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ART MECCA The Art Mecca of Charleston gallery is a live, in­ter­ac­tive art gallery that is al­ways abuzz with tal­ented artists work­ing, cre­at­ing, and sell­ing their art. The con­stantly mor­ph­ing na­ture of this gallery makes it worth mul­ti­ple vis­its. Open M-F 10 am- 6 pm, Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. www. art­mec­ca­ 427 King St., 843.577.0603.

ATELIER GALLERY This hand­somely re­stored gallery dis­plays a va­ri­ety of high-qual­ity artists, blend­ing tradi-

tional por­traits and land­scapes with con­tem­po­rary can­vases and sculp­ture. With such works and an ex­pe­ri­enced and wel­com­ing staff, its aim is to res­onate with col­lec­tors of all gen­er­a­tions. Open M-Sa 10 am- 6 pm. www. the­ate­lier­gal­ 153 King St., 843.722.5668. Map 1: D-8

AUDUBON GALLERY The Audubon of­fers a unique artistic es­cape with an in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of sport­ing art, de­coys, wildlife sculp­ture and con­tem­po­rary wood­carv­ings. It also of­fers fine art fram­ing and restora­tion ser­vices. Open M-Sa 10 am- 6 pm. 190 King St., 843.853.1100. Map 1: D-8

BEN HAM IM­AGES  This 2,200-square­foot gallery fea­tures Ham’s na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy from around the coun­try, work­ing ex­clu­sively with a wooden field cam­era and black-and-white sheet film. The re­sult­ing im­ages— or­ga­nized in four chief gal­leries of Lowcountry, Pa­cific In­flu­ences, High Alti­tudes and An­cient Lands— con­jure com­par­i­son to the work of Ansel Adams and have even been high­lighted in a book, “Van­ish­ing Light.” Open Tu-Sa 11 am- 6 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. www. ben­hamim­ 416 King St., 843.410.1495. Map 1: E-5

CHARLESTON CRAFTS  This fine-craft co­op­er­a­tive of­fers so­phis­ti­cated, whim­si­cal, dec­o­ra­tive and func­tional items, which are cre­ated by es­tab­lished and emerg­ing South Carolina artists. Items in­clude bas­ketry, glass, jew­elry, pho­tog­ra­phy, prints and wood. The space is just a half-block from the his­toric city mar­ket. Open daily 10 am- 6 pm. www.charleston­ 161 Church St., 843.723.2938. Map 1: E-8


LERY Spe­cial­iz­ing in fine art of the Amer­i­can South for nearly 40 years, the gallery’s hold­ings range from rare, 18th-cen­tury por­trai­ture and en­grav­ings to se­lec­tions from lauded con­tem­po­rary artists, in­clud­ing oils, works on paper, and sculp­ture. Open M-F by ap­point­ment. www.charleston­re­nais­sance­ 103 Church St., 843.723.0025. Map1: E-9

COCO VIVO  Coco Vivo In­te­ri­ors and Fine Arts fea­tures orig­i­nal works by both na­tion­ally renowned and lo­cal artists. Find unique coastal ac­cents for your home, as well as a full in­te­ri­orde­sign stu­dio, which show­cases the finest in tra­di­tional and coastal de­sign. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. www. co­co­vivoart­ful­liv­ 25 Broad St., 843.720.4027. Map 1: E-9


GALLERY This beau­ti­fully lit gallery with hard­wood floors spe­cial­izes in 20th- and 21st-cen­tury mod­ern and tra­di­tional paint­ings, sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy. Its newer lo­ca­tion show­cases more than two dozen lo­cal, Amer­i­can and Euro­pean artists. Let trained con­sul­tants as­sist with your ac­qui­si­tion and de­sign needs. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm. www.el­larichard­ 58 Broad St., down­town, 843.722.3660. Map 1: E-9

GAYE SAN­DERS FISHER GALLERY The Charleston na­tive presents her works, pri­mar­ily of flora, fauna, ar­chi­tec­ture and peo­ple, in wa­ter­col­ors and oils. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm. www. gayesander­s­ 124 Church St., 843.958.0010. Map 1: E-9

