This fall, Wild Common is joining forces with Charleston-based Artist Collective, an online gallery representing a wide range of local and regional artists in various styles, to feature a rotating, curated exhibition within the restaurant. As of September 1st, Wild Common will display the works of a different Artist Collective creator each quarter on the restaurant’s 20 x 12’ digital projector, which turns an entire wall of the dining room into an immersive art installation to complement the culinary experience led by Executive Chef Orlando Pagán and team.
In addition, each artist’s work will be featured on the restaurant’s menu for the duration of their exhibition, which Wild Common guests can take home as a memento of their evening.
“Not only are we excited to enhance the guest experience at Wild Common with this one-of-a-kind art installation, but we’re also thrilled for this opportunity to partner with and support a fantastic local organization and in turn, these incredibly talented artists,” said Jamie Hoffman, Director of Marketing for Easton Porter Group. “We think it’s something that will really resonate with our diners.”
With all original artwork sold via the Artist Collective in the months of September and October, the gallery will donate a portion of proceeds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause especially important to Chef Pagán, who has frequently spoken about his journey since being diagnosed with MS.
In honor of the new partnership, Wild Common and Artist Collective will host a kickoff celebration on Tuesday, October 26th, featuring a meet-and-greet with some of Artist Collective’s top art talents, beverages and small bites from the Wild Common team, and more.
The first artist to be featured at Wild Common through the collaboration with Artist Collective is Beth Williams, an award-winning artist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Williams’ current work focuses primarily on the diverse sea island landscapes that surround her home and studio on Edisto Island, where she works almost exclusively with pastels to capture a strong “atmospheric” quality in her paintings. Recently, Williams’ work has been featured on One King’s Lane, in Garden & Gun Magazine’s annual Jubilee event, in Charleston Style & Design Magazine, Charleston Magazine, and others.
The following quarter after Williams’ exhibition, Wild Common will feature an installation of works by Charleston native Shannon Wood. In 2006, Wood spent a year as a resident artist at the Redux Contemporary Art Center, during which she was included in a Charleston City Gallery emerging artists exhibit, “Under the Radar.” Often incorporating natural elements, such as reeds or grasses hand-sewn into the canvas, Wood takes inspiration from the marshes and waterways of the Lowcountry that she still calls home today.
Future artists featured in the space will be announced later in the year.
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