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JENNIE BRANHAM

Jennie, a professional artist, has honed her skills over the last twenty-five years.  She had her formal training at Columbia College, Columbia, SC earning a BA in Art and Arts Administration.  She has studied with many acclaimed artists through the years as she developed her style. Her training and experience has given her many opportunities to be involved with all aspects of art.  She has worked as an art gallery director, a large exhibit coordinator, fundraiser, art league organizer, board member and member of both local and regional art organizations. Jennie is an award-winning artist with her work in corporate and private collections in the US and in Europe.  She works in all mediums painting portraits, abstracts, mixed media, landscapes and still life.

A 1996 graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC, with a degree in Studio Art, Alex has always loved the colors, expressive strokes and emotion evoked in the work of Henri Matisse, Willem deKooning, Raoul Dufy, and other fauvists and abstract expressionists. As a painter, he tries to capture the feeling and essence of his subject, rather than merely create a reproduced image...'process over product' is his motto, and in that spirit he likes to incorporate color, brush strokes, texture as well as sculptural aspects into his work. He's continually inspired by the local environment of SC, places he's visited in his travels, and subjects dear to him. He likes to think that while his work is locally inspired, it holds global appeal, and he sincerely hopes that his pieces bring as much joy to those who view them as they do to him when he creates them.

MEG MCLEAN

When Meg was ten years old, what she wanted from life was simple; namely, to do a cover for The New Yorker.  She grew up with her parcel of crayons and paints in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where instead of trappings like cities or museums or grocery stores with avocados, people had squeaky-clean air, long dazzling winters, and magnificent Lake Superior. The lake was the backdrop to every view looking north, a slice of deep blue along the horizon. If her childhood had a theme color, that blue would be it.

 

Meg doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t compelled to make pictures, influenced not only by the surrounding countryside and the art on a certain magazine cover, but also by illustrations in her favorite children’s books. She poured over them, making copies, trying to figure out how the artists did what they did.  Oddly, none of the people making these books lived anywhere near her neck of the woods. The East seemed to be the place for artists. When the time came for college, she headed to New England to study art.

 

She still lives there, in New Hampshire, where people have squeaky-clean air and long dazzling winters. The landscape closely resembles those scenes in the children’s books that fed her imagination for so many years. And sure enough, you can't swing a dead cat around your head without hitting an artist. She still misses Lake Superior, but in a pinch, there’s always the Atlantic Ocean.  She's still waiting on that call from New York.

A native of Columbia, SC, Rob earned a Bacheor's degree in art studio from The University of South Carolina in 2000. Since graduating, he has had numerous group and solo shows in South Carolina galleries/ art venues including Havens Framemakers and Gallery, 80808/Vista Studios, Devine Eyes, Mr. Friendly's, Bob Taylor Gallery, and Paul Sloan Interiors.

 

In 2000, he was selected to paint five murals in Senate Plaza. Since 2003, he has been the featured artist at Havens Framemakers and Gallery. He has also painted many commisions for private collectors. In 2005, he was juried into the NBSC Oil Painter's Invitational with first honorable mention. This art show traveled the state for a year.  In 2008 he won Best of Show-Professional Division for my landscape "Green Mist on Gervais," at the South Carolina State Fair.  In 2014, he was juried into Art Fields in Lake City which is one of the largest Juried Shows in the Country. Currently, he is teaching a Palette Knife Painting Class at Havens Gallery.

 

Although  Rob principally works in oil with a palette knife, he has created work using a wide variety of media such as acrylic, watercolor, and photography. Most of his realistic paintings are of South Carolina scenery, vistas, and landmarks. He enjoy painting low-country themes such as marsh, river, and seascapes. In addition, he has created a collection of abstract pieces, a natural progression of his painterly technique.

