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James Christopher Hill: Mirror the Mirror, Reflections and Ruins

Opening: Monday, December 07, 2009
Showing Until: Friday, January 29, 2010

Charleston native, James Christopher Hill, has gained international notoriety for his paintings by his collectors and viewers. He is best known for his paintings of landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes filled with vibrant color, swift movement and radiant energy in a contemporary stylistic language. Hill’s work explores the use of color and rhythm to create powerful, sweeping images that seek to provoke a particular mood or emotion by capturing an exact moment or memory in time that is meaningful to both him and the viewer. Mirror the Mirror, Reflections and Ruins highlights Hill’s latest works of both ultra-vibrant and dramatic landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes and introduces his newest scenes of lost ruins in a darker, more muted atmosphere and somber tone. Much like the famed Rorschach Images used for psychological studies of the human mind, Hill explores how our world has evolved both physically and metaphysically as well as consciously and subconsciously. He examines our past, present and warns of our possible destiny if we as a human race keep heading down our current path of greed, destruction and apathy. While the number of Hill’s private and commercial collectors is growing in the US and abroad, his local commercial clientèle includes Roper West Ashley Surgery Center, Cypress Gardens, the Folly Beach Crab Shack, Planet Follywood, RB’s on Shem Creek and the Mellow Mushroom downtown. Planet Follywood has an outdoor mural that is over 900 square feet in size and contains 14 life-size representations of some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities of the 1950's. In 2006, Hill was asked to create a 14' painting with 14 figures in homage to the ancient Alutiiq Indian Tribe of Alaska by Alutiiq Corporation. He has been profiled in Art is Spectrum magazine, the Post and Courier, the Charleston City Paper and on Channel Five’s Carolina Camera. Still, Hill works every day to try to expand his knowledge and his talents through the study of the great masters of art throughout the ages. To view Hill's website click below.
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Opening: Friday, October 08, 2010
Showing Until: Monday, November 01, 2010

Friday, October 8th 6pm-9:00pm is the opening reception of UNEARTHED featuring the work of four local visual artists: Kristy Bishop, Sarah Frierson, Nina Garner, and Hirona Matsuda. The title of the exhibit reflects the theme of the work as well as the overlying theme of unearthing new talent in Charleston. Each of these young, emerging artists is creating new work for the exhibit. The opening reception will also feature a wall of small works by the artists available for purchase starting at $25 for one-night only. Attendees will also be given the chance to "unearth" small works of art by each artist.


Charleston City Gallery at Waterfront Park to feature Civil War Charleston 1865 Retrospective

Opening: Friday, April 08, 2011
Showing Until: Sunday, May 08, 2011

As the Civil War was closing, photographers came to Charleston, South Carolina to photograph the flag raising ceremony at Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865. This ceremony marked the fourth anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter. While in the area these photographers also documented Federal and Confederate forts as well as the city of Charleston. Some of their photographs were taken on large glass plates while others were made with a twin-lens stereoscopic camera to produce the popular stereo views. Over time, these delicate plates and stereo view images have become damaged, resulting in the compromised images we typically see. Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging has fully restored selected images of Charleston, South Carolina made available by the Library of Congress. We have successfully revealed all possible detail from these 146 year old images made available to us. Countless hours have been spent optimizing each image; repairing cracks, scratches and other defects caused by time. View the historic city of Charleston as she stood in 1865. The show at the Charleston City Gallery at Waterfront Park will feature 40 fine art prints of the restored images of Charleston of 1865. The opening reception will be held on April 8th 6-8pm and there will be a lecture with Robert Rosen and Rick Rhodes Saturday, April 9th at 2pm in the Gallery. The show will be up through May 8th. For more information and to order prints, visit our website at
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Opening: Friday, May 20, 2011
Showing Until: Saturday, June 25, 2011

You Are Safe is a Piccolo Spoleto interdisciplinary art project focusing on three artists Tina Christophillis, painting/drawing; Justin Nathanson, video/photography; and Brit Washburn, poetry and their collaboration. You Are Safe will be on view here at the Rick Rhodes Art Gallery from May 20, 2011 through June 25, 2011. You are invited to an opening reception on May 20, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A poetry reading given by Brit Washburn will begin at 7:30 pm followed by a video presentation created by Justin Nathanson. The artists are driven by a common bond, the fundamental urge to create. The questions they are asking and the struggles and conflicts they are faced with, are common to all. They invite you to reflect on these suggestions in hopes that something about your own life unfolds and is revealed to you. You might find answers. You might discover a part of yourself. You might feel safe. "Study for Man Walking" – Oil on Canvas, by Tina Christophillis
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Carol Ezell Wrought Iron and Stained Glass

Opening: Friday, October 14, 2011
Showing Until: Monday, October 31, 2011

Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging is proud to host fine art painter Carol Ezell-Gilson in her most recent series of paintings titled Wrought Iron and Stained Glass. The show will hang in the gallery from October 4th- October 31st 2011. Wrought Iron and Stained Glass is introducing two series of paintings. The first series dates from 2000 and depicts downtown Charleston wrought iron gates. The paintings in the second series are stained glass windows from five houses of worship on the Charleston peninsula. Please join us for the opening reception Friday, October 14th, 6:00-8:00 pm. Along with the original paintings, prints of the stained glass windows will be available; half of the profit will be given to the particular religious institution. Ezell- Gilson, a native Charlestonian, spent a great deal of time with her grandfather who was born in Charleston in the late 1890s. He loved his native city and she remembers fondly the stories of its history. She says, "Charleston was a different place in the 1960s, relatively undiscovered. I, too, fell in love with the history, beauty, and mystery." Interested in the arts as early as high school, she enrolled in a teenage drawing and painting class at the Gibbes Museum School in downtown Charleston where she studied under Manning Williams. Here she experienced plein air painting and the techniques used to capture the beautiful, rural landscape of the Lowcountry. Her intensive study in drawing and painting began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. It was an expansive experience with access to the great art museums of Philadelphia, New York and Washington. She says that she has always painted what she loves. The Charleston area has greatly inspired her work, but she also paints from memory and imagination. Though her subject matter is varied, common elements of form, color, line, and pattern run throughout her work. Please join us for the opening Friday, October 14th 6-8pm. We hope to see you here!


Brian Stone

Opening: Monday, November 07, 2011
Showing Until: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Please join us for an art opening Friday, November 11th from 6-8pm honoring artist and scientific illustrator Bryan Stone. His illustrations will be on display from November 7th-30th. For over 40 years now, Bryan has worked as a professional scientific/technical illustrator, engineering designer, graphic artist and photographer for various governmental as well as private organizations. Bryan conveys detailed, clear and accurate depictions of scientific specimens for museums, government agencies and private organizations. A scientific illustration captures information about a plant or animal that can be missing from a photograph and can create special views, like cross sections, pieces of anatomy, or features at different levels of depth. Bryan studied scientific illustration under the staff at the Smithsonian Institution of Natural History in Washington, DC and his illustrations, maps, and photographs have appeared in many prestigious publications worldwide such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum of Chicago, the US Dept. of the Navy, the Charleston Museum, and the Charleston Aquarium. He also worked with the internationally acclaimed shark biologist, Dr. Jose Castro, illustrating his original field guide to sharks, The Sharks of North American Waters, published by Texas A&M University Press. His shark illustrations also appear in the SCDNR field guide, The Sharks of South Carolina. Bryan retired in 2006 from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources after 27 years of service. He currently lives with his wife, Brenda, his daughter Johanna, 5 cats, 2 ducks, 18 chickens and a dog in their hand built log cabin home on the Edisto River in Charleston County where he continues his efforts in natural science illustration and photography.


Catalogue of Undeliverables

Opening: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Showing Until: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

For the month of December, Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging will host artists Trever Webster and Liz Vaughan in their multimedia collaboration Catalogue of Undeliverables. The exhibit is based around lost or broken communication from emotional turmoil, heartbreak and short comings of social structures. Webster and Vaughan will combine their unique aesthetics in a project showcasing correspondence art in the form of postcards and experimental video. Also there will be multimedia collages, prints and paintings by both artists. Opening reception for the artists will be held Thursday, December 8th from 6-9pm at Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging 1842 Belgrade Avenue, West Ashley. Trever Webster creates his mixed media work with a sense of immediacy and a flare for the experimental. His number and text laden patterns codify his personal tendency towards habitual repetition. Webster's work sparks a dialogue either internally or externally as seen in his recent focus on Rorschach-style monoprints. Viewers are challenged to decode his seemingly random outbursts as well as his intricate compositions. His current work focuses on misinterpretation of our day to day communications and the risks we take to advance in our misconstrued society. He is focusing strongly on his materials as well as his environment. Webster has a tale to tell, and whether it is fictitious or an elaborate metaphor is yet to be determined. Liz Vaughan's creative work is based in the psychological connection between identity and landscape. She combines elements of historic photographic processes, letterpress and other illustrative elements to create experimental collages, video and installation. The combination of historic processes and contemporary subject matter creates a visual narrative that is both highly personal and a reference to a shared history with the viewer. We hope to see you at the opening on December 8th!


