From visual arts writer Nick Smith:
I trotted over to Piccolo’s Outdoor Juried art show in Marion Square expecting to find a preponderance of lame floral watercolors. To be sure, there were more than a bunch of those, but some pieces stood out amongst the duller stuff.
Ladson-based Dennis Clevenger has painted realistic collections of tools, nails, and other workaday doodads for his “Steel Strings Across America” series. With a predominance of red and wooden plank backgrounds, there was nothing else like his barbed wire studies in the show. He even adds a messy frame-within-a-frame for “Ode to his Three-Legged Horse,” which features three horse shoes. Clevenger doesn’t try to prettify his landscapes, either. “Birds of a Feather” depicts a cacophony of shaggy egrets with a dense, dark forest behind them. He captures the “wild” part of wildlife a lot better than most tarted-up tableaux.
Steven Jordan is a one-man franchise, selling cards, prints, books and “Piggolo Spoleto” T-shirts. His cheeky sense of humor is his best selling point. Puns are his thing – a “Draw Bridge” series shows a hand drawing a bridge – but he’s also an accomplished artist, mixing computer-manipulated photography with pastels and pencil strokes.
Also in the show were Tyler Ann Blanton, monkeying around with religious iconography via a pair of stainedglass-style chimps; Jeannette Cooper Nicholson, who paints sumptuous orchids with oils (see left); Peggy Howe, painting lively nude figures, and Sherry Browne with a boothful of unique collages.
Those were just some of the many that caught my eye. Go see all the work for yourself – just give yourself plenty of time to do it. The exhibition will run until June 11.