UNCONVENTIONAL NUDES: Pop-Up by Jessica Fields and Madeleine Peck-Wagner

Art & Light is excited to present two artists well-known for their distinctive styles, introducing work you haven’t seen from them yet. With thick, buttery layers and thoughtfully sculpted mark making, Jessica Fields’ landscapes have left you speechless. Madeleine Peck-Wagner’s intricate and uniquely detailed deer and horse drawings have caught you captivated... Now we are thrilled to introduce a collection of nude works by these remarkable talents for a special pop-up.

Read below for some words from the artists…

Jessica Fields

The drama and intimacy I feel with my landscapes is the same thing that drives me to work with the figure. Working with the female form is a whole stack of processes. It’s self reflection and curiosity and politics and confidence and fear. And maybe most importantly a collaboration. It’s definitely the only time I don't have head phones on when I paint. 

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Madeleine Peck-Wagner


I’m making these works as an attempt to reconcile my quick gestural drawings within a language that nods to printmaking and painting. I’m excited for this opportunity to showcase them in a pop up framework because that allows me to be ‘less precious’ and more experimental. I am working with the female form as a way to make works that are simultaneously fashion adjacent while also being a more formal exploration of form. Also, I’ll have some of my animal drawings because they’re endlessly fascinating to me, and a way to encourage compassion for all beings.

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We hope you join us THIS FRIDAY, October 11th for a "Meet & Mimosas" drop-in event from 10am - 2pm where you can meet both artists and sip our favorite of all daytime celebratory beverages.

Works will be made available online on Saturday, October 12th.

PARSING CHEMISTRY: The Works of Jessica Fields and Ellen Rolli

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Art & Light Gallery is pleased to present our latest exhibition, “PARSING CHEMISTRY”, a duo show featuring the works of Ellen Rolli and Jessica Fields.

Ellen Rolli’s collection of works, like Jessica’s, move between the world of abstraction and recognizable imagery.  Although two distinct styles, Rolli and Fields often interpret their world with similar palettes and subjects. This makes for a pleasing merging of work and a harmonious combination. 

Rolli favors an intuitive approach to her work, trusting the process to take her where it will. Recently her paintings have begun to move from pure abstraction towards a semi abstract interpretation of subject matter, specifically still life. But texture, mark making and a nuanced palette remain a constant.

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Ellen Rolli working in her studio

This collection of Jessica Fields paintings were created in response to the art of Ellen Rolli. They are a visual feedback to the drama in Rolli’s mark making and the warm tranquility of her colors. Both artists take inspiration from nature and then stretch it to expansive and mythic dimensions until these shapes border on nostalgia and memory.

In Fields work she tunes her palette towards comfort and intimacy. Within that embrace the familiar is broken and flattened into moment that can be held onto. Sometimes stretched big like a map, sometimes folded up so small it can fit in a pocket. But something tangible to take home.

Jessica Fields working in her studio

Jessica Fields working in her studio

A&L’s Teresa Roche shared some thoughts with us on why she’s looking forward to this duo show...

“At the end of 2013 I was looking for an art class to take and just happened to see Ellen Rolli’s work in a gallery in Atlanta around the same time. I was immediately taken with Ellen’s work - so much so that I began googling her only to find that she taught workshops in her hometown of Boston. I already had a trip planned to New York for January of 2014, so I reached out to Ellen to see if I could spend a day in Boston in a private lesson. Lucky for me she said yes and I immediately booked a train ticket from Manhattan to Boston. It’s truly one of the best moves I’ve ever made. I needed encouragement to continue my journey and Ellen’s workshop allowed me to take risks, forget about fear and simply trust the abstract art making process. I got far more than instruction from that class and also found a friend for life. Ellen and I have cheered, encouraged and championed one another from afar and I cannot believe that she is now showing at Art & Light. This show will be Ellen’s first and I can hardly wait to introduce her to Greenville in person.

Not long after meeting Ellen I had the same “oh my goodness, stop me in my tracks moment” when viewing Jessica Field’s work for the first time. It was during a show at Barb Blair’s Knack Studios that I saw it. The thick buttery paint in the softest of hues was delicious!! I visited the work 3 times over the length of the show and bought two pieces. The wax infused paint is chunky and feels edible to me - I could not stop thinking about it. I invited Jessica to join A&L shortly after that and she has been such a rich addition to the gallery ever since. I’m such a lucky girl to get to rub shoulders with her almost every day now - her studio is actually right beside mine upstairs at A&L. Jessica and I lean on one another sometimes during our process - boy do I need her…we help one another to see things differently and offer a type of critique the only those who trust one another completely can do - she is truly one of the most gifted painters and art historians that I have ever met. I trust every word she says.

