A Week Spent Plein Air Painting in Rural Tennessee

This week, Shannon and Jennifer hit the road and traveled to Tennessee. The artists were joining other members of PAPSE – the Plein air Painters of the Southeast – in Leiper’s Fork, a rural village about 30 miles south of Nashville.

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papse5The week ended on Friday with a paint-out and a following exhibition and “wet paint” sale of their works from the week at Leiper’s Creek Gallery.

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Anglin Smith Fine Art Announces New Book, The Smiths: Lowcountry Family of Artists

“The Smith family call South Carolina home. The sultry, sand-swept landscape is part of their DNA. Saltwater flows in their veins. Yet mother and children each have a unique perspective in their art,” writes New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe in the forward of our new book, The Smiths: Lowcountry Family of Artists.

Published by Branning Publishing, The Smiths: Lowcountry Family of Artists presents the works of our gallery’s beloved artists… oil painter Betty Anglin Smith and her triplets—Tripp Smith, a black-and-white photographer, and Jennifer Smith Rogers and Shannon Smith Hughes, oil painters like their mother.

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Though the Smiths have traveled the world to paint and photograph, it’s their home—Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding Lowcountry—that inspires most of their work. They have been capturing the Lowcountry’s coastal wetlands, historic architecture, and energetic spirit on both canvas and film for many years. During their years of creating art, their group of collectors, admirers, and friends has become quite large. For this book, a few from this group—including Monroe (who is best known for her Carolina-coast-based novels The Beach House and The Summer Girls), Charleston’s longtime mayor Joe Riley, artist Rhett Thurman, and gallery director Leigh Limehouse—explain what the Smiths’ art means to them and to Charleston.

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The first 100 copies of The Smiths: Lowcountry Family of Artists will be signed by Betty, Tripp, Jennifer, and Shannon and sold in the gallery for $64.95. A formal book-signing is being planned for Saturday, August 29. To pre-order your copy of the book, contact the gallery today at 843-853-0708 or info@anglinsmith.com!

‘A Community United’ Raises Over $500,000 to Support Families of Mother Emanuel Church

The evening of June 17, 2015, is a night that Charleston will never forget. A shooter entered the Mother Emanuel AME Church—one of the city’s most historic religious institutions—and took the lives of nine victims during their weekly bible study.

Since the tragedy, the community has rallied around the victims’ families and the members of Mother Emanuel, showing love and support in more ways than once seemed imaginable. One such act of support—the A Community United gala and silent auction—took place last Thursday, July 9. To date, the event has raised over $579,000 … every penny of which will be donated to the nine families who lost their loved ones that night, divided evenly among them.

When the event organizers of A Community United asked for donations for the silent auction, the items started rolling in. Anglin Smith Fine Art artists Betty Anglin Smith, Shannon Smith Hughes, Jennifer Smith Rogers, and Tripp Smith each donated a piece of their work. In addition, bidders could vie for extravagant vacations to Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Southeast Asia, as well as Grammy Award tickets, jewelry, multi-course dinners, designer handbags, and dozens of beautiful pieces of art. At the event itself, attendees dined on food donated from over 50 local restaurants and listened to the Lowcountry Gospel music choir.

Here are the pieces donated by Betty, Shannon, Jennifer, and Tripp. Together, their  pieces raised over $11,000.

Santee Coastal III by Tripp Smith

Santee Coastal III by Tripp Smith

Spring Cotton by Shannon Smith Hughes

Spring Cotton by Shannon Smith Hughes

Charleston Chimneys by Jennifer Smith Rogers

Charleston Chimneys by Jennifer Smith Rogers

Floodtide by Betty Anglin Smith

Floodtide by Betty Anglin Smith

Urban: New Works by Jennifer Smith Rogers, June 5 – 19

You’re invited to the gallery Friday night to see a selection of new paintings by artist Jennifer Smith Rogers in an exhibition entitled Urban.

The word “urban” is defined as a characteristic of a city or city life. And for this show, Jennifer has captured that “life”—the energy, spirit, and soul of bustling metropolitan areas from downtown Charleston to San Francisco to New York.

