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August Issue 2009

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Jim Chapman, Jane Schmidt, & Cassandra Gillens

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will be featuring an exhibit of new works by Jim Chapman, Jane Schmidt, and Cassandra Gillens, on view from Aug. 7 - 29, 2009. Each of these artists use color in unique and expressive ways, and this show promises to illuminate the impact color can have on our creative senses.

Jim Chapman's work lends a contemporary feel to more traditional subjects, such as authentic Lowcountry sweetgrass baskets and farm landscapes, but can be as light and whimsical as chocolate-covered doughnuts. He collects these one-of-a kind baskets that inspire his paintings, and the resulting works are some of his best sellers. His pieces are vibrant and offer high-color impact while still referencing their natural roots and traditional inspirations. Chapman has been a working, exhibiting, and award-winning artist since the 1970's when he studied in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.

Jane Schmidt is inspired by abstract expressionists, and she uses the subject of landscape to explore the edge between abstraction and representation with an emphasis on the expressive use of color. Using decisive brush marks, Schmidt commingles vibrant colors to create a striking visual experience for every viewer.

Cassandra Gillens is a self-taught artist, residing in Beaufort, SC. Born in Boston, MA, she was always creative and artistic, beginning her fascination with color in the form of colored chalks. Gillens' fondest memories of her visits to South Carolina inspired her to paint visions of the Lowcountry's comforting southern culture in the most vibrant tones. Her paintings reveal her love with vivid colors of the southern seasons and images of classic southern living. Her work was featured in 2008's film Nights in Rodanthe with Richard Gere.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704-334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com).

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