December 2012

Gifts From The Gallery

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

Bernard L. D’Andrea
Morris & Whiteside
Beach Light, Oil, 24 × 36

Bernard L. D’Andrea enjoyed national acclaim for illustrations in Good Housekeeping, National Geographic and The Saturday Evening Post for almost 50 years from his New York studio. By the late 1950s, he was studying at the Brooklyn Museum School under Reuben Tam, who introduced him to the abstract expressionism of Willem deKooning, Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky.

Responding to the social and political tumult of the 1960s, D’Andrea began to explore the redemptive, spiritual qualities of nature, producing large abstract paintings fraught with personal meaning and emotion. In the 1970s, he visited fellow illustrators Joe Bowler and Coby Whitmore on Hilton Head Island.

1980, Bowler convinced D’Andrea to exhibit his work at the Red Piano Art Gallery, and in 1993 D’Andrea relocated his home and studio to Hilton Head Island and became immersed in the coastal Lowcountry for inspiration that produced animated, stylistic landscapes. Recently, he has created a series of twelve, 24 × 24-inch panels that he describes as an allegory of the coastal islands around Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and Savannah.

Morris & Whiteside
220 Cordillo Parkway
Hilton Head Island

Milt Kobayashi
Morris & Whiteside
The Yellow Dress, Oil,
18 × 18

The fresh, bold and confident brushwork of Milt Kobayashi’s distinctive figures not only sets his paintings apart from other artists in style and technique, but also provides a unique expression of mood and mystery that has attracted collectors throughout the world. A third generation Japanese-American, Kobayashi was born in New York City but spent his childhood on Oahu, Hawaii and completed his B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Upon returning to NYC to work as an illustrator in 1977, the young artist began frequenting the city’s numerous galleries where the works of Whistler, Chase, Sargent, and others had a profound influence on his use of color, patterns, negative space and highly sophisticated yet simplified compositions. The result has been a body of work that has achieved international acclaim. Kobayashi’s work has also been the subject of feature articles in Forbes, Fortune, Readers Digest, and The American Art Collector among others.

Morris and Whiteside Galleries is pleased to present a selection of recent oils from the studio of Kobayashi to be offered on a first-come basis.

Morris & Whiteside
220 Cordillo Parkway
Hilton Head Island

Louanne LaRoche
Camelia Art
Old Grey Mare

Louanne LaRoche is a colorist with a style that combines the freedom of expression with the strength of representation. Her paintings reflect a significant sense of community and her response to these connections, as they are being lost, displaced or diminished.

“There is a communion of spirit between an intimate glance towards a gesture, event or place and the process of documenting this relationship on paper or canvas,” LaRoche said.

LaRoche lives in Bluffton and paints from her home studio close to the May River. Her paintings portray intimate portraits of Heritage Day events from the St. Helena cultural celebration to scenes from Belize to Summerville’s national coon hunt. Through impressions, her paintings capture and convey the culture of the Lowcountry. LaRoche’s work is found in private, corporate and museum collections.

Camellia Art
One Office Way
Hilton Head Island

Ashley Hahn
Maye River Gallery
Morning on the May

Ashley Hahn is primarily a self-trained artist who has been drawing and painting since childhood. She received her B.S. degree in design from Clemson University in 1997. As her love for painting and drawing grew stronger through her work in the architecture field, she realized she had more passion for art than architecture.

Her technique produces a complicated, yet detailed scene, which reveals an understanding of depth and realism. She enjoys painting a variety of subjects, most of which are inspired by the beauty of her Lowcountry surroundings. Her paintings are displayed at Maye River Gallery in Bluffton.

Ashley Hahn
65 Lawrence St.

Brett R. Lance
Daddy’s Girls

Brett Lance is a local digital photographer, originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, with 20 years of experience. What started as a hobby became a side business with the encouragement of Lance’s friends and family. By trade, Lance is a full-time realtor with Dunes Marketing Group and has been a Hilton Head Island resident since 1999.

Anyone wishing to “buy local” and support small business can purchase his work on either of his two self-hosted websites. Lance offers large format and custom prints, canvas and rights-managed license usage.

Brett Lance Photography

Jeremy McLin Burr

Jeremy McLin Burr, was born and reared on Hilton Head Island, where his appreciation for the Coastal Empire’s natural wonders and authentic way of living began. As an adult, that appreciation for the Lowcountry’s natural beauty heavily influenced him in assisting with, creating and developing sustainable artwork that would remain harmonious with our natural environment.

An artist and father of two, Burr is using his abilities to create artwork that will serve to highlight the beauty of our environment and history, draw attention to its ecological plights and ultimately effect a positive change in how we coexist with our natural world.

Jeremy McLin Burr

Pierce Giltner
Potato, Acrylic on Tin

Born and reared in Chester S.C., Pierce Giltner brought his family to Bluffton in 2007. One of the South’s most unique folk artists, his paintings are made on rare salvaged wood and tin from derelict tenant houses across the Southeast. His artwork is bold and powerful, portraying the lives of bluesmen and oystermen; his recent work focuses on anything and everything based on the May River as experienced by boat.

When the sun is shining, and he’s not building, you can find him painting at his open-air studio and gallery, “The Gallery Without Walls,” located on Calhoun Street in Bluffton.

Pierce Giltner
Gallery Without Walls

Ben Ham
The awe-inspiring work of Ben Ham has a magical quality that draws the viewer into the image. Capturing his images using a wooden large-format camera and film provides a depth and scope rarely seen. Each piece is then meticulously crafted, using only acid-free materials, museum glass and olive wood frames made in Italy. The end result is stunning.

Primarily known for his iconic images of the Lowcountry, Ham’s work has become highly sought after and is now collected worldwide. His collection encompasses not only the Lowcountry, but also the Rockies, the Southwest and the Pacific Coast; he is currently starting a new collection of Italy. Ham’s art has been exhibited in numerous one-man shows on Hilton Head Island, in Charleston, Vail and Napa Valley. Hilton Head Island has been his home base for 20 years. See more of his work at his local gallery/ production studio.

Ben Ham
90 Capital Drive, Suite 104
Hilton Head Island

Maria Slough

Maria Slough’s gallery, Fishbone, features over 30 local artists. She enjoys sharing art with the world, and that passion is reflected in her gallery.

Slough has been creating pottery and painting for more than 40 years. She owned a large pottery studio in Ohio for 20 years before relocating to the Lowcountry over 28 years ago. She continues to create functional and decorative pottery in her studio and gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

Slough’s goal, above all else, is to bring joy to others with her self-taught pottery work, and she is thankful for her God-given talent to create whimsical pieces that help bring a smile to others.

Fishbone Gallery & Gifts
45 Calhoun St.

The Art League of Hilton Head

The Art League of Hilton Head presents Craft Hilton Head 2012, the second annual juried exhibition featuring works of fine 3D art from artists across the United States.

Local award-winning artist, Donna Ireton, will perform pine needle basketry demonstrations in the gallery from 1-4 p.m. on December 13, 17 and 27. Pine needle basketry is very similar to sweet grass basketry, with coils of pine needles being stitched together to form baskets.

The exhibition is free and open to the public through December 30 at the Art League of Hilton Head’s Walter Greer Gallery, open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Art League of Hilton Head Island
Walter Greer Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Hilton Head Island

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