President's Letter Greetings
Greetings Fellow Artists,
Join us for our first fall meeting on September 12. 2022, 7:00-8:00 pm, with meet and greet from 6:30-7:00. The meeting will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, 2107 N Highway 17. Madeline Dukes will be our guest artist.
If you haven’t done so please renew your membership prior to this meeting.
We have lots to catch up on. There are many many chairs and co-chairs positions to be filled. We are planning on resuming local community events Artfest and Blessing of the Fleet. Your participation will be needed.
Looking forward to seeing all old and new members.
Speaker at September Meeting
A South Carolina native and Charleston area resident, Madeline Dukes studied studio art and political science at Winthrop University. Her work has been selected for several juried group and solo shows at museums and cultural centers in North and South Carolina, including the Etherredge Gallery at University of South Carolina-Aiken, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Lincoln County Museum, Sumter Museum of Art, McElvey Center, Mooresville Art Center, Pickens County Museum, the Rauch Gallery at Gaston College, The Cashiers Plein Air Festival, Joy Garden Tour, and a traveling show with the South Carolina State Museum. Her work has also been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S.
Abstracted landscapes, “nature portraits,” and still life vignettes are her favorite subjects. She begins her process by collecting information on location and employing an interactive process of observation in nature to capture color, form, light and, most importantly, atmosphere. For her, this is where the painting begins. While creating her work, she incorporates music and movement to convey a quick and concise response to the visual elements of the subject.
"I approach each painting as a portrait and am fascinated by the movement and relationships between the subject and its environment," she says. "Nothing is still. Something dynamic is always going on between the two, and I want to communicate that as well as capture the personality of the subject, the day, and the light. Life’s rhythms always provides the inspiration."
She works in a variety of media--acrylics, graphite, charcoal, oils and oil sticks. Her brush work ranges from thick to thin on any given painting, and she layers, scratches, scrapes, and makes marks to portray the energy and atmosphere of the subject.
"Don't Feed the Alligators" by Madeline Dukes
Perspective Gallery News
The Gallery has had a nice summer. With 34 terrific current artists, we have had nice sales with very positive feedback from visitors and returning customers.
We continue with our Artists of the Month receptions. Gloria Smith is our September Artist of the Month. Gloria has been in the gallery since the beginning of May 2017. Her oil paintings depict local marshes, florals and various subjects. She resides here in Charleston with her husband Norman. They are great friends to the gallery always present supporting our artists for all gatherings.Her reception will be Saturday, September 10, from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Gallery.
We are preparing for the fall and winter with our next rotation, including a small works show . These are six by six or eight by eight framed pieces for sale. They make great gifts for the holidays!
DeeDee Conant Director
and the Steering Committee
"Daffodil" by Gloria Union Smith
As you may know, our membership in the Guild expires at the end of this month. You may download a renewal form from our website, or pick one up from the gallery. Please mail the completed form or bring it to our September meeting. It is our hope that meeting time is not wasted by members filling out these forms.