Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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A R T S 258 CS D Avid art collector Richard Kessler opened his frst gallery in Orlando, Florida 14 years ago, six years after launching the Kessler Collection's frst property, Orlando's Castle Hotel. This series of hotels incorporates art galleries into the properties, celebrating the works of count- less artists in addition to design, food and wine. In August, the Collection made its Charleston debut at the corner of Meeting and Wentworth streets with the Grand Bohemian Hotel, where gallery director Dayna Caldwell plans to hold monthly artist events. "Each gallery's vision is to showcase eclectic styles of art—from contemporary to classic French impressionism, sculptors, glass and jewelry," she says. "Each gallery's collections are specifc to its location." In October, Kristen Baird's sculptural jewelry will be on view, while November's exhibits include Marilyn Sparks' Life's Vibrancy. "Her paintings jump off the wall and are so calming," Caldwell says. In addition, guests can dine with French expressionist- colorist painter Jean Claude Roy on November 13, or join him and the hotel's sommelier in a wine-blending workshop followed by a public reception for the artist on November 14. GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY Grand Bohemian Gallery

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