11 Mar A Look at Three Local Charleston Artists
Charleston is known for its vibrant art scene and support for local artists and craftsmen. And with warmer weather and longer days come guided art gallery walks down King Street. Couple that with Spoleto Festival USA fast approaching May 25 – June 10, and we are in the mood now more than ever for art.
At The Charleston Chestnut Mansion, we are so fortunate to find ourselves at the center of the arts: everything from King Street galleries to The Gibbes Museum to The Gaillard Center to The Dock Street Theatre are all within short walking distance.
To give you a taste of Charleston art, we want to highlight for you three local award-winning Charleston artists — a painter, a jeweler, and a photographer. All three have different approaches to capturing the Lowcountry, and they all do it brilliantly and their work is exquisite.
Tate Nation – Painter
Armed with an unorthodox arsenal of knives, dry brushes, and other unconventional implements, Tate Nation paints in multiple layers of acrylics on canvas, creating vibrant paintings drenched in texture. His non-traditional paintings are a lively medley of bold compositions, festive themes, and a vivid color palette.
Tate’s works have been commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service, Coca-Cola, Delta and United Airlines, Canon USA, Time-Life, and Radisson Hotels Worldwide, are held in private and public collections worldwide, and have appeared in numerous national publications. Tate has also illustrated more than a dozen books, served as Illustrator-in-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art, and has been awarded many honors for his fine art paintings and illustrations. Two of his original works have been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration in New York City.
Speaking of Spoleto Festival USA… Tate was chosen as the artist for both the 2000 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto official posters, and he is also a featured artist at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Expo at Marion Square (329 Meeting Street – just blocks from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion).
During the rest of the year, you can visit Tate’s gallery at 257 King Street (just a few blocks from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion). He even has puzzles of his artwork, which make the perfect souvenir or gift.
For more on Tate Nation and his work and to schedule an appointment at his gallery, visit his website TateNation.com.
Gabrielle Egan – Jeweler
Gabrielle’s Peyton William Jewelry is based between Vero Beach, FL and Charleston and bears the names of her two grandmothers – paying tribute to their creative influence. Gabrielle grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she found daily inspiration in her seaside surroundings. In 2003 while living in sunny Vero Beach, she began making her own pieces by hand, using natural precious gemstones, pearls, and leather. After selling her original designs to local boutiques, she decided to take things a step further and began taking classes with a master jeweler. As demand for her sophisticated, well-made pieces grew, she opened a shop on historic King Street in the Spring of 2012, adding a second location on Kiawah Island in 2015 and the third location in Vero Beach in the fall of 2016.
Her downtown store is located at 241 King Street – not too far from Tate’s studio. You won’t be able to leave her store without something adorning you.
For more on Gabrielle and Peyton William Jewelry, visit her website PeytonWilliam.com.
Peter Finger – Photographer
Peter grew up in the shadows of the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York and, in his teens, was influenced by the early 19th century artists of the Hudson River School who painted the wild landscapes of New England. Peter would trace their steps and create his own interpretation of the scenes. While still in high school, his paintings and drawings were being shown in galleries across the Northeast and bringing in dozens of local, regional, and national awards.
While studying fine art and art education in college, Finger continued his Catskill Mountain journeys, only now armed with a camera. His realistic landscape paintings were based on his photographs and quickly sought after by collectors, corporations, and galleries. Upon graduation, he worked as an artist and art teacher as well as a photojournalist. After years of teaching, he opened his own fine art photography business. His assignments took him across the country and abroad and brought in even more awards. His clients included Fortune 500 Companies, major magazines, and his stock photography is represented by Corbis Stock, the world’s largest agency.
Peter now focuses nearly exclusively on photographing weddings. He selects only about 25 weddings per year to shoot, allowing him the time to provide great care and compassion to his weddings.
The art gene is strong in the Finger Family. Peter’s son Nick Finger is an accomplished photographer, graphic designer, and illustrator.
To learn more about Peter Finger’s wedding photography, visit PeterFingerWeddings.com and for his digital paintings, hand embellished giclee prints, photographs, drawings, and paintings, visit PeterFingerArtist.com.
As you can tell, there is a lot in Charleston for both the seasoned and novice art lover. Se hope you take the time to explore our art scene, just steps outside The Charleston Chestnut Mansion’s door.