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November Issue 2010

Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association Presents its 12th Charleston Fine Art Annual - Nov., 3, 5-6, 2010, in Charleston, SC

The first weekend in November traditionally marks the Charleston Fine Art Annual hosted by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association (CFADA) in Charleston, SC's Historic District. On Nov. 3, 5-6, 2010, CFADA welcomes once again avid art collectors and nationally renowned artists to celebrate the diverse fine art that the growing art market of Charleston has to offer. The weekend filled with art events features art openings at CFADA member galleries, plein air painting, an art auction and lectures. Proceeds will benefit Charleston County High Schools' fine art programs.

Featured in Charleston Magazine, American Art Collector, AmericanStyle and Art & Antiques as the most important fine visual arts' festival in Charleston, the Charleston Fine Art Annual gives visitors a unique opportunity to mingle with renowned artists in the most charming historic district on the east coast.

The fine art weekend kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, with "Women in Art" lecture series. This three-part lecture series that explores and celebrates the many contributions of women in art is presented by the Gibbes Museum of Art. For ticket information on the lecture series, please visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).?
The historic district will be buzzing with activity on Friday evening as a mix of local and visiting art enthusiasts will find their way to eleven CFADA galleries. The November art exhibit is the most important art affair of the year for each CFADA gallery. On Nov. 5, 2010, from 5-8pm, the galleries will present the most significant works of art by their artists. This art stroll is free and open to public.

On Saturday morning, Nov. 6, 2010, starting at 9am, locals and visitors alike will once again mingle and watch artists at work in Washington Park. This is the most popular event of the weekend as hundreds of art enthusiasts flock to the park for an opportunity to meet their favorite artists and watch them create their works of art that will be later auctioned off to benefit the Charleston County High Schools' art programs. The plein air event, Painting in the Park, takes place at Washington Park from 9am till noon.

The Seventh Annual High School Art Competition, a wonderful opportunity for local students to show off their best works, is part of the plein air event and will start at 11am on Nov. 6 at Washington Park. The student art works will be on display and judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The winners will be announced at 11:30am.

Saturday evening is dedicated to the 5th Charleston Art Auction. This elegant evening presented by the Charleston Art Auction features a preview/reception at 6pm followed by an art auction at 7pm. The auction features historically significant paintings and drawings together with contemporary works by recognized American artists. The art works from Washington Park will be also for sale that evening.

The Charleston Art Auction will take place at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel, 68 Wentworth Street, downtown Charleston. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Tickets are $50 per person (this includes a fully illustrated sales catalogue).?The Renaissance Charleston Hotel offers a special group rate for the weekend. Call 800/605-1498 and ask for the Charleston Art Auction group rate.

The Charleston Art Auction was founded in 2006 by Morris & Whiteside Galleries located in Hilton Head Island, SC, and The Sylvan Gallery located in Charleston, as the premier Southern art auction. Please visit (www.charlestonartauction.com) for more information.

The Charleston Fine Art Annual raises funds that keep art alive in local high schools. Since 2004, CFADA has donated over $150,000 to art programs at eleven local high schools. "With each passing year, we receive less and less funding for art programs," says Jim Braunreuther, fine arts coordinator for the Charleston County School District. "It concerns me greatly as art classes give students focus, discipline and a sense of belonging. They build motivation and empathy, teaching them to be self-starters and committed."

"It's hard to explain the consequences of young people being denied the experience of making art in all its forms, aided by professional direction and encouragement," says Lese Corrigan, CFADA's past president. According to Corrigan, students with a well-rounded arts education are better students, better employees and citizens as arts education strengthens students problem solving and critical thinking skills. "They tend to be happier, better-balanced human beings with the ability to think out of the box."

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association is the source of fine art in the South and consists of the city's prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for avid collectors and passionate art enthusiasts and supports the artists of the future. CFADA has donated more than $170,000 to local high schools, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston.

CFADA member galleries include: Ann Long Fine Art, Carolina Galleries, Charleston Renaissance Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Robert Lange Studios, Smith-Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery, and Wells Gallery.

For more information on CFADA, please visit (www.cfada.com) and for ticket reservations for the auction call 843/842-4433.


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