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October 2011

Rick Rhodes Photography in Charleston Features Works by Carol Ezell-Gilson

Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Wrought Iron and Stained Glass, featuring the most recent series of paintings by Carol Ezell-Gilson, on view from Oct. 4 - 31, 2011. A reception will be held on Oct. 14, from 6-8pm.

This exhibition is introducing two series together. The first dates from 2000 and depicts downtown Charleston wrought iron gates. The other paintings in the series are stained glass windows from five houses of worship on the Charleston peninsula.

Along with the original paintings, prints of the stained glass windows will be available; half of the profit will be given to the particular religious institution.

Ezell- Gilson, a native Charlestonian, spent a great deal of time with her grandfather who was born in Charleston in the late 1890s. He loved his native city and she remembers fondly the stories of its history. She says in her bio, “Charleston was a different place in the 1960s, relatively undiscovered. I, too, fell in love with its history, beauty, and mystery.”

Interested in the arts as early as high school, Ezell- Gilson enrolled in a teenage drawing and painting class at the Gibbes Museum School in downtown Charleston studying under Manning Williams. Here she experienced plein air painting and the techniques to capture the beautiful, still-rural landscape of the Lowcountry. Her intensive study in drawing and painting began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. For her it was an expansive experience with access to the great art museums of Philadelphia, New York and Washington.

Ezell- Gilson says that she has always painted what she loves. The Charleston area has greatly inspired her work, but she also paints from memory and imagination. Though her subject matter is varied, common elements of form, color, line, and pattern run throughout her work.

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