Tiny Illustrations

Opening: Friday, January 06, 2012
Showing Until: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging is hosting “Tiny Illustrations” the month of January 2012. Participating artists include: Marcus Amaker, Erin Banks, Tim Banks, Baird Hoffmire, Farrah Hoffmire. Opening reception will be held Friday, January 6th 6-10pm. “Tiny Illustrations” is a collection of random thoughts, observations, and feelings I’ve had over the past few years. It began with no expectations and an old sketchbook. Experimentation in Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter led to interesting and intriguing results. I created textures by hand, rubbed surfaces, and sought out effects with a passion I hadn’t felt in quite some time. Hopefully the many layers of thought, labor, and detail shine through. Each digital piece is a culmination of methods and is, in essence, the true and original product of this process. Each work is as mixed media as you can get in nature and form. It is in the spirit of this experimentation and process that I asked some of my friends (and family, in one case), all exceptionally talented artists, to participate in this show. Though we all have a fairly diverse and distinctive style, approach, and view, I think the collective pieces maintain the initial concept. —Baird Hoffmire


It is starting like this, curiosities by Becca Barnett

Opening: Friday, February 17, 2012
Showing Until: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Please join us for an art opening Friday, February 17th from 6:30-9pm at Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging as we host It is starting like this, curiosities by Becca Barnet. Most of Becca Barnet's favorite things have been dead for years, or are objects that were once loved and now lost of forgotten. Her artwork draws from the imagined importance of these items, and explores the phenomenon of preservation. Becca's drawings, sculptures, taxidermy, puppets, and sketchbooks explore why humans have the tendency to try to hold on to the fleeting corporeal. Just before graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 (BFA illustration), Becca attended the Missouri Taxidermy Institute and specializes in taxidermy repair. Some of Becca’s most recent projects include working for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on a number of traveling exhibits, including “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” where she was a member of the team that created a sixty-foot Mamenchisaurus. She is currently living in Charleston, South Carolina, working for the SC Aquarium on a Madagascar exhibit, opening this May.


Inside | Outside

Opening: Friday, June 15, 2012
Showing Until: Friday, July 13, 2012

Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging is proud to present the exhibition “Inside | Outside”, featuring the work of Steve Johnson and Vanessa Gonzalez. “Inside | Outside” is a collection of drawings and paintings inspired by the artists' immediate surroundings. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 15th from 6pm-9pm. Steve Johnson’s recent work is inspired by the birds and rodents that visit his backyard. Chickadees and rats are depicted interacting in a variety of ways, generating open ended and ambiguous narratives. The work does not assign simplistic roles to each group, but muddles and interweaves the two, creating story lines that explore the gray areas inhabiting the space between good and bad. Steve Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at the College of Charleston. Vanessa Gonzalez’s work is collaborative in nature - not with another artist, but with her dog, Mick. She gathers her ideas from the stuffed animals that Mick has destroyed and left lifeless. Each finished painting commemorates the toys as a symbol of Mick’s conquests and serve as a reflection of the artist’s environment and personal history. Vanessa Gonzalez is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and currently has a studio in Charleston, SC.


Quiet Sea

Opening: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Showing Until: Sunday, September 30, 2012

During the month of September, Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging will host “Quiet Sea”, an exhibit of photographs by Allison Evans. The opening reception will be held Saturday, September 1st from 6-9pm. Evans utilizes photography as a mode of meditation, and her recent work explores how images, particularly within nature, can equate with emotional or psychological states. Her collection of seascapes, depicting water in various stages of motion, is a representation of this internal exploration. Allison Evans received her B.A. degree from the College of Charleston in 2011. Her photographs have been exhibited at Piccolo Spoleto and the Hill Gallery at the College of Charleston. She received the Redux Contemporary Art Center’s Award for Photography in 2011, and was awarded the President’s Choice Award for Photography at the College of Charleston’s Salon des Refuses in 2010 and 2012. She is currently working towards her M.F.A. at the University of Notre Dame.


Matt Overend

Opening: Friday, November 16, 2012
Showing Until: Friday, November 30, 2012

Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging presents artwork by artist Matt Overend. Matt's art will be featured in the gallery through November 30th. Come join us for the opening reception on Friday, November 16th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The gallery is located in West Ashley at 1842 Belgrade Avenue. For more information call 843-766-7425. Matt Overend was born in 1950 in Las Vegas, NV. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating in 1973, he moved to California where he first studied art at Santa Barbara City College and then at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1978 he was accepted in the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, and after two years received the Ellen Batell-Stoeckel Fellowship to Yale University. He has lived in Smoaks, South Carolina since 1981. His work is best described as originating in solitude. Essentially, the subject of the painting, whether still-life, landscape, or the architectural studies, is personal isolation - a sense of quiet solitude. As what an artist paints becomes what he sees, and what he sees eventually becomes what he feels, the paintings are influenced by living here in South Carolina. In particular, the landscapes, the road and field studies, the pine trees, are of course determined in every actual sense by the air, the light, and above all the horizon - how land meets sky. The flat, straight-arrow edge of earth and sky, when placed in relation to the vertical and horizontal edge of the canvas, creates an immediate design - an architecture, an opportunity for variation, and a motivation to search for an asymmetrical balance, an arrangement around the center of the canvas, the zero point about which that balance can be built. Come and meet Matt on Friday, November 16th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

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