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Paintings by Joseph Kameen (Festival Poster Design Winner) – Balancing Act

North Charleston City Gallery (w/in Charleston Area Convention Center)
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Viewing times: May 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm; May 2-6, 2019, 10:00am-6:00pm; May 5, 2019, Noon-6:00pm; May 6-31, 2019, Tue./Fri. Noon-5:00pm, Wed. 11:00am-5:00pm, Thu. 11:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Joseph Kameen, winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition, will display his winning piece, Shadow Boxer, along with a new series of paintings in an exhibition titled Balancing Act. This exhibition features Joe’s recent figurative work that speaks about our human instinct to ask “why?” through a lens of humor, bright color, and exaggerated movement. Using imagery and people drawn from reality, memory, and imagination, his paintings analyze the parts of ourselves that are revealed when we ask a question we cannot fully answer. Kameen received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston Voyager, Emboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Joe has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery at a free reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm, as well as during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore on Sunday, May 5, from Noon-6:00pm.

Swing Coats by Patricia A. Montgomery – Honoring the Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement

North Charleston City Hall, 3rd floor
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Viewing times: May 1-June 21, 2019, 8:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Fiber artist Patricia A. Montgomery presents a series of swing coats constructed from story quilts using traditional African American quilting design and construction techniques to honor unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. Using vivid color palettes, asymmetrical and strip piecing, evocative quilting stitches, hidden protective charm symbols, appliqued figurative images and interpretations of Anglo-American traditional patterns, each coat represents one unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. The coats will be displayed on walls and mannequins, allowing viewers to stand next to or walk among these representations of Civil Rights heroines. Montgomery received her BFA in Fine Art from Holy Names College and her MFA in Fine Art from John F. Kennedy University. Her textile paintings have been exhibited in both national and international exhibitions. She has exhibited in venues in California, Texas, Costa Rica, and South Africa, among others. She currently lives in Oakland, California.

Paintings by Quintin Chaplin – The Culture: Part 2

North Charleston City Hall, 2nd floor
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Viewing times: May 1-June 21, 2019, 8:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Quintin Chaplin is a local muralist, illustrator, and portrait artist. His exhibit, The Culture: Part 2, is a continuation of a collection of acrylic and watercolor paintings presented at the North Charleston City Gallery in December 2018-January 2019. The series highlights a variety of themes and issues of modern society that we all face on a day-to-day basis. Many of the pieces combine imagery from politics, fashion, music, sports, movies, race, childhood, and religion, and explore their evolution through time. A native of the Lowcountry, Quintin Chaplin graduated from R.B. Stall High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in Art from Trident Technical College and a certificate from Pixar Animation Studios in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Lowcountry and has received a number of awards from judged art competitions. Quintin has been creating murals, portraits, and other commissioned pieces for local businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals as a freelance artist since 2011 and currently provides residencies in North Charleston schools and community groups as the City of North Charleston’s 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence.