Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bring Your Canary: Lisa Shimko

This past week Art Mag had the chance to ask artist Lisa Shimko a couple of questions about her work.

AM: Your work is constantly evolving. The one thing that seems constant is the presence of eyes. What’s your fascination with them?

LS: I never sit down and cognitively make a decision to paint eyes a certain way, it’s just something that surfaces.  I have had many comments about the eyes in my work, mainly that the way I paint them gives my subjects personality.

Defense by Lisa Shimko

 AM: What’s the best compliment anyone ever gave your work? 

LS: It’s an odd answer, but someone burst into tears at my last show. I’ve never found out why exactly.  They were too emotional at the time to want to talk about it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have people laugh or feel good, but I have to say it was a compliment that one of my paintings could conjure such an acute emotional reaction.

Sleep Owl by Lisa Shimko

AM: The original absurdests were reacting to the violence of WWII and the rise of new technologies and political systems. Is your work a similar reaction to something? 

LS: For so many years I’ve been quite keen on issues of the environment and how sustainable our lifestyles are in correlation to the limited resources & species available on our planet. My art was much more literal in reflecting these issues. The past year I’ve taken much more of the approach of being intuitive and trying to release boundaries in my own processes of painting letting the research and my experiences ferment a little longer and surface in less structured ways.  Maybe the paintings are a cathartic channeling, using the absurdity as a sometimes light, sometimes dark humor.

Owl Red Feather by Lisa Shimko

AM: Do you channel all your absurdity into your art or is your life just chaotic absurdity all the time? 

LS: I suppose I’m embracing the absurdity of life, channeling it into my paintings with a sense of humor.  The title of my last show Stop Making Fence was a good way to sum up not only how I went about freeing myself from my usual conventions in my process, but also how I hope people will approach viewing my work and intuitively have fun with the experience. Blue Rabbit by Lisa Shimko

Fire knives: Art Mag at Cirque du Soleil

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Behind the Scenes of Cirque Du Soleil
Olivia from Art Mag gives a look at what’s behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil.
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Cirque du Soleil Costumes

Art Mag gets an inside look at the different costumes used by Cirque du Soleil
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Art Mag loves rosita jones–a video diary of our office-wide vice!

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Good News For People Who Love Good News: Charleston Art & Theatre is Growing

After losing their home at the Circular Congregational Church’s Upper Lance Hall, PURE Theatre has been nomadic for some time.  Just in time for the 9th season, aptly titled Coming Home, they have found a new home at the Charleston Ballet Theatre‘s old black box space on Upper King Street.  In the meantime, catch their current production Kicking a Dead Horse starring Randy Neale, directed by Sharon Graci and written by Sam Shepard at 334 East Bay Street, Suite I.  Tickets $20, student rush $15.

Front Door by Stephen Hodecker, available at Ingram Fine Art

Head to 111 Church Street to welcome the newest addition to fine art in the French Quarter.  Ingram Fine Art has made their home in the south right here in the Holy City, and they have an exciting body of work on display.  Some of the artists include: Leonard Baskin, Ronald Frontin, Susan Headley Van Campen, Jerry Weiss, Eric Jacobsen, Roberta Goschke, Mike Stiler, Sandy Crabtree, Stephen Hodecker and Heidi Lorenz, plus sculptor Ellie Dolgin.  They have some incredible historical artifacts as well as fine works in oil, on paper and sculpture.

Ingram Fine Art, 111 Church Street, downtown Charleston, Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, by appt or chance Sunday – Monday, 843.577.4047

The new Clay Cottage and Art Studio, part of Creative Spark, in Mt Pleasant

Creative Spark has long out grown it’s home on Long Point Road, and this Sunday, they will celebrate the opening of their new Clay Cottage and Art Studio at 1123 Chuck Dawley Blvd.  From 2 – 4 pm there will be art projects, demonstrations, and family friendly activities.  The Cottage will allow them to “offer a larger variety of classes including clay at the wheel, homeschool clay & art, mosaics, printmaking, adult & teen painting, clay parties, couples nights and more,” says Creative Spark marketing director Christina Caputo.  “We are better able to reach our adult audiences iwth the additional space at The Cottage, and we are thrilled to help more Lowcountry residents of all ages experiment, explore and create through the arts.”

Clay Cottage and Art Studio, 1123 Chuck Dawley Blvd.  Visit for class schedule.

Bring Your Canary: Kevin LePrince

Today we stopped by Kevin LePrince‘s gallery, Reinert LePrince Fine Art, at 179 King Street, to get a sneak look at his show Charleston Inspirations, which opens tonight.  Head by there between 5 – 8 pm and see it for yourself!

LePrince is probably best known for his quirky birds, like this center image

Lately he's been painting more landscapes, with a painterly, lumineschent style

He's always wanted an aquarium, but not the work. This fish is low maintainence!

Another gorgeous Lowcountry landscape, check out the incredible detail in the next image

detail from the landscape above

On any given day, you can find LePrince and fellow artist Rick Reinert, pictured here, painting in the gallery. "I'd be painting at home all day, I might as well do it here," says LePrince.

Thanks Kevin!!

Don’t miss his show tonight at Reinert LePrince Fine Art–but if you do, don’t worry, they’re open 7 days a week, and frequently stay open later on Fridays!  BUT, if you go tonight, there will be some vino and the like too!