Wednesday, July 18, 2012


An Inter-American Artistic Dialogue Exhibit at the Charleston County Library
September 6 - October 6, 2012
 Opening Reception:  September 6,  6 - 8pm
 A chance meeting between South American writer, lawyer, and mariner Isabel Cristina Castillo-Mercer and an artist at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery has resulted several months later in a special exhibit at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street. “Images of South America: Sailing with Art,” on exhibit in the library’s lobby between September 6th and October 6th, is intended to be a multicultural art dialogue to promote educational interaction and goodwill between the two continents of the Americas.
Señora Castillo-Mercer and her husband Barry Steve, a professional nautical engineer, have spent the last ten years on their 38-foot, double-masted sailboat “Arabella” sailing around the Caribbean, South Atlantic and South Pacific. When they dropped anchor in Charleston, they decided to stay. One evening this past spring, while peddling around Charleston on their bikes, Isabel and Barry visited the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery on East Bay Street and chatted with Marty Biernbaum. Continuing conversations between Isabel, an enthusiastic ambassador for her Colombia homeland, and other artists has led to a desire to have a dynamic art exhibit in which each participating artist explores and expresses ideas through their art that serve to promote understanding and communication between  North and South Americans. One of  Isabel’s major concerns is that the average American has little knowledge about our southern neighbors, typically lumping all of these culturally diverse countries into a single image.  They hope that this art exhibit will help to change that impression.
            The exhibit will include poetry from Isabel Cristina Castillo-Mercer’s new book, Sailing with Art, and works by nine Charleston artists: Marty Biernbaum, Karol Turner Campbell, Danita Cole, Arianne King Comer, Andrea Hazel, Pat Huff, Brenda Orcutt, Addelle Sanders, and Mary Sayas.  South American artist Yaneth Lucia Castillo will also show her paintings.
     There will be an opening reception on September 6th at the library. Two special events will take place during the month-long exhibit. On September 20th, Isabel Cristina Castillo-Mercer will share her poetry in the library auditorium. On October 4th, Jacqueline Kelm, an American writer, will discuss her book, The Joy of Appreciative Living.

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