Everything happens for a reason. Indeed. After wrapping up my show and affiliation with the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery at the end of September, the timing was perfect for a homecoming. Coastal Coffee Roasters has a new dedicated art space ( room for 19 of my paintings) and I was in the right place at the right time for this new pop up venue that will host new art on a regular basis, so stay tuned. Lots of art right here in the Ville. Coastal Coffee Roasters / 108 East 3rd North St, Summerville, SC
As fate would have it, Hurricane Dorian did her worst during my show EXIT Strategy at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery so the gallery closed for a week.
The show, EXIT STRATEGY 2019, ironically includes a painting, Hurricane Supplies, painted during Hurricane Florence in September, 2018. Hurricanes seem to be a September thing in the Lowcountry. As area counties were evacuating and we were expecting the worst, I decided that 11 x 14" giclee prints of the painting Amazing Grace, Amazing Strength - Mother Emanuel would be a great way to raise funds for the Bahamas victims. It has a history of helping.
After the Mother Emanuel shooting on June 17, 2015, creating this painting gave me a way to applaud the outpouring of hope and community strength during confusing times. Many local artists did the same.
When Hurricane Michael, in 2018, destroyed Mexico Beach, FL, artists again jumped in to lend a hand. Since the Mother Emanuel painting represented hope and strength and overcoming destruction, I donated it to an art auction benefit and a dear friend who epitomizes hope and strength purchased the painting.
And now another tragedy calls for hope and strength, and I am honored to be able to donate all proceeds from print sales of Amazing Grace, Amazing Strength - Mother Emanuel. Each print is $75, and measures 11 x 14" with a wide white border.
Stop by the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay Street, or write KarynHealeyArt@gmail.com for inquiries. The prints are in the window and the show is up through September.
And so the painting, cutting and gluing began and my collage/photo montage came together in a very short time. "Pull up a chair for a plate of reality- cultural appropriation" is a 48 x 24" bird's eye view of a dinner table with six dinner plates, each depicting a form of cultural appropriation.
Cookie Washington had a vision for this show and as curator, brought it all together. She herded sixty-six artists and coordinated a number of community dinner discussions in the gallery that were really the icing on the cake. Sitting with community members and fellow artists was inspiring and thought provoking. To be a small part of this community effort was humbling and empowering - all at the same time.
Charleston City Paper wrote an article before the show opened.
Karyn Healey is an oil painter observing life in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her subjects include figurative, landscape, and still life paintings in a variety of styles. Exploring social issues through collage, acrylic and oil paint are a current focus.