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Works by Hamed Mahmoodi (Festival Design Winner) – Month of Reflection

Seek Health by Hamed Mahmoodi

North Charleston City Gallery (w/in Charleston Area Convention Center)
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Viewing times: May 2-4, 2018, 10:00am-5:00pm; May 5 & 6, 2018, 11:00am-5:00pm; May 7-30, 2018, Tue./Fri. Noon-5:00pm, Wed. 11:00am-5:00pm, Thu. 11:00am-7:00pm
Hamed Mahmoodi, winner of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition, will display his winning design, Atlantic Sun, along with a new series of paintings. The works in this new series focus primarily on the use of text and color to provoke the viewer’s internal dialogue and allow the viewer to experience the gallery not just as a space to observe, but also as a space in which to reflect. “A year ago, I entered a competition with a piece representing the idea of gun control titled Thou Shalt Not. Since that time, as more school and other mass shootings have occurred, creating work for a show that has a purpose to provide a space for reflection is of great importance to me,” Mahmoodi explains. Hamed Mahmoodi was born in Iran and moved to South Carolina in 1978. He attended Clemson University and received a B.S. in Design Architecture in 1986. He has been a freelance designer for various architectural firms throughout the Southeast and a full-time artist working in a variety of media since the late 80’s. Hamed has had several one-man shows in museums, universities, galleries, and restaurants, and his design works and paintings can be found from Ground Zero Memorial Park in NYC to the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. Oil, watercolor, acrylic, metals, wax, paper, furniture, and photography are just some of the media that Mahmoodi has used to create his diverse bodies of work. His philosophy for creating art is much like Robert Rauschenberg and Christo, whereas he believes that each idea and work deserves its own individual style and medium. Therefore, his approach varies from representational to abstract, with his most recent paintings primarily executed in an abstract style with an emphasis on color and movement.


Group Exhibition Honduras: Nuestro Arte, Nuestra Vida (Our Art, Our Life)

North Charleston City Hall, 3rd floor
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Viewing times: May 1-June 22, 2018, 8:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
This international group exhibition is presented as a cultural exchange to benefit The Honduran National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Eleven Honduran artists and one local guest artist will present a collection of new paintings inspired by life in Honduras, pre-Columbian cultural motifs, and the female form. Many of the participating artists are graduates of ENBA. Founded in 1940, the school is the primary public institution of higher learning engaged in the education of students in the visual arts in the Republic of Honduras. However, with virtually no government support and poor socio-economic conditions within their country, the school is experiencing a decline in enrollment and difficulty in obtaining the resources needed to fulfill their academic mission. ENBA’s sculpture department is in particular need of support, lacking the necessary tools, updated equipment, and materials necessary for students to practice their craft and develop their skills. Through a series of exhibitions, school programs, workshops, lectures, painting demonstrations, and networking/fundraising events in North Charleston, SC, Miami, FL, and Knoxville, TN, the school, its students, and the artists participating in this effort hope to bring attention and support to ENBA and the arts community of Honduras.  Nuestro Arte, Nuestra Vida is curated by Helem Halonen, Dennis Cerrato, and Susan Jensen, and made possible with the support of Suomi-Honduras, a Finnish non-political and non-profit friendship society founded in 2016 as a means to promote friendly and bilateral cultural exchanges between the two countries and promote their cultures internationally. Participating artists include Victor Hugo Cruz, Fernando Venegas, Tulio Reyes, Dennis Cerrato, Orlando Roque, Omar Sánchez, Ruben Salgado, Hendry Rivera, Rigoberto Meléndez, and Wilmer Sandre, with guest artists Patty Dimo and Kris Manning.


Immerisve Art Installation by Heather Thornton & Sage Graham False Dichotomy

concept mock-up

Historic Reynolds Avenue Fire Station
2006 Reynolds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing Times: Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday, May 4-June 3, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Reception: Friday, April 27, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
Using a mix of traditional sculpture media and donated materials, discarded items, and found objects, local artists Sage Graham and Heather Thornton have transformed the engine bays of a vacant fire station into an immersive art installation. Their collaboration is inspired by the two hemispheres of the brain; one responsible for creativity and the other for logic. Approaching the space as two separate yet connected rooms, the artists aim to explore the concepts of duality, conflict, harmony, and choice. A figure emerges from each room appearing to approach one another and creating a path of texture in their wake. False Dichotomy is Graham and Thornton’s first major collaborative work. Having known each other since high school in Myrtle Beach, the artists recently reconnected after graduating from the College of Charleston. The similar themes and ideas in their individual works made them natural collaborators. Sage Graham focuses in sculpture, performance art, and puppetry, creating narratives about identity, psychology, and the effects of the world on the individual. Heather Thornton creates oil paintings, and more recently collage works, portraying figurative realism with a focus on identity, spirituality, and the psyche.


Works by Camela Guevara CREST

North Charleston City Hall, 2nd floor
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Viewing times: May 1-June 22, 2018, 8:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
Camela Guevara is a contemporary textile artist, painter, and arts educator based in Charleston, SC. In her exhibit, CREST, Guevara presents a collection of new gouache paintings and sculptural fiber art pieces exploring aeronautics in relation to class. The artist references her Filipino-American identity and upbringing as a military dependent in imagery evoking airports and airplane seating upholstery. Guevara received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and beyond.  She has offered art instruction to children and adults for 7 years through organizations such as Girls Rock Charleston, Space Craft Studios, and Redux Contemporary Art Center, and currently provides residencies in North Charleston schools and community groups as the City of North Charleston’s 2017/18 Artist-in-Residence.


Group Art Installation by North Charleston Artist Guild + community members – Guilded and Indivisible

North Charleston City Hall, Ground Floor Lobby
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Viewing times: May 1-June 22, 2018, 8:00am-7:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
This collaborative installation features two separate but related parts; one created by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild (NCAG) and the other by community participants ranging from professional and amateur artists to students, business professionals, parents, and more. Each NCAG member was given a wooden board and challenged to embellish it in their unique artistic style using their preferred medium. The boards were then assembled to create a single, linear design titled Guilded. In turn, guild members were asked to select participants from the community to design boards. These boards were then assembled to create a single, circular design titled Indivisible. The result is a unique “conversation” between artists and their community, as well as a vibrant, visual illustration of the impact we can have as individuals when we combine our unique personalities and perspectives.