Fine Arts Festival – Charleston, SC

In the month of November every year over 20 nationally renowned artists, whose works are showcased exclusively in the CFADA member galleries in downtown Charleston, gather for a weekend event. Seen by many as the premier fine art festival in Charleston, the Fine Art Annual gives visitors the chance to mingle with well-known artists in charming historic downtown Charleston. Proceeds will benefit Charleston County High Schools’ fine art programs. Last year’s event raised $27,000 for high school art programs. The fine art weekend kicks off on Friday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. with gallery openings at CFADA member galleries. Each gallery will feature works by prominent national and international artists that travel to Charleston every year to participate in this prestigious event. This free event is open to public. On Saturday morning, November 8 starting at 9:00 a.m., you get the unique opportunity to watch artists at work as they donate their time and talent to create masterpieces that will be later auctioned off to benefit the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs. The plein air event, Painting in the Park, traditionally takes place at Washington Park from 9:00 a.m. till noon. The Fifth Annual High School Art Competition, a platform for young talented artists to showcase their unique works, is part of the plein air event and will start at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Park. The student works will be on display and judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m. Saturday evening will be dedicated to the finest works of art available for sale in the South. The Third Annual Charleston Art Auction and Gala Reception will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Charleston Hotel. Last year, the event sold 101 original art works worth over $600,000 including such renowned artists as Pino, Jonathan Green, West Fraser, and Mary Whyte. The Charleston Art Auction was founded in 2006 by Morris & Whiteside Galleries located in Hilton Head Island and The Sylvan Gallery located in Charleston, South Carolina as the premier Southern art auction. For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com and for ticket reservations call 843-722-3117. CFADA Member Galleries: The Audubon Gallery·Ann Long Fine Art·Carolina Galleries·Charleston Renaissance Gallery· Coleman Fine Art·Corrigan Gallery·John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery·Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art ·Helena Fox Fine Art·Horton Hayes Fine Art·Martin Gallery·Robert Lange Studios·Smith-Killian Fine Art· The Sylvan Gallery·Wells Gallery 11/07/2008 – 11/08/2008 843-722-2172 www.cfada.com