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

Annalisa Fink in her studio

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?
A:
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

Greenville Dance Collective

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?

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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.

YAWNING EARTH: Kaitlyn Etchison

In the studio with Kaitlyn Etchison

In the studio with Kaitlyn Etchison

We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlyn Etchison for her first solo exhibition with Art & Light. Showcasing a stunning use of gesture, Kaitlyn creates thoughtful abstracts built with intentional layers and rich texture. Kaitlyn utilizes various materials and mediums to accomplish expressions of contrast and depth. The result is a simplicity that speaks volumes. From the coast of California to the foothills of the Carolinas, her works holds the memories of places visited.

We caught up with Kaitlyn in her studio to give you an inside look at “YAWNING EARTH”…

Q: Can you tell us a little about the places that have inspired this body of work?

A: Yes! Two winters ago my husband and I took a trip to Southern California. We spent a couple of nights tucked away in the hills of Ramona, a long wandering day in Joshua Tree National Park and some time near the ocean in San Diego. All of these theaters had a badge of uniqueness about them - the rich roll of land in the mountains, the immaculate sculpt of stone formations in the desert, the jewel like glow over the coast. Yet they were all the same in gorgeous ways, too: depth of field - slope against stars or boulders layered upon boulders and still more boulders; sea tones lightening as they stretched until they were the same color as the sky at the horizon line. Everywhere rock. Everywhere glitter over surfaces from morphing light at all hours. Everywhere striking lines, shadows cast, yawning expanse.

Q: What was one of your favorite memories from this trip?

A: Ramona - I honestly loved it more than the South of France! For our anniversary, my husband rented a dreamy house with jaw dropping views surrounding. He cooked incredibly, we had champagne in a hot tub under stars, chocolate next to a huge fireplace, woke up to a flood of buttery sun streaming in through floor to ceiling windows. It was just plain romantic. But I can't leave out the sea, either. Water is the heart and highlight of any trip for me.

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Q: Has this process of creating for a solo exhibition impacted your process as an artist?

A: Much. This is my first show. I now know why they call things like this a “labor” of love. It is taxing, in the best way. And so many trips to the supply store, far more than I've made to Target these nine months as a new momma, that's saying something. I've learned a little bit more how to talk about my work without a self consciousness at not being formally trained. What I don't want to make anymore, and what I'm proud to put my name on. That it takes boldness to be simplistic and elegant. To put the brush down at the "right" time and let my offering be humble and not forced. To take a two hour or 12 day pause if necessary. It's re-iterated to me that nothing is new under the sun. I am inspired by shells and waves, for goodness' sake - nothing I create will be like what my eyes beheld or hands touched and it shouldn't attempt to be. It is okay that it's just a desert mirage in my mind, jotted, if you will, onto paper. Like notes on a sermon!

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“the glories of great movements…”

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YAWNING EARTH

“Storied layers present a simple first impression but disclose consuming complexity upon closer attention; a selection of hues and tones which reflect at once the warm intimacy and vast unpredictability of coastline, desert, mountain and the sky hovering over each - at dawn when she stretches awake and dusk as she blinks herself to sleep; the glories of great movements such as sinking light and the intricacies of detail found in the likes of sea foam. This collective body of work is a study of building up and stripping back, a balance of intrusive marks and humble negative space, the contrast of crude texture and elegant lines. One humble interpretation of the stunning behavior of this Yawning Earth.”
-Kaitlyn Etchison

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“YAWNING EARTH” is available for viewing and collecting in the gallery from August 2nd - August 17th with a reception and artist meet and greet Friday, August 2nd from 6pm - 8pm. Works will be made available online Wednesday, July 31st.

Crossed Wires - the work of Eileen Blyth

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We have long-loved and admired the work of Columbia, SC artist, Eileen Blyth, and are thrilled to host her for a two week exhibition entitled, Crossed Wires.

“My head is full of thoughts, conscience and sub-conscience. I am in conversation, or meditating, over analyzing, or simply joyfully reacting to an environmentally inspired mood. Bold lines are followed by quieter thoughtful ones as if i am having a discussion, debating. Sometimes it amuses me. Sometimes it is frustrating. I am digging in, digging deep. It has to feel authentic. I am trying to discover, not just repeat the same words over and over. My mood may change from one day to the next so balancing the conversation, being consistent in thought; one conversation at a time, is impossible. I usually work on 4 or 5 pieces at a time, turning from a painting to a sculpture and then to yet another painting in one session. Starting on the floor, I may be moving paint and lines around. Then, I find myself in another corner of the studio with a piece of worn wood and rusted nails in my hands. It makes perfect sense that I see my lines in my sculpture and my sculpture in my drawings but it always surprises me. I like experiencing that same moment of surprise when a viewer, for just one second isn't sure what they are looking at.” - Eilee Blyth

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Blyth is an internationally collected artist with notable exhibitions not only in the United States, but also in Germany and Japan. In addition, Blyth has created work for multiple public projects with the most recent being the City of Columbia’s new Interactive Park set to open later this summer.

Crossed Wires is available for viewing and collecting in the gallery from July 16th - July 27th with a reception and artist meet and greet Friday, July 19th from 6pm - 8pm. Works will be made available online Thursday, July 18th.

Moodboard - Our Asheville, NC Gallery Annex

We are thrilled to partner up with Old North Clothing in Asheville, NC to take a few of our artists on the road!

Asheville has long been a hub for artists and collectors and as a gallery that wants to bring the artists we love and represent to new markets, we are excited to be popping up in Old North’s brand new gallery space from July 11th - August 31st.

A small sampling of some of the work headed to Asheville this week!

A small sampling of some of the work headed to Asheville this week!

The exhibition entitled, Moodboard, will feature work from locally and nationally collected artists, Charlotte Filbert, Cheyenne Trunnell, Eva Magill Oliver, Jeffrey Leder, Jessica Fields and Teresa Roche. Moodboard encourages each participating artist to assess the seasonal color story that runs through all levels of fashion and design and then to create works that speak to those current trends.

Please join us Thursday, July 11th from 6pm - 9pm at Old North, on the corner of Lexington and Walnut in the heart of Asheville, for a reception honoring the artists and the work they have created. Feel free to reach out to us here for more details and to let us know if we will see you there!

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.