Bringing the Art to the Outside

Our brand new mural, bringing the art to the outside.

Our brand new mural, bringing the art to the outside.

Over the last few weeks, we have been working with gallery artist, Eva Magill Oliver and local Greenville talent, Sunny Mullarkey, to brighten up the outside of our space and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome!

When we began to consider a mural for the side of the gallery, we thought about all of the incredible talent we represent and honing in on the perfect style was a feat…until we saw the NIKE campaign that Eva helped design. It was like a lightening bolt! We could see her swooshes and swoops on the side of the gallery. This would have been Eva’s first mural, so we enlisted the help of Sunny, a tenured muralist, to help bring the vision to life. Sunny added her own stylistic touch by including the leaves connecting with Eva’s signature color swoosh.

Once the design came to life, we took it before the Greenville Art in Public Places Board for approval and as soon as we had the “OK,” we got to work. For a week straight, even in the rain, Eva, Sunny and their assistant poured life into this project to make it a new and exciting bright spot here in the Village of West Greenville.

When you are visiting the gallery or hanging out in the Village, be sure to stop by and snag a selfie in front of this beautiful color bomb!

BREATH | AIR: Alicia Armstrong

Armstrong sanding layers to add depth and texture.

Armstrong sanding layers to add depth and texture.

Alicia’s new work is reminiscent of her early childhood years which were spent with her mother who used wallpaper as a primary design element throughout their home.  As an antique dealer, her mother refinished, sanded and painted furniture in hopes of reclaiming the history of each piece.

Having these memories in her childhood gave her a propensity to recreate these aesthetics in her work by creating personal images within a textured vintage floral pattern while simultaneously personalizing the process.  

This series is primarily created on wood panels where she builds up layers, creating history, then sanding back to reveal specific parts and pieces.  The floral patterns are ideal because they’re organic and flow freely in and out of the background.

These figures move through the space representing this sort of 'half here' state of being mothers experience while moving through life.  As a mother, Alicia relates to the inner conflict between the demands of family and the longing to find a sense of self.

These particular pieces are more vibrant in color accessing the joy in tiny moments caught in time, moving into spring and summer.

Alicia Armstrong joins Lesley Frenz for a new show entitled, "BREATH | AIR,” which opens Friday, May 3rd. This will be Armstrong’s first show with A&L Gallery. Work will range in sizes, from medium to large-scale. If you are interested in a first look, please let us know by clicking here.

Intention, Heritage and Influence - The Art of Michelle Jardines

Art & Light believes not only in the talent of the artists that we represent regularly, but the talent of those creatives outside of our current roster as well. The work of Michelle Jardines has caught our eye and we are thrilled to bring to you her very first exhibition with A&L Gallery! Partnering with veteran talent, Annalisa Fink, our newest exhibition entitled, “Transcendence + Imminence,” pulls together the vastness of space in Michelle’s work to the detailed flora of Annalisa’s.

“Wild Green Valley”, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 30”

“Wild Green Valley”, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 30”

Michelle Jardines is a first generation Cuban-American who has emerged in the wake of the influence of Gerhard Richter and J.M.W Turner. Her Cuban heritage has led her to focus on abstract realism and abstract expressionism that are continuously evolving through her life experiences.  

Through the expressive brush strokes, unique use of her palette knife and various blending techniques, she alters and creates compelling and memorable paintings with bold colors and dramatic compositions. Jardines explores the spiritual fragility of her surrounding environment and human emotion in her oil paintings on canvas.

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“My intention as an artist is to transfer my deep thoughts into acceptable strokes.  That moment of sublimation where my impulse converts and transforms what I create into a moment that stands still into the audiences mind. In return, my hope is that it brings them calmness, connection…like a divine dream and I lose sight of my initial thoughts.  A harmonious peace between the audience and I is then created.” 

Please join us for the unveiling of her latest collection in a joint exhibition with Annalisa Fink - “Transcendence + Imminence” - opening THIS FRIDAY, April 5th from 6pm- 8pm.

