Show of hands: how many have attended a pop-up art show? Next question: how many use the internet on a daily basis?
Allison Williamson put those hands together and a fine idea was born: Charleston Artist Collective.
Art has been part of Allison’s life as long as she can remember. “As a child, I was always the one designing birthday cards for my family,” she says with a laugh.
She grew up in Charleston and studied art history at Sewanee: The University of the South. Her academic work brought her to Parsons School of Design in Paris and through the caves of Southern France, where she studied prehistoric art.
While living in Utah, she managed a gallery specializing in Russian Impressionism, even visiting Russia to see the artists at work in their studios. “It was an amazing time capsule of art,” she says. “A fascinating niche of history.” It’s a long flight from Park City to Moscow, but that’s how important personal relationships with artists are to Allison.
These days she calls Charleston home. “Local artists, local giving” pretty much sums up how Charleston Artist Collective operates.
Each month, the artists of Charleston Artist Collective paint interpretations of an agreed-upon theme and the resulting works are sold online. The best part of buying, beyond when that beautiful piece arrives, is the fact that 15% of the profits benefit a designated local charity (watch the donations grow with each sale on the website).
Charleston Artist Collective recently partnered with One King’s Lane, offering 75 original works for sale. How’d that little experiment go? The art sold out in the first four hours.
There will be another opportunity in the near future, this time with twice as many originals ready to sell, so get your mouse-finger ready for some quick clicking.
However you reach them, shopping for local art was never this easy: leaving your couch not required.
Words by: Jason Zwiker
Photography by: Mark Pelekakis