ROB SHAW

GEORGE STANKUS

CHARLES HITE

Charles Hite is a life-long resident of Lexington County, in South Carolina. His professions have included, the U.S. Army (serving in Germany), licensed professional land surveyor, sales/customer service rep, and right-of-way agent with the SCDOT. In addition to photography, his hobbies include astronomy and landscape gardening. His venture into serious photography began in 2009 at age 60. At the encouragement of family and friends, he began selling his photos in late 2012 at Soda City Market in Columbia, SC. His love of nature in all aspects can be seen in his photos. He enthusiastically enjoys sharing the stories of his photos with others, and listening to their stories. Most of his scenic photos are from SC and the Midlands, including nature, old buildings, historic sites, and astronomy related events. He's also done commissioned photos for some local businesses. 

One of eight children, Howard Hunt learned the value of creative thinking early in life. He was born in Atlanta, GA where his appreciation for nature developed while camping, rafting and hiking in the North Georgia Mountains. Then he moved with his family to Potomac, MD as a teenager, and later enrolled at the University of South Carolina where he received his bachelor degree in Liberal Arts. Howard studied many art forms at USC, but photography and painting have always kept his interest.

After college Howard’s attention was taken away from traditional art and focused on the creative challenges of business. Some of his businesses have included a shipping company, created his own line of greeting cards and a home renovation business where his artistic creativity and eye for details helped set him apart from his competition.

 

Acting on new ideas is what drives Howard Hunt. He returned to taking photographs in the 1990s when he had an opportunity to cultivate another love - the love of travel. Whether he’s headed to France, Costa Rica, the mountains or just taking a kayak trip down the Saluda River, Howard’s excitement for finding a stimulating image to capture on canvas or on film remains the same. His art has been accepted in locally and nationally recognized juror art shows. Also, his work has been added into private and commercial permanent collections. He has found great joy in sharing what is meaningful to him, and only hopes his work can spark a new idea in you.

HOWARD HUNT

George Stankus, aka “The Lamp Guy”, was always tinkering and making things to play with as a curious kid growing up in Miami, FL. With the help of his Pop, he learned basic wiring and circuit design using Lafayette Electronics science kits, building a shortwave radio and a basic binary computer.

 

Long before “upcycling,” George was always thinking of what he could do with things he found. During a woodworking workshop in the summer of 1962, George had his first experience repurposing, using a discarded bowling pin. After turning it on a lather, he then took a metal coat hanger, burning designs into the wood. WIth a simple turned maple base, the pin was then mounted, wired and became what would be the first work by “The Lamp Guy.”

 

In a manner similar to Rauschenberg’s “Combines,” George integrates his findings, blending materials and categories to create something far from usual. The works of “The Lamp Guy” have been met with wild acclaim as he has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeastern US since 2011. George was awarded the First Prize in Amateur Sculpture at the SC State Fair in 2015, and has been invited to participate in numerous juried shows, including most recently ArtFields in Lake City, SC. While he continues to warm hearts and inspire minds with his comical inspiration put into practical design, George is continually pushing the boundaries between art and design, found and fabricated, thus fully embracing the philosophy, “Anything can be made into a lamp!”

Jennie, a professional artist, has honed her skills over the last twenty-five years.  She had her formal training at Columbia College, Columbia, SC earning a BA in Art and Arts Administration.  She has studied with many acclaimed artists through the years as she developed her style. Her training and experience has given her many opportunities to be involved with all aspects of art.  She has worked as an art gallery director, a large exhibit coordinator, fundraiser, art league organizer, board member and member of both local and regional art organizations. Jennie is an award-winning artist with her work in corporate and private collections in the US and in Europe.  She works in all mediums painting portraits, abstracts, mixed media, landscapes and still life.

A 1996 graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC, with a degree in Studio Art, Alex has always loved the colors, expressive strokes and emotion evoked in the work of Henri Matisse, Willem deKooning, Raoul Dufy, and other fauvists and abstract expressionists. As a painter, he tries to capture the feeling and essence of his subject, rather than merely create a reproduced image...'process over product' is his motto, and in that spirit he likes to incorporate color, brush strokes, texture as well as sculptural aspects into his work. He's continually inspired by the local environment of SC, places he's visited in his travels, and subjects dear to him. He likes to think that while his work is locally inspired, it holds global appeal, and he sincerely hopes that his pieces bring as much joy to those who view them as they do to him when he creates them.

ALEX DENKA