We are so fortunate to have a long time partner in Palmetto Fine Arts. With a dedicated space, CCAL artists are always part of the great displays of Fine Art in the gallery at Palmetto Fine Arts. Until April 30, 2019 you can see the artwork of three great CCAL artists: Barbara Teusink, Tommy Thompson and Olga Yukhno.
About the Artists:
Barbara Teusink - Barbara Teusink is an award winning artist whose work is represented in private collections across the USA and in Canada. A contemporary realist, Barbara’s subjects include still life, floral, portrait, figure and landscape. Barbara began her artistic studies in November 2012 after retiring from a professional career in educational technology. She continually seeks to improve through diligent self-study, weekly classes and occasional workshops. She strives to capture and preserve the fleeting moments of life; an expression or gesture, the light, the season, or a striking arrangement of objects. Barbara lives in Chapin with her husband, dogs and cat.
You can see more of Barbara's artwork at bteusinkart.com
Tommy Thompson - Tommy Thompson has been painting since 1965. He has taught numerous classes and workshops in the greater Columbia metropolitan area since 1989. For the past 10 years, in addition to his watercolor landscapes, he has been concentrating on large, contemporary artwork on board and canvas. Both his watercolor and acrylic paintings are included in private, corporate and South Carolina State Government collections. His most recent one-person shows were at the "City Art Gallery" in Columbia, South Carolina in 2016 and the Art Center in Aiken, South Carolina in 2017. He earned signature status of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and is an active member of several Columbia area and state art associations. He has been awarded signature status as a Nautilus Fellowship member in the International Society of Experimental Artists. His work can be viewed at his studio (in Chapin) or Palmetto Fine Arts of Chapin, South Carolina.
You can see more of Tommy's artwork at tdthompsonart.com
Olga Yukhno - Olga Yukhno is an artist originally from Pyatigorsk, Russia. It was in Russia her passion for art began. Inspired by the culture of her home country, she started by working with batiques, stained glass and enameling. She studied under world renowned enamellist, Nikolai Vdovkin for several years to hone her skills, before moving to the United States in 2008.
In the US, she no longer had access to the tools needed to continue with her enameling, and quickly started expanding into any and every new medium she could get access to. What she fell in love with was ceramic sculpting. It allowed her to experiment, and fuse together old-world artistry with her skills and abilities across a wide variety of art forms to create totally new and unique mixed media pieces.
Over the years, Olga has traveled to over 40 countries across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and the Americas, and visited museums ranging from the world famous Louvre in France, to the smallest unnamed art displays in towns and villages few outsiders have ever seen. It is in these travels she gets the most inspiration, drawing on the uniqueness and culture of every new place she visits, she finds ways to incorporate those cultural nuances into each new piece she makes. The colors, shapes, and ideas of everything from tribal masks to modern street art can be seen woven into her work. She loves juxtaposition in her art, old and new, lustrous and weathered, and it’s in these contrasts she finds beauty.
As a member of the International Federation of Artists, Olga has taken part in many shows and exhibitions in both Russia and the United States. In 2006, she won the International Design Contest for Traditional National Costumes in Moscow. She has been featured in multiple solo exhibitions, including at the Bascom Art Center, and several galleries in North and South Carolina. She has completed courses and taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and has studied under many acclaimed sculptors in the South East.
Currently her work is a mixture of three dimensional ceramic and mixed media wall pieces, figurative sculpture, and larger scale installation works. The process used to create many of her signature looks is achieved by hand pressing each individual impression into the clay using small custom made metal tools. She hand makes all of these tools herself out of repurposed architectural metal scraps. She also loves to incorporate found objects, as well as utilize techniques from other art forms she’s studied and practiced, such as weaving, encaustic and metal working. The result of this process, different incorporated elements and techniques are what create her unique and visually interesting personal style. Her degree in psychology shapes the ideas and concepts behind many of her pieces, with the intention that observing her work encourages the viewer to think more about what they’re seeing, and the emotions it evokes.
You can see more of Olga's artwork at olgayukhno.com