Wednesday, August 17, 2016

From The Collection of Jerry Dell & Benjamin Gimarc – SALE, August 26 – 29, 2016

Corrie McCallum, etching

Geff Reed, ceramics

Renee Rouillier, ceramics

For one long weekend only, if ART Gallery presents a special sale of artworks from the prominent private collection of Columbia couple Jerry Dell and Benjamin Gimarc. The sale opens Friday, August 26, with an opening reception, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and will run through Monday, August 29. During a gallery talk, Collecting Art, on Saturday, August 27, 2:00 p.m., the Gimarcs will talk about their experience as art collectors.
            “The Gimarcs opted for the sale after they decided to move to a new, smaller home in the Still Hopes retirement community in Cayce,” if ART Gallery owner Wim Roefs says. “There collection was way too big for their new apartment.”
            The sale consists of more than 60 artworks. It will include art by internationally famous artists and prominent current or former South Carolina artists such as Sigmund Abeles, Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dali, Erte, Sidney Guberman, Corrie McCallum, Jorge Ortero, Geff Reed, Renee Rouillier, Boyd Saunders, Laura Spong and Walter Williams.
            The Jerry Dell & Benjamin Gimarc Collection is among Columbia’s most prominent art collections and includes works by some of the world’s most famous 20th-century artists. In anticipation of their move, the Gimarcs already donated several works to the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum.

            “This is an exciting opportunity for Columbia art collectors and lovers to get a beautiful work of art at a modest price,” Roefs says. “It’s work that, no less, has great pedigree, not just in terms of the artists who made it but also because of its provenance, coming from such a prominent collection of well-known Columbia art advocates.”

Friday, March 4, 2016

ONGOING & UPCOMING Events @ if ART Gallery

Universal Indians With Joe McPhee and John Dikeman/Keefe Jackson and Josh Berman Duo: Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 8:30 pm, $15

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ashlynn Browning: Building Blocks, March 11 – April 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  March 3, 2016

if ART Gallery presents
Building Blocks

March 11 – April 2, 2016

Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 11, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
& by appointment
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 –

            For it’s March exhibition, if ART Gallery presents a solo exhibition with new paintings by Raleigh, N.C., artist Ashlynn Browning. The artist has been with the gallery since 2010, and Building Blocks is her fourth if ART solo show. The exhibition’s opening reception is Friday, March 11, 6 – 9 pm. The show will run through April 2.
            Browning’s geometric but expressive compositions, void of slickness, often involve a precarious combining of forms and shapes to create an off-balanced whole. While that hasn’t changed in the new work, other things have.  My work merges geometric forms with an intuitive, ever changing process of applying paint,” Browning says. “Many of the forms in my work from 2009 – 2013 functioned as stand-ins for figures. These single figures represented implied narratives as they stood hesitant, crooked and brooding or upright and boldly assured. Each one showed a side of myself.”
“Since 2013, I've become interested more in creating a sense of place, rather than a singular form that is personified. I have been experimenting with stacking and aligning forms and exploring the relationships between them. There is still an element of the forms standing in for figures, but now they exist in groupings and in a more architectural context.”
“Experimenting with the idea of opposing forces continues to be an important part of my work. Bold color is set against muted colors, geometric forms mix with organic ones, and pattern and texture play off smooth color fields. These are variables that I mix and layer in multiple stages until a resonant image appears.”                                                                                                                  “The many layers in each piece speak both to the history of the painting’s creation as well as to the hidden parts of ourselves that we conceal and reveal in time. I know a painting is complete when it has become its own separate entity, one with a sense of dignity and self.”  
Browning (b. 1977) was included in the 2015 and 2009 Southern editions of New American Paintings. The Charlotte, N.C., native in 2002 was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. She has been included in museum exhibitions at the City of Raleigh Museum, the Fayetteville Museum of Art, the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, all in North Carolina. Browning has had some 20 solo exhibitions since 2003, including at Art Space in Raleigh; Whitespace Gallery and Twin Kittens Gallery in Atlanta, Ga.; and if ART Gallery in Columbia, S.C. She’s been in some 50 group exhibitions since 2000, including at New York’s CUE Foundation and Lincoln Center; Proto Gallery in Hoboken, N.J.; Carroll Square Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Hallway Projects in San Francisco; The Helm Gallery in Tacoma, WA; Artspace in Galway, Ireland; THAT Gallery in Hong Kong; and Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport, U.K. Browning won first prize in the 2010 Carolina’s Got Art juried exhibition and has received grants and residency fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the United Arts Council and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has BA in studio art from Meredith College in Raleigh and an MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Monday, January 4, 2016

PHIL GARRETT workshop PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS, March 18 – 20, 2016

Fri., March 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm; Sat. & Sun., March 19 & 20, 10 – 4 pm

A workshop for painters of all skill levels seeking strategies for using acrylic paints, mediums and gels to achieve a level of finesse usually associated with oil painting techniques. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Phil Garrett's book on painting with acrylics