No, Margo Kaufman isn’t a local artist, and she doesn’t own Margo Kaufman Gallery — her great grandson Jeffery Rhodes does. But Kaufman is the inspiration behind the roving contemporary gallery, and particularly its next show, Contemporary Women.
Rhodes says Kaufman was before her time back in the ’20s and ’30s, running her own business when most women were just running after children. There’s no doubt that Rhodes feels a lot of pride for his great-grandmother — in fact, the gallery’s logo is an image of Kaufman’s face, the sole photograph that survived Hurricane Katrina.
So it’s fitting that the Margo Kaufman Gallery is teaming up with the Center for Women for the Contemporary Women exhibit. Held in the old Nancy Koltes space on King Street, the event brings together seven of the top female contemporary artists in Charleston. Artists include Sally King Benedict, known for her bold colorful abstracts; Zelda Grant, who specializes in soft, 3-D sculptures; and Kaminer Haislip, one of the only (if not the only) female silversmiths in Charleston. Others include McLean Sheperd, Helen Rice, Sharon Lacey, and Maria Costa.
Tickets include food from Fish, Il Cortile del Re, OM Cooking, Chocolate Cake, Caviar & Bananas, Billy Pope, and Legumier. The first 200 guests will also receive a swag bag filled with discounts and special offers from local female-owned businesses. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Center for Women’s job counseling program. —Erica Jackson