Featured Artists Gallery
The Featured Artist Gallery (also known as the Fuller Galleries) in the Fran Hanson Discovery Center showcases a rotating collection of artwork by artisans inspired by the materials, nature and beauty of the Upstate. Up to six artists at a time, all connected to the Upstate area, showcase their work together. At least one new artist rotates into the collection each month, so there's always something new to see. Artwork ranging from paintings to ceramics, baskets to photography, are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
The Gallery encompasses two bedrooms and a hallway of the former Southern Living Wren House. Paintings are hung among windows overlooking the manicured lawns and sweeping meadows of the Botanical Garden, or around the oversized tiled fireplace.
The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1-5 (closed University holidays and home football Saturdays). Admission is free.
To be considered as a featured artist, send your name, photos of your work, artist's statement and bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference will be given to artists living in or from Upstate South Carolina, and to work inspired by nature.
Linda Fraser is a botanical artist who specializes in native plants of the southeastern United States. When she moved to Georgia she began collecting specimens of plants on her property for a herbarium. She soon realized the best way for her to study the plants and learn to recognize them was to draw them. In her words, “I hope my illustrations of southeastern native plants will promote appreciation of their excellent qualities, sometimes taken for granted."
Over the years she has created over 85 watercolor and colored pencil paintings of these plants, grouping those found blooming side by side in their specific environment. She also “captures the moment in a garden” by including many colorful insects and other critters hiding or chewing on those plants. A baby skink and some turtles are seen among the plants in their respective environments.
She shows the paintings in chronological order in exhibits titled A Walk Through the Calendar Year. Recent exhibits have been at the Southeastern Flower Show, Atlanta, Georgia (2009), at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia (2005, 2006 and 2009), at The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2007), and at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (2005 and 2010).
Linda and her garden were featured on Georgia Public Television in an Earth Day special, Your World, Your Choice and she has illustrated Gardening ‘Round Atlanta and Bird Watch in Georgia. She has been a board member of Georgia Native Plant Society and The Garden Club of Georgia.
Deana Chavis Baker - www.deanabaker.com
Carol Clarkson - www.carolclarksonpottery.com
Jan Galusza- www.watercolorsbyjan.com
Patti Connor-Greene - www.linvilleriverpottery.com
Jessica Erin Bowers
Rob Silance - photos
Deborah Pagano - collage
Sarah Johnson - pottery
Chris Troy - http://www.visitsoutherncomfort.com/potdecyetfun.html
J.P. Tousignant- collage
Keith Spencer - oil painting
Robbie Bell - oil painting
Marie Gruber - photography
Guy Stevens - oil painting
Del Kimbler - photography
Dale Cochran - oil painting
Bob Doster - sculpture
Lane Owen watercolor
Deana Chavis Baker - visual arts
Easton Selby - nature photography
David S McCurry, EdD, DS McCurry Fine Arts Studio
Tatjana Mai-Wyss - Illustrator watercolor and gouache
Patti Brady – Acrylics ("Loop de Loop" at right)
Kent Ambler – Woodcut and linocut prints
Denise Detrich - sculpture/pottery
Amy Holmes George - photographer
Terry Jarrard-Dimond - quiltmaker
Connie Lippert – Wedge-weave tapestries with hand-dyed yarn
Clay Bolt – Wildlife photography
Bruce Schlein – Digital nature photography
Lynn Greer – Watercolors
Warner Hyde – Living orchids in ceramic sculptures