Arts Scene: Principle Gallery in Virginia acquires Charleston’s M

By Olivia Pool  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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“Call of Duty” by Terry Strickland is part of “The Incognito Project” series. The piece is on display at the M Gallery of Fine Art, which recently changed hands.
  • “Victoria” by Alejandro Rosemberg can be viewed at the M Gallery.
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    “Victoria” by Alejandro Rosemberg can be viewed at the M Gallery.

The prestigious Principle Gallery based in Old Town Alexandria, Va., recently announced that they have acquired the M Gallery of Fine Art here in Charleston.

“This is an exciting first step outside of the Washington, D.C., market, as Principle Gallery continues to explore and grow synergistic opportunities and relationships between artists and art patrons worldwide,” explains Principle Gallery owner Michele Ward. “The decision to acquire such a well-established and respected gallery was based on striking similarities between M Gallery and Principle Gallery. Each enjoys a very strong connection with its community, and a commitment to the best in American and European Contemporary Realism.”

Ward is very excited about adding a Charleston gallery to her already successful career in running Principle Gallery in Northern Virginia. She plans on adding more artists for each gallery and having many more events in Charleston, similar to the big events she has at the now-sister gallery up north.

“Long-time collectors familiar with the established roster of artists at Principle Gallery will be very pleasantly surprised by the caliber of art introduced through the acquisition of M Gallery, as well as unveiling exciting new additions resulting from the acquisition,” says Ward.

M Gallery of Fine Art is at 125 Meeting St. For more information on the galleries, go to www.mgalleryoffineart.com and www.principlegallery.com.

Farm, artist market

Folly Beach is busy these days with all kinds of happenings, including a couple of farmers markets that are new on the scene.

Just recently, the Folly Beach Farmers’ Market was started and will be happening regularly on Wednesday evenings. And Friday will see the debut of the Folly Beach Farm & Artist Market.

Co-creator and organizer April McCarty of the Old Whaling Company describes the new market as “a community oriented collaboration of farmers, artisans and bakers that are committed to a high quality, consistent and family-friendly weekly farmers market for the residents and visitors of Folly Beach.”

McCarty and Toni Reale of Roadside Blooms have created this collaboration, which will include more than 20 farmers, bakers and artisans that will gather from 4 p.m. until dark every Friday in Folly Beach’s River Park.

Folly Beach locals, as well as visitors to the island, can expect a wide variety of vendors offering fresh produce, fresh flowers, baked goods and other prepared foods, hand-crafted bath, body and home products, as well as various offerings from local artisans, the duo says.

Supporting Folly Beach and surrounding local businesses is a priority for the creators of the market and all vendor products will be grown, produced or crafted in the Lowcountry or immediate surrounding area.

In addition, any vendor fees that are not being used to run and promote the market will be returned to Folly through a local nonprofit.

The Farm and Artisan Market is free to attend, and they promise to have things for both children and adults.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/follybeachfarmmarket.