This show is kismet - these two artists together - two gifted humans with so much to give and two who swept me off my feet from day one!! They’ve never met, but will next week - I can’t wait to have these two together under one roof!” -Teresa Roche

Join us in the gallery for the opening of “PARSING CHEMISTRY: Abstracted Visions” this Friday October 4th from 6-8 pm as we celebrate these two remarkable talents.

New to the A&L Team! Introducing: Caroline Wright

We have a new addition to the Art & Light team, and we are so excited to introduce you to Caroline Wright! A graduate of Anderson University with a degree in painting and art history, Caroline brings a genuine adoration for the arts and an eagerness to share her passion. She will be training as our newest consultant as we continue to grow and connect collectors with incredible artwork.

Get to know Caroline below…

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Q: What excites you the most about working with Art & Light?

A: I’ve always been interested in relationships between people: how they’re formed, how they each differ between person to to person...working at the gallery has been an incredibly unique way to build relationships. You get to know both artist and collector intimately. Each collector has their own unique eye. Even people collecting the same artists work have a specific way that the work resonates with them, they like it for different reasons and pair it with completely different things. Helping a customer build and curate their art collection is an incredible insight into their personality, style, and what they find meaningful. We go into the conversation with a collector already knowing the artists whose work they are considering well - where they were born, how they were raised, their accomplishments, and what inspires them to create. What we don’t know is how that artists work will uniquely connect with a collector, and that is one of the most beautiful and exciting parts about getting to work with Art & Light.

Q: As an artist of Art Bomb Studios you’ve had the opportunity to work alongside and receive mentor-ship from seasoned professionals including Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers, Katie Walker, Diane Kilgore Condon, and Tim Speaker. Can you tell us a little about what you’ve learned from these talents?

A: So much. Being at Art Bomb has been one of the biggest blessings of my art career. It is an incredible gift it is to sit in Diane’s studio and actually get to watch her paint, or to hear Katie work through her process, but I think my biggest takeaway from all of them has simply been to work hard, and not overthink. Making the shift from university a couple of years ago to being a working artist was a little difficult. I was still thinking a lot in terms of projects and assignments, but I remember Jo Carol telling me at the studio a year ago “This isn’t school anymore, just paint!” And that is what these artists do, they paint: constantly, tirelessly, religiously, and without hesitation. I’ve learned to loosen up a lot, a hard lesson for a practiced over thinker, and let my work stem from my life experiences and letting the meaning behind the work grow and develop from that rather than trying to force an exterior concept and purpose into the work like it often is in school. I have a saying by Michael Schrage tacked on my studio wall given to me, like a charge or almost a dare, by Tim Speaker, “Serious Play,” and those two little words pretty much sum up what I’ve learned at this studio, and what I’ve been trying to live and create by.

Q: We hear you're into contra dancing, what do you love about it and where's your favorite place to go?

Oh contra. I’ve been going since I was 13, and similar to the art world, it’s a great place of community. You can go with friends or on your own, in a good mood or a sad one, full of energy or exhausted, and you see are bound to end up having a good time. I’ve always been a dancer, but contra has something to it that’s so much more than dance. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs come together in one room spinning each other away into the night, and you completely forget that you have any differences at all. Like most of my favorite things in life, contra is all about forming relationships and being accepted for who you are. I highly recommend trying it out to anyone. My favorite place to go dance is Warren Wilson College, right outside Asheville. You can always count on an armful of old friends and several new ones coming and going with the semesters.

Caroline is an exciting new addition to the A &L team and we know she looks forward to meeting and working with you!

EUPHORIC: sight and taste

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Chefs are artists that work with food instead of paints and brushes. We are firm believers that creatives inspire other creatives and with Euphoria Greenville right around the corner, we wanted to be sure and celebrate the connection that can happen when creatives of a different sort inspire the ones the gallery works with regularly.

Glory Day Loflin and Rachael Nerney were asked to build a collection of small works with inspiration coming from their favorite local restaurants (Greenville and Charleston respectively) and both were thrilled to tackle the request!

Loflin pulled her inspiration from the Instagram accounts of Greenville go-to’s: The Anchorage, Husk and Jianna, to name a few, while Nerney focused on Charleston favorites: S.N.O.B., The Obstinate Daughter and Miller’s All Day. The end result were thirteen incredible works to make your mouth water!

EUPHORIC: sight and taste runs September 11th - September 21st

Euphoria Greenville 2019 is September 19th - 22nd

ABSTRACT FABULOUS

Art & Light is thrilled to welcome “ABSTRACT FABULOUS” into the gallery to kick off September with a masterful collection of work. Abstract Fabulous is a diverse group of contemporary female artists. Each of have a traditional art education and has firmly established herself as a contemporary, abstract artist. All of them represent extraordinary talents of wondrous aesthetics and styles, with prospects of tremendous careers laying ahead of them. If you are an artist, art collector, curator or simply an art lover, you should definitely keep your eyes open for these “Ab Fab” artists.