THE GE­ORGE GALLERY This con­tem­po­rary art gallery high­lights South­ern artists who push the edge with con­vic­tion and cre­ativ­ity. The pri­mary fo­cus is on both ab­stract paint­ings and work with a strong tex­tu­ral pres­ence. Up­com­ing: “Fo­cus In,” fea­tur­ing lo­cal guest artists Kate Long Steven­son, Alan Jack­son and Greg Hart, March 10. Open Tu-F 10 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-5 pm. www. george­galler­ 50 Bog­ard St., 843.579.7328. Map 1:D-3

GOR­DON WHEELER GALLERY Gor­don Wheeler has painted for more than 30 years, developing his self-taught and highly per­son­al­ized style. His paint­ings are full of vi­brant color and are re­al­is­tic in de­tail. He was com­mis­sioned to paint the fa­mous Ocean Course at Ki­awah Is­land for the of­fi­cial prints and posters of the 1991 Ry­der Cup. Open M-Sa 10 am- 6 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. www.gor­don­ 180 E. Bay St., 843.722.2546. Map 1: E-9

HE­LENA FOX FINE ART Spe­cial­iz­ing in fine con­tem­po­rary rep­re­sen­ta­tional art, He­lena Fox fea­tures the work of renowned South­ern im­pres­sion­ist painter West Fraser as well as na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists like Kenn Back­haus, John Bu­dicin, Don­ald De­mers, Bil­lyo O’Don­nell and Joe Pa­quet. Also on dis­play are in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned wildlife sculp­tor Kent Ull­berg and gold­smith Sarah Amos. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm. www.he­le­nafoxfin­ 106A Church St., 843.723.0073. Map 1: D-9

JIM BOOTH ART GALLERY Booth, a self-taught artist, has be­come widely known for his life-like re­al­ism. He reaches into the view­ers’ minds and in­spires pos­i­tive and pleas­ing thoughts. He uses a wide range of themes to com­mu­ni­cate with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. Open Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm. www.jim­ 1929 May­bank Hwy., 843.795.8244. or 800.696.5772.. Map 2: D-5

MARY MARTIN GALLERY More than 30 master artists whose of­fer­ings range from re­al­is­tic to ab­stract, from lin­ear ex­pres­sion­ism to in­tu­itive are fea­tured here. In­cluded are sculp­ture of all types, wa­ter foun­tains, glass, wood, jew­elry and wear­able art. Up­com­ing ex­hibits: Ron Di Scenza, Jan. 31-Feb. 2; Suzanne Bar­ton, April 7. Open daily 10 am- 6 pm. www.mary­marti­ 103 Broad St., 843.723.0303. Map 1: E-9

MITCHELL HILL GALLERY What be­gan as a char­ity project has since mor­phed into a suc­cess­ful gallery and event space. Full of con­tem­po­rary art and in­te­rior de­sign, this space de­serves an in­spir­ing walk-through. Open M-W 10 am- 6 pm, Th-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.mitchell­ 438 King St., 843.564.0034.

PRIN­CI­PLE GALLERY Prin­ci­ple Gallery, spe­cial­iz­ing in con­tem­po­rary and clas­si­cal re­al­ism, is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing el­e­gant, rep­re­sen­ta­tional art and the artists who cre­ate it. The gallery spot­lights new and in­trigu­ing work from a Prin­ci­ple Fam­ily of Artists, as well as cu­rated events and na­tional in­vi­ta­tional shows. Open M-W 10 am- 6 pm, Th-Sa 10 am-9 pm, Su noon- 6 pm. www.prin­ci­ple­gallery. com/charleston. 125 Meet­ing St., 843.727.4500. Map 1: E-8


GALLERY Prime artist and owner Robert Lange, a Rhode Is­land School of De­sign grad­u­ate, works mostly in oils to cre­ate vivid re­al­ist paint­ings on dis­play at this gallery space lo­cated in the heart of the French Quar­ter. The gallery also fea­tures 11 other painters and pho­tog­ra­phers who work in the Amer­i­can re­al­ism and ab­strac­tion gen­res. Open daily 11 am-5 pm. www. robert­langes­tu­ 2 Queen St., 843.805.8052. Map 1: D-5

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