2015 Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award Winner

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park will host the 2015 Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award Winner Karin Olah. Her works of art will be on view to the public from Saturday, October 24 through November 1, 2015.

About the Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award

The Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award was created by Michael Griffith and Donna Reyburn. Each year, the award honors the work of a visual artist whose work represents our Lowcountry’s unique lifestyle, culture and environment.

About the Artist

Using fabric, Karin Olah works in a manner that mimics the flow of paint from a brush. Intricately cut, placed, and pasted textiles are combined with gouache, acrylic, and graphite to create paintings that are deep in color and texture. From a small-town upbringing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, her interest in Amish quilts and textile traditions led her to study Fiber Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

For several years following art school, Karin managed a textile studio in New York City, developing colors and patterns for clients, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Peter Marino Interior Architects. Now applying her fabric know-how to the realm of painting, Karin exhibits her collage art in solo and group shows up and down the East Coast. Her work has been featured in American Contemporary Art, Art Business News, Charleston Style and Design, and Charleston Magazine, on the covers of Black and White: Birmingham’s City Paper and Carolina Arts, and as the image for the Charleston Farmers Market 2006 and 2007 posters and street banners.