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Janaury Issue 2003

City Gallery in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by J. Carol Gardner

The City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC, will present an exhibit of works in pencil and charcoal by local artist J. Carol Gardner Jan 7 through Feb. 4, 2003, entitled Every Creature Has a Story.

Gardner was born in Spartanburg, SC, and moved to Charleston in 1993. She received her BFA and M.Ed. from Converse College. She is a Signature Member of the SC Watercolor Society, and her painting of a rooster Struttin', has toured the state with the annual SC Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition. She recently exhibited in Saul Alexander Gallery and was chosen to exhibit in the 2001 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition. The winner of numerous awards, Gardner's drawings and paintings hang in many private and corporate collections nationwide. Her work is shown at the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. She has worked with internationally known artists Robert Cottingham and Janet Fish.

Gardner comments on her work: "I have always loved to draw. As a child my favorite subject was animals. As my artistic journey continued through student to professional artist, my primary interest became the human form with family and friends as subject matters. Several years ago, I began to reminisce about days spent on my grandparents' farm and some of the animals I had encountered there. As I relived these memories, I realized some of these creatures had impacted my life as much as many of the humans I have met. Some are for the better and some for the worse. Inspired by these memories, I began a series of animal paintings. I love there mark of pencil on paper and the expressive line of a single brush stroke. I love layers of color that create depth and texture. I am drawn to paintings that represent a single quiet moment in time, yet suggest more. With this series of paintings I am attempting to recreate those moments in time. I hope they will in turn, stir similar cherished memories in you."

For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843/724-7305 or on the web at (www.ci.charleston.sc.us/oca/html).

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