Thursday, December 3, 2009

PREVIEW Ashlynn Browning, Macro, Sept. 13 – Oct. 5, 2013

With Great Clarity, 2013, oil on panel, 34 x 30 in.,

Top Heavy, 2013, oil on panel, 34 x 30 in.,
Rocking The Boat, 2013, oil on panel, 44 x 40 in.,
Perseverance, 2013, oil on panel, 44 x 40 in.,
Mathematical Pursuits, 2012, oil on panel,
36 x 32 in., $2,500
Jumping Off Point, 2013, oil on panel, 44 x 40 in.,
Guston As A Boy, 2012, oil on panel, 44 x 40 in.,
Armature, 2013, oil on panel, 42 x 38 in. $3,250
When Logic Fails You, 2013, oil on panel,
42 x 38 in., $3,250

Electrified, 2012, oil on panel, 42 x 38 in., $3,250

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PREVIEW Paul Yanko, Micro, Sept. 13 – Oct. 5, 2013

Spinning Tilting Advancing, 2011-13, acrylic
and collage on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in., $850

Built Rebuilt Braced, 2011-13, acrylic and
collage on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in., $850

Anchored Propped Bordered, 2011-13,
acrylic and collage on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in.,

Modified Expanded Reinforced, 2011-13,
acrylic and collage on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in.,

Angle Tip Ray, 2012-13, acrylic and collage on panel, 

24 x 24 in., $1,800

Brace Shuttle Fan, 2012-13, acrylic and collage on 
panel, 24 x 24 in., $1,800
Window Box Module, 2012-13, acrylic and collage on 
panel, 24 x 24 in., $1,800
Green Shift Angle, 2010-12, acrylic and collage on 
panel, 12 x 12 in., $900
Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 1, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 2, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 3, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 4, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 5, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 6, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 7, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 8, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 9, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 10, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 11, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Channel Shield Fissure (CSF) 12, 2013, 
monotype, 10 x 8 in., $500 (framed)

Monday, November 30, 2009

100 under 1000:
if ARTworks for $999 and less

On the ground floor of if ART Gallery, find hundreds of artworks from $150 to $999 by dozens of gallery artists.
Dec. 3 – 24, 2009

Open Christmas Eve until 7 p.m.

Below, underneath the pics, is a video of the exhibition installation; the background music is Graham Parker and the Rumour playing "I Want You Back" by The Jackson Five.
(For Parker talking about that cover, click here.)

Click on these artists' names in the right column to find examples of artworks for $999 and less: Albert, Baldwin, Blair, Burdick, Chapp, Chesley, Donovan, Garrett, Gelbert, Gilkerson, Harris, Hartmann, Jackson, Korsten, Leamon, Lenzo, Mahrlein, Miller, Netherland, Novo, Orselli, Overend, Redwine, Reed, Rudolf, Salentijn, Spong, Stanley, Tedesco, Thornton, Walker, Williams, Yaghjian D, Yaghjian E, Yanko & Zurlo.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Jeff Donovan's new series, Mud Caps, is now on display in the window at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC. The ceramic hats sell for $350 – $425. The hats include homages to Edvard Munch and Rene Magritte.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Showing at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, S.C., until Nov. 20, 2009, is an exhibition of art depicting horses by if ART Gallery artists Phil Garrett, paintings and monotypes, and Bill Jackson, metal and bronze sculptures.

For film clips of the Oct. 29 opening reception, CLICK HERE.
For more information about Phil Garrett, CLICK HERE.
For more information about Bill Jackson, CLICK HERE.

For clips of Phil Garrett conducting a monotype printing demonstration during the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Background: if ART Gallery 5 Years

