Monday, November 19, 2012

Vista Lights Studio Shots

Vista Lights was Great!  Best year ever.
Come by the studio while it is still straight!

Many thanks to my friend, Marie, for climbing the ladder to get these great shots!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Season's Harvest: Vista Studio Artists

Season’s Harvest: Recent Works by Vista Studio Artists

Vista Studio’s 13 resident artists invite the public to view “Season’s Harvest: Recent Works by Vista Studios Artists”, which will be on display November 8- 27, 2012. There will be an opening on the 15th, from 5-9pm, during the Vista Lights Celebration. Come see our new exhibition at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 located at 808 Lady Street in the Vista. The artists will have their studios open for you to get a look at their newest work and processes.
Non-objective painter, Ethel Brody, continues experimenting with structure and color. Taking visual clues from her daily life, she creates colorful, highly organized compositions with strong graphic qualities.

Stephen Chesley will have a current piece reflecting his well-known poetic realism documenting the diminishing asset of solitude and historic romanticism in the south.

 Pat Gilmartin will be showing her newest ceramic sculptures. They include a pair of works comprising multiple faces mounted on a background; each face is unique and individually formed. Lit from above, they create dramatic shadows that become as much a part of the art as the faces themselves. The pieces are entitled "Echoing Shadows." Gilmartin has also continued to explore her series of blocky, abstracted figures and will have several new ones to show during Vista Lights.

Fiber artist, Susan Lenz, will collaborate with Jeff Donovan on a piece that will be presented with several title options with the final naming to be determined by popular vote at the end of the evening, November 15th. They will then christen the artwork, complete with at least one bottle of champagne. Susan will also be displaying some of her new experimental fiber & epoxy pieces reflecting the surface of wet sand.

Sharon Collings Licata, sculptor, will exhibit works using Orange Utah Alabaster. One of her pieces is titled “Two Faced II”.  Again the orange faces speak… It's up to viewer to decide what each side has to say.

In All the In Between: My Story of Agnes, visual artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh uses more than 70 painted panels to tell the cradle-to-grave story of her late mother, Agnes Smith Brownell. A scientist, artist, doctor’s wife, and mother, Agnes approached life with a kind of candor and pragmatism that left little room for sentimentality. From telling her thirsty and whining children to “swallow their spit,” to tending to her dying husband, to orchestrating a life of ritual in her widowhood, Agnes was a force to be reckoned with, eliciting emotions from her youngest daughter that were equal parts fear, reverence, and love. 

Kirkland Smith has collaborated with the CotA Arts Fellowship and Church of the Apostles members to create a pastoral Assemblage triptych, 15 feet wide and 5 feet high at the center point. Using everyday post-consumer objects collected by church members and the community at large, the scenes depict the life of Christ in a stylized way, representative of stained glass.

Laura Spong moves into the celebration of Fall for the Vista Lights show in Gallery 80808. She says she always seems to use browns, reds and yellow in the Fall. This is noticeable in, for instance, The Day Pauses Between What Is And What Was."

Artists Heidi-Darr Hope, Robert Kennedy, Michel McNinch, and David Yaghjian will also present new work and open their studios at Vista Studios. The exhibition will be from November 8-27th. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m.  Please call the Gallery 80808 at 803-252-6134 to confirm hours. The website is:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tapp's Arts Center Does it Again!

I am thrilled with Tapp's Arts Center (Columbia, SC) and their wonderful staff for they way they display my work.  Have you been down Blanding Street lately?  Take a look at the new display of the Goddesses, including one above the stairwell inside as well.  Many thanks.

Season's Harvest - Vista Studios / Gallery 80808 Event

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Proud to be included in this event.  Come on out and have some fun.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Show Images Now Online

Here is a link to the show images from the Channeling Myself and other Goddesses show.

Special Exhibitions

And just a few images to wet your appetite.....

 "Shake Your Money Maker"

 "Tongue You"

"The Monkey's Uncle"

Friday, April 13, 2012

Save the Date!

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“Channeling Myself and Other Goddesses” 
May 11 – 22 
Reception May 11 (6 pm – 9 pm) 
Gallery Hours 10 am – 5 pm
Vista Studios, 808 Lady St., Columbia, SC 
“Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition”
May 25 – June 9 
10 am – 6 pm Daily @ Marion Square
Corner of King and Calhoun, Charleston, SC

“I never intended to show this work, but I felt it developed into something worth sharing. It is a result of an exercise in self-awareness. I have enjoyed this process and hope you enjoy the results”  Michel McNinch 
There are three distinct series of paintings in this show.  In order of their origin, they are:  Channels, Subconscious,  and Goddesses.  
“Channels” - During my father’s illness and subsequent death I sought creative counseling.  It was suggested that I attempt a visual prayer.  With this suggestion in mind, my “Channels” series was born.  It evolved into a treasured practice as I continued these prayers for the last two years.
“Subconscious”-   These paintings were an attempt to paint what was beneath the surface of my present awareness. With nothing particular in mind, I chose a color and started painting.  Each time I sat down to paint, I had no idea or direction.  I painted on sheer instinct from the underlying influence of my subconscious.   What freedom!  What fun!  
“Goddesses” - When researching for a proposed workshop,  I had the idea to use the accomplished women in my life to pose for Goddess paintings.  It grew from there to be a very meaningful and rewarding endeavor to honor the many inspiring women in my life.
May is traditionally the time of year I show new work.  Although I  never intended to show the “Channels” or “Subconscious” paintings, these experiments developed into something worth sharing.  The “Goddess” paintings were done for pure pleasure.   I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and hope that you will enjoy the results. 
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

FUN, FUN, FUN - Had by All!

Our Great Portrait Workshop was a sold out, fun filled, and challenging weekend.  The three-day class included instruction on drawing the face, drawing from a live nude model, and explanation of limited palettes for flesh colors and painting the darks, middle tones, and highlights of a face.  Very hard working chickadees in this class, but lots of laughter and fun had by all.  Can't wait to do it again.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Portrait Workshop with Michel

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At Long Last.....

"Goddess of the Sea," oil, 30x80 - detail

At long last this painting is finished.  I enjoyed the process and am eager to show you the entire thing at my upcoming solo show: "Channeling Myself and other Goddesses" at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios.  The opening reception will be May 11, 5-9 pm.  Save the Date!