Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dorothy Netherland & Tom Stanley Exhibition, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC, December 7 – 24, 2012

if ART Gallery presents
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios

Dec. 7 – 24, 2012


TOM STANLEY: Glossary – Untitled Paintings

FREE Trifold for each artist with images and essay at the exhibitions.

For a PREVIEW of Dorothy Netherland's paintings, CLICK HERE.
For a PREVIEW of Tom Stanley's paintings, CLICK HERE.

For an ESSAY about Dorothy Netherland's exhibition, CLICK HERE.
For an ESSAY about Tom Stanley's exhibition, CLICK HERE.

To see installation shots of the shows CLICK HERE.

Monday, November 5, 2012


Intuition, Ink and Paper: Monotype with Phil Garrett

When: Friday-Sunday, October 2 - 4, 2015

Where: if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia SC 29201
              (803) 238-2351 /

What: This class will explore the dynamic medium of water soluble monotype printmaking. User-friendly and immediate, monotype offers a way of working that can be spontaneous, fluid and very painterly. Images can be developed and printed in a relative short space of time. Because the plate retains a thin layer of ink after being printed (the so-called ghost image) it feels natural to use this ink residue as the starting point for the next image and work sequentially. Working this way can really jumpstart an artists progress.

After an initial discussion of ink, plates, presses and paper, the class will begin with simple reductive methods of inking  on single plates, eventually  progressing to multi-plate (color) prints incorporating Chine Colle’ (for which the printing is done on a thin sheet of paper, which is mounted to a heavier backing sheet). 

The class will include demonstrations, presentations and collective and individual critiques.

How Much: $250 per participant, to be paid in advance by cash,           
                    check or credit card. 

Monotype by Phil Garrett

What To Bring: Students will need to bring:
-- Brushes suitable for watercolor and acrylic paint. 
-- Box of Q-tips. 
-- Small to large set of Caran DArche neocolor crayons (Watersoluble); oil and wax crayons wont work. 
-- One Gelli Plate 8 x 10 inches or larger.
-- A 18 x 24 inch newsprint pad. 
-- Roll of paper towels. 
-- Four to eight sheets (22 x 30 inches) of one of the following  printmaking papers: RIVES BFK, STONEHENGE, ARCHES COVER.
-- Preparatory drawings. 

What Not To Bring: Open Acrylic and Water soluble inks, which all are provided by Golden Acrylic and Phil Garrett
How : Register by contacting if ART Gallery at (803) 238-2351 or
  to register for the workshop

*    Phil Garrett & if ART Gallery reserve the right to cancel the workshop with full refund in case of insufficient participation

Monotype by Phil Garrett

Workshop Schedule :

Day One, Fri., October 2, 6:30 - 8 pm: Informal introduction with wine and snacks to discuss the ink, paints and papers, printing with an Intaglio (etching) press and hand printing techniques. 
Viewing and discussing various approaches and examples of monotype.

Day Two and Three, Sat. & Sun., October 3 & 4, 10 am  4 pm: Subtractive inking and monochrome printing; direct painting on the plates; multi plate color printing; enhancing the image with Chine Colle’ (collage); printing with water soluble crayons; ending with Gelli plates Open Acrylics; and hand printing.


Phil Garrett is among his native South Carolinas most prominent artists and printmakers and owner of King Snake Press in Greenville, S.C. Prominent South Carolina artists such as Ed Rice, Mary Gilkerson, Enid Williams, Katie Walker and David Yaghjian have worked with Garrett in his print studio to create monotypes. Garrett has completed numerous artist residences and taught painting and printmaking in venues across the United States, including The Penland School of Craft in Penland, N.C. He joined the Golden Acrylic Working Artists Program in 1999 and has lectured and taught acrylic painting in the United States, Japan and Europe. Garretts work is represented in the South Carolina State Art Collection, the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art and other public and private collections in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

18/100 Southern Artists: The if ART Contingency: October 28 - November 17, 2012

18/100 Southern Artists
The if ART Contingency

October 28 - November 17, 2012

@ if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln St. 
Columbia, SC

1 new book about Southern artists
100 artists in the book
18 of 100 artists from if ART Gallery

Sunday, October 28, 2 - 4 pm

To view works of art featured in 100 Southern Artists available at if ART Gallery CLICK HERE

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART Gallery
(803) 238-2351/

Friday, October 12, 2012

Columbia/Kaiserslautern The International (Mural) Project Final Days


The International (Mural) Project

Ends Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7 pm

A Group Exhibition & Mural Project Featuring:
Roland Albert, Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, Ralph Gelbert, Mary Gilkerson, Tonya Gregg, Klaus Hartmann, Jorg Heieck, Peter Lenzo, Reiner Mahrlein,Janet Orselli, Anna Redwine, Silvia Rudolf, Laura Spong, H. Brown Thornton, Mike Williams David Yaghjian

Exhibition Hours: Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 5 p.m.