This group show was inspired by the National traveling exhibit of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” in 2016, a groundbreaking show that celebrated the often unknown female artists of the abstract movement. It was the first exhibit of abstract works by women artists since the movement began in the 1950s. Roles for women - and women artists - have changed dramatically since these artists made their marks. However, women artists have not fared as well as their male counterparts in the art business throughout history.

The idea of a group exhibit for these “Abstract Fabulous” artists also came about as a by-product of the expanding relationship between them in the course of ongoing monthly critique sessions. Mutually supportive of each other’s creative strengths, these eight artists have traded ideas, techniques and have even collected each other’s works. The show is intended to provide an insider’s glimpse into today’s female abstract art movement.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Maryann Forehand

Mary Ann was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. From an early age, she was drawn to art in all its forms. After raising her children, Mary Ann enrolled in East Carolina University where she earned a BFA in Painting Summa Cum Laude as well as “Most outstanding senior in the School of Art” and “Most outstanding senior in Painting and Drawing.” At ECU, Mary Ann was exposed to metalsmithing, sculpture, woodworking as well as painting and drawing. Over the past two years, Mary Ann’s passion for painting has overtaken other forms of artistic expression and she now paints in her studio daily. A juried member of Piedmont Craftsman, Inc. for metalwork, Mary Ann has also had her paintings featured in Southern Living magazine. She is represented by Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC.


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Sally Mamer Brown

Sally is a nationally known artist with an extensive background in fiber art. She has won numerous fiber art awards and has led classes and workshops on weaving and needle arts etc. throughout the US. In addition to a degree in fashion design, Sally has studied with top art instructors such as Richard Siegel, Bonnie Brown Fergus, Peggy Taylor, Jim Crompton, Andy Braitman, and Curt Butler. Her art practice includes pottery and painting in many different mediums including oils, watercolor and batik, the Asian art of wax painting. Her current passion is acrylic painting. Sally’s work has been featured in Southpark magazine and Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot. Sally is based in Charlotte, NC.


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Elaine Connors

Elaine is a self-taught artist making of the moment paintings that come from a heightened state of awareness following a life-threatening medical crisis. Over the years, she has developed an ability to capture the feeling tone of that state of awareness in her art. Creating her own methodology and accepting whatever choices arise, Elaine creates her own personal universe and then allows others to enter that magical space. Her work has been featured in magazines and shown extensively in many national and regional galleries. She has been represented by The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Santa Monica, CA, and Bo-Bart Gallery, Taos, NM among others. Elaine lives and works in Charlotte, NC.


Dagmar Hollmers

A native of Germany, Daggi showed an early interest in drawing and painting and was very fortunate to be surrounded by art, music, literature and have early exposure to theater, concerts, and trips to museums. She received her formal art education at the School of Art and Design, Offenbach, Germany, majoring in Illustration and Graphic Design. She continued her studies at 'F.I.T.' School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design. Her professional background includes stints as a Fashion Illustrator, Textile Designer, Master Framer, and Gallery Director. Her move to Florida gave her a chance to explore Mixed Media Painting and Collage, participating in many local, regional, national and international shows winning numerous awards. Before she moved to the Carolinas she was awarded a one Woman Show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, a true highlight. Always curious she took up photography and this has now become her new passion. Her focus is mainly nature and our connection to it, the same theme she explored in her paintings, now in just a different art form.


Wan Marsh

Wan is an artist and designer whose work has won numerous awards, including The Members Hall of Fame Award on Ovation TV. She was one of four artists chosen to work on public art during the DNC in Charlotte, NC, in 2012. A native North Carolinian, she studied art at the Governor's School of North Carolina at Salem College, Winston Salem, NC, and has also studied at Penland School of Craft, Spirit Square, and CPCC in Charlotte, NC. She has worked with many internationally known abstract, collage and mixed media artists. She has degrees in Interior Design and Horticulture Technology with specialization in Landscape Design. Wan conducts workshops nationwide and also teaches privately in her garden studio which was featured in Studios Magazine. Her work can be seen in selected galleries worldwide. Her work is collected by individuals and corporations alike.


Lambeth Marshall

A native North Carolinian, Lambeth has been working in clay for over 40 years and is also an accomplished painter and landscape designer. Her art has been featured in 30 galleries and museums and is part of many private and corporate collections throughout the US. Images of her work have been featured in magazines such as AmericanStyle and Clay Times. Her pottery has been highlighted in a number of books and magazines. With three very distinct pottery styles, Marshall’s work has become readily recognizable in the long tradition of NC pottery. In recent years Lambeth has returned to painting in acrylic and mixed media. She studied ceramics, painting, and design at UNCC, CPCC, Queens College and the Penland School of Crafts and has taught at a professional level at Queens College. She is represented by Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC and Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston Salem, NC.


