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October Issue 2007

The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Ted Ellis

The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC, announces the opening of Our Stories, a show of new works by Ted Ellis on view from Oct. 5 - 31, 2007.

Our Stories are told in paint by artist Ted Ellis who "records" memories of his childhood in New Orleans with his style reminiscent of the primitives with an approach that speaks of both realism and impressionism. A self-taught artist, Ellis captures moments that tell of his life and that of those around him. These are stories of the south - the deep south. With New Orleans as inspiration and a childhood teaming with the rich African American cultural heritage, Ellis has many stories to tell.

Ellis currently resides in Friendswood, TX. His paintings have attracted many corporate collectors including Walt Disney Studios, Coca-Cola and Avon, Inc. He has been featured in articles in magazines including Upscale, Southern Living and Newsweek. He is acutely aware of the need for telling the stories of his cultural heritage and encouraging the young to seek their stories. His traveling series Capturing Our Culture And Heritage encompasses the diversity and cultural similarities of all Americans and Black History Month was celebrated with his exhibit Spirit of the South, a tribute to the Southern culture and heritage of African Americans. His body of work follows in the footsteps of Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Ellis has garnered a collectors' base among the art elite throughout the country.

Last year the mayor of Houston, TX, proclaimed May 23, 2006 as "Ted Ellis Day" and opened an exhibit of paintings by Ellis in City Hall with the theme of the exhibit being Blues in the Bayou City 2006. The proclamation read as follows: "An environmental chemist, turned professional artist over 15 years ago, Ellis is one of the leading African-American contemporary artists capturing American culture and heritage. Referring to himself as a creative historian, Ellis states that he was put here to record history and his sole purpose has always been to educate through art. Extremely dedicated to his craft, Ellis breathes life into the rural scenes that follow soulful and familiar images through poignant settings, drawing from his childhood impressions of his native city, New Orleans."

The Sylvan Gallery specializes in 20th and 21st century representational art and carries a large selection of sculpture. They are pleased to now represent thirty-five artists of world renown.

Found at 171 King Street, in downtown Charleston's historic district and antique row, the gallery presents colorful, approachable works of art from today's masters who travel the world. The Sylvans participate in the Charleston Fine Art Annual Weekend and the gallery is a member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association (CFADA) and partners with Morris Whiteside Gallery in Hilton Head in bringing the Charleston Art Auction to life.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call 843/722-2172 or visit (www.thesylvangallery.com).

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