Monthly Archives: August 2010

Extra! Extra!

It’s like Christmas at the Art Mag offices today–the Fall issue is here and will be hitting the streets today!  Distribution has just started, so keep your eye out for the newest edition of your guide to all the arts in Charleston!

There’s a really stellar article on Robert Lange Studios upcoming show Women Painting Women, a chronicle of artistic pioneers in Charleston like Linda Fantuzzo, Daphne Vom Bauer, Manning Williams and John Carroll Doyle that should not be missed, and the upcoming bluesphere earth art expo coordinated by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and partnering with Redux, City Gallery, the Gibbes Museum, Green Fair and Eye Level Art.

The popular artist profiles are there of course: Jack Alterman, Bernie Horton, Mary Whyte, Bob Ichter, Karen Vournakis round out the visual artists.  Enjoy culinary awesomeness from Charleston Grill executive chef Michelle Weaver and a profile on the hospitable Hall Family from Halls Chophouse.  Read up on jewelry designer Janelle Wilfong of Blame Janetics and everyone’s favorite Charleston fashion designer Rachel Gordon.  The Charleston Concert Association is celebrating its 75th Season, and Quentin Baxter sat down with us for a little insight into that tour de force.

We hope you enjoy it!

PAPERDOLL: the search is on…

Check out this amazing video about Karen Silvestro and her new show PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man on Vimeo by Austin Nelson, Tree Climber Productions

You’ve probably seen Austin’s videos chronicling artists in the 2009 and 2010 Contemporary Charleston exhibits from City Gallery at Waterfront Park.  But Tree Climber Productions does much more than making amazing videos of artists at their craft–send him a shout at

The show is up for another week–make sure you come by Robert Lange Studios at and check it out before it’s gone!!

Karen Silvestro’s PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen Street, Charleston SC 29401.  843.805.8052.

What to do the rest of the weekend!

After you’ve had your fun at the opening of Karen Silvestro’s new show PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man hosted by Art Pimp at Robert Lange Studios tonight from 5:30 – 8:30, here’s what to do with the rest of your weekend.

Will Hoge at the Windjammer–the best musician you probably haven’t seen.

Will Hoge: ah-maz-ing

O.A.R. with Citizen Cope at Family Circle Stadium–I’d go just for Citizen Cope.

Citizen Cope, the hottest dude with dreads sings on Daniel Island tomorrow

Hedgwig and the Angry Inch at the American Theatre–glam rock opera.  ’nuff said.

PAPERDOLL Opens Tonight!

Karen Silvestro's On the Rocks

This is it!  The day is finally here!  PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man opens TONIGHT!  Join us at Robert Lange Studios tonight from 5:30 – 8:30 pm to raise a glass of bubbly and toast artist Karen Silvestro!

There will some awesome surprises in store, and libations from Social Wine Bar.  So come and mingle with the coolest people in Charleston tonight.  Thank you to Robert Lange Studios and Social Wine Bar!

On the Rocks shows us a group of humble fishes risking everything for the pursuit of their ‘dream girl.’  But she’s a mermaid.   A mythical sea creature.  She doesn’t really exist.  Sometimes we foolishly pursue something that we’ve built up so much in our mind that in reality doesn’t deserve the pedestal we’ve placed it upon.  Or you could optimistically look at it as never settling for anything less than your dreams, but it that’s the path you choose, maybe you should also examine if that dream is really what you want…

If you can’t make the opening tonight, don’t fret.  PAPERDOLL will hang at Robert Lange Studios through August 31st.  And Art Pimp will be there for the whole ride–so come visit anytime!

Robert Lange Studios is located at 2 Queen Street, downtown Charleston, SC.  843.805.8052.

take me for a ride

Karen Silvestro's Taken for a Ride

So I promised you a new Karen Silvestro painting a day.  Here you go.

Taken for a Ride depicts a woman who is disregarding all the warning signs and red flags in the pursuit of that ever-present preoccupation many females have–marriage.  What is it about this urge to settle down and commit our lives to another person that we may ignore all the indicators that it may not be the right person we are committing to?  As a Southern young woman, I can relate to the perplexity of this situation.  I know my parents, family, friends all thought I’d be married by now.  But it’s never been right.  I don’t want to be taken for ride.  This woman has her blinders on so tightly, she does not see that the man she is allowing to take her down this path to ‘wedded bliss’ is clearly not even a real man…

Come see Taken for a Ride and the rest of the PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man show at Robert Lange Studios.  Opening Reception this Friday at 2 Queen Street, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, with beverages from Social Wine Bar on East Bay Street.  On view now through the end of August.  Visit Karen Silvestro online for a preview of the show.  Brought you by Art Pimp.

Here’s a little sneak peek of Karen Sivlestro‘s work installed at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen Street, downtown Charleston.  Please come by and visit–we’re moving our offices to RLS for the rest of August.

Don’t forget the Opening Reception for PAPERDOLL this Friday the 13th from 5:30 – 8:30!

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PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man Opens this Friday!

Each day this week we’ll unveil a new image from Karen Silvestro’s forthcoming show,

PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man.

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It’s almost time for PAPERDOLL!

On the Rocks by Karen Silvestro

This Friday, August 13 at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen Street in downtown Charleston, join the Art Pimp consultants for the opening of Karen Silvestro‘s first major solo show PAPERDOLL: The Search for the Perfect Man.  Opening reception will be 5:30 – 8:30, with refreshments from Social Wine Bar.

The work is up and hanging at the gallery, so drop on by at your convenience this week.  The show will hang through August 31st.  The girls from Art Pimp will be setting up shop at the gallery during the show, so come visit!

Couch Potato by Karen Silvestro

Joel Parker: The Art of the Keg Stand

Parker's Her First Keg Stand

Tonight at SCOOP Studios, gallery owners Colleen Deihl and Saramel Evans will open their doors wide to welcome the masses.  Joel Parker, painter and overachiever extraordinaire, will display his large scale works that earned his Masters in Fine Arts and new work side by side, with an opening from 5 – 8 pm that you should not miss.

Parker's A Double Portion

Since his presentation at Charleston Pecha Kucha Night 6, where he first came on my radar, Parker has been working  away on this show and simultaneously applying to universities across the south for further graduate study.  If it wasn’t enough that he graduated from College of Charleston with a triple-degree in Art History, Studio Art and Historic Preservation, he then got his Masters from Washington University.  In the last week, he has had offers from the University of Florida and University of South Florida.  And he’s got to decide by Monday!

Parker’s unusual depiction of subject matter in a very classic style can be surprising.  Tapping into his vast knowledge of art history, he frames modern activities in the style of European masters, like Cezanne’s The Bathers or The Three Graces depicted in Botticelli’s Primavera.

Cezanne's The Large Bathers

Parker is an extremely motivated artist, who has demonstrated drive to go beyond simply producing work to contemplating marketing strategies and making strides to help his gallery, which is a super refreshing quality.  And since it appears we won’t have him for too much longer, I suggest you make strides to come to SCOOP tonight, see this work for yourself, and meet the man behind these grand canvases.

Check out these articles already written on Joel Parker and Rite of Passage: Solo Cups:

Parker's La Jeunesse

by Stacy Huggins