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Pacific Heights, oil on linen, 30×40

“I’m inspired by the exuberance of urban settings,” says Jennifer. “Not just everyone… everything is alive. Be it azaleas adding color to a busy street in spring; the interior of a restaurant filled with diners celebrating the end of a long day; even the façade of a historical building that has seen its city transform over the years—I try to transfer that life and energy to the canvas.”

Night Out, Upper King, oil on linen, 36x48

Night Out, Upper King, oil on linen, 36×48

Urban will be on view at Anglin Smith Fine Art, at 9 Queen Street in Charleston, from June 5 to June 19. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 5, from 5 – 8pm.

Spring on Queen, oil on linen, 42x54

Spring on Queen, oil on linen, 42×54

Manhattan, oil on linen, 8x10

Manhattan, oil on linen, 8×10

City View, oil on linen, 36x60

City View, oil on linen, 36×60

Lowcountry Light: New Works by Betty Anglin Smith, April 3 – 17

Join us tonight as we present new works by Betty Anglin Smith in an exhibition entitled Lowcountry Light.

“The ambient light of the Lowcountry has fascinated artists for decades if not centuries,” Betty says. She’s, of course, among those artists: “Light fades and softens under the cloak of humidity, becoming mysteriously intriguing. And then as the haze gives way, we are entertained by the rich colors from the marshes to the waterways and the sky above. Always new and always changing. Mother Nature ‘shows off,’ and we are anything but bored!”

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Lowcountry Light, II Betty Anglin Smith 60×40

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The Impoundment, II Betty Anglin Smith 24×48

Betty has been painting the Lowcountry for over 40 years, but she’s been particularly drawn to its lively marshes, winding creeks, and splendid skies since she and her husband renovated an abandoned cottage in Meggett, South Carolina, about 15 years ago. In that cottage is Betty’s painting studio, which overlooks the flats of the Wadmalaw Sound. All she has to do is look outside her window to find inspiration in the light of the Lowcountry, and she finds it often.

Lowcountry Light will be on view at Anglin Smith Fine Art, at 9 Queen Street in Charleston, from April 3 to 17. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5 – 8pm.

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Moonlight Over Wadmalaw Betty Anglin Smith 38×48

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Green, Green, Green! Betty Anglin Smith 40×50

Our Artists Get Press: Southwest Art, Charleston Style & Design, and More

For nearly 40 years, reporters and magazine editors have been putting the Smiths’ fascinating story in print. In fact, dozens of decades-old newspaper clippings and articles can be found in a gallery scrapbook that’s solely dedicated to the family’s press coverage.

That scrapbook better make some more room. Betty, Jennifer, Shannon, and Tripp have been featured in a number of recent articles, from a family spotlight in Charleston Style and Design to an article about Betty’s landscape paintings in Southwest Art.

Take a look.

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“Common Ground,” the article about the family published in Charleston Style and Design, can be found here.

new doc 3_1The gallery’s very own Stephanie Kelleher wrote a piece about Betty for the Lowcountry Senior Sun’s December issue.

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And a wonderful feature on Betty’s landscape paintings graced the pages of the February issue of nationally distributed Southwest Art.

CPSW_0001 But the Smiths aren’t the only gallery artists getting coverage. Southwest Art named our very own Colin Page an “Artist to Watch” in their March issue. Find that story here.

Happy reading.

A Charity Tree Decorated With Smith Paintings

On Sunday, November 16, the Smiths invited clients out to Betty’s studio in Meggett for an event that’s becoming a bit of a tradition… the Clothespin Show!

clothespinshowThe Clothespin Show features paintings on paper by all of the Smiths — and that doesn’t just mean Betty, Shannon, and Jennifer. Even Tripp traded in his camera for a paintbrush for the event. Husbands, children, and cousins chipped in too, as well as gallery director Leigh Limehouse and staff member Katie Geer.

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The event was well attended (despite some rain), and guests sipped on bloody marys and snacked on artful appetizers while browsing the paintings.

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One of the best parts about the Clothespin Show: Twenty percent of funds raised go to the Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB). Through LCFB, every $1 provides food for 6 meals for hungry children, families, and seniors in 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. So far, the event has raised about $2,000 for the organization.

But it’s not too late to snag your own painting on paper and help the LCFB. There are additional paintings at the gallery atop the “Charity Tree.”

charitytreeWe think these paintings would look pretty good UNDER your Christmas tree, too!