Best of the West: Beyond the West
Fine Art Annual & More
Art flourishes in Charleston this month
CHARLESTON * This month art enthusiasts flock to the charming city of Charleston for a weekend filled with fine art. The 11th annual Fine Art Annual, sponsored by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association, takes place the weekend of November 6-7 and features artwork by more than 25 artists. Proceeds from the event benefit Charleston County High Schools' fine art programs. On Wednesday, November 4, the Gibbes Museum of Art hosts the first of a three-part lecture series on Women in Art. On Saturday, November 7, artists paint en plein air from 9 a.m. to noon at Washington Park. That night, the fourth annual Charleston Art Auction and gala starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information: 843.722.2172 or www.cfada.com.
On Friday, November 6, many local galleries host opening receptions in conjunction with the Fine Art Annual. Figurative paintings and drawings by Ben Long are on display at Ann Long Fine Art (843.577.0447, www.annlongfineart. com). New works by Shannon Smith hang at Smith Killian Fine Art (843.853.0708, www.smithkillian.com). Corrigan Gallery (843.722.9868, www.corrigangallery.com) highlights new works by gallery artists. New paintings by Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets hang at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art (843.722.3660, www.ellarich ardson.com). A solo show for Amy Lind opens November 6 at Robert Lange Studios (843.805.8052, www.robertlangestu dios.com). Martin Gallery (843.723.7378, www.martingallerycharleston.com) presents new oil and pastel seascape paintings by Simon Kenevan.
Land & Sea
CHARLESTON * Water scenes and landscapes take center stage this month at Helena Fox Fine Art. The Siren Call of the Sea and Shore highlights the beauty and serenity of the sea through maritimeinspired paintings and sculpture by William R. Davis, Donald Demers, West Fraser, Joseph McGurl, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, William McCullough, Billyo O'Donnell, and Kent Ullberg. The group show is on view November 6-27. For more information: 843.723.0073 or www.helenafoxfineart.com.
Light and Shadow
CHESTER * Landscape artist Howard Friedland debuts new paintings this month at Highlands Art Gallery. He enjoys painting en plein air, and his travels have taken him to Italy and France and around the United States. Friedland currently resides in Montana with his wife, Susan Blackwood, who is also an artist. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and a co-founder of the Montana Painters Alliance. His works hang at the gallery November 6-29, and an opening reception takes place on November 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information: 908.879.1610 or www.highlandsartgallery.com.
A new exhibition celebrates Jane Scott
DAVID CITY * The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art spotlights pastel paintings by Jane Scott this month. The exhibition, Mid America Impressions: Jane Scott Retrospective, includes pastel and oil paintings by Scott along with a few paintings by her mentor, Augustus Dunbier [1888-1977], who was a landscape painter. Scott's other artistic influences include Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. She paints en plein air, saying, "I have no interest in painting from a picture. There is no change of light, no life." No matter where she paints, she finds beauty in her surroundings. Scott's pastel landscape paintings evoke a sense of calmness and serenity. She uses a bright color palette to reflect what she sees in nature. "We work with pigment, not light. If you don't make everything brighter than it is, it won't sing," she says. Her paintings are on display until November 29. For more information: 402.367.4488 or www.bonecreek.org.
Small Works, Great Wonders
Miniatures are on view in this holiday show and sale
OKLAHOMA CITY * The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum prepares for winter this month with its fourth annual Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale. …