To VIEW the MURAL in progress, CLICK HERE.
To PREVIEW the participating artists' work, click on their names in the far-right column of this page.


Monday, October 1, 2012

EDWARD RICE: Fortress Series Installation Images






Enid Williams Boldly Goes
By Wim Roefs

         Enid Williams’ paintings invariably draw attention from people looking through the if ART Gallery windows, pulling folks of all ages and backgrounds inside.
         “Look, donuts.”
         “Life savers.”
         “It’s like the universe. Space.”
         “Or microcosms.” 
         “That must be a lot of work.”
         “Does she paint each one by hand?”
         “Each one” refers to the circular and oval shapes of different sizes, colors and density or translucency, typically with a hollow center, with which Williams builds her compositions. “As an artist,” she says, “I am interested in slowing the viewer’s gaze by creating an image that requires more careful engagement.”
In 2012, she told an interviewer: “I appreciate any commentary but I enjoy it when viewers draw parallels from other disciplines – science, music or others. My titles often derive from other disciplines as well … I enjoy titles that work on different levels, when possible. The visual and metaphorical implications are more compelling.”
Williams’ paintings are simultaneously grand and detailed, the details never getting lost in the overall composition or obscuring it. The patterns seem as random as they are deliberate, suggesting chaos and chance where there’s clarity and a system – one that develops as the painting takes shape in Williams’ studio. Clearly defined circular shapes dart around in front of fainter ones in the back, grounded, the whole moving every which way without being all over the place.
Williams uses a broad range of colors, especially for the larger paintings, nevertheless achieving great color cohesion while moving the overall pallet from one painting to the next. Each painting’s “white void is very specific,” she said in 2012 of the compositions’ background. “The quiet of that space makes the noise more audible.” The works’ scale shifts between paintings, changing the nature and intensity of their radiating energy. Imploding or exploding, Williams’ paintings boldly go.
         My work is an inquiry into the physical and intellectual process of perception,
 especially the manner in which we read and understand pictorial space,” Williams says. “I rely on 
a complex ordering of form and color to create elaborate visual scenarios that 
appear to be in continual flux. There is little evidence of pictorial hierarchy. 
Instead, the optical effects create an ambiguous space, both undermining and 
heightening our desire for logic and order.”
vocabulary of small circular shapes is meant to evoke a sense of playfulness,
 while also reflecting a certain temporality of appearances. In this way, meaning
 might manifest itself in a sense of time and place.”
Charts that test for colorblindness were the initial inspiration for the paintings. Any writings addressing perceptual phenomena interest Williams. “The broader trajectory of painting’s history is also important and inescapable,” she said in 2012. Referring to Abstract Expressionism, she added: “I embrace the lineage, but my marks are deliberately un-heroic. It’s my tongue-in-cheek commentary on how my work both derives from and stands apart from the particulars of Ab-Ex.”
  – Wim Roefs is the owner of if ART Gallery.

Monday, September 17, 2012

COLUMBIA / KAISERSLAUTERN: The International (Mural) Project

if ART Gallery presents
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201

Columbia artists Mike Williams, Tonya Gregg and
Mary Gilkerson and Kaiserslautern artist Klaus
Hartmann, sitting on the floor, working on the mural on
Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Vista Studios. The
mural will become the centerpiece of the exhibition. For
more pictures of the mural on progress on this date,

The International (Mural) Project

A Group Exhibition & Mural Project Featuring:
Roland Albert, Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, Ralph Gelbert, Mary Gilkerson, Tonya Gregg, Klaus Hartmann, Jorg Heieck, Peter Lenzo, Reiner Mahrlein, Janet Orselli, Anna Redwine, Silvia Rudolf, Laura Spong, H. Brown Thornton, Mike Williams & David Yaghjian

October 4 – 16, 2012

Artists’ Reception: Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion about the Columbia/Kaiserslautern Artists Exchange: Sunday,    
           October 7, 2:00 p.m.
Exhibition Hours: Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 5 p.m.

