Discover Charleston’s Finest Art and Architecture


This fall, Belmond Charleston Place invites you to uncover the city’s rich history with an exclusive Art and Architecture package. Discover the charming French Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour, which includes a 30-minute tour of the widely recognized Nathaniel Russell House. This exquisite home is located South of Broad and is known as one of America’s most important neoclassical townhouses. Immerse yourself in the Russell family’s luxurious lifestyle while exploring the restored three-story home and spacious gardens.

The tour concludes with a guided gallery tour of Robert Lange Studios, featuring the works of more than thirty artists. Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne as you peruse contemporary realist art in the heart of the historic district. The Charleston City Paper voted Robert Lange Studios the Best Art Gallery in Charleston for the last four years. At the conclusion of your tour, receive a Charleston book as a memento of your time in the Holy City.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Star dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality.


Art and Architecture Package:
• Luxury accommodations
• Three hour Art and Architecture walking tour
• Nathaniel Russell House tour
• Robert Lange Studios art gallery tour with Veuve Clicquot Champagne provided
• Charleston book amenity

Rates: From $520 per room, per night
Please note: Package is valid for travel September 17 – November 22, 2015. Two night minimum stay required. Book Online >

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First Fridays on Gallery Row

Broad StreetTake a stroll down historic Broad Street for the First Fridays Art Walk, hosted by the Broad Street Merchants Association. This recurring event, held the first Friday of each month, is an opportunity to enjoy the fine art and refreshments in the boutiques and galleries on Gallery Row. Gallery Row, located on Broad Street, is Charleston’s destination for fine art. This month, Gallery Row is pleased to present “Spotlight On Charleston” with opening receptions during the First Friday Art Walk. Here is a list of participating galleries.

Bernie Horton Gallery
43 Broad Street
Living at the edge of a marsh, Bernie Horton paints fine art originals of the beauty of his surroundings. He is most recognized for his light-filled Lowcountry landscapes.

Coco Vivo Fine Art
25 Broad Street
This gallery offers works from some of the top plein-air artists as well as antiques and the best in interior design. Twenty new releases by renowned watercolorist Tony van Hasselt will be on display.

Edward Dare Gallery
31 Broad Street
Many of the artists represented here have a personal connection to Charleston and tend to include pieces that celebrate the colorful tapestry of the southern coastal culture. The gallery will be featuring small paintings in the annual postcards from Charleston show as well as new pottery, jewelry and glass.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art
58 Broad Street
This gallery specializes in classical, realist and impressionist paintings and sculptures by renowned American, Dutch, Russian and Korean artists. It is the exclusive North American representative of Bronze Sculpture by Dutch artist Marianne Houtkamp. Craig Nelson will be present for the opening reception of his “Italian Journey” exhibition.

Ellis-Nicholson GalleryEllis-Nicholson Gallery
1 ½ Broad Street
This gallery offers a premier selection of oils, acrylics, mixed media, bronze, metal, clay and hand crafted jewelry from regional, national and internationally renowned artists.

Galerie on Broad
29 Broad Street
Known for gallery owner Dee Beard Dean’s impressive plein-air work, this gallery houses national and international talent including Calvin Liang, one of the 50 Living Master Artists in North America. November’s First Friday will be your last chance to see “Southern Lights”, Camille Przewodek’s colorist interpretation of Charleston.

Hamlet Fine Art GalleryHamlet Fine Art Gallery
7 Broad Street
Here you will find a variety of paintings, sculptures and pottery. Award-winning oil painter, Pat Forsberg’s “Impressionistic Vessels” exhibition will be on display. The “Water Lily Series” by Alice Dobbin, one of Charleston’s best-selling artists for over 10 years, is exhibited here as well.

Lambert Gray Gallery
54 Broad Street
Owners Hilarie Lambert, an accomplished oil painter, and Michael Gray, known for his impressionist technique, have recently added contemporary painter Fotini Christophilis to their space. The grand opening of his exhibit “Emerge” will take place during First Friday.

Martin Gallery
18 Broad Street
This gallery features contemporary art, representing more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists. Here you will find oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and richly hued glass work. Artist Simon Kenevan will be in attendance during First Friday with three new seascapes.

Mary Martin GalleryMary Martin Gallery
103 Broad Street
Here you will find over fifty Master artists, hand selected for their national recognition, unique talent, and the consistent and ever increasing value of their pieces. The offerings range from realistic to abstract, from linear expressionism to intuitive. In addition, they have sculptures of all types, water fountains, glass, wood and jewelry. The opening reception for John Sherman and Densaburou Oku’s exhibitions will take place during First Friday.

