Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Escaramuza in San Antonio Howard Friedland, Hollyhock Lane Jason Saunders, Southern Moonrise Diane Lyon, A Heavy Load and Pauline Ney put on the frst show as a tribute to their teacher, Master Artist William Schultz. This fall Charleston's beloved M Gallery will host the 14th Annual American Impressionist Society exhibition. This prestigious show will feature nearly 200 paintings created by AIS members and Master Artists that include Carolyn Anderson, Clayton J. Beck III, Scott Burdick, Nancy Bush, Scott L. Christensen, Kim English, Albert Handell, Quang Ho, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Calvin Liang, Kevin Macpherson, C.W. Mundy, Zhiwei Tu, Kenn Backhaus, and Lois Griffel. AIS Master Artists are given the designation not only because they have exhibited excellence in their work but also because they give back to the art community by teaching workshops and sharing information so other painters can improve. Their 208 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 paintings are exhibited by invitation. The other spots are flled through a blind jury process, meaning artists are chosen solely on merit. AIS is proud of this process, and rightly so, as this type of jury stays true to the whole idea of impressionism. After all, in 1880 Paris, good art was no longer about whom you studied under or who your rich patron was; it was about how well you expressed yourself. The annual show is attended by artists and patrons from all over the country and is put together entirely by volunteers from the AIS. Show chairperson Suzanne Morris says there's much more to putting on the show besides hanging art and putting out some biscuits. "It takes a lot of hard work and time," Suzanne says. "The success of our shows is directly proportional to the efforts of our volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors." The show will run at M Gallery, 125 Meeting Street, from September 28 to November 2, with two public openings. The frst opening, Thursday, October 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will honor winners. The second opening, Friday, October 4, will be held in conjunction with the French Quarter Art Walk and will feature the AIS awards judge, Kenn Backhaus, AISM, giving a painting demonstration at 6 p.m. 2 F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Read more about the American Impressionist Society online at For questions about the show, call M Gallery at 843-727-4500 or e-mail Suzanne Morris at sgmpaints@aolcom. Robin Howard is a full-time freelance writer based in Charleston. See more of her work at

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