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October Issue 2003

The Charleston Artist Guild Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Charleston, SC

The Charleston Artist Guild will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall with a host of activities designed for members and the public. Those activities include the opening of a new Charleston Artist Guild gallery, exhibits around town reflecting the work and history of member artists and a gala celebration. The gala celebration and art auction will offer art collectors an exceptional opportunity to obtain original paintings by nationally renowned local artists, including John C. Doyle, Bill Jamison, Rhett Thurman and Betty Anglin Smith.

The gala celebration will be held on Oct. 25, 2003, at the Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston, SC. Located under an enormous tent on the Gaillard's front lawn, the party theme, Art Under The Big Top, will feature performance art, a dance band, exhibits on the Guild's history, a silent and live auction of exceptional artwork and fabulous food and wine. In true artistic fashion, the invitees are encouraged to wear artful attire, ensuring that this gala will be one of Charleston's most colorful and entertaining. The public is invited to attend. According to Board President Tami Cardnella, "The gala is a great way for people to meet local artists, come out and appreciate their work and take home some real treasures from the auction. The proceeds will be used to support our community projects." Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased by contacting the Guild office at 843/722-2454.

The history of the guild dates back to 1953 when seven local Charleston artists launched the organization in an effort to help artists network and involve themselves in community programs. One early member, Charles Parnell, who joined the Guild in 1956 and remains active today, says that the Guild was his introduction to the art world and helped him launch a successful career. He made the transition from shipyard illustrator to teacher and accomplished artist over the years and still attends the monthly meeting. "If I get just one thing out of a meeting, it's worthwhile", says Parnell.

The Guild continues to support its members in many ways and contributes to the community through many programs like the Very Special Arts and the Art of Alzheimer's programs.

For more information on the Charleston Artist Guild, its membership or the programs planned for the anniversary celebration, contact the office at 843/722-2454 or at (www.charlestonartistguild.org).

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