LePrince Fine Art, located at 184 and 183 King St., doubles as a studio for owner and artist Kevin LePrince. LePrince paints there six days a week and encourages guests to watch and ask questions about the process.


This year, Piccolo Spoleto’s signature event—the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition— will celebrate its 39th year.


Meredith Poston was born in Louisville, Kentucky, into a family who appreciated the fine and performing arts. From an early age Poston wanted to be a fine artist and was strongly encouraged by her family. She focused on human and animal subjects, and she copied the work of her father, who was a medical illustrator.


You might expect that an art gallery on East Bay Street, in the heart of Charleston’s historical district, would be all about tradition. But not Miller Gallery, an energized gallery of contemporary art founded by Maryland native Sarah Miller.


Some of Tom Potocki’s earliest memories include helping his father paint large commercial images on walls and billboards. Such experiences led him to a fine arts degree at Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University and then to New York City.


Every year thousands descend into downtown Charleston for what is the city’s, and arguably the state’s, hallmark event celebrating local art: Piccolo Spoleto. And since May 25, 1979, the centerpiece of it all has been Marion Square’s Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, where for two weeks the area’s most renowned artists emerge from their studios to reveal what they’ve been busy creating during the previous year.


Before artist Katriel Srebnik came to Charleston, he owned studio galleries in New York, Boston and Paris in addition to a retail gallery and art school in Santa Fe, which allowed him to study both old and new masters firsthand. Since then, his work has earned over 30 national awards and has been featured in galleries, museums and art magazines in the United States and London. Now that Srebnik has settled in the Lowcountry, his newest venture is Srebnik Gallery at 195 1/2 King St. in downtown Charleston.


Owned by contemporary impressionist painter Rick Reinert and his wife Ann, Reinert Fine Art & Sculpture Garden Gallery showcases more than 40 fine classical painters as well as both figurative and abstract sculptors.




Avid art collector Richard Kessler opened his first gallery in Orlando, Florida 14 years ago, six years after launching the Kessler Collection’s first property, Orlando’s Castle Hotel. This series of hotels incorporates art galleries into the properties, celebrating the works of countless artists in addition to design, food and wine.


Do you know an allemande from an arpeggio? A bagatelle from a badinerie? Does the difference between a fugue and an étude elude you?


Southern painter Melissa Anderson uses thick brushstrokes to convey a sense of movement —her impressionistic paintings are full of texture. The way that the paint is applied to the canvas, using color and tools to soften the edges of the initial design, is a signature of her work.


The city of Charleston is transformed during Spoleto season. The theaters come alive with nightly performances, and the streets are filled with artists, actors, dancers, musicians and their fans.


Accomplished teaching is an art in itself, and that art is in illuminating a path to discovery. It is the drawing out, as Ashley Montagu wrote, not the pumping in.


Sullivan’s Island is temperate and brightly lit, a picturesque area as welcoming as it is inviting. Even in February, when Charleston is battling unusually low temperatures, it feels warm outside. But it’s much warmer— physically and visually—inside Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island.


There’s more to Pawleys Island than quiet beaches and the well-known sculpture and botanical garden, Brookgreen Gardens. This small resort town between Charleston and Myrtle Beach is home to one of the best places in the Southeast to find antique maps and prints (by people like John James Audubon and Mark Catesby) as well fine contemporary paintings and sculpture—the Cheryl Newby Gallery.


Sometimes all she carries with her in the kayak is a sketchbook and a stick of charcoal. Even a pencil will do. Other times, it’s a small canvas, not much larger than her hand, and a limited palette of yellow, blue, red and white. The materials are minimal. It’s all about getting the composition and values down.


In an era often indifferent to poetry, the Lowcountry is enjoying an energetic revival of the form, one rivaling the celebrated Charleston Renaissance of the 1920s.

Wild at Heart

Above the Savannah Bee Company on King Street sits a haven for sporting and nature lovers alike: The Sportsman’s Gallery, a fine art gallery specializing in wildlife, landscape and sporting art.

The Activity of Art

I am fascinated with the ability of humans to understand what they see. People don’t need everything spelled out for them, they can finish the lines I leave out.”