The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents A Long Time Ago…., a Piccolo Spoleto Exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from May 25 through July 29, 2012. Presented by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, A Long Time Ago…opens Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to attend the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 7: Liz Vaughan and Baird Hoffmire
Saturday, July 14: Lisa Abernathy and Lisa Shimko
Saturday, July 21: Becca Barnet, Seth Corts and Michelle Jewell
Saturday, July 28: Xin Lu and Trever Webster
About the Artists
Lisa Abernathy was born on Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio in 1980. Raised in an Air Force family, she spent most of her young years in the Southern states before moving to Saudi Arabia for two years in junior high school. After returning to the States, she studied Psychology and English at Appalachian State University before venturing off to the San Francisco Bay area. In 2006, she returned to her adopted hometown of Charleston,S.C., where she currently lives. Lisa is currently a graduate student of Chinese Medicine in Asheville,N.C. She finds that her art is frequently informed by the disparate settings of the Blue Ridge Mountain sand the marshes of the Lowcountry. Her studies also have a tremendous impact on her work, being a constant reminder of the ties between the physical and the emotional as well as the interconnectedness of systems.
After growing up in Spartanburg, Becca Barnet went on to study illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. A six-week internship with a taxidermist allowed her to explore her fascination with recreating textures.After working with the “world’s largest dinosaur exhibit” at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Becca moved to Charleston to work as an exhibit technician for the S.C. Aquarium’s Madagascar exhibit. The attention to detail of her work bleeds into her art, which reveals her technical ability to recreate something from nature.
Seth Corts tells southern gothic stories. The illustrations embody his childhood influences growing up in the farmlands ofIndianaand the backwoods of theAppalachian Mountains. There, he heard tales of ghosts and spooks, moonshine bootleggers, and the rough and hard scrabble ways of folks just trying to survive. Combining this upbringing with inspiration from 19th century illustrators, he inks out scenes of love, homesickness, self-discovery, death and humankind’s relationship with nature. His meticulous lines unearth rich stories that seem to hover between times past and present.
When he’s not daydreaming of global peace, ending world hunger, or fighting crime as a caped crusader, Baird Hoffmire is an animator, illustrator, graphic designer and exhibiting artist. He resides in Charleston,S.C., with his wife, Jane and his daughters, Sadie and Harper. With a BFA in Illustration from Western Carolina University and a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Baird has been making a living as an artist since 2003.
Michelle Jewell inherited an affinity for sewing from her mother. Raised in upstate South Carolina, Michelle has always enjoyed crafting, writing, and illustrating short stories as well as making flip book animation and letting her imagination run wild in the forests near her home. After moving to Charleston in 2006 with her husband, dogs and cat, Michelle quit her day job to focus on her art. She hopes her creations prove to make a worthwhile contribution to the handmade movement in Charleston, S.C.
Xin Lu received her BA from Vanderbilt University in studios arts and psychology. Her mixed media monoprints are inspired by her childhood memories and recent travels to her home country of China. Xin’s works are imbued with a sense of longing for a place to belong. She was the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldride Hamblet Award. Solo exhibits include Somewhere In Between, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, Celestial Comforts, Cumberland Gallery,Nashville,Tenn. Xin Lu is represented by Cumberland Gallery in Nashville.
Lisa M. Shimko enjoyed her childhood in York County,Pa., where she spent most of her time collecting rocks and exploring the terrain of forests and farms. Forms, colors, and textures from nature supplied hours of entertainment and are the foundation of her artistic aesthetic. The simple graphic nature and bold colors found in Shimko’s paintings hearken back to the Pennsylvania German folk art found in Lisa’s everyday life as a child. Lisa moved to Philadelphia in 1990 and earned a BFA in Painting and minored in Art Therapy at the University of the Arts. Charleston has been her home since June 2006. The southern coastal culture and terrain mix with her past to assemble her ever evolving perspective, which she creates in her downtown Charleston studio.
Liz Vaughan received her BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston. Liz works in time based media combining elements of photography, video, stop motion animation, sound composition and performance. She has shown work in the group show 1×1 at Redux Contemporary Art Center, and she has been involved in organizing underground art shows in Charleston since 2008.
Trever Webster grew up in Madison,WI where he studied painting and studio art. His art has been described as atmospheric. The process plays a tremendous role in the aesthetic of each piece. He laboriously prepares the surface with carefully placed numbers that resemble typeface. Then, sometimes literally, he “pours” on the emotion and uninhibited chaos. Desolate landscapes with abandoned carnivals, bats and spiders are a recurring settings. Trever works hard at Artist & Craftsman Supply in downtown Charleston.