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The Cheryl Newby Gallery in Pawleys Island, SC, Offers Works by Ray Ellis
The Cheryl Newby Gallery in Pawleys Island, SC, is presenting the exhibit, RAY ELLIS The Carolina Paintings, featuring a winter show of oils, watercolors, and pencil drawings by the highly acclaimed landscape painter Ray Ellis. The exhibition will consist of sixteen works; all inspired by the 87 year old artist's fondness of the Carolina lowcountry and created especially for the one-man show of his work in celebration of the Cheryl Newby Gallery's 25th Anniversary. The show will be on view through Dec. 13, 2008.
Tobacco barns, quail hunters, and live oak lanes, as well as moonlit marshes are a few of the subjects viewers will experience in this exquisite show. Ellis's paintings became widely known across the United States when he and the popular CBS newscaster, Walter Cronkite collaborated on a trilogy of books in the 1980's that celebrated America's coastlines. The first was South by Southeast, next came North by Northeast, and finally Westwind. Many books containing Ellis's paintings have been published since then including Lowcountry. The fifteenth, and most recent book, By the Light of the Moon, was published in 2007 and showcases a subject that has captivated him for years moonlit landscapes.
Ellis has been painting for over sixty years on all seven continents. For three consecutive years beginning in 1998, he was commissioned by the President to paint scenes of the White House to be reproduced as the official Christmas card. His works have been exhibited in US Embassies in Geneva, Vienna and London, and his paintings are in the permanent collections of the White House, museums across the country and private collections worldwide. In 2004, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, honored the depth and breadth of Ellis' career with a major traveling exhibition titled Ray Ellis in Retrospect: A Painter's Journey. He was subsequently awarded the Salmagundi Club's Medal of Honor for lifetime achievement in the Arts.
Ellis was born in Philadelphia in 1921 and attended the famed Philadelphia Museum School of Art. His first one-man show was held in 1947 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After serving four years in the Coast Guard during WWII, he founded his own advertising agency in New Jersey and New York, but continued to paint in his spare time. During this period he was elected to the American Watercolor Society, and his works were widely exhibited and received numerous honors.
In 1969, Ellis was able to devote all his time to painting. In 1974 he moved south to Hilton Head Island, SC, and then to Savannah, GA. He later resettled on Martha's Vineyard where he maintains a home and studio. The Cheryl Newby Gallery has represented Ellis since 1987 and is his exclusive gallery in the Carolinas.
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