Friday, August 24, 2007

Carl Blair & Anna Redwine: Old and New: October 12-23, 2007

if ART
1223 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 238-2351


Old & New



OCTOBER 12 – 23, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, 5 – 10 pm

Opening Hours: Weekdays, 11 am – 7 pm; Sat., 11 am – 5 pm;
Sun, 1 – 5 pm

From October 12 – 23, if ART will present at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios two solo exhibitions: Carl Blair, Old & New, and Anna Redwine: New. The exhibition opens October 12 with a reception from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Opening hours for Gallery 80808/Vista Studios will be expanded during the if ART exhibition. They will be weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 – 5 p.m. Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is located at 808 Lady St., Columbia.

Carl Blair, of Greenville, will present oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, gouaches, monotypes and etchings from the early 1970s through 2006. Most of the work suggests the landscape and is executed in an abstracted, lively, colorful, expressionist manner. Anna Redwine of Columbia will show vivid and energetic graphite drawings, on gessoed panels, of insects and other animals. Redwine produced the work earlier this year during a residency at Paris Mountain State Park near Greenville. Blair, too, created most of his work at Paris Mountain, where he lives.

Kansas native Blair (b. 1932) in 2005 received the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for Lifetime Achievement. He has been as an artist, administrator and educator a driving force in South Carolina arts since he appeared on the scene in 1957. His prominence as a painter and sculptor has increased steadily and has been marked by several museum retrospectives since 1995. In 1999, he was included in “100 Years/100 Artists: Views of the 20th Century in South Carolina Arts,” the South Carolina State Museum’s look back at the 20th century. Blair in 1998 retired from teaching at Bob Jones University in Greenville, where he taught for four decades.

Anna Redwine (b. 1978), a native of New Orleans, in 2000 received a BA in English from the University of Mississippi. In 2006, she received her MFA at the University of South Carolina art department. Her April 2006 masters’ thesis show, Life In One Breath, was at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, organized by if ART.