Arts for Arthritis Gallery Reception
Thursday, September 13
MUSC Atrium at 125 Gazes Street
to view pictures from our September 7,
2011 Art Reception.
Arts for Arthritis increases awareness that kids get arthritis, too. Arts for Arthritis is a one-of-a-kind experience, pairing local professional artists and children impacted by juvenile arthritis together, to turn a potentially challenging and painful situation into beautiful and inspiring pieces of art. Over the period of a few months, children with juvenile arthritis work together with local artists to create unique masterpieces. Their work is then showcased at a gallery reception to meet the artists and hear personal stories from these young artists about living with arthritis.
When I think back over my 25 years of
creating art, I smile and wonder whether folks are surprised when I tell them
that I've fallen in love with two very different forms of artistic expression:
painting and clay. With both kinds of mediums, I am strongly influenced by
nature, my mind being imprinted by wonderful images while kayaking and hiking.
Natural shapes and forms that we see every day and commonly overlook fascinate
me, as do the intricate surfaces of many of these forms when examined very
closely -- these patterns in nature have inspired many of my works. Living on
the beautiful, natural coast of South Carolina has fortunately provided me with
many opportunities for observation, as has travel to several natural areas
overseas. But I like to branch out and enjoy artistic challenges, being
constantly tempted to try something different. Consequently, I have ventured
into abstract painting, pulling imaginary surfaces and relationships out of my
mind and transferring them to
Greg Hart lives in Charleston with his
wife Janet and two Boston Terriers, Millie and Edgar. Between 2003-2008, he
worked as an illustrator ? with images appearing in The Washington Post, The
Utne Reader, and Atlanta Magazine. After visiting Paris in 2009, he shifted
focus to painting and inevitably zeroed-in on portrait abstractions. Greg
participated in his first group exhibition in Fall of 2010 at Eyedrum Atlanta.
Most recently, Hart was among eight emerging Charleston artists selected to
appear in Charleston Magazine and participate in an exhibition throughout the
Piccolo Spoleto festival.
Chicago, Illinois,Ted Kusmider's paintings show his innate love for nature. His
love for art was nurtured by family fishing trips to Wisconsin as a child. As he
grew older his attention to art was diverted by sports, yet he never lost the
desire to draw. Recognizing his incredible talent, his wife Pam encouraged him
to begin painting again when they were first married. Ted discovered the
endless ability to capture reality through oils, while taking a class at
the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Although raising his three
children in downtown Charleston and paying the bills through his full-time job
at UPS still take precedence over painting, he treasures the moments of taking
pictures and captivating nature through oil paintings. He enjoys spending
weekends with his family at the beach in South Carolina where many of his
paintings are inspired. He looks forward to the day when he can devote more time
to what those who know him believe to be his true calling.
Armed with an unorthodox arsenal of knives,
dry brushes and assorted unconventional implements, Tate Nation
paints in multiple layers of acrylics on canvas-covered wood panels, creating
vibrant paintings that are drenched in texture. Tate?s non-traditional paintings
are a lively medley of bold compositions, festive themes, and a vivid color
palette influenced by Caribbean art. His works have been commissioned by the U.S. Postal
Service, Coca-Cola, Delta and United Airlines, Canon USA, Time-Life, and
Radisson Hotels Worldwide, among many others. Tate?s paintings and prints are
held in private and public collections worldwide and have appeared in numerous
national publications. A former freelance illustrator and featured artist for
the 2000 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Tate has also
illustrated more than a dozen books, served as Illustrator-in-Residence for the
Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, and has been awarded many honors for his
fine art paintings and illustrations. Two of his original works have been
exhibited in the Society of Illustrators' Museum of American Illustration in New
every age, gender, race, and culture. Art unites us all. I entered this world in
Charlotte, NC. I have called Charleston home for three years. I am a teacher at
Porter-Gaud School. I traveled around the world; and every land from Singapore
and New Zealand, to Argentina and Italy, art was the consistent factor that
connected them all. After returning to the States, heading directly to this
inspirational town, I find myself surrounded with talent.
