Slow arts schedule continues
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Late June is a little quiet in the arts world. I suppose everyone is still recovering from Spoleto and trying to get some beach time in.
For the past 11 years, the Sandpiper Gallery has been a staple of Sullivan’s Island.
This Saturday, from 6-8 p.m., join it for the grand opening of their new (and even better) location near Station 22 Restaurant and across the street from Poe’s Tavern.
In conjunction with the opening celebration, it also will be featuring a new collection of oil paintings from local artist Leslie Pratt-Thomas and a book signing by New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe.
Pratt-Thomas had not initially set out to create an exhibit featuring hearts.
Gallery owner Julie Sweat explains that the artist “arrived at the theme of this show after noticing a recurring visual revealing itself in many of her paintings.”
Pratt-Thomas herself said, “Representational painting is generally composed of four geometric shapes: the sphere, the cylinder, the cone and the cube.
“For example, in the figure, the head is a sphere, the body is a cube, and arms, legs, fingers and toes are cylinders. A pear is a sphere with a cone on top ... you get the idea. As a painter, I look for these shapes and the way light defines them.”
Within the last year, she said she has been noticing a heart shape in many of her pieces, sometimes “within the branches of trees, the edges of petals, the angle of a bird’s wing.”
This is how the “Heart Shaped World” exhibit came to be born.
Obviously, the heart is a symbol of love in our culture, so this show very logically paired with Monroe’s latest romance novel, “Beach House Memories,” the sequel to “The Beach House.”
As many of Monroe’s works are inspired and sometimes set in the Lowcountry, gallery owner Sweat is excited to have her book signing at the Sandpiper Gallery in conjunction with its opening and Pratt-Thomas’ show.
Similar to its well-loved sister gallery downtown, Edward Dare Gallery, Sandpiper Gallery has a wide range of eclectic pieces from fine art paintings to fine crafts such as pottery, jewelry, and works in wood, glass and metal.
With the new, larger space, Sandpiper Gallery is now expanding its framing services.
Say hi to Sweat, Pratt-Thomas and Monroe on Saturday at 2201 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-0200 or go to www.sandpipergallery.net.