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May Issue 2010

Wells Gallery in Charleston, SC, Features Works Focused on Birds

George Pate
Russell W. Gordon

The Wells Gallery in historic Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, The Birds, featuring a variety of depictions by George Pate, Karen Larson Turner, Glenn Harrington, Russell Gordon, Kevin LePrince, Gary Gowans, Gary Grier, and Rick Reinert. The exhibit begins on May 7 and continues through May 31, 2010.

Inspiration from the various bird species of the Carolinas prompted owner Hume Killian to host this one-of-a-kind group show. "Birds define Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry as much as its architecture, history, and barrier islands," Killian explains. "This show will allow our local and national artists to interpret this natural wonder using their distinct artistic voice."

Glenn Harrington

Pennsylvania resident Glenn Harrington recently purchased property in South Carolina to draw inspiration from the lowcountry, and says "Birds are an integral part of the southern landscape. Visible, busy, and elegant, they punctuate the open vistas of the grasses and winding creeks, adding scale and action to the landscape." Harrington paints to portray the true, intriguing sense of what he's seen. In this show, he hopes to achieve both the "stillness and movement" he encounters when watching birds. His most recognizable bird paintings include bald eagles for the Franklin Mint and swans for W.B. Yeats' poem Wild Swans at Coole.

Kevin LePrince

Charleston native Kevin LePrince is best known for his whimsical, yet equally insightful portrayal of birds. He states, "My paintings are not the traditional or classic depictions normally seen through the camera lens, but rather my expression of the experiences I've had interacting with their rather quirky personalities." Many of LePrince's collectors say his bird paintings remind them of their own families. This is true because he spends a good amount of time "photographing and looking for those unique moments when their gestures and actions become 'human.'" Adding to their likability, LePrince usually paints his subjects against a bold, contrasting color to add that extra pop!

Located next to the Gibbes Museum of Art in historic downtown Charleston, the Wells Gallery features fine regional art from a diversity of perspectives in various mediums, including painting and hand-blown glass. The gallery is a member of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association and the French Quarter Gallery Association. Our second gallery is located in The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/853-3233 or visit (www.wellsgallery.com).

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