We're excited to introduce you to another new face at Art Mecca, Cara O'Leary. Cara is our new sales associate, and she got started with a bang by helping sandbag the doors to protect the gallery from tropical storm Irma. (We had a little damage to our sign, but that's it!)
Cara is also an artist, so she is passionate about local art. A Charleston native and graduate of the College of Charleston, she graduated last May with a B.A. in Arts Management and a minor in Art History and Studio Art. Cara has a lovely family at home, including her 9 month old son, Dre.
Welcome to Art Mecca, Cara! We're so glad you joined our family.
If you were in the Art Mecca in the last year or so you probably met Kyra Rice, our powerhouse gallery manager. Kyra said "yes" to a lovely Navy gentleman and is leaving Charleston to follow him on his deployment. We couldn't be happier for her, and we will miss her very much.
However, we are delighted to introduce you to Tracy Swygert, Art Mecca's new gallery manager. Tracy has a passion for art and for the Charleston art scene and has a background in art, design, and architecture. When not working at the gallery, she is managing a formidable household, including six kids! Though Tracy's education is vast and diverse, we just know that if she can manage six kids she can easily manage all of the moving parts in the gallery.
Welcome, Tracy, we are delighted you're part of our family!
Now if that painting doesn't make your heart race, you need to check your pulse to make sure you're still here with us.
Please meet Victor Thomason, our newest artist and the master behind Jazz Singer and other musically-inspired works in the gallery. Thomason is a Detroit native, so music - the really good stuff that spawned generations of modern musicians - is in his soul. We caught up with him and asked him about his process and inspiration:
You are a professional photographer as well as a painter. What inspires you to choose a subject to paint?
I let my gut and heart direct me.... Example: if I am looking through a magazine,or some photos that I have taken, or I am out and about, if I pause for that long moment, I know I have something...,with portraits its all most always, something in the eyes.
We are big music fans at the Mecca. What music do you love?
Live contemporary jazz, Motown ( I'm a Detroit native) Latin jazz, smooth jazz, Any jazz singer who can interpret a lyric. Nat and Natalie Cole , Frank, Sammy, Dean, Nancy Wilson. I'm very diverse, if the words have meaning and the musical arrangement flows, I'm in.
So are we! As a photographer what are you shooting these days?
I have done children and family portraits,weddings, models, however what moves me now, is finding natures moments in time, where everything seems to slow down. Light, shadow and perspective all come together for that almost perfect "Moment".
We like being nosy about the daily routines of artists. What's your day look like?
I start my day with translation and meditation usually something spiritual I am reading,...during that time, the answers on how to go about my day will come. As far as art and music in our society, I think Art and Music are those two invisible forces, manifesting themselves in the hearts of people,... that's when they often find a common ground.
Stop in and see the rest of Victor's amazing, inspiring works.