New Voices, Different Directions

Jan. 6 – Feb. 11, 2023
Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

Our first exhibition for 2023, titled New Voices, Different Directions features work by five accomplished artists, who, we are excited to announce, are new to the gallery: Angie Sinclair (oils), Shana Grugan (acrylics), Chantal Tomiello (acrylics), Pat Puckett (oils), and Mary Welch Austin (acrylics). Please join us to meet these fabulous artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m.

image: Shana Grugan, Exchanging Ideas, acrylic, 40″x30″
image: Pat Puckett, Watching the Waves Roll In, oil, 36”x24″
image: Angie Sinclair, Happy Circle, oil
image: Chantal Tomiello, A Beautiful Mind, acrylic, 24”x24″
image: Mary Welch Austin, Awakening

Shana Grugan, a native of Greenville, SC studied art at The University of Georgia where she earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting. Her unique botanicals have been included in juried shows and art collectives throughout the Southeast. She works from her home studio in Pawleys Island, SC, where her journeys of creating art and sharing the process have been brought together.

Interpreting the natural beauty of landscapes, seascapes and historical locales has become the centerpiece of Pat Puckett’s art. Her focus is using rich buttery oil color with bold fluid brushstrokes to capture a fleeting moment in time. Puckett’s fine art has been featured in magazines, galleries, and museums across South Carolina. She has served on the Culinary Symphony and Visual Art Committees for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, and she has chaired the Seaside Palette En Plein Air Event in Georgetown, SC.

Angie Sinclair’s current body of work is all about water. Her modern impressionist style of painting is achieved through creating different textures and forms with innovative brush strokes, which are very loose, free, and dynamic. She says her inspiration originally came from watching her children swim, both playfully and competitively. She was mesmerized by the way the water seemed to mystify the body and wanted to find a way to capture the interaction of water, body, and light.

Chantal Tomiello is a French-Canadian born artist who retired from her traditional career in 2018 and is now a full-time artist. She enjoys both abstract and representational art, often combining the two. Tomiello says, “Deconstruction of a realistic subject into abstraction is something that inspires me. I want to break down what I see into simple shapes in order to reveal that one thing which brings wonder and excitement to my subject.”

Mary Welch Austin is originally for High Point, NC. After a career as a fabric designer developing significant skills in color, composition, and perspective, she now enjoys focusing exclusively on oil and acrylic fine art. The artist invites viewers to observe her keen appreciation for the magic of light and texture and the compositional dance of positive and negative spaces in nature.