30 Artists, February 2014
February 6 5-8 pm
June Stratton, Jessica Dunegan, Sergio Lopez, Ethan Deihl, Brett Scheifflee, Michelle Jader, Jessica Gordon, Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Kerry Brooks, Ali Cavanaugh, Sara Golish, Karen Ann Myers, Matt Bober, Robert Lange, Megan Aline, Amy Lind, KC Collins, Henry Schreiber, Tiffany Sage, Kirsten Moran, Susan Harrell, Sandra Flood, James Zamora ...
Each artist will create multiple 10-by-10 inch works exemplifying their specific style, genre and subject matter. The exhibition will hang through ...
Ten-Inch Paintings to Celebrate 10 Years
February 6 - 26 2015
Opening Reception: February 6, 5:00-8:00 PM (free to the public)
This February Robert Lange Studios (RLS) in Charleston, SC will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a group show featuring 24 RLS artists of past and present. Each artist will create multiple 10-by-10 inch works exemplifying their specific style, genre and subject matter. The exhibition will hang through February 2015 with ten-percent of the proceeds going to the John C. Doyle scholarship fund. A reception, featuring music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will take place on February 6 from 5-8PM and is open to the public.
When considering how to celebrate the milestone of being open for a decade, RLS decided that an exhibition highlighting the wide diversity of work that has been shown over the years would be best. This show will be the 92nd exhibit for the gallery.
“In looking back over the past ten years, the only word that comes to mind is blessed,” says Robert Lange. “In ten years we have witnessed many of our artists’ lives transform. Some had just graduated college when we picked them up, most never having exhibited their work, and now they grace the covers of national magazines, receive awards and accolades and have exhibited in museums across the country.”
Veteran RLS artist Ali Cavanaugh, who recently painted the cover for TIME Magazine’s person of the year finalist, has created a new painting for the show. Karen Ann Myers’ who currently has a traveling museum show will be creating at least one new work. Another veteran to RLS, who has been voted best visual artist in Charleston for four years, Nathan Durfee has shown at the gallery since his beginning as an artist. For the show he’s created a series of three introspective dogs in cardinal costumes. "This show was a great opportunity to revisit one of most beloved characters: Bartholomeux, the dog-in-disguise. By focusing on his face and mask he becomes a vehicle for me to explore color and pattern in his costume. His closed eyes and quiet expression complete the narrative: dreams of what his costume could be and could have been."
Lange when looking back said, “When we were 22-years old we decided to open a gallery. We actually sold our DVD collection to help cover the first month’s rent. Our goal was to promote emerging and mid-career artists with a focus on artistic and personal integrity. We could have never imagined this is where we would be today.”
There are many colorful pieces to the 10 year RLS story leading up to their recent expansion to a second floor, bringing the gallery square footage to just shy of 6,000 square feet. Last year they added an artist in residency program that they donate to visiting artists from around the globe. Most recently they took over the job of curating the Vendue, Charleston’s first art hotel with nearly 65,000 linear feet of wall space.
In taking inventory of all the good that has come their way, Robert and Megan Lange wanted to do something for the anniversary that gave back to the Charleston art community. At the end of this exhibit 10% of sales will be dedicated to developing a scholarship program through the Halsey Institute.
“Our goal is to award one graduating senior who plans to pursue an art career in Charleston with enough dollars to fund a full year of art supplies. Charleston lost one of its artistic patriarchs this past year, John C. Doyle, so the inaugural award will be dedicated in his name,” says Lange.
Artist Robert Lange decided to reflect back on his past solo exhibits when creating works for the show. Lange says, "Paying homage to the six thematic solo shows I have had over the years, I am making six unique paintings that fit into those bodies of work.”
In “Center of Attention” Lange depicts a small 6-inch tall grizzly bear standing inside a shiny silver bowl. This piece fits in with Lange’s 2009 show Measure: Creatures Great and Small where he examined the shifting definition of an animal’s character traits based on their scale.
Artists participating include: June Stratton, Jessica Dunegan, Sergio Lopez, Ethan Deihl, Brett Scheifflee, Michelle Jader, Jessica Gordon, Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Kerry Brooks, Ali Cavanaugh, Sara Golish, Karen Ann Myers, Matt Bober, Robert Lange, Megan Aline, Amy Lind, KC Collins, Henry Schreiber, Tiffany Sage, Kirsten Moran, Susan Harrell, Sandra Flood, James Zamora and more.