The Vendue is the first and only hotel in Charleston dedicated to the arts – in all forms. Their goal is to inspire guests at every turn. The hotel’s public areas feature 2-3 different exhibits per year. At the end of each exhibit, the current art is removed and the hotel becomes a “blank canvas” for their curators, Robert and Megan Lange of Robert Lange Studios, to create the next exhibit. In addition, all corridors and their gallery rooms also feature a collection of original art.
But they just don’t display art. The Vendue is also home to Charleston’s only Artist in Residence Program. Their fully functional artist studio is found just off the lobby of 26 Vendue. Guests and visitors alike are invited and encourage to stop by the studio and meet their resident artist, Fred Jamar. They also offer a full-time art docent that provides daily tours and is available to answer any questions about the exhibit throughout the day or during their evening Art Reception. Visit www.TheVendue.com.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART
Open since 1992, the Morris Museum of Art is the first and largest museum in the country devoted to the art and artists of the South. Its permanent collection includes thousands of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. These works are displayed in galleries dedicated to nineteenth century portraiture, the Civil War, Southern stories, still life, landscape, Southern impressionism, modernism, and contemporary painting.
In addition to the permanent collection galleries, the museum hosts more than twenty special exhibitions annually and a wide variety of public programs, including lectures, readings, workshops, outreach, tours, and concerts.For more about the museum and upcoming exhibits visit www.TheMorris.org.
BETSY DILLIARD STROUD
“As a former art historian with a proper distrust of labeling, I sometimes refer to myself as a realistic, abstract, impressionistic, Expressionist. Because I have a passionate interest in all things and look for innovative ways to express that interest, it is no wonder, then, that I find joy in painting many different subjects in many different approaches. My flowers are all tributes to my grandmother and my mother, whose green thumbs would put most to shame, as I can’t make philodendron last a month. My abstract series, (and I paint in series) began with the Jungian idea of the Imago Ignota, a Latin idiom which means the unknown image and refers to all those antecedents that are innate which can’t be articulated through recognizable symbolism. My figures reflect my love of the beauty and complexity of the human being. My poured paintings are my signature paintings and have a symbolic narrative that relates to my life. One salient characteristic of my work is that there is always some abstraction in every subject I paint.
Watermedia suits my personality as it is idiosyncratic and has a mind of its own. With my work, as E. M. Forster wrote, “I want to express what is deepest in my heart,” and as I paint the world within and the world outside me, I hope to captivate the viewer with these kaleidoscopic expressions and discoveries.”
Visit www.betsydillardstroud.com for more of her works.
Barrie Benson is a Charlotte-based interior designer best known for juxtaposing modern with traditional in her signature interiors. She transforms residences like her own 1950s ranch with traditional pieces to create an interesting collection of periods, rooms and moods. Barrie is also known for giving architecturally traditional homes a dash of youthful energy and color with her fresh take on European and American 20th century furniture, art and collections. She previously has been published in Elle Décor, InStyle, The New York Times, Domino, Charlotte Home and Garden, Garden & Gun, and more.
Here in a residence in Charlotte, North Carolina, she demonstrates her design expertise in mixing styles for a very fresh, contemporary look that is creative, colorful and classic. View more of her wonderful designs at www.barriebenson.com.
Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta native, is a French Impressionistic Painter who lives in the south of France. Jill earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sweet Briar College in 1980. Following graduation, she enrolled in The Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence, which follows in the tradition of Cézanne.
As one of only a few artists in the world with access to the privately owned Chateau Noir (where Cézanne painted from 1865-1898), Jill works from many of the same scenes as the great Master: the pistachio tree in the courtyard, Chateau Noir seen from the olive grove, Chateau Noir seen from under the pines, and Mt. Ste. Victoire seen from Chateau Noir, to name a few. Jill also hosts week-long workshops near her home in Aix-en-Provence, rounding out her schedule with two annual trips to the United States for charitable shows, exhibitions, and lectures. Her April, 2015 exhibition and workshop tour includes visits to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Jill, who has appeared on “Good Morning America” and served as the Cézanne specialist for the Smithsonian Institute at the 100th anniversary of this Master’s death, has sold more than 2300 works to private collectors, museums, and art enthusiasts alike. Catch Jill in France or on tour or online at www.ArtinProvence.com.
