Lloyd Mandel is a retired surgeon who finally has time to indulge his life-long passion for woodturning. Lloyd uses found wood from the Charleston "urban forest" to create both simple bowls for everyday use as well as more creative bowls which may be additionally carved and colored. His most challenging pieces are his "sweet gum baskets" which were inspired by Charleston's traditional Gullah sweet grass baskets.
Lloyd also enjoys the challenge of making larger (18-24+ inches in diameter) bowls. A 20-24" diameter freshly cut (green) log weighs about 250 pounds when placed on the lathe. It is then "rough turned" to about 2" thickness, sealed (to slow the drying, warping and cracking which inevitably occurs) and allowed to sit and dry for 9-12 months. Once dry, the warped bowl is now returned to the lathe and turned to its final shape. At this point, a salad bowl is oiled, or an art piece may be carved, colored, lacquered and buffed.
Come meet Lloyd tonight at our group show "In My Mind" - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We've got art, wine, and live music, plus three other artists in house.
We love getting new work from Brenda Gilliam. Brenda captures sweet moments in every day life - many of them particular to Charleston and life in the South. Here are some of her new works that will be available at our Group Show "In My Mind" from June 16th through July.
Originally from St Louis, Brenda has lived in the Lowcountry for many years. Raised in a military family, we were constantly on the move. As a child she made friends with her imagination ... seeking balance and order in a gypsy life. Brenda says "Art has become my life-long companion and comfort."
Brenda is an illustrator and graphic designer by profession. Shapes, color, patterns, movement, balance, the joy of simple moments or elements of life are the ingredients in her work.
Come meet Brenda at the opening on June 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and check out her lovely new masterpieces.
The Art Mecca of Charleston cordially invites you to “In My Mind” a group show. When you recall moments in your daily life, how do you see them? While one can be sure that everyone sees the world in different ways, artists have an incredible way of drawing inspiration from even the simplest of events. The featured artists take every day experiences and reimagine them as extraordinary occurrences, teeming with color, movement and whimsy. They are able to envision the works in the mediums.
Brenda Gilliam sees the world in shapes, textures, and patterns. She paints whimsy into everyday interactions.
Cynthia Decker calls her style “Imaginary Realism”, through which, she tries to present her day-to-day inspirations in the fantastical situations she sees in her mind.
Lloyd Mandel intricately carves “Sweet Gum” baskets from local wood. The fusion of mediums is a testament to his skill and forethought.
Luke Horowitz intertwined surrealism and cartoon-inspiration in a way that can instill fantastical fantastical whimsy into even the most sober of scenes.
The gallery will be serving complimentary drinks along with live music. This is a free event open to the public from 6:30pm-8:30pm Friday, June 16th. On View thru July.