Sherry O’Neill

Born and raised in Florida, Sherry received a BFA from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. Her highly visual and conceptual pieces have won her wide recognition including memberships in Florida Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists, International Society of Experimental Artists, and National Collage Society. She has also received a multitude of exhibition awards and her works have been shown in prominent galleries throughout the US and have appeared in many design and decor magazines. Sherry continues to work as a teaching artist and leads sought-after abstract and technical workshops for artists at all levels. She is represented by Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Danielle Peleg Gallery, New Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Coast Gallery Laguna Beach, CA.


Mary Elizabeth Peterson

ME is an American abstract artist based in North Carolina and Connecticut. A classically trained painter, her practice focuses on creating “Slow Art” – paintings that deliberately draw viewers in to increase well-being or what she calls flourishing. Her work is inspired by plant and marine life, water and ecological circumstances. Peterson is a graduate of UConn and The Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and has received an artist residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. ME’s work has been shown at The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Slater Museum and The Corcoran Museum. Her work has also been written about widely in print and digital publications have appeared in major motion pictures and TV sets and are held in private and corporate collections worldwide. ME is represented by Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Lillian August, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma Home.

Q&A with Annalisa Fink & Annie Koelle

It’s almost time to celebrate the opening of our 13th Anniversary Show and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve been having fun this month helping you get to know our artists better with Q&A’s. Annalisa Fink and Annie Koelle are another pair of artists who have been with Art & Light since the very beginning, and we have loved watching their work evolve over the years.

These talents have explored an array of subject matter with their media, and they never fail to blow us away! With a deft hand, Annalisa Fink captures flora and fauna in stunning displays of gesture and color. From milk cartons to an array of fruits, Annie Koelle celebrates the beauty found in the everyday with each stroke of her paintbrush.

Get to know Annalisa and Annie below…

Q&A with Annalisa Fink

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Annalisa Fink in her studio

Q: You've been with Art & Light since the very beginning! How has your work evolved over the years?

A: My first show at A&L was a series of fish done in oil paint with bright solid color backgrounds that had tons of texture. The biggest change is that I love to paint things I have a connection with now, mostly places I’ve been in SC. I want to draw you into the picture like Alice in “through the looking glass” I want the viewer to be able to step through that mirror into their own memories or something beautiful that’s calling them out of themselves.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the gallery/artist relationship?

A: I enjoy the random texts and phone calls from the gallery about whatever. Sitting in the same spot painting can get boring and it’s great to remember there are real people out there that I’m working with. It makes it much more fun and helps motivate me to keep things moving.

Q: What's inspiring you right now? Can you tell us a little about the work you've created for the anniversary show?

A: My family took a little camping trip down to Edisto island...it was such a mess and so hot we slept in hammocks outside, but I could hear the ocean all night. The next morning early my daughter and I walked out to the beach...It was amazing...the light had become ribbons covering the surface of the waves. This set of paintings is from that moment. I think I’ll be painting the ocean until the weather cools down haha.

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Q: The creative process isn't always easy - What do you do when you feel stuck or a piece isn't working?

A:
If I’m stuck in a subject I just keep painting it till I figure it out. If I’m stuck in a particular painting I completely start over. I’m pretty ruthless about it.

Q: From beautiful botanicals to fabulous flamingos, we've seen a range of subject matter in your work. What dictates your transition from subject matter to subject matter?

A: It’s a combination of experiencing something and wanting to explore how to paint it. Mostly I want to paint SC, the flamingos snuck their way in because my kids and I spent a lot of time at the Columbia zoo and I snapped a few pictures of them...they are too wonderful and bizarre to be true as a creature so I needed to paint them.

Q: What do you hope the viewer/collector takes away from your work?

A: I hope it’s like fresh air to sort of wake them up to see life fresh. Everything I paint is “ordinary” you can see it anywhere...but nothing is ordinary, the whole world is dripping with beauty and meaning.

Q: What's your go-to studio beverage?

A: Black Coffee. 100%.

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Q&A with Annie Koelle

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Q: You've been with Art & Light since the very beginning! How has your work evolved over the years?

A: Oh wow, that’s a loaded question! My style is very connected to my limitations- I consider myself primarily an oil painter but due to having toddlers when I started out with Art & Light Gallery I was creating small abstract landscapes in acrylic paint and charcoal because that’s what my time and energy would allow. Now that my kids are older and in school (Marshall 12, Pearl 7) I’m back to oil painting and I’ve been primarily focused on still life paintings.

