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April 2014

COCO VIVO Art for Living in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Mitch Billis

COCO VIVO Art for Living in Charleston, SC, will present Mitch Billis Solo Show, featuring more than a dozen extraordinary paintings by our most recognized and nationally renowned artist, Mitch Billis, on view from Apr. 1 - 30, 2014. A reception will be held on Apr. 4, from 5-8pm.

This is the first 2014 exhibition to highlight the work of Billis, a member of Who’s Who in American Art. Most are never-before-seen pieces that capture the artist’s personal styles of light casting shadows in romanticize views of the Lowcountry and Italy.

The show was organized by Mary Phelps. Created especially for this exhibition, this solo presentation features oil paintings depicting coastal nautical scenes, Italian and Lowcountry architecture, and coastal marshes.

Boothbay Harbor, ME, artist Mitch Billis loves to paint Charleston, Maine, and Italy. In all places, he finds the flower-draped porches, snug harbors, and time-worn buildings that attract his keen eye. Billis sees life as a continuum of learning, “If you are being honest about what and how you paint, learning to see keeps on forever. I am still learning. That’s the joy and frustration of painting. I am constantly experimenting and trying to improve the quality of my work. Sometimes a step back can mean two steps forward. Other times it’s just a step back, but the inherent struggle always leads in new directions. As Robert Henri says in The Art Spirit, ‘Painting is about the process, that’s where the joy lies.” The paintings are merely a by-product of the life I have been privileged to lead.” His own life is testimony to this idea of continual learning.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/720-4027 or visit (www.cocovivoartforliving.com).

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