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City Art Gallery presents Robert Ariail exhibition

City Art Gallery is proud to present a body of work by Robert Ariail, recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts for Individual Artist. For this exhibit, City Art will include as many of Ariail’s originals as the Main Gallery will hold.  This will be your chance to own an original Robert Ariail editorial cartoon. An opening reception will be held on March 7 from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through March 30.

“My goal as editorial cartoonist is to create concise, powerful and, when possible, humorous visual commentary on current social and political issues. My tools are brush, pen, ink, paper and a vivid imagination. My inspirations come from the day's news stories and the ever looming deadline. I do these five or more times each week, or as it's called in the newspaper business, “working live” for the next day's edition. Good editorial cartoons should say something interesting about the news and challenge the reader to look at an issue from a different perspective. A good cartoon will always evoke some kind of reaction and serve as a reference point for readers to discuss the issues of the day.”  - Robert Ariail
Ariail is a Columbia, S.C., native and University of South Carolina graduate. He was the editorial cartoonist for The State newspaper from 1984 until 2009. He now works for the Spartanburg, S.C. Herald-Journal, and his work continues to be published in more than 600 newspapers through United Features/Universal Uclick syndicate. City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln St. in the historic Congaree Vista area of Columbia, S.C.  Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information contact Wendyth Wells, City Art Gallery, at (803) 252-3613. Visit online at www.cityartonline.com Robert Ariail Via: City Art Gallery

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Mary Robinson’s “Acclimations and Alterations” at City Art

City Art Gallery presents Acclimations and Alterations, a new body of work by artist Mary Robinson, through November 10, 2012. Mary says, “In my work, I explore the experience of being human as part of a larger web of existence. The imagery in my drawings, prints and paintings is directly influenced by frequent walks in the Congaree National Park and similar environments, where I am particularly attracted to tangled vines and draping Spanish moss, along with sturdy and tenuous tree trunks and branches.” With this series Mary is representing “my ongoing reflections on the phenomena of interconnection.” Mary Robinson is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at the University of South Carolina. Mary received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. Her work has not only been displayed in the United States but throughout the world in countries including South Korea, Australia, and England. She also was invited to be one of three Resident Artists at the Hong Kong Graphic Arts Festival in 2007. She has attended residencies with the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, VT. Her current residencies will be with the Hambridge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA. In February of 2013 she will be attending Mustarinda Art and Nature Centre in Hyrynsalmi, Finland. She has received numerous awards and grants including the USC Provost Creative and Performing Arts Grant and Fullbright-Hayes Study Abroad Project in Korea. A reception will be held for the artist on October 11, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln St. in the historic Congaree Vista area in Columbia, South Carolina. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday 10:00 am until 5 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit City Art's website at cityartonline.com. City Art Gallery