Monday, July 4, 2011

Gallery 412 To Open "Christmas In July"

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance Gallery 412 will open “Christmas In July—Florence In Retrospect by Stephen Guyton” with a Wine and Cheese Opening on Thursday, June 7 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will showcase the 17 Christmas Ornaments that have been created by artist Stephen Guyton since 1974 as well as a few other memorable surprises. Guyton is an internationally known artist distinguished for his flair for capturing the natural world as well as the landmarks that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. As a child, he found it easiest to express his thoughts through whimsical paintings or photography. Encouraged by this parents with arts lessons at a very young age, he is found today fascinated by the changing lights and colors of a sunrise or a sunset. “Christmas In July” will be on exhibition at Gallery 412 through Thursday, July 28 and may be seen Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by special appointment. All 17 Christmas Ornaments are still available for sale and can be purchased during the exhibition.

A native of Florence, Stephen Guyton has been raised in the traditions and culture of the Pee Dee. His family were bridge builders, restaurants owners, and employees of the Atlantic Coast Line (now CSX and Amtrak). In his youth Stephen meet many travelers, including celebrities, writers, artists, and renowned personalities that emerged from the trains that once were the bustling heart of Florence. This love and pride for the history, places, and people of the Pee Dee gave inspiration to his vista of artwork.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gallery 412 Opens 2-D and 3-D Works of Denise Greer and Jim Wade

Gallery 412 of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance will open "The 2-D and 3-D Worlds of Denise Greer and Jim Wade" beginning Thursday, June 2 with a Wine and Cheese Opening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will continue through Thursday, June 30 and will be open daily Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The show will feature 40 work by two-dimensional artists Denise Greer and 20 works by three-dimensional artist Jim Wade. Having moved to South Carolina from her native New Jersey only six years ago, Greer resides in Rembert and is developing quite a distinguished reputation for herself with works in watercolor, acrylic, pastels, collage, and, her own personal specialty, mixed media. Wade is a native North Carolinian who graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in Arts Education. He relocated to South Carolina to teach art in Sumter, where he has made his home for over thrity years and where he also earned his Masters in Art degree from the University of South Carolina. A true Gemini, Wade enjoys creating art using a broad variety of media, a characteristic that has been influenced by his love of travel, to over 5 of the 7 continents and to 48 of the 50 states. He was chosen as a Fulbright recipient to Belgium and The Netherlands for Arts Education. Both Greer and Wade had participated in numerous shows and competitions. As a result, original works by each of them adorn homes and are part of collections far and wide.