Southern Gothic - The work of Annalisa Fink

Annalisa in her home studio with Mr. Brict

Annalisa in her home studio with Mr. Brict

Annalisa Fink is one of those souls that you meet and immediately feel connected to. Her sweet spirit shines through when talking about her family, her art and of course Mr. Brict, her furry studio-mate. We often connect her work to our hikes at Paris Mountain and Pisgah National Forest with their shadows and playful light. Read below for a look into Annalisa’s paintings in her own words.

“I’m a northern born southern transplant, and I am fascinated by the tangled mess everywhere. There is always darkness and blooming, withering, and coming to life all at once. The seasons are blurred here in the upstate. Camila shrubs bloom in the winter and magnolia trees lose their leaves in the spring. Death and life sit side by side in an embrace of shadows and light, which is very much how our lives are. There are seasons in life, but those seasons happen side by side and often overtake each other. The lines between bitter and sweet are blurred in the blessed ordinary time that we all given.”

“Free Overall,” Acrylic on Panel, 30” x 30”

“Free Overall,” Acrylic on Panel, 30” x 30”

As an A&L Gallery staple, we are thrilled to introduce a brand new body of Annalisa’s work alongside guest artist, Michelle Jardines, in a joint show entitled, “Imminence + Transcendence,” opening Friday April 5th, 2019. Join us to celebrate on April 5th from 6pm - 8pm.

Fluid & Fixed - A new body of work from Bethany Mabee

Bethany in her studio.

Bethany in her studio.

It has been three years since Bethany Mabee did her first pop up with us and we have been excited to bring her back ever since. Her intuitive abstract paintings come to life through layer, color choice and a few happy accidents. Having spent years in the interior design industry, Bethany saw first hand how art really can help transform a space and it encouraged her to focus on her painting which gained her gallery representation and articles in multiple publications.

Read below to learn a bit more about Bethany and her latest collection made especially for Art & Light Gallery, Fluid & Fixed.

“In-Progress” shot of Mabee’s studio in Illinois.

“In-Progress” shot of Mabee’s studio in Illinois.

“I am fascinated by people's perspectives and how they dictate direction. Which perspectives are predetermined and fixed and which ones are moldable and ever changing?  think this fascination comes from being adopted and always welcoming the nature vs nurture conversation. It seems that we are all layers of history, experience, encounters, relationships, victories, failures....the list goes on. I'm interested in what each layer in time reveals to us and how it dictates our perspectives, choices and directions. My painting process is not very different. My paintings reveal themselves layer by layer. There are so many opportunities for surprise with each layer of paint that I apply. Regardless of what plans I put in place before I begin, there are always happy mistakes, surprise reactions with the materials, or in some cases, devastating wrong turns that I have to recover from. I enjoy the emotional roller coaster that can come with the process of abstract painting.  It has strengthened my ability in and out of the studio to make choices that are guided by my intuition rather than outside influences. I'm so grateful to be able to create from a place of my own. I love that abstract work offers the viewer a similar experience of reacting from a place of their own and adding elements of those reflections in their home through a piece that they connect with” - Bethany Mabee

Please join us this Friday , March 8th and Saturday, March 9th for a special pop up event featuring the latest collection from Bethany Mabee.

Works are currently available for pre-sale here and will available in the gallery during the two-day pop up event!

If you are interested in meeting Bethany, stop by the gallery on Saturday from 10am - 4pm for an artist meet and greet.

REJOICE! A collaboration by Teresa Roche and Barb Blair of Knack Studios

A glowy view of this incredible collaboration

A glowy view of this incredible collaboration

 When two creative minds come together, the result is nothing short of spectacular. A&L’s very own Teresa Roche and Barb Blair of Knack Studios have joined forces in a collaboration that connects the dots between art, design and everyday living.

 “Collaboration comes naturally to both of us since it is something that we both find extremely important for growth and true creativity.”

Longtime friends and creative forces in the Greenville community, Roche and Blair are thrilled to present “Rejoice”, a design focused exhibit combining Roche’s original paintings and Blair’s restored furniture pieces.

Teresa Roche’s current work is related to capturing the spirit of a memory or a place. Largely inspired by everyday interactions with her grandchildren, Roche has unveiled a playful approach in her latest paintings. Pops of neon weave among lively patterns, hinting at make-believe stories and Utopian destinations.

