On Saturday we had the chance to check out the much anticipate show for Sarah Helser (No Wrong Season) and Charlie Hanvich (More Than 15) over at the Hidell Brooks Gallery. We always enjoy checking out the openings in the airy gallery filled with such lovely natural light (especially on Saturday mornings when we like to make our visits.) It’s the perfect way to start off a day of gallery hoping and we stopped in right after grabbing a bite of lunch at our favorite eatery in the Metropolitan Ave area, Omaggio Pizzeria.
We’d been to one of Sarah Helser’s exhibitions earlier this year but were very happy to see some of her newest work and to learn more about the artist and the extensive process that goes into her paintings. If you happen to check out the exhibition which runs through October 28th, be sure to look for the crown and leaf that is drawn in each of paintings to represent each of her children. I loved how the gallery co-owner Katherine Hidell Thomas pointed out this fact to us, which of course made us decide to go and look through Helser’s paintings again to see if we could find the crown and leaf.
Sarah Helser was born in High Point, North Carolina in 1980. She spent her formative years on a farm where she enjoyed the beauty and solitude of nature. Her childhood and young adulthood has had a major influence on her creativity as an artist. Sarah went on to study Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she refined her interests by focusing on the figure and the use of alternative mediums. – Hidell Brooks
These two were a few of my absolute favorites of the smaller works from Sarah Helser’s exhibition. I loved the ethereal nature of the paintings, and how the flowers and the beautiful fanning of fishes fins and tails complimented each other.
The chain of holding up this beautiful chandelier disappears into the background as birds flutter around in this gorgeous painting. If you love paintings featuring birds as I do, then this exhibition is definitely one you need to check out.
The exhibition ‘More Than 15’ from Charlie Hanavich (an Atlanta based artist) is the first we’ve seen, but we were very impressed of the pictures we’d seen leading up to the exhibition. We’d loved the picture he’d done of the late Princess Diana and we were looking forward to seeing the picture of Jackie Onassis who has always been a style icon of mine.
Charlie attended the University of Alabama where he studied advertising and art history. while his creativity and artistic talent were evident from childhood, it was not until his later years that he truly discovered his love for painting. The summer of 2006 was a defining period. Searching for direction in life, Charlie moved to New York for what proved to be a short-lived visit to his own future. While he did not find the business direction he was seeking, his time in New York reignited his creativity and was the catalyst for his future as an artist. – Hidell Brooks
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