May Artist of the Month
May 8 - 11

Chris Groves

Charleston, SC

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about Chris Groves

Chris Groves has been immersed in art since he was a young boy. Due to Groves’s interest in spending time outside as a child, his parents gave him a nature drawing book when he was 10. He latched on to the book with a sense of awe and inspiration, spending countless hours copying and enhancing the drawings. His parents hired a private tutor to instruct him in basic techniques. In high school, Groves met sculptor Glenna Goodacre, who helped nurture his dream of becoming an artist. He has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, the Colorado Academy of Art, the Loveland Art Academy, the Cottonwood Art Academy, and the Denver Arts Students League. He also enjoyed a private, two-year mentorship with artist Jay Moore, which he considers a turning point in his artistic career. Groves’s paintings hang in numerous private and corporate collections, and he is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions

Wednesday May 08, 2024 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

FLOW Gallery + Workshop | Complimentary but registration is required

Join us in welcoming our May Artist in Residence, Chris Groves, to the Bluff! Chris will demonstrate his talents and art styles in the FLOW Gallery + Workshop courtyard and chat with guests about his work and career. An oil painter whose artwork ranges from realism to abstract, Chris now calls Charleston, SC home, where he draws from nature for inspiration – something he has done since he was a young boy and given a nature drawing book from his parents. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for light refreshments, a beautiful spring evening,  and original art from a world-renowned artist!

Thursday May 09, 2024 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Reflections on May River

FLOW Gallery + Workshop | $115 (plus tax + processing fees)

Explore the captivating world of light and water with artist Chris Groves as he guides a workshop on the art of capturing their beauty. With the stunning May River as his muse, Chris will instruct attendees on the art of using a “quick-sketch” approach to portray the scenic landscape as it appears from the vantage point of Wilson Village. The course will delve into important elements such as color, landscape design, and composition. Participants are encouraged to bring along their smartphones and take photos of the May River from the Wilson Landing area as a source of inspiration.

Friday May 10, 2024 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Still Life Abstract Artifacts

FLOW Gallery + Workshop | $115 (plus tax + processing fees)

While still life is a popular art style steeped in realism, abstract still life presents an exciting and eye-catching twist on this old favorite! In this workshop, Chris Groves will focus on ‘single object’ still life using artifacts discovered on the property by Dr. Mary Socci and the Palmetto Bluff Archaeology team. Although still life typically demands a strong sense of tradition, this workshop will break away from the norm by focusing on abstract rather than realistic depictions. Participants will learn how to create and paint in an abstracted, quick sketch manner by honing in on the five elements of light and shadow.

Saturday May 11, 2024 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Abstract Palmetto Bluff: A Study of Trees

FLOW Gallery + Workshop | $115 (plus tax + processing fees)

Part of the Lowcountry’s allure lies in its iconic trees, like the sweeping oaks adorned with Spanish moss, synonymous with the region’s famous southern charm. In this workshop, oil painter Chris Groves will impart his knowledge on tree structures and the use of painting techniques to convey shapes, forms, sky holes, and details in a speedy sketch format. The course draws inspiration from our iconic Palmetto Bluff logo and concentrates on the two trees showcased in the design: a palm and an oak.

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