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January Issue 2011

Charleston Artist Guild Features Exhibit of Works by Muriel Lanciault

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, A Few of My Favorite Things, featuring works by Muriel Lanciault, on view in the Guild Gallery from Jan. 1 - 31, 2011. An artist's reception will be held on Jan. 7, 2011, from 5-8pm.

Lanciault offers the following statement about her art. "Discovering my abilities as an artist has been a recent and delightful journey. Not a formally trained artist, I spent forty years teaching and serving as a Principal and Superintendent of Schools, mostly in upstate New York. I began exploring watercolor about a year before I retired but made no progress until moving to Charleston five years ago. That's when I got lost one afternoon and found myself at the Dorchester County Senior Center, which hosted an 'Introduction to Watercolor' class once a week. That started me down the road to my new life."

"In working to develop my skills, I have had the privilege of studying with several outstanding artists in both classes and workshops, including Eugene Bekaert, Charles Parnelle, Helen Beacham, Connie Olsen, Kathleen Wiley, and Lian Zhen. Some of these studies included introductions to painting with oils and acrylics and exploring mixed media, all of which remain in the developmental stage. Watercolor is most definitely my favorite medium. I tend to paint realistically, although recent experiments with abstract subjects have been fairly successful."

"The assembly of paintings which I will hang for this exhibit will center on two themes, both of which are among 'my favorite things': flowers and structures. I became a gardener at 11 years of age, when my family celebrated their exit from an apartment in the Bronx to our first house 'in the country'. That meant there were trees and grass! So several of my favorite pieces are florals. The structures portion of the exhibit will include cityscapes and interiors, bridges and lighthouses, and studies from my recent trip to China. There will be both exteriors and interiors, often festooned with banners or flags, the colors of which enhance the overall effect of solidity. Bridges and lighthouses have symbolic meaning to me as well as structural challenges."

"Having stepped into the world of art at such an advanced age, I have not taken the time to formulate an artist's vision or a great body of work; I simply take time each day to paint what pleases my eye. The greatest fun is having someone say it pleases his or her eye well enough to buy it!

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Gallery at 843/722-2454 or visit (www.charlestonartistguild.com).


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