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October 2013

Anglin Smith Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Shannon Smith Hughes

Anglin Smith Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present Transitions, featuring new paintings by Shannon Smith Hughes, on view from Oct. 4 - 18, 2013. A reception will be held on Oct. 4, from 5-8pm.

“This collection of paintings suggest signs of transitions through various symbolic forms; doors, roads, rising tides, changing weather, dramatic sunsets, as well as the decline on our local shrimping industry. We are designed to adapt and adjust to our ever changing environment. Such changes in our daily routines and responsibilities help shape and mold our character. I am experiencing the most significant and exciting transition in my life thus far; marriage, entering step motherhood, and moving into a new home and studio,” says Hughes,

Regardless of what subject she chooses to paint, Hughes has proven to possess an unusually keen eye and an unrivaled sensitivity to light. It is her attention to detail coupled with the use of strong, warm and cool colors that she uses to delicately capture the fading light of the late afternoon hours. In many of her canvases, she paints strong contrasts of color, with dramatic darks and subdued grey tones juxtaposed with warmer, more radiant hues. But, as always, her main focus is capturing light.

Born and raised in the Lowcountry, many of her works are inspired by the beauty of coastal landscapes and downtown Charleston scenes. However, Hughes has painted in Europe and studied with nationally known artists such as Kim English and Gregg Kreutz. “I’m inspired by the drama of light interacting with the subject or a mood created by a scene, telling us stories.”

For Hughes, art has always been a natural part of life. She was raised in a household of artists. Her mother is noted oil painter Betty Anglin Smith, and her siblings Jennifer Smith Rogers and Tripp Smith are also accomplished artists. It was this constant immersion in art that helped foster Smith’s talent from an early age.

After completing her BFA at Clemson University in 1994, Hughes has been painting professionally. She has been honored by the Oil Painters of America and she is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. In addition to showing in Charleston she is also represented in Atlanta and Martha’s Vineyard. Corporate collections include pieces in the Clemson University Foundation and Piggly Wiggly Corporate Headquarters.

Anglin Smith Fine Art is Charleston’s gallery for contemporary realism and color. The gallery features works by Lowcountry painter Betty Anglin Smith and her triplets, painters Jennifer Smith Rogers and Shannon Smith Hughes, and photographer Tripp Smith. Sculptures in bronze by Darrell Davis and works in oil by Kim English and Colin Page are also available. Also the gallery exhibits works from the estate of Carl Plansky. Subject matter ranges from local and European landscapes to architectural works, still life and abstract.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/853-0708 or visit (www.anglinsmith.com).

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