Elmore DeMott uses light, shadows, reflections and patterns to capture the uncommon perspectives featured throughout her fine art photography. In her mind, there’s always a frame waiting to be filled, and she especially enjoys the challenge of creating a distinctive series or grouping that showcases brillant colors, powerful contrast, unique shapes and unusual textures. She describes her camera journey as one where the camera leads her where to go next, and she strives for images that capture the essence of the subject with a dramatic feel and a strong composition. Aiming for beautiful light to capture details of spaces and things is Elmore’s goal whether it be in the forest or in the city.
She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and her work is featured in numerous private and corporate collections. Her most recent work titled CHULEE, is book created in collaboation with her wordsmith husband, Miles DeMott, about the life cycle of pine trees. Visit www.elmoredemott.com for more.
B o b b y M c A l p I n e / S u s a n F e r r i e r
McAlpine, Tankersley Architects
Architect Bobby McAlpine and interior design partner Susan Ferrier share their poetic approach to creating beautiful interiors in this follow-up to the best-selling The Home Within Us. In their newest book, the famed design team discusses the principles that guide their extraordinary work and share ideas for creating atmospheric environments. The book profiles a selection of houses that resonate with the firm’s nuanced and sensual aesthetic. Combining painterly hues, diverse textures, and rich patinas, these interiors include a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings. Throughout, we are shown the methods that these masters have honed to produce striking, inspiring spaces. In one featured residence, dark and light tones play off each other, with shimmering accents of silver, gold, and glass. Another house epitomizes the power of white’s purity to refresh the eye. The cool blue of water and shades of the forest floor make up the naturalistic palette of a third dwelling. In all, modern-day upholstered pieces combine with fine and rustic antiques to furnish rooms that are welcoming. Luscious photography by Susan Sully and Adrian Ferrier.
New Orleans, Louisiana
A gift of art from Roger Ogden and his father to his mother nearly 40 years ago marked the beginning of a collection that today forms the heart of the new ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans. Louisiana businessman and philanthropist Roger Ogden first saw Blue lagoon, a Southern landscape by the early 20th century artist Alexander Drysdale, at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana art gallery in 1966. Captivated by its beauty, Ogden, a college student at the time, persuaded his father to help him buy the painting for his mother as a Christmas gift. For a number of years to follow, father and son continued the habit, fostering the younger ogden’s interest in Southern art. The collection Roger Ogden went on to assemble was one of the frst to focus solely on Southern art, helping to identify and define the genre. Ogden’s collection helped to revive the forgotten works of great Southern artists and preserved an important aspect of Southern culture. For more information and upcoming exhibits, visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.
PENINSULA GRILL · HANK’S SEAFOOD
Charleston, South Carolina
In case you missed it, Hank Holiday’s premier restaurants, Peninsula Grill and Hank’s Seafood, have shared their glorious recipes with the world. In the stunningly photographed cookbooks, Peninsula Grill: Served with Style and Cool Inside: Hank’s Seafood, you will find captured in photography and print what your palate has enjoyed for years—truly works of art. Shared are the stories of how the Relais & Châteaux establishment, Peninsula Grill, catapulted onto the national dining scene with accolades from Esquire, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, and Food & Wine—which named it one of America’s top 50 hotel restaurants—and secured its place there. Renowed photographer Peter Frank Edwards, celebrates Hank’s—its history, its fare, its convivial culture, its staff, and of course, its chef—with 100-plus recipes. The cookbooks are available for purchase at hanksseafoodrestaurant.com or PeninsulaGrill.com.