Q: What do enjoy most about the gallery/artist relationship?

A: I love seeing my work in that bright, cozy house and it’s nice to develop relationships with dear clients that I would otherwise never have met.

Q: What's inspiring you right now? Can you tell us a little about the work you've created for the anniversary show?

A: Summer is a painting dry season for me because of not having much free time to paint due to kids being home from school but if I could I would become a hermit and paint piles of melons and tomatoes, I truly would, there is so much magic and beauty in a peach or an heirloom tomato who needs Harry Potter or a fairy godmother?! Just kidding, no offense Harry Potter fans. I am so inspired by the legacy of painters through history who valued the wealth of produce the soil gives us, we so easily take the generous earth for granted.

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“There is so much magic and beauty in a peach…”

Q: The creative process isn't always easy - What do you do when you feel stuck or a piece isn't working?
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I usually set something aside if it’s not working but honestly, my problem is usually too many ideas and not enough time.

Q: We've seen a range of subject matter in your work, and you capture the everyday in a stunning manner - from milk cartons to parakeets, and of course, we're big fans of your bananas. What dictates your transition from subject matter to subject matter?

A: I honestly can’t even put that into words! Generally it’s finding the universal in the particular, be that cartons or parakeets. Most images are usually connected to complex metaphors for thoughts on life and situations I’m working out in my head while I paint or honestly I just am truly fascinated with the shape or color or idea of something, hence the banana.

Q: We heard you might have a funny story about you daughter Pearl painting on one of your pieces - Can you tell us about it?

A: Oh my, I think I remember that! She’s our other constant artist in the family, I think she took a pencil or something when she was a toddler and contributed to one of my paintings. I do like the idea of collaborating with her someday.

Q: What do you hope the viewer/collector takes away from your work?

A: First I hope the viewer feels my intention behind the paint to honor the glory of the medium, to make holy its molecules in every 3D brush stroke that takes up space. Second I hope they find a dear significance in how our objects and environments tell stories, teach us like parables and are the substance behind the words we speak.

Q: What's your favorite local spot to grab coffee?

A: Well Methodical because they have my designs on their bags and products and everything is so dang delicious, the Village Grind has my favorite flavor Orange Vanilla Cinnamon latte (and I don’t usually like flavored lattes), but also Swamp Rabbit because it’s on my way to everything. Actually I really like the coffee I make, I’m a cheap introvert so I don’t really get out that much...

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Be sure to come celebrate the work of Annalisa, Annie, and all of the incredible talents that make up Art & Light Galley for our birthday celebration this Friday, August 23rd! Join us for the opening of our group exhibition “13 CANDLES” from 6pm - 8pm.

Introducing: Greenville Dance Collective

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For our 13th Birthday Celebration, we are excited to welcome the Greenville Dance Collective into the gallery for an evening of performances.

Greenville Dance Collective was created out of the passion for the artistry of contemporary and modern dance. GDC creates a space to share contemporary dance, a space where dancers can speak with movement and learn from each other. These dancers pride themselves on continuing to educate and share their art form with each other and the community.

Throughout our Anniversary Show, dancers will be performing short pieces in 3-5 minute intervals, using the gallery space as their stage. We are thrilled to present an evening where you may be immersed in art both on and off the walls.

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GREENVILLE DANCE COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCES

The Same Difference
Choreography: Megan Hannon, Soundscore: Move on; For Purpose, I Wonder - Compiled from In His Ghostly Heart by David Wenngren, Absorb by Che, Street Flare by Kane Ikin. 

This piece touches on the conflict and harmony of internal dialogue. The dancers represent different emotions/ ideas/ thoughts, within one human body. 

Within My Home
Directed by Megan Hannon in collaboration with dancers and musician, Thom Hannon 

This piece is derived from a poem created by all involved, it talks about our journey of life and the growth we endure. Towards the end the dancers find themselves on their own tangling within themselves while reaching for one another while Thom sings out “Sending out an SOS”. 

Beloved Exile
Choreography: Naina Dewan, Music: Geoffrey Oryema
Performers: Brandyn Bishop, Megan Hannon, Paige Maxwell, Vaughn Newman, Grace Smith 

Beloved Exile explores the spaces in between desperate isolation and deep community.

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We hope to see you in the gallery for our birthday celebration on August 23rd! Join us from 6-8pm for an evening of visual and performing art. Cheers to 13 years!

Living with Art: At Home with the Collector

At Art & Light, we’re firm believers that art makes the space. The pieces we surround ourselves with bring joy and meaning to our day to day lives, and we are passionate about connecting you with the artwork that tells your story. We recently visited with collectors Gene and Johnny Aiken in their home and asked a few questions about their art collecting journey. To see artwork in the collectors’ space is really the icing on the cake, and we wanted to share that with you.

