2019 Artists and Exhibits at the Saul Alexander Gallery

The Charleston County Public Library has announced an exciting new slew of artists and exhibits to take place in their Saul Alexander Gallery, located at 68 Calhoun Street downtown, for 2019. 

The First Monday Gallery Night begins Monday, January 7 at 6 p.m. for James Lawton’s reception highlighting his exhibit, Mountains. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Here is a full description of each artist’s exhibit for 2019:

“Mountains” by James Lawton

Throughout January

Saul Alexander Gallery

This is a series of images taken whilst walking in the French and Swiss Alps. The strong contrast of the snow and rocks in the snowy mountains provides potent opportunities to find beautiful design elements such as shapes, patterns, and lines. James Lawton is a former graphic and digital designer who now works as a freelancer and artist. He has worked in the USA, UK, and Mexico. More photos, information, and art can be found at https://jameslawton.net. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on January 7 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Resilient” by kolpeace

Throughout February

Saul Alexander Gallery

People don’t like what they don’t understand. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Charleston Activist Network (CAN) in loving memory of African American activists who fought for what they believe in. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on February 4 from 6-7 p.m. Join kolpeace before the reception at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium for a conversation with CAN. This will be broadcast live on the CAN podcast.

 

“Free Form” by WA CO

Throughout March

Saul Alexander Gallery

Throughout art history, the female body has served as inspiration for countless artists. However, the art work recognized as great or iconic, even those centered on the feminine form, have primarily come from male artists. Women Artists’ Community and Outreach presents an exhibition to subvert the male gaze in the art world and display the feminine form through a feminine gaze. “Free Form” is an exhibition meant to provide women artists a chance to reclaim their gender’s own image. Their perspectives vary from erotic, autobiographical, documentary, or simply appreciative. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on March 4 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Faces and Places of Charleston” by Mia Lassiter

Throughout April

Saul Alexander Gallery

Mia Lassiter is a 15-year-old Fashion and Costume Design student at Charleston County School of the Arts. From a young age, she has enjoyed creating artwork and experimenting with a variety of mediums and subjects. Her exhibition features a collection of portraits and landscapes that represent local Charlestonians and Charleston’s scenic landscape. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on April 1 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“New Moon Visuals” by Raven Greene

Throughout May

Saul Alexander Gallery

Raven Greene is a 23-year-old self-taught photographer and visual artist from Charleston. Her inspiration and drive in photography stem from her creative need to make everyone in front of the lens feel gorgeous, no matter their complexion, size, or background. She creates moments that are everlasting and priceless, and notoriety and success pale in comparison to her undying love for photography. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on May 6 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Come By Hyar: Songs of Resistance, Hope and Love in Honor of Black History Month”

Throughout June

Saul Alexander Gallery

This exhibition will honor the voices, stomps, lindy hops, blues and soul of a once enslaved people. The music of African Americans of the African diaspora is woven into the very soul of the American society. Spirituals, ranky tank, field hollas, ring shouts, rhythm and blues and hip hop are all part of American music created by African Americans. African American music is forever etched in the soul of America. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on June 3 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Feathered” by Chelle Fazal

Throughout July

Saul Alexander Gallery

As a child, Chelle would spend hours watching animal nature shows. The day her stepfather gave her a set of colored pencils was the day she began trying to duplicate those animals on paper. Her love for art continued through school, graduating into paints after she learned to draw with charcoal and pastels. Chelle wants her paintings to tell a story, but, mainly, she wants to communicate joy in all her work. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on July 1 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Shot in the Face of Adversity” by John Galgano

Throughout August

Saul Alexander Gallery

Charleston photographer John Galgano was diagnosed with cancer but refuses to let that stop him and his passion for photography. John was given his first 35mm camera in the early 70’s by his photography class teacher. He hopes to inspire people who face adversity to continue living their lives to the fullest. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on August 5 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Woodcuts” by Jane Ann Sweeny

Throughout September

Saul Alexander Gallery

Jane Ann Sweeny received her BFA in Printmaking from Clemson University. Her concentration is Color Reduction Woodcuts. She meticulously carves and gouges away at pine wood panels. The choice of the particular wood section is the initial and integral part of the process.  She creates her image in collaboration with the knots and grain in the wood. The grain of the wood in her pieces accentuate that the work is in fact a woodcut and not a painting. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception is TBD due to the library’s Labor Day closure.

 

“Eastside AS IS” by Michele Leone

Throughout October

Saul Alexander Gallery

Eastside AS IS captures daily life on the streets of Charleston’s Eastside neighborhood, in a series of black and white images, as residents struggle to maintain their original community in the face of rapid gentrification. Michele Leone is a retired airline operations research and analytics consultant. After years of attempting to get you, your flight, and your bags to the right place at the right time, she transitioned to street and documentary photography. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on October 7 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Shared Circles” by Dayton Colie

Throughout November

Saul Alexander Gallery

Dayton Colie became fascinated by the fact that multiple ancient cultures across the world shared an aesthetic vocabulary despite never having contact with one another.  As a result, he has spent the last few years exploring the human relationship with the circle. His exhibit uses a mix of sacred, circular, and secular math to examine the philosophical, social, and symbolic interpretation of circles. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on November 4 from 6-7 p.m.

 

“Broken Pieces” by Meryl Weber

Throughout December

Saul Alexander Gallery

Meryl Weber has been an art educator and mosaic artist for over 40 years. She has a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. When she retired as the Visual Arts Coordinator for Berkeley County Schools she began doing mosaics full time. She currently is an artist in residence for Engaging Creative Minds and works with students in the Tri-county area. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on December 2 from 6-7 p.m.

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