With careful prep work, thoughtful design and original features like unique knobs, Barb Blair transforms furniture into works of art. Blair swears that wallpaper makes her a better artist, and uses decoupage techniques to create points of visual interest within her “story pieces.” Roche’s original paintings have come to life in the form of wallpaper and fabrics, and are featured in Blair’s latest restored furniture pieces.

Roche and Blair in their elements.

Roche and Blair in their elements.

“Rejoice” opens Friday March 1st, from 6-8pm at Art and Light Gallery with pre-sales available starting Tuesday, February 26th. Join us for this celebration of collaboration, creativity, and the storytelling elements that make a house a home

Art makes the space...and we are here to help!

Here, this Kiah Bellows is the finishing touch to an impeccably designed space by Chisana Hice-Smith at In Site Desgins. Private Collection, Greenville, SC.

Here, this Kiah Bellows is the finishing touch to an impeccably designed space by Chisana Hice-Smith at In Site Desgins. Private Collection, Greenville, SC.

At Art & Light, we believe that art is the thing that gives a space life. It compliments the other things around it to make a room feel intentional. Whether art is the finishing touch or the anchor in the design from the start, we are here to help you find that perfect piece.

We are more than just a gallery with art hanging on the walls. We are an experienced staff with more than 12 years of consultant experience and trained eyes. We can help you refine your taste and introduce you to both local and international artists of all levels.

Here you see the work of Eric Benjamin and Shellie Lewis in a private collectors home. We worked on many levels to find the perfect works for this space and our collector.

Here you see the work of Eric Benjamin and Shellie Lewis in a private collectors home. We worked on many levels to find the perfect works for this space and our collector.

When you begin your art collecting journey, we advise you and/or your designer to come into the gallery and see first hand the incredible talent that we represent and to see what styles you connect with. From here, we begin a more in depth dialogue to really hone in on what works for you and your space. Whether this is work currently in the gallery, works we have access to in our artists’ studios or personal commissions, we are here to help find the perfect piece for your home or office.

If you are an art-lover, museum goer, collector, student or educator, we are here to help you discover and learn more about collecting art.

To see some of our projects and meet a couple of designers we work closely with, click here and if you are ready to add original art to your life and need a hand, give us a shout by clicking here.

An Annie Koelle Landscape give this room warmth. Commissioned for this space by Chisana Hice-Smith with In Site Designs for a private collector.

An Annie Koelle Landscape give this room warmth. Commissioned for this space by Chisana Hice-Smith with In Site Designs for a private collector.

A Sideways Glance - The Newest Collection from Diane Kilgore Condon

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You know her for her constant presence in the Greenville art-scene, owner of Art Bomb Studios, as well as her collectible and elegant birds painted on wooden blocks. Diane Kilgore Condon is an incredible talent whose paintings have, in her own words, been forming for more than 40 years.

Please see below for a bit more on what the artist has to say about her work and process:

“My paintings have been forming for 40 years, and even now may be partially hidden to me, but I am trying to look at them again, sometimes sideways, and to comprehend the narrative woven into them. I am not trying to win arguments, or to inspire a generation, or anything like that. I am trying to see the glances, feel the breezes, to connect myself to others by looking hard at the moments that fill up our lives together. I want to see who we were and who we are before we change and change and change again. And sometimes, I get ironic and think it's all just utterly hilarious. And then I assign each of these a symbol and sometimes you become a boat. “

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Alan Etheridge of the Metropolitan Arts Council has this to say about Diane:

“Diane Kilgore Condon has been a stalwart in Greenville’s visual arts community for over 20 years.  Her paintings and sculptures have been instrumental in ensuring the success of events like Greenville Open Studios, because her commitment to quality is unwavering.  Her techniques, her color palette and her subject matter have been immensely popular over the years.  I’ve always admired both the serious and the playful sides of her large-scale paintings.  Diane is truly a visionary:  her founding of ArtBomb was the seminal moment in the transformation of West Greenville.”

