs -- cityscapes, cliffs, and gorges. On the surface, a seemingly disparate selection, yet as formal compositions, they share a feeling of forms being expelled from the ground and reaching for the heavens. Said Nellsmith, “What joins them in my mind is emotional, psychological, and experiential. These motifs represent significant places in my past, my present, and most probably my future.”...more about this exhibit.

Blue Sky

“Car Face” and “Truck Butts”

October 14 - November 13, 2010

“Car Face” is an art show devoted to the relationship between the styling of cars and the features of the human face. The artist, Blue Sky, imbues rusting hulks of abandoned cars with such soulful feeling that they evoke a sense of pathos in the viewer. Of the idea and theme behind the show, he says, “You are something distinct from the car you drive. But you feel that you are the car. Driving it becomes an extension of operating our body and we adapt our identity to the car we drive.” He’s acknowledges, “Usually if our car body breaks down, we simply buy a new one, a perfect one, with a warranty. Thus, realizing mankind’s oldest dream – perpetual youth.”...more about this exhibit.


Kathy Casey

"Hot . . . A Passion for Painting”

June 17 - August 14, 2010

Kathy Casey developed her unique painting style through a process of exploration and study. The active lines and engrossing colors that fill Casey’s canvases show a strong influence of abstract expressionism. In the newest paintings there is a recurring theme of warmth. Reds, oranges, pinks and yellows mingle to create a sense of a heated urban or earthy landscape. Casey’s work tends to be completely non-objective rather than tell a story...more about this exhibit.


PIX-ELements

April 22 - May 1, 2010

PIX-ELements: a collection of photographic-quality prints captured, created, and mastered entirely with digital technologies featured at City Art. According to artist Barry Brian Wheeler, PIX-Elements: considers the logic of unitizing “picture elements” – of defining and re-defining the boundaries between data, pixels, images, objects within images, and assemblages of images. A technical-conceptual exhibit, PIX-ELements explores the nature of, and the relationships between, parts and wholes...more about this exhibit.



Claire K. Farrell

"An Exhibit Of New Work”

February 25 - March 27, 2010

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Farrell’s water color paintings and monotypes are exhibited in galleries, museums and corporate and private collections throughout South Carolina and in Georgia and Ohio. She received her education at Duke University, the University of South Carolina, Santa Raparata Art School in Florence Italy, and Penland School of Craft. She was chosen to paint the image for 2010 Book Festival in February that coincides with her exhibit at City Art...more about this exhibit.


Tarleton Blackwell

"An Exhibition Of Southern Narrative Painting”

January 14 - February 20, 2010

A native South Carolinian, Blackwell subject matter is the Southern Narrative of his formative years with layers of sophisticated commentary that comes with the richness of experience. According to Blackwell, “Most folks say that an artist’s best work is done in their 70’s and 80’s...more about this exhibit.


Wanda Steppe and Harriet Goode

A gallery exhibit by painters Wanda Steppe and Harriet Marshall Goode highlighted the Vista Lights celebration at the City Art Gallery.

November 19, 2009 - January 9, 2010

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Alex Powers

"Paintings and Drawings of the Last 20 Years”

October 8 - October 31, 2009

Alex Powers has been a self-employed painter and teacher for 28 years. He exhibits in galleries in five states and among his many national juried exhibition awards is the Gold Medal in the 1997 American Watercolor Society Exhibition. He has been published in various magazines and books and is the author of Painting People in Watercolor, A Design Approach, published by Watson-Guptill. In addition he teaches workshops on painting in this country and abroad...more about this exhibit.


Jo Dean Bauknight

"Panache"
September 10 - October 3, 2009  

Jo Dean describes her paintings as an energetic profusion of brush strokes that create a movement and a vibrancy that invite a strong emotional response. After decades painting she has developed a variety of styles ranging from impressionistic to the very finely detailed....more about this exhibit.

 

 



Sara Schneckloth

"Recall Patterns"
August 6  -  September 5, 2009  

"Memories exist somewhere between heart and mind, where they evolve, spin, break down, multiply, explode, or quietly hum in the dark. I draw as a way to understand this phenomenon within myself. What would my thoughts and memories look like if they could be extracted and examined?... more about this exhibit.

 

 



Connections Through Light:

"An inter-generational photography project"

July 9 – July 25, 2009

Connections Through Light: an inter-generational photography project is made up of residents of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community and photography students of the University of South Carolina.  The showing of new digital photographs will include photographic interpretations of life vignettes....more about this event.



Perceptual Painters

"The Collective"

April 23 – June 27, 2009

Opening the first evening of Artista Vista, April 23, is City Art’s exhibit Perceptual Painters: The Collective. The show will feature oil painters Dave Campbell, Matt Klos, John Lee, Aaron Lubrick, Scott Noel, Brian Rego, and Andrew Patterson-Tutschka....more about this event.


Brian Rego

"Millbank"

November 13th - December 13th, 2008

Brian Rego received a Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of South Carolina with a concentration in oil painting in 2004...more about this artist.


Ed Shmunes

"South Carolina: An Interpretive Survey"

October 16th - November 8, 2008

Surreal, yet honest, Ed Shmunes creates digital photography that amusingly and beautifully exposes life around him...more about this artist.

Tim Floyd

"Oil Paintings"

September 4th-27th, 2008

A native of South Carolina, Tim grew up on a tobacco farm in Loris. He left the farm behind to study art at the University of South Carolina...more about this artist.