Helena Fox Fine Art hosts a charity event for People Against Rape (PAR) featuring Miller Mae Designs on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016. The Miller Mae Designs jewelry trunk show, benefiting PAR, opens on Friday, December 2 from 11am to 5pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm during the Charleston Gallery Association’s Winter Art Walk. The trunk show fundraiser continues on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 4pm at Helena Fox Fine Art, 106A Church Street Charleston, S.C. 29401. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Miller Mae Designs creates handmade unique bohemian style jewelry out of precious global stones. People Against Rape (PAR) is a sexual assault advocacy program offering free confidential services and support for victims of sexual assault in the Charleston tri-county area. Miller Mae Design is donating 20% of all proceeds from Friday and Saturday that will go directly to PAR to support their mission. Both days are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Helena Fox Fine Art or call 843.723.0073. Images available of jewelry upon request or by visiting www.millermaedesigns.com.
Thursday, July 14, 5 - 7 pm ~ Join us at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, for the official book launch as artist West Fraser discusses and signs copies of his newest art book Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser (USC Press, hb., 288 pp, $49.99). This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, July 16, 1 - 3 pm ~ Helena Fox Fine Art, 106 A Church Street, Charleston, hosts a book signing and reception for West Fraser. This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Come raise your glass with us and celebrate his book: 4 years in the making, 40 years of painting, a lifetime of appreciating the Southern Coast.
About the book: From the sultry streets of Savannah to the winding waterways and unique environs of the region’s sea islands, the works included offer a view of the land West Fraser loves. Fraser augments his visual tour of the coast with original maps of the region and location coordinates of each painting, enhancing the viewer’s knowledge and appreciation of the region, as well as of Fraser’s artistic gift.
About the author: West Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia. A true son of the Lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time.
The Mermaid Storm: Recent Works by Julyan Davis
On View Friday May 6 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday, May 6th, 2016, 5 - 8 pm
CHARLESTON, SC, April 14, 2016 – Join Helena Fox Fine Art for the Charleston Gallery Association’s Art Walk on Friday May 6, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm, where the artist Julyan Davis will debut his newest project The Mermaid Storm, featuring original landscape paintings benefiting Cypress Gardens and exploring the folklore of mermaids in the lowcountry. This reception is free to the public.
Julyan Davis is a British artist fascinated by the folklore and history of the American South. His latest project: The Mermaid Storm donates 20% of all art sales to Cypress Gardens. These landscape and narrative paintings will depict the emancipation slave myth of lowcountry mermaids as well as the “Mermaid Riots” in Charleston, SC in 1876. The capturing of a mermaid would bring about punitive floods and storms according to these legends.
In preparation for this work, Davis learned of the damage by last fall’s disastrous flooding to Cypress Gardens, where he had painted before, and where he had intended to set scenes from the story. As a result, the series now incorporates the opportunity to raise money for the restoration of the gardens, with 20% of proceeds from sales of artwork from the “Mermaid Storm” (donated by the artist and Helena Fox Fine Art) going towards the rebuilding of Cypress Gardens. Davis has been given exclusive access to paint inside the gates of Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, SC, which is currently closed to public until further notice as they rebuild and preserve the gardens. Cypress Gardens Arts Foundation, Inc. is a 501C3. More information about the gardens can be found at www.cypressgardens.info
Helena Fox Fine Art specializes in fine American contemporary art located South of Broad in Historic Church Street. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday by appointment.
Artist Julyan Davis often tells a story with his work. In his new work we learn the story of 'The Exiles.'
Shortly after leaving art school in London, England, Julyan read about the Bonapartist exiles. These were French men and women, among them Napoleon's foremost generals and many aristocrats, forced to leave France after Napoleon's final defeat. They landed in southwest Alabama-where the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers meet-and founded the town of Demopolis. Their efforts to cultivate a 'vine and olive' colony there soon failed and these exiles either were able to return to France or moved to settle in the comparative civilization of Mobile or New Orleans. The story captured Julyan's imagination, so much so that he came to America in search of what was left of the exile community. Unfortunately he found there was not much left, but the almost folktale-like history stayed with him and now we are excited to see his vision of what it must have been like in the world of 'The Exiles.'.
'Un Songe un Peu Moins Inconstant' oil on canvas 38" x 38" 2015
In particular the story of Madame Raoul, the Marchioness de Sinabaldi stuck with the young artist. 'It was important for me to paint the myth more than anything-how I imagined, how I dreamed of her story as an immigrant in the New World,' says Julyan of Madame Raoul. Her husband had led the vanguard upon Napolen's return from Elba. She was Italian and had formerly served as maid of honor to Queen Caroline of Naples. Coming to the shores of Alabama must have been quite a shock.
'These two first paintings explore two differing avenues. The above is imagined, dream-like. The second, below, is more descriptive.'
'Il Me Semble Que Je Reve' oil on canvas 42" x 36" 2015
'Il me semble que je reve; car la vie est unsonge un peu moins inconstant'
'for life is a dream, but somewhat less changeable.'
--Blaise Pascal, Pensees
For more about The Exiles please read Julyan's full blog post @ http://murderballadpaintings.com/2015/11/01/the-exile/
On October 31, 2015 the Port Royal Sound Foundation is hosting a, "Night on the Sound" featuring a lecture by Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau. The Port Royal Sound Foundation was founded in 2011 and is dedicated to the betterment and conservation of the waters and lands of Port Royal Sound.
The evening includes a cocktail reception in the main exhibit hall, a seated dinner with live musical entertainment, an informative program and an exceptional silent auction. A new drawing of fishermen on the May River bringing in a days haul by West Fraser will be part of the auction. Get involved by going to http://portroyalsoundfoundation.org and see the many ways you can contribute to this worthy cause.
We’re thrilled to announce that Helena Fox Fine Art will be a part of Charleston Insider’s Weekend curated by renowned publications, Coastal Living, Departures, Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Travel+Leisure! We have been chosen to be a part of an exclusive Art Walk hosted by Departures magazine and curated by Art Expert, Mary Dinaburg. The walk will include other local galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery and Dog & Horse Gallery and will end at our gallery for a cocktail reception, Q&A and a special gift! This is a luxury event during a fabulous weekend and we are honored and proud to be asked to be a part of it!
The Art Walk will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 2pm-4pm. Please click here to buy tickets! If you’d like to learn more about the weekend and to view other amazing events, please click here.
Congratulations to Kathleen Dunphy, West Fraser, Jeffrey Larson and Joe McGurl for being finalists in the international and competitive 2014/2015 Art Renewal Center Salon! There were over 1,000 applicants and over 2,500 entries and only the top 31% works of art were chosen! This is a great accomplishment. Many congratulations to them! Stay tuned because the winners and their categories will be announced by the end of April or early May.
To read more about the Art Renewal Center and it’s mission, click here. To view the list of finalists please click here.