Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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A R T S 283 CS D Oil painter Hilarie Lambert will tell you she enjoys painting the familiar: vintage toys, notable architecture or coastal scenes— but nothing about her work is "ordinary." Through the flter of light in an egret's wings in fight, or the way a newspaper crumbles under just-caught blue crabs, Lambert reveals the beau- ty in what we might have forgot- ten or gotten too busy to notice: the magic of the everyday. The world in Lambert's paint- Charleston native Christine Crosby worked in the fnancial industry until a heart attack fol- lowed by triple bypass surgery at the age of 34 made her take stock of what was important in her life. She soon turned to art, and what began as therapy quickly became her passion. Crosby took workshops with several well-known local artists, then studied on her own to de- velop her personal and distinc- tive style. Lowcountry living has HILARIE LAMBERT CHRISTINE CROSBY Christine Crosby Hilarie Lambert 843-822-1707 ings is seen through her sense of humor and love of whimsy. She paints the rainy day in Paris, not the sunny one, the forgotten radio on the shelf, or the boy feeding pigeons in St. Mark's Square (instead of the majestic basilica), all illustrating her joy in the edges of things, the side streets, the back doors. dictated her subject matter. The marshes, beaches and swamps and the creatures that inhabit them are Crosby's inspirations. "Art is my escape," she says. "It is my hope that viewers of my paintings fnd the same peace and tranquility that I experience as I create them."

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