I received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since then, I have painted representational and
nonrepresentational oil paintings with an emphasis on paint quality and light. I
have exhibited my paintings in one- woman shows, group shows, and juried shows.
Most recently, I received awards at the Charleston Artist Guild Juried Show and
a North Carolina juried show open to women entitled ?Through Women?s Eyes.? I
teach studio art courses and art history at The Art Institute of Charleston and I
reside in Charleston SC. I am represented by Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill NC
and City Art Gallery in Greenville NC.
A resident of Hunterdon County in New Jersey for over 30 years, Heather has exhibited in shows in NJ, PA, and NY. Her love of animals, nature, and flowers reveals an appreciation and respect for all life in her paintings. She mostly works in pastels and oils, but is fond of pencil for its richness in detail. In 2206, she completed a wall mural in a circa 1780s farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. Having recently moved to South Carolina, she has discovered an abundance of new subjects to paint.
Daniel is a multi media artist who specializes in drawing and painting. He loves to express himself through his work by creating a strong statement with minimal imagery, being very selective about what and who he paints. His work has to speak to people on a personal level and make an emotional impact. People are his favorite subjects and also the most challenging. Capturing the right look in a person’s eye can elevate a mediocre painting as easily as it can damage a great one.
Daniel is a fifteen year resident of Charleston, SC and he loves every day he is blessed to wake up there. Since moving to Charleston, Daniel has received personal training from some of the most well known local artist including Joyce Hall, Robert Maniscalco and James Pratt.
Chef Kimberly Brock Brown, CEPC, CCA, ACE, AAC
Chef Kimberly Brock Brown has over 25 years experience within the culinary arena and is currently the Executive Chef at a major hospital within the Charleston area.
Chef Kimberly was born and raised in Chicago, IL. As a Chef's Apprentice Graduate in 1984, Chef Kimberly's culinary journey has taken her to work in kitchens in Dallas, TX; Hilton Head Island, SC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; and Charleston, SC. In 2001, Chef Kimberly started a wholesale specialty foods distributing company.
In 2009, Chef Kimberly wanted to get back to basics with her Culinary expertise and started Culinary Concepts, LLC for catering and other services after selling her shares.
Through the American Culinary Federation, Chef Kimberly has earned the following certifications: CEPC- Certified Executive Pastry Chef; CCA-Certified Culinary Administrator; ACE- Approved Culinary Examiner. Chef Kimberly is also a member of the AAC: American Academy of Chefs, the Honor Society of the ACF. Chef Kimberly is currently the Academy’s only African-American Female Chef inducted in its 30+ year history, and is the only African-American Female Certified Pastry Chef in South Carolina.
Chef Kimberly was a Founding Member of the ACF-National Pastry and Baking Guild, a Dale Carnegie graduate, Greater Charleston Chef of the Year:1999, Greater Charleston Member of the Year: 2008, Winner of a Bronze Medal-;1990 and a Silver Medal- 1991; in The Gulf of Mexico Seafood Challenge. As a part of Team South Carolina in 2002, ’03, & ’04, Chef Kimberly was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Culinary Super-Challenge in Orlando, FL.
As 1 of only 5 Approved Culinary Examiner’s in South Carolina, Chef Kimberly is empowered with the ability to educate, train, grade and proctor to students, cooks and chefs as they strive to learn their craft and become proficient chefs through written and practical cooking exams.
In her off-time from running her own new business, Culinary Concepts, LLC, and being a devoted mother to her children, Chef Kimberly has been a Culinary Arts adjunct teacher for Johnson & Wales University and Trident Technical College. In recognition of her dedication to her craft, the joy of teaching and helping other and love of cooking, Chef Kimberly was awarded a Lifetime Professional Membership in the ACF in 2007.