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October Issue 2003
The Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, SC, Features Works by Maggie Keyserling & Cassandra M. Gillens
Elvis is in the building! From Oct. 1 - 18, 2003, The Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, SC, will feature the exhibit, Elvis, Bond & Beyond, featuring a decoupage hommage to The King by Maggie Keyserling. And, from Oct. 20 - Nov. 8, 2003, works by Cassandra M. Gillens will be presented.
Maggie Keyserling is a graduate of the United
States Air Force Academy. Before moving to Beaufort, where she
began to explore her interests in art, Keyserling served as a
Captain in the Air Force and worked as an undercover police officer
in St. Petersburg, FL. She has written a memoir about her police
work and two screen plays, both of which were recognized in regional
and national competitions. Turning to the visual side, Keyserling
discovered the art of decoupage and married it to her love of
Elvis Presley, which led to this show.
Ask Keyserling why she's an Elvis fan and she'll tell you that he "was a revolutionary force in music history". Ask her why she pasted thousands of images of him onto furniture and canvases, and she'll tell you how the post-comeback Elvis reminds her "of a simpler, stress-free, non-carb-counting time" in her life. The King represents a carefree childhood, and offers a connection to her parents: listening to American Trilogy in the car with her father and the memory that Elvis concerts made her mother happy "in a way nothing else did".
In reflecting on her fascination with Elvis,
Keyserling confides, "...when my suspicious mind works overtime,
and I think everyone's a devil in disguise, Elvis enters the building
and welcomes me to his world. I play my Aloha compact disc
and dance like crazy... just like I did as a child back
home in Paducah, Ky."
Cassandra M. Gillens
Cassandra M. Gillens is a self-taught artist,
residing in Beaufort, SC. Although she was raised in Massachusetts,
her childhood visits to the Lowcountry provide the inspiration
for her art. Gillens' paintings show her love of the area and
its culture in the vivid colors of the southern seasons and images
of good old southern living.
Gillens is a member of The Beaufort Arts Association, whose paintings can be found in private collections throughout the United States. She has been featured in Southern Living, Skirt, and United Airlines' Magazine. Her participation in one of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival art exhibits resulted in a sell out.
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