We are thrilled to represent Diane’s work on a regular basis and even more excited to welcome her back for a solo exhibition starting this Friday, February 1st which runs through February 23rd. Please join us on opening day from 6pm - 8pm for a reception honoring the artist. It will be the perfect time to enjoy and collect from Diane’s most recent collection.

Ringing in the New Year with Eva Magill Oliver

Magill Oliver putting the finishing touches on a piece for the show.

Magill Oliver putting the finishing touches on a piece for the show.

We are honored to welcome in the new year with a brand new body of work from the talented Eva Magill Oliver. “Becoming” is a body of work that has been inspired by the relationship between the artist and the materials used. Magill Oliver believes that though the artist is guiding the creation, the materials often react in unforeseen ways and the beauty in that unexpected should be embraced.

The natural world is an ever-present theme in Magill Oliver’s work and is also transitional based on the landscape that surrounds her. It inspires her color palettes, the way she creates patterns, and influences the organic shapes and silhouettes prevalent throughout her work.

"I love to explore the movements, patterns, and connections found in the natural world. I am in awe of nature's subtle variations and how they flow and influence one another."

A close-up image of “Becoming 10”, a 48” x 48” work included in the exhibition

A close-up image of “Becoming 10”, a 48” x 48” work included in the exhibition

Eva is represented by a number of galleries nationally and has worked with international brands such as Anthropologie, AG Jeans and Silvie Thiriez of France. Most recently, she published a book entitled, “Paint Alchemy” which explores process-driven techniques through design, pattern, color and more. Books will be available here in the gallery for the duration of the show.

Please join us this coming Friday, January 11th for an art party celebrating the artist and her exceptional new body of work from 6 - 8pm. “Becoming” will be available for viewing from January 11th - January 26th during our regular gallery hours. If you would like additional images and details on the show, please reach out to us by clicking here.

Artful in the Day to Day - Teresa Roche, Keiko Kamata and Marijana Mijacevic

When art meets design meets daily use - you have a winning combination. For our special multi-artist pop up this coming weekend, we are thrilled to bring you the artful works of Teresa Roche, Keiko Kamata and Marijana Mijacevic.

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Each of these artists with a background in textiles, fine art or design - offering artisan goods beautifully made and carefully considered.  Selling thoughtful and beautiful things.  The collection of all three is curated to showcase home furnishings that blend together in natural/organic ways in hopes of reaching an appreciative and artful audience.

One of Kamata’s handmade trays

One of Kamata’s handmade trays


Keiko Kamata is no stranger to A&L - she is a Japanese printmaker who moved to Greenville eight years ago and has done several shows, as well as several Pop-Ups. She’s supremely talented and has taken the last year to turn some of her amazing prints into wallcovering and fabric designs. Keiko’s love for Mid-century modern, fascination with Scandinavian lifestyle, and ingrained Zen minimalism inform her designs. She creates simple yet engaging patterns to make everyday surroundings and activities special. The Pop-Up will include wallpaper and fabric, as well as birchwood trays handmade in Sweden.

Pillows from Mijacevic;s collection

Pillows from Mijacevic;s collection

Marijana Mijacevic is also no stranger to many of you as she has been popping up in some of Greenville’s finest festivals, including the Maker’s Summit’s Indie Craft Parade - Marijana’s home furnishing line, Kuća, meaning “home” in Bosnian, was founded on the idea of making simple items that are also beautiful. Her product line makes up home items that strike a balance between nature and the modern world including pillows, table linens, aprons and totes.

Roche’s custom pillows using “Sadie’s Bouquet” Pattern

Roche’s custom pillows using “Sadie’s Bouquet” Pattern

Teresa Roche, our fearless leader here at Art & Light Gallery and fabulous artist has taken a special selection of her highly-sought after original paintings and turned them into wallpaper and fabric. Custom pillows can be ordered through the gallery as well as yardage of her fabric and wallpaper in three different lengths.

We are thrilled to host these three talents alongside Twenty Two West this coming Friday evening during our Cocktail Crawl Friday evening from 5pm - 7pm and again Saturday from 10am - 4pm where you can actually meet the creators and chat with them about their process.