Jane Seymour’s role as Solitaire in the 1973 film “Live and Let Die” immortalized her as a Bond girl, setting her on a course of stardom that continues to this day.
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What: Jane Seymour exhibit and appearancewhen: Artwork on display beginning today. Seymour will appear 1-3 and 6-9 p.m. Saturday.Where: John Dunnan Gallery, 121 Church St.For more info: 720-7425
While she is still widely recognized as a Bond girl, her career really took off when she played the lead in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”and the movie “Somewhere in Time” with Christopher Reeve.
These days, Seymour, now in her early 60s, still is working in movies, but her career is much more varied.
She discovered art at a low point in her life, and it has become a major part of who she has become.
She is bringing her art to Charleston this week, with previews of her work today and through the weekend at the John Dunnan Gallery.
Her artwork opened doors when she needed them after an ugly divorce. First for a champagne label for Korbel, then an artful Discover card. It led to the Kay’s Jewelers Open Heart necklace design, and it is now the symbol of her Open Hearts Foundation that is reaching out to help others in need.
“I realized that I was always drawing open hearts, and the drawing came out of understanding the feelings behind that.”
She is showing original works and giclees, which are fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. Every piece of work she signs is chronicled so she can guarantee a collector it is authentic.
And, of course, if you buy artwork Saturday you can have the pleasure of meeting the artist in person, as she’ll be appearing at the gallery.