At its location at 1223 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C., and at Columbia’s Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street, if ART Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary with if ART Gallery 5 Years, an exhibition of gallery artists that also will introduce two new additions to the gallery: Greenville, S.C., painter Michael Brodeur and the ceramic sculptures of Columbia artist Peter Lenzo.
            The exhibition will run from October 28 – November 8, 2011. The Fifth Anniversary Reception will take place Friday, October 28, 5 – 9 pm, at both the gallery and Gallery 80808. Exhibition hours will be weekdays, 11 pm – 7 pm.; Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, 1 – 5 pm.
            if ART Gallery opened its door on November 10, 2006. Prior to that, gallery owner Wim Roefs organized exhibitions at his home in Columbia’s Old Shandon neighborhood, at Lewis & Clark’s old location on the corner of Lincoln and Lady Streets and at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Those early exhibitions included artists such as Leo Twiggs, Jeff Donovan, Carl Blair, Laura Spong, Herb Parker, Mary Gilkerson, Phil Garrett, Mike Williams, Aaron Baldwin, Edward Rice, Anna Redwine, Tonya Gregg, Tom Stanley, Klaus Hartmann and Peter Lenzo. Early break-through exhibition were Aaron Baldwin &  Mike Williams: Up From The Mud in October 2005, Columbia artist Laura Spong’s 80th birthday exhibition in February 2006 and Leo Twiggs’ Toward Another Retrospective in March, 2006.
            “These exhibitions did remarkably well, both in terms of critical acclaim and sales,” Roefs said. “They were a good way to start an art business in that there was not the typical high overhead of a gallery. The disadvantage was that it was hard to do much for artists in between exhibitions. When the gallery’s current location became available in the summer of 2006, I decided to open the gallery.”
            After its opening, the gallery, which has some 40 artists on its roster, continued to mount exhibitions at Gallery 80808. There and at its own location, if ART has organized 53 exhibitions, 34 of them solo exhibitions. The gallery has shown the work of more than 80 artists, including more than 35 artists from The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, England, France and Cuba.
            Through such exhibitions as The Fame Factor in September 2007, The Inventory in February 2008, Salon I, II and III in December 2008 – February 2009 and Going Dutch in December 2010, if ART has shown work by many international artists, including world famous artists such as Joan Mitchell, Karel Appel, Corneille, Bram van Velde, Lynn Chadwick and Wifredo Lam. if ART has shown nationally famous artists such as John Hultberg, Ibram Lassaw, Benny Andrews, Richard Hunt and Sam Middleton and represents original Washington Color School painter Paul Reed as well as Philip Morsberger, the former head of the art department at England’s Oxford University.            
            The gallery is an active participant in the informal artists’ exchange between Columbia and its German sister city Kaiserlautern, an exchange that is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Among gallery artists who have traveled to Germany are Mike Williams, Stephen Chesley, Janet Orselli, Dorothy Netherland, Laura Spong, Tonya Gregg, Brown Thornton, David Yaghjian and Jeff Donovan. The latter two currently are in Kaiserslautern for a 10-day symposium and exhibition. if ART represents five artists from Kaiserslautern: Klaus Hartmann, Reiner Mahrlein, Silvia Rudolf, Ralph Gelbert and Roland Albert. It also represents Dutch artists Kees Salentijn and Sjaak Korsten.
            “I’d like to think the gallery has raised the bar in Columbia,” Roefs says. “I hope that the quality of the exhibitions in terms of the art presented and they way they were designed have added to the local art scene. Also, it’s unusual to have a gallery here with so many artists from abroad. It’s even more unusual for a gallery in South Carolina to show the work by artists who make the history books about 20th century art such as Mitchell, Appel, Van Velde, Chadwick and Lam.”
            if ART also has published almost 20 exhibition catalogues and almost 50 essays about gallery artists, all but a few written by Roefs. “Those catalogues are especially unique,” Roefs says. “if ART since 2006 by a long shot has published more exhibition catalogues than all other art galleries, art centers and museums in Columbia combined. South Carolina galleries seldom publish catalogues, and museums do so sporadically. I am not always sure that people realize how unusual it is for if ART to have produced these catalogues. But I think they are important. They help educate the public, they create a record of artists’ achievements, they obviously are a great way to promote those artists and they are among the most important resume lines an artist can have. A lot of if ART’s catalogues were modest affairs – small catalogues produced on color copiers – but their very existence is unique within the local context. The catalogues for exhibitions by David Yaghjian, Jeff Donovan, Edward Rice and, twice, Laura Spong, are, I think, of museum quality.”

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Morsberger & Yaghjian Exhibitions Oct. 16 – 27, 2009

if ART Gallery presents at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady St., Columbia, SC:


October 16 – 27, 2009
Artists' Reception: Fri, Oct. 16, 5–9 pm

For a preview of Philip Morsberger's exhibition, CLICK HERE.
For a preview of David Yaghjian's exhibition, CLICK HERE.

For installation shots of the Morsberger exhibition,
For installation shots of the Yaghjian exhibition,

For an essay about Philip Morsberger, Time Travelers, CLICK HERE.
For an essay about David Yaghjian, Dancing Man, CLICK HERE.

OPENING HOURS: Mo-Fri, 11–7; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5.

For more information about the exhibition and artists,

Monday, September 7, 2009


map & stamp paintings

@ if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC

To SEE images of the work on view, please CLICK HERE.


If you have information about the whereabouts of this 12 x 12 in. painting by Marcelo Novo, please contact
Wim Roefs @ if ART Gallery, (803) 238-2351 /

The painting is:

Marcelo Novo
Dos Corazones, 2008
Mixed media on canvas
12 x 12 inches

Saturday, August 29, 2009

COLOR FIELDS, FORMS & FRACTURES Installation Pictures.

For information about the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

Philip Morsberger, Katie Walker, Ashlynn Browning,
Don Zurlo.

Paul Yanko, Philip Morsberger, Ashlynn Browning,
Katie Walker, Tom Stanley.

Philip Morsberger and Paul Reed.

Katie Walker, Tom Stanley, Ashlynn Browning,
Don Zurlo

Katie Walker and Tom Stanley

Philip Morsberger, Don Zurlo, Tom Stanley, Katie Walker,
Paul Yanko, Ashlynn Browning

Philip Morsberger

Front: Katie Walker and Philip Morsberger.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


To see new paintings by Dorothy Netherland now available at if ART Gallery,

Dorothy Netherland's paintings are painted and silkscreened on the back of glass. The new paintings consist of three sheets of glass.

Installation Shots of Contemporary Carolina Abstraction II