To PREVIEW the MURAL in progress, CLICK HERE.
To PREVIEW the participating artists' work, click on their names in the far-right column of this page.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mary Gilkerson @ Rosso Trattoria Restaurant

if ART Gallery  &  Rosso Trattoria Restaurant

M a r y   G i l k e r s o n:   Paintings & Monotypes
Artist's Reception: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:00 - 6:30 pm 
Trenholm Plaza
4840 Forest Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29206
(803) 787-3949 -- --

Saturday, June 16, 2012

FANTASTIC REALITY @ Gallery 80808/Vista Studios


 Diane Kilgore Condon & Bob Trotman

Featuring: Jeff Donovan, Janet Orselli, Peter Lenzo, Philip Morsberger, Dorothy Netherland, David Yaghjian, Kees Salentijn & Marcelo Novo.

August 24 – September 4, 2012, 
@Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady St., Columbia, SC
Artists' Reception: Friday, Aug. 24, 5 – 9 pm
Gallery Talk Diane Kilgore Condon: Sat. Aug. 25, 2 pm.
Artist Salon Series Talk Bob Trotman @ Columbia Museum of Art: Friday, August 31, noon.

To see sculptures by Bob Trotman and see him discuss his work, CLICK HERE.
To see paintings by Diane Kilgore Condon and see her discuss her work, CLICK HERE.

Click on these artists' names to see their work: Donovan, Lenzo, Morsberger, Netherland, Novo, Orselli, Salentijn & Yaghjian.


Installation shot of Fantastic Reality.

Diane Kilgore

Bob Trotman

Michael Brodeur in New American Paintings 100

Warm Embrace, 2010, alkyd on wood panel
 5 x 8 in., $850

if ART Gallery artist Michael Brodeur is included in New American Painting 100. The NAM book series presents "juried exhibitions-in-print." Through a curatorial process, the publication reviews works by thousands of emerging artist, publishing an "exhibition-in-print" with 40 artists every other month. To read about the publication and NMA 100 with Brodeur, CLICK HERE.
Brodeur joins other if ART artists who have been in NAM, including Tom Stanley, Ashlynn Browning, Paul Yanko and Katie Walker.

Brodeur's painting Warm Embrace, shown here, is one of works featured in New American Paintings 100, along with two other paintings from Brodeur's Of Cubic Proportions series.  Warm Embrace is available at if ART Gallery.
To view other painting from the Of Cubic Proportions series, CLICK HERE

Monday, May 14, 2012

if ART Gallery Featured in US Airways inflight magazine

if ART Gallery is featured through a photograph in the June issue of US Airways inflight magazine, which features Columbia, S.C. 
Visible in the if ART photograph are works by Marcelo Novo, Dorothy Netherland, Laura Spong, Matt Overend, Leo Twiggs, Phil Garrett, Kees Salentijn and David Yaghjian.
To see the article with the photograph, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

ANNA REDWINE: Nocturnes and LAURA SPONG: The Way is Open, May 25-June 5, 2012

ANNA REDWINE: Nocturnes & LAURA SPONG: The Way Is Open
Two if ART Gallery exhibitions at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC
May 25 – June 5, 2012

Artists' Reception: Friday, May 25, 5 – 9 pm
Gallery Talk Anna Redwine: Sunday, May 27, 2 pm
Gallery Talk Laura Spong: Sunday, June 3, 2 pm

To watch Anna Redwine's gallery talk, May 27, 2012, 
To watch Anna Redwine paint live on WACH-FOX Good Day Columbia, 05/17/12, CLICK HERE.

For a PREVIEW of Anna Redwine: Nocturnes, CLICK HERE.
For a PREVIEW recent work by Laura Spong, CLICK HERE.

To see installation shots of Anna Redwine: Nocturnes CLICK HERE and to see installation shots of Laura Spong: The Way Is Open CLICK HERE.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mary Gilkerson Gallery Talk May 12, 2012

The Congaree XXXI, 2011, monotype
9.5 x 7.5 in. (image), 18 x 15 in. (paper)
$495 (framed), $425 (unframed)

if ART Gallery presents on
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 2:00 pm

A Gallery Talk by 
Mary Gilkerson

In conjunction with the exhibition
The Congaree: New Monotypes and Paintings
On view through May 12, 5 pm

For more information about the exhibition, scroll down or CLICK HERE.
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART Gallery, (803) 238-2351 /