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The 15th Annual Redux Auction

On Wednesday, November 15th, Redux is hosting our 15th Annual Benefit Auction! The Annual Auction is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and as a non-profit, this event is very important to us. It is our chance to ensure a productive year for our resident artists and the greater Charleston community we aim to serve. Our goal is to be able to help foster our resident creatives and accomplish more educational outreach. This year's auction will play a huge part in reaching these goals.

We are now less than two weeks away from the big day, and the committee is working overtime to ensure the night is one to remember for everyone who attends. We will be servings food from local purveyors Goat Sheep Cow, Home Team BBQ, Moe's Crosstown, Harold's Cabin, Ice Bing Cafe, and more! We also have the Cocktail Bandits serving up a signature Cathead Vodka cocktail for happy hour, and Sugar Bakeshop supplying us with tons of sweet treats. Our Silent and Live Auctions are brimming with AMAZING art, as well as goodies donated from local businesses such as 167 Raw, Harbinger Cafe, Striped Pig Distillery, and Artist and Craftsman Supply.  Local musician Leah Suarez will be singing live, and The Faculty Lounge is hosting the official after party! 

Leah Suarez

The Cocktail Bandits

I have been lucky enough to serve on the auction committee this year, so I have had a chance to get a sneak peek at everything. If you are an art lover, you DON'T want to miss this event. We put out a call for art/business donations/sponsorship's, and the response has been overwhelming and humbling. We count ourselves very lucky to be a part of such a supportive community, thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year's event.  I have included a few pics of some of my favorite art donations (and I am planning my bidding strategy!)

Tickets are selling out fast! Snag yours before they're gone by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

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Just call me Ms. Jules...

BIG news people! Starting in January, I will begin a new, exciting, and slightly terrifying chapter as an art teacher! I will be leaving my full-time office job so that I can work with young, creative minds and hopefully help them develop their own artistic journeys. It has been my dream to be a full-time creative, and these after-school courses and my future students will be making that dream a reality.

I am starting with beginner oil painting courses for middle and high school students. I remember being in middle and high school; I can recall my emotions, my struggles and my interests. I have the hindsight to know that an art course could have made a huge difference in my teenage life. All it takes is one moment of inspiration or awareness to realize a passion, and I hope to meet several passionate, aspiring painters next year. Whatever I may be able to teach, I know I will learn twice as much from them. 

January marks 3 years since my decision to pursue my art career, and it's amazing how different my life looks. I've shared my journey before (and here too), so I won't bore with details, but just know that I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative of everyone who has supported me along the way. Accomplishing my goals and pursuing new opportunities wouldn't be possible without the amazing community of friends and creatives I have around me, especially my family at Redux. 

My courses are offered through Redux, and I am also available for private oil painting lessons for students ages 12 and up. 

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The Nitty-Gritty

As an emerging artist, the majority of my income comes from commissions I receive from friends, family, and now referrals (YAY). People who are close to me and my career have an understanding of what goes into their custom pieces, but not everyone is exposed to the "art world". Clients who just stumble across my work on Instagram or are referred by a friend often have no idea what it is to be an artist or create pieces of work. So here it is (only speaking from my experience of course).

My studio door at Redux Contemporary Art Center

Creating quality works of art takes TIME and MONEY. Art supplies are EXPENSIVE and need to be replaced regularly. Not to mention, artists require suitable spaces in which to create their art. That means there's things like studio rent to consider. Depending on ones medium, a piece can take anywhere from hours, to weeks and so on. I work primarily with oil paint, which requires periods of drying time between layers. Smaller commissions take me at least three weeks to complete, while larger works take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. When I receive a commission, I cant simply start painting that day. I must plan the composition, think about what color choices will be best, purchase any supplies I might need for the piece, sketch out a few ideas, and then finally proceed to put brush to canvas. 

Stage one: preliminary sketches

Stage two: layering on the paint

Finished product at the 2017 Charleston Fashion Week

Canvases, paints and other supplies are also delicate and temperamental. Everything must be carefully stored, packaged, transported, etc. Whether I am purchasing my materials, am in the middle of creating a piece, or installing a piece for exhibition, I find that I handle my work like children (or in my case, like my precious fur babies). Art requires constant attention and consideration, not just from its viewers but from its makers. It's of course rewarding, but also very consuming and draining. Make no mistake, I am NOT complaining, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I've ended up laying on my studio floor for a 5 minute recharge every now and then...

My hard working studio assistant...

My hard working studio assistant...

In my case, I am not yet a full-time artist. I balance my studio time and pop up events/markets with my full-time office job. So what this means to me is... TIME IS PRECIOUS. Seriously, I cant emphasize enough how much I value the hours in each day. I have multiple calendars and detailed schedules planned down to the minute. So, when clients see what looks like the house portrait they commissioned, I see the fruits of the 4+ weekends spent working on it in the studio. What's a month's worth of weekends worth to you? It's a strange thing to value!

When I'm not in the studio, I'm popping up somewhere! Like the Celadon Warehouse Market...

or teaching a painting workshop at Candlefish!

At the end of the day, I LOVE being an artist and what I do in the studio. I love everything about it. I love that my work takes time and deep attention and consideration, it makes me feel incredibly fulfilled. I love spending a few weeks with a pet portrait and getting to know a member of someone's family in such an intimate way. I love seeing how excited my client is to receive or gift it, knowing that it will be hanging proudly in someone's home. All of this makes me feel connected to something bigger than myself and gives me purpose. I hope this post helps people understand better what career artists put into their work. Can't wait to be at it full-time!

quality time with my DaniGirl

quality time with my DaniGirl

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Open Studios Night(s) at Redux

Next Tuesday night, the Redux artists will be opening our doors to the public for Open Studios night! 

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Open Studios night is an awesome opportunity to see what we all have been working on. While we are usually hunkered down with our creative weapons of choice, on Tuesday we'll have our doors open and work on display. This is our chance to answer questions and meet more members of our supportive community. Many of us will even be serving refreshments and will have select items ready for purchase!

always something new to see in our gallery spaces

always something new to see in our gallery spaces

Fellow Redux artist, Samantha Reuter, hard at work

Fellow Redux artist, Samantha Reuter, hard at work

Our plan is to host these Open Studios events more regularly so that we can remain involved and engaged with our community. We hope to build relationships and grow our personal businesses. We want Redux to be known as a welcoming place where exciting things are happening to strengthen Charleston and what makes this city so special. Hope you'll join us on the 12th!

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