Step into the collector’s home for a Q&A…

Gene Aiken admiring pieces by Diane Kilgore Condon in her gallery wall

Gene Aiken admiring pieces by Diane Kilgore Condon in her gallery wall

Q: We know you recently moved into this new home, about how much time did you spend thinking about the art and the placement?

A: Not much. The foyer was really easy. It was intentional in this space to have a “his” and “her” piece, but then it turned out that every room has “his” and “hers” pieces. The only room that we really had to study and work on is the large room where we knew there was going to be a gallery wall. But those things kind of fell into place - we laid them out and it’s perfect.. and really very meaningful.

I asked Johnny to come up with his top three favorite pieces of his artwork, and then his top three favorite pieces of my artwork. Then I did the same and we had one in common - and so it hangs above the fireplace. In planning this home, we took velvet swatches and walked around and got the common colors, and they’re all in this painting. We used these colors for the pillows, which are the main accessories in the living room and it ties everything together.

The main thing that’s fun about this house is that we built it around our artwork, and that’s why it’s black and white inside and outside. We wanted that sort of classic neutral backdrop for our artwork.

Q: Does your taste usually stay the same with art, or do your selections sometimes surprise you?

A: I’m pretty much the same. I tend to gravitate towards a style - I love the serene and delicate, while Johnny loves bold and beautiful.

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“If you love it, it will find a place.”

A beautiful pairing by Sali Swalla contribute a serene feeling to this bedroom

A beautiful pairing by Sali Swalla contribute a serene feeling to this bedroom

Q: Do you buy pieces for special occasions or to give as gifts?

A: We do. We give Diane Kilgore Condon birds a lot to people that we love, that we know will remember that they came from us. I commissioned an artist, Melissa Anderson, to create a piece for our second anniversary that depicts our love journey. Everything has meaning.

Q: What do you like about Art & Light?

A: Well I love the whole thing. I love the diversity of the artists. I love the ease of “shopping” and not feeling pressured. I love all the people who staff it. The energy there is joyful, bright and loving - just like it’s owner… we reflect what we do, and what we purchase!

Ceramic “Soulmates” by Cassie Butcher"

Ceramic “Soulmates” by Cassie Butcher"

Q: Do you think a lot about your collection, or do you just get excited and inspired by artwork that you see and purchase it?

A: No. It’s just see it, like it. It’s a connection. A friend of mine who is an interior designer once told me, “If you love it, it will find a place.” Between the two of us, there’s so much artwork that has gone to live with our children. So these are the pieces we really wanted to surround ourselves with.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is timid about collecting art or just starting out?

A: Just to go with that they love. And the more you purchase something, the more if reflects you.

Pieces by Jeffrey Leder create perfect harmony above this wine bar. Below, a small work by Katie Walker brings some rich color to the space.

Pieces by Jeffrey Leder create perfect harmony above this wine bar. Below, a small work by Katie Walker brings some rich color to the space.

Whether you’ve been collecting artwork for years or are just starting out, we hope this inspires you to search for the pieces that bring you joy. You truly can’t go wrong by collecting what you love. Be sure to join us for our birthday celebration on August 23rd! We hope to see you in the gallery for our group exhibition from 6pm - 8pm.

Q&A with Katie Walker & Diane Kilgore Condon

Leading up to our Anniversary show, we wanted to celebrate by helping you get to know the many talented artists that have helped shape Art & Light into what it is today. Established artists Katie Walker and Diane Kilgore Condon have been with Art & Light since the very beginning, and we are so proud to represent these prolific and respected painters as their local gallery.

We visited Katie and Diane in their studios at The ArtBomb, read below to get to know them better…

Q&A with Katie Walker

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: As long as I can remember. I’ve been painting since I was little. I was one of those kids where after school my sister was going to softball, and I was taking art lessons. My mom signed me up to paint at a lady’s house after school. I was never thinking I’d make a career out of it, but I just always loved art and always wanted to make things. I was a work with your hands person.

Q: How long have you been working with Art & Light? 

A: Since the gallery opened. I’ve known Teresa since I’ve been in Greenville, so even when she had her antique booth and would rotate local artists in and out of there, I would work with her then. When she opened Art & Light, I had a show almost immediately. I was probably pregnant with my son, because he just turned 13. That really puts it in perspective. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the gallery/artist relationship at Art & Light?

A: Everybody is so professional, and you’re working with artists. It’s not just business people and accountants and marketing reps - they’re all working artists, so I feel like we all understand each other. Plus it’s close - it’s nice to have someone local that you can just drop your stuff by, or talk and exchange ideas. Art & Light is one of the places where I’ve worked with a group of people that truly work so hard. They’re truly working for you, and it doesn’t always happen that way.  I love everything about it. Everyone is nice, professional, fun and positive - positivity is a big one.