Spencer Art Galleries I & II
55 & 57 Broad Street
Contemporary fine art paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures of carefully selected master, mid-career and emerging artists are exhibited. The featured international, national, regional, and local artists work in a broad range of styles and media. “Serendipity V” by Catherine Spencer and “I’ve seen the light” by Barbara Sussberg will be featured in Gallery I. “Southern Reflections” by Martha Teti and “All about Color” by Shelia Thompson will be exhibited in Gallery II.

27 Broad Street
This is a place where art and fashion are one. Utopia is a premier boutique for women including artistic fashions and European designers with a unique flair. Many local jewelry designs, great handbags, select shoes and the colorful artwork of Beki, the artist and owner of Utopia are also showcased.

A Beyond Gallery Row Must-see!
Robert Lange Studios
Robert Lange Studios
2 Queen Street
This gallery shows artists that stand out for their imagination and distinctive personal approach. Amy Lind, Mia Bergeron, Ali Cavanaugh will come together for “Nuance”, a three-woman exhibition opening on November 2.

For more information please visit Gallery Row or contact the Concierge at Charleston Place to assist you.

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Beyond Spoleto: A Guide To Contemporary Art In Charleston

In our last post, we offered a glimpse into some of the highlights of this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. With most performances scheduled during the evening hours, your days are left to enjoy the rest of what Charleston has to offer, including the city’s rich and diverse art scene.

From the galleries dotting Broad Street, the growing presence on Upper King Street and the tucked away galleries in between, Charleston’s art scene is truly thriving. We invited our friend Rebekah Jacob, owner of Rebekah Jacob Gallery and expert in the art and photography of the American South, to be our guest on Hidden Charleston and share her thoughts on her favorite spots to see contemporary art come alive along Charleston’s streets.

During Spoleto, take a break from ubiquitous performing arts outings to explore some of Charleston’s top sites for contemporary artists. Easily accessible by bike, pedicab or on foot, these venues present top-notch progressive artists, many who live and work in Charleston.

The largest exhibition space in Charleston, the City Waterfront Gallery rotates exhibits every 4-6 weeks. The clean, spare space is a perfect spot for progressive local, national, and international artists to present work on a large scale. The most recent show “A Long Time Ago” is non-media specific and features local favorites like Lisa Shimko, Liz Vaughn, and Xin Lu, among others. Curated by Hirona Matsuda, each work attempts to tell a story without words. (Free and open to the public, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843.958.6484)

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by Japanese contemporary artist Motoi Yamamoto. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist. Curated by Mark Sloan, director and senior curator of the Halsey, the exhibit also features recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks, and video about the artist. During Spoleto, watch the artist at work. (Free and open the public, 161 Calhoun Street, Chalreston, SC 29421, Phone: 843.953.4422)

At a quaint space on Queen Street, Lese Corrigan presents paintings by Charleston artist Linda Fantuzzo. Her current body of work explores the edge going from darkness to light. Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fantuzzo continues to master her craft combing luminous color and atmospheric effects. Both large and small formats suggest the expansiveness of the Low Country landscape with her trademark confident, loose brushstrokes. (Free and open to the public, 62 Queen Street, Charleston SC 29401, Phone: 843.722.9868)

Redux is a nonprofit organization committed to the fostering of creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art. With an exhibition space, 22 private artist studios, a dark room, and a printmaking facility, the space is a must-see for art lovers who want a whim of creativity. Through the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for artists, and expansive educational programming–Redux is instrumental in presenting new artists to our community. Visit Redux to find some of Charleston’s most exciting, emerging talent. (Free and open to the public, 136 Saint Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403, Phone: 843.722.0697)

Located “Uptown” at 502 King, Rebekah Jacob Gallery exhibits “Confluence,” recent work by Bo Joseph (New York City) and Tim Hussey (Charleston).  Tim Hussey exhibits works from his latest series “Bathos,” which the artist began in response to his past work’s tendency toward vague narratives, metaphors, memories and dreams. Bo Joseph exhibits works from “A Lexicon of Persistent Absence” series. From a myriad sources Joseph scavages images of objets that transcend cultural boundaries without losing their intrinsic charge. (Free and open to the public, 502 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843.937.9222)


Known best for his captivating pop-surrealist narrative and use of bold colors, Charleston painter Nathan Durfee exhibits one of his best bodies of work at Robert Lange Studio in the French Quarter. Trained as an illustrator, each of Durfee’s paintings begins with an enormous amount of push and pull from the artist, in which ideas are refined and adjusted, until a rough idea starts to form. He then begins rendering the elements of the painting while maintaining a wandering state of mind. Many of his whimsical characters are faced with tough, yet universal decisions, conveying a sense of security in an unsure world to the viewer. (Free and open to the public, 2 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401 Phone 843.805.8052)

We’d love to your input too. Have you visited these spots? What others would you recommend for visitors to explore during their stay in Charleston?
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