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March 2011

City of North Charleston Features Works by Barrie Hinson & Keller Lee

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, will present several new exhibits including: Landscapes of the Lowcountry, featuring works by Barrie Hinson, on view at the North Charleston City Gallery at the Charleston Area Convention Center from Mar. 1-31, 2011, and Inspiration and Interpretation, featuring fused glass works by Keller Lee, on view at The Meeting Place located in the Olde North Charleston Business District from Mar. 1-31, 2011.

Charleston Artist Guild member, Barrie Hinson, will exhibit plein air landscapes in oil in her exhibit of recent works, titled Landscapes of the Lowcountry. Hinson paints landscapes on location with the essential monochromatic value study, and then takes the piece to her studio where she lays in the color. She then pushes and pulls the color temperatures to create mysterious and intriguing focal points. Hinson is drawn to the intriguing demeanor of the Lowcountry, such as its lazy rivers, majestic live oaks, afternoon light and marshes. She says, “It is a thrill to be able to stand before nature and let her challenge me with her infinite beauty.”

Hinson grew up near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC, where she started receiving recognition in art early on in life. She was voted “most artistic” at Asheville High School and was featured in a one-man-show at the age of 18. She studied Painting and Printmaking at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for two years and received a BFA degree in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 1985, Hinson moved to Charleston, SC, where she taught art in public and private schools, introducing and encouraging many young people to pursue art as a career. In 2003, she retired from teaching to return to her first passion of painting oil portraits, murals, and black and white photography. She was past president of the Goose Creek Artist Guild and is currently exhibiting in the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

In his exhibit, Inspiration and Interpretation, local artist Keller Lee will present fused glass objects that were inspired by items and patterns found in every day life. Most of Lee’s works function as some sort of practical object, from candle holders to coasters. Lee says, “Glass is a great way to make my life inspired art take on a functional form that can be used in everyday life.”

Glass fusion, often referred to as “warm glass,” is one of the oldest forms of glass making. Torches and kilns are used to make the glass soft and molten. Handcut, broken, pulled and ground pieces of glass are used with each glass fusion project.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or visit (

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