Q: What about the creative process is most exciting to you?

A: For me, going to the studio is always having something to do. I’m never bored. I love coming in and creating - my mind is always racing and I’m connecting everything, so the work flows naturally. One calculation leads to the next. The creative process never ends, it’s this constant life long process - that’s what I love about it.

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Q: How has your work evolved over the years? 

A: My work has evolved in lots of ways but it always seems to cycle back to the beginning. My color palette will slowly change, and then I’ll come back to using colors I was using 25 years ago. I’ll get to journaling and making small drawings, and then I’ll do giant works. I think the main way it’s changed is my imagery has become more automatic. I used to think about that more, and now I don’t have to think about that very much. I have so many things that I’m going to paint and things that I have to paint.. I’ll never run out of ideas.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: Work hard. I’ve received that from a lot of important people in my life - my parents, my major professor in grad school… Just stay the course and work hard. A good work ethic kind of trumps everything - talent, connections. If you work hard, you’re persistent and you stay with it, good things will happen. I’m a worker. 

Q: What’s your favorite local spot to eat?

A: Well I’ll be honest with you, my favorite place to eat is probably my kitchen or The ArtBomb kitchen because I love to cook. I’m as passionate about cooking as I am about painting. I cook all the time, I think about food all the time. But if I were going to go out somewhere local, I am Southern, so I would say OJ’s Diner. I get their veggie plate - collared greens, onions, fried okra.. I love it!

“She Loved to Pile It On” Available work by Katie Walker

“She Loved to Pile It On” Available work by Katie Walker

Q&A with Diane Kilgore Condon

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: Since 1984. My grandmother was a painter, so I was always into watching her. I was fascinated that she could make something happen - she could hold onto something she had seen. That was very fascinating, and I saw a lot of things that I wanted to hold on to. I had a very beautiful childhood, it was poetic. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about the gallery/artist relationship at Art & Light?

A: Teresa gets it. She understands that artists, while they can be business people, they would prefer not to mess with it. She makes it a workable relationship. Our skill set is here, it’s in our studios. If we get too wrapped up in that, it takes us away from what we’re supposed to be doing - not only in time, but also in headspace and in content. We’re not supposed to be thinking about the bottom line all the time, it strips the work of its beauty when we do. It’s not that we’re not capable of doing it, but if you stay on that side of your head all day you’re not going to get as far.  If you try to foster that creative part of your brain and the way you’re processing color and looking at a vista and breaking it down into shapes and hue and value - if you make yourself look through eyes like that, you are going to have some other things drop off the table. Art & Light does a great job of helping keep that table set. I appreciate the fact that they constantly keep things fresh and moving, so that it doesn’t ever get stale. People always do feel that a sense of discovery is imminent. If you walk in the door you’re going to find something that you’re interested in looking at. 

Q: Where does your subject matter come from?

A: A lot of alone time when I was a kid. When you’re alone like that and you’re quiet you can really look into things, like really look in, and you notice things - like you notice how dark the shadow is on that treeline on the edge of that field and you can’t wait to get over there because you know the temperature is going to drop. You put correlations like that together and it’s impossible to stop doing that if you’ve done it all your life. You’re always longing for that moment when something happens that’s so spectacular and surprising that you realize that you know nothing about the world you’re walking through. I love to step into the supernatural part of this world.

Q: How did you start painting the little birds?

A: My friend Connie died very young and there were constant references at her funeral about sparrows. She was the most alive person I had ever known - we thought maybe she just used up all of her days because she lived that big. I painted a small sparrow to send to her daughter, and after that it just seemed like something to do whenever I was grappling with anything. It was a great way to find a scrap of wood and do some tiny painting to get warmed up for the big paintings. Then I started pulling the wood out of the dumpster and cutting it up, so it became sort of this thing where I’m not only warming up, I’m also putting the birds back in the trees. I hate all this clear cutting, this is my little tiny protest. It caught on, and I still warm up with it. So I wind up having something in the warm up.

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Q: If you had to guess, how many little birds would you say you’ve painted?

A:
I do five a day everyday, except for the weekends. And that’s been for the last 15 years… that’s a lot!

Q: What about the creative process is most exciting to you?

A: The fact that it will never end til I die. It’s always going to be with me. It is something that constantly surprises you and excites you. It can happen at any point that you’ll get struck with that wonder. I love the fact that is happening all the time. And to see other people doing it is pretty fantastic too. The fact that I could be painting right up to the minute that I leave the earth is pretty cool. It’s not the same as other jobs. 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: Never ever ever ever think that artwork is supposed to be fun. Take it seriously. You have to lean in, and keep challenging yourself and it will stay exciting. And never quit.

