We are excited to introduce you to our newest artist, Zak Collins. Zak began taking pictures during an extremely difficult and transformative time in his life. He says he was hyper-focused as a coping mechanism for grief. This focus stirred a dormant creative instinct, which eventually gave way to a new sense of balance.
Today Zak takes a reductionist approach to his subject matter. He almost exclusively photographs southern landscapes, including coastal and wetland regions. He eliminates anything that is nonessential from the composition so that the viewer can focus on the subject matter.
We are happy to welcome Zak to the Art Mecca, and we invite you to stop by and see his beautiful new work.
Noel Poff is one of our new artists at Art Mecca. Noel is a Beaufort native who now lives in Charleston. Noel is a photographer who takes photographs of his travels so they won't get lost in time. He says his trips are intended for self-exploration, and often involve the road less traveled.
Noel looks for the moments in time where harmony exists between humans and the environment. Though he sees taking pictures an "everyday thing", Noel believes that photography creates more space for deeper revelations to occur, as well as a different way to communicate.
It's going to be another gorgeous Lowcountry weekend, come see Noel's work and get inspired!
Erika Allen paints with a screwdriver. She says she loves experimenting with different mediums and techniques, and most recently she's been working with reclaimed wood and mixed media...and that screwdriver. She says her unusual choice of paintbrush allows her to drip and move the paint around the canvas - and it's easy to clean up.
Originally, from Buffalo, New York, Erika moved to the Carolinas after achieving her BFA.
Part gestural abstract, part graffiti, part something all her own - Erika's work have lots of energy. Come see her new pieces at The Mecca this weekend - it's going to be a great time for a Spring stroll!