Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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A R T S 285 CS D Award-winning Charleston artist Jennifer Black has painted for most of her life. From the drawings she sketched at the age of eight to the art commissions she received as early as high school, Black has always been infuenced by what's around her. "I don't make things up," she says. "I tend to paint my surroundings, wherever I am." With a focus on what she describes as impressionistic realism, Black's favorite subjects are fgures in the landscape, highlighted with dramat- ic light. "I like to catch the feeling of the subject, and light is very important to me," she says. Blending colors together in the alla prima (wet-on-wet) technique, Black could be considered the Monet of the Lowcountry. Her private studio sits on the Ashley River where a stunning vista of the marsh gives the artist endless inspiration. Black's paintings can currently be seen inside a window display at 265 King St., or folks may visit her studio by appointment. Jennifer Black 843-763-0861 JENNIFER BLACK For local artist Vicki P. Maguire, the excite- ment of learning never ends. Having earned a bachelor's degree in her native New Mexico for advertising, layout and design, Maguire has spent the past 16 years in the Holy City honing her art skills with such men- tors as international palette-knife wiz James Pratt. Lately, Maguire has embraced coastal abstracts in oil using palette knives. While she's at home with the Lowcountry's landscape and skies, she also draws inspi- ration from the vibrant landscapes she visits in her travels around the U.S. and abroad. For heavy surf, rocks and fog, she heads to Laguna Beach, California. "I strive to recreate the light, mood and sounds of any moment or place," she says. Maguire also teaches modern expressionism and works in the design and commercial industry. Her recent piece Blessed Assurance is part of the Straight from the Heart exhibit and Emanuel AME fundraiser November 10-11 at the Charleston Cigar Factory. Vicki P. Maguire VICKI MAGUIRE STEVEN HYATT Steven Hyatt is a photographer and printer based in Charleston. In addition to his pho- tography, he is also president of a printing business called Imaging Arts Printing. "My interest in photography emerged in my teenage years as an extension of a general desire to create," Hyatt says. "Years later, as a philosophy and religious studies major at the College of Charleston, I would often spend time studying in the Unitarian Church's incredibly unique and alive cem- etery. Many years after that, I found myself back at the same church wondering how I could capture what I was both seeing and experiencing in that space." The effort to meet that challenge gave birth to the Churches of Charleston Project, which has since expanded to include churches throughout the world. Hyatt also does a wide array of photogra- phy ranging from architecture and portraits of birds of prey to landscapes and abstract fne art photography. Steven Hyatt

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