Once upon a time, in a land West of the Ashley, there was a fabulous art show in a gallery called Fabulon. Annually, for three years Not Your Typical Love Story has battled commercialism, materialism, over consumption and narrow-minded views surrounding Valentine's Day. The news today is filled with injustice, hatefulness and intolerance. How can there be room for love? My paintings in the show cover same sex love, interracial love when it was banned in SC, and a family funeral. I'm glad to have been a part of this show. Who wants to be typical?
The show embraced love of outdoor spaces, all things nature, relationships, each other and simplicity. Maybe life isn't quite as devoid of love as it seems... The show is up until 3/1/2018 at which time Fabulon will take flight to digs unknown. Link to their website www.fabulonart.com/shows/
"Posing Possibilities: Drawing Inspiration from and for Charleston's Parks celebrates the promise of public parks and the people who nurture those spaces in a collaboration between multiple artists and the Charleston Parks Conservancy, including artists Jack Alterman, Janie Ball, Karyn Healey, Alan Jackson and Hirona Matsuda, and Fletcher Williams III. The exhibition hopes to engage visitors and Lowcountry residents alike in thinking about the role of art in public spaces, as well as to inspire them with the beauty of local parks and landscapes."
Friday, November 17 at 5 PM - 7 PM
34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
I'm thrilled to be a part of this effort. Charleston parks are verdant places for reflection, relaxation and recreation. Scattered throughout the greater Charleston area, these parks are a diversion from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I chose six parks on the peninsula, James and Johns Islands to depict in addition to two satellite views. Each location is unique and a joy to explore and discover.
The trees here are just amazing and make my heart sing. Their reach, texture and color are entrancing. I find them to be protective sentinels who have stood the test of time and I wish they could tell us what they’ve seen. We come and go, but they endure.
These green spaces- large, small and in development, are crucial in this time of rapid growth and development in Charleston so I’m happy to be an advocate for the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Thank you for making these spaces a priority.
Events in the news often motivate me to respond through art but recently, places that I've painted and celebrated are now a shell of what they once were, and face a long, slow recovery process thanks to Mother Nature and hurricane Irma while more storms are swirling into formation. I've also lived in Florida and understand the fragility of living in paradise. My paintings are all from Puerto Rico which was spared extensive damage from Irma, but the new storms brewing may not skirt the island next time. (UPDATE 10/7/17- Maria was not far behind and now 2 weeks after PR was hit the island is devastated and people are desperate. All these paintings are framed and any sales will be donated to the relief effort.)
History is so important and learning lessons to avoid repeating terrible decisions of the past is hopefully what mankind does. Well a book about the life of Rollins Edwards is now a reality and for sale at Amazon. Read it, learn from it and spread the word.
I was so moved reading his story in Azalea magazine a few years ago that I painted his image. Twice. It was hard to reconcile what I was reading about him during WWll and how he looks today. That is the amazing part of his story. What was done to him by the US Army was disgraceful yet he didn't let that determine his life. What an amazing soul.
Gathering Spirits by Karyn Healey & Susan Trott
A selection of their paintings done on location in the church yard and beyond will be on display at Gage Hall. The Unitarian Churchyard, part of the Gateway Walk, is somewhat off the beaten path. Cool and quiet except for the occasional tourist it is known for its profusion of flowers, vines and trees that meander in and out of beautiful statuary along secret pathways. No wonder artists find it irresistible.
Susan Trott and Karyn Healey are both local artists. Trott attended the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University and Winthrop College. See more of her work at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and the Charleston Artist Collective in Mt. Pleasant. Healey graduated from Iowa State University and her work is also on display at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.
The painting on the right is my mom, Beth Ann, at about the age of four posing for a Christmas card photo from the Philippines in 1941 where her father, Stanley Holmes, had just been stationed. Soon after this photo was taken the Japanese invaded and she and her mother returned to Connecticut and never saw her father again. They lived with family for over three years before they learned his fate at the end of the war. It must have been a life of uncertainty, but she only described it as a time when she was surrounded by love. Many years later after attending college, graduate school, and raising a family, she learned of her father's bravery and strength during those three years. The apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Karyn Healey is an oil painter in the Lowcountry of South Carolina working on figurative, landscape, and architectural paintings in a variety of styles. Exploring social issues and social realism through collage and acrylics in addition to oils, are the current focus.