Q: What’s your favorite local spot to eat?

A: The backyard of The ArtBomb. I know it’s private, but it’s another one of those things that just like this building, it came to life for our benefit. It has given us so many beautiful afternoons and we have never asked anything back. And it pours itself out over us all the time. We just did what we could do with what we had, and it’s world class beauty - we didn’t expect it. Everything is so happy back there, it’s just glorious. That actually should be my next series of paintings - I should start painting The ArtBomb garden and see what happens.

Available Triptych by Diane Kilgore Condon

Available Triptych by Diane Kilgore Condon

Stay tuned for more artist Q&A’s up through our birthday celebration on August 23rd! We hope to see you in the gallery for our group exhibition from 6pm - 8pm.

Q&A with Kiah Bellows & Sali Swalla

Leading up to our Anniversary show, we wanted to take you into the studios of the talented artists that make Art & Light what is is today! We’re thrilled to host both local artists and those spread across the country.

If you’re local to Greenville, many of you know and love Kiah Bellows, and have watched her career grow. A master at color combinations and texture, Kiah creates abstracts and abstract landscapes that never fail to bring the excitement.

Brand new to the gallery, LA artist Sali Swalla has made a splash all the way from the West Coast. Sali creates stunning dimension with her cold wax and oil paintings. Building in layers, she often finds herself scraping much of it back to reveal the moments of light.

We caught up with local artist, Kiah Bellows, and LA artist, Sali Swalla with a quick Q&A…

Q&A with Kiah Bellows

Kiah Bellows working in her cottage studio at Art & Light

Kiah Bellows working in her cottage studio at Art & Light

Q: How long have you been working with Art & Light now?

A: Since 2014, I actually started as a gallery associate before displaying my work in the gallery.

Q: What do enjoy most about the gallery/artist relationship?

A: The wonderful relationships and friendships I’ve made.

Q: We know you've been on some exciting trips this summer, what's inspiring you right now?

A: Anytime I can be active outside and in nature I am happiest. Running, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking .. I want to do it all! My husband and I just got back from an amazing trip to Switzerland, Zermatt, Interlaken, Germany and Paris. My brain feels refreshed with images. I think it gave me a fresh perspective on the push and pull of a composition and drawing out the focal point. I don’t paint a specific location, but rather try to translate a feeling or experience from where I’ve been. I’m inspired by these feelings of exploration and excitement.

Q: What do you hope the viewer/collector takes away from your work?

A: Feeling inspired with a strong sense of being grounded.

Q: What's your favorite local spot to grab a bite?

A: Asada! Hard to choose a favorite dish, but I would have to say - tacos and guac!

Q&A with Sali Swalla

Sali Swalla in her studio

Sali Swalla in her studio

Q: As an LA artist, what drew you to reach out to Art & Light?

A: I knew I wanted to work with Art & Light Gallery because I could feel the bright joyous energy of the gallery even from across the country!  The light and talent filled space with gallerists who truly love what they do seemed like a slice of Heaven and I wanted in!!

Q: What's been your favorite part about working with Art & Light so far?

A: My favorite part of working with the gallery so far has been working with the truly generous, professional, and hard working staff. They immediately felt like friends and have made me feel so welcome even from miles away. They also have an innate sense of how to connect clients with the right art and that is priceless.

Q: What's your favorite part of your creative process/studio practice?

A: My favorite part of my process and practice is the meditative quiet that allows me to connect with the Spiritual and get to know my deepest self. The studio is a time and place removed from the world where I get to connect with a way of being that is hard to do in the every day of modern life.  I love how hours can peacefully glide by and there is nothing more rewarding than looking up and seeing something magical has happened on the canvas.

Q: What do you hope the viewer/collector takes away from your work?

A: Ideally I hope the viewer takes away a sense of peace and contentment after experiencing my work… but I’d be happy if they experience any kind of emotion at all! Any feeling that makes them feel alive and experiencing the journey of being human in the here and now.

Q: If we were headed to LA, any favorite local spots you would recommend?

A: Los Angeles is sooo gigantic I feel I haven’t come close to experiencing all it has to offer. Aside from the usual ocean/beach happenings a favorite art spot is Bergamont Station that is an old train station that has become home to dozens of galleries showing art of all kind. An art lover could easily spend the whole day there.  Also, being half Japanese I am always heading to a revitalized strip on Sawtelle Blvd recently nicknamed “Little Osaka” in West Los Angeles for delicious Japanese foods.

Stay tuned for more artist Q&A’s up through our birthday celebration on August 23rd! We hope to see you in the gallery for our group exhibition from 6pm - 8pm.