Hay, Hay, Hay!

In addition to internationally renown artists Hunt Slonem and Shepard Fairey, Miller Gallery is proud to showcase the newest works of British-American artist, Jo Hay, during Fire&Grace, opening Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6-8pm. 

Gallery Associate, Rachael, took a moment to ask Jo a few questions:

How long have you been painting?

I have painted pretty much all of my life but full time in the last 20 years.

What influenced you to start painting?

When I was a child, my mother subscribed to an oversized monthly color magazine in England that was so well produced it was like a 20 page coffee table book. Each issue covered a different European painter such as Velazquez or Manet. I spent hours looking at their work with a distinctive sense of ‘belonging.’ Because of this feeling I was dumfounded that I couldn’t immediately make proficient paintings. This early sense of profound failure absolutely infuriated me but forced me to spend my life in museums, books and schools figuring out how to paint. 

What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

As a recurring theme I would say it was those who have overcome some kind of adversity to achieve something they were told was impossible. I look to game-changers, outsiders, those who beat the odds and anyone who has the courage to live their lives as they truly are.

Tell us about your creative process.

I work largely from photographic reference material, which I prefer to shoot myself when I can, so that I have a direct relationship with the content of the paintings. Prior to painting, I spend a good deal of time mixing paint as I have found that the correct color relationships can suggest solid three dimensional form even if the paint mark shape is inaccurate. I then begin constructing the sense of form tackling large areas first, working back and forth and around the painting to maintain an overall sense of balance. Returning to the same painting daily over a period of time I believe, allows it to accumulate a history of my own different emotional states as well as allowing for a greater variety of paint marks that combine to achieve a total sense of completion.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have ever made?

I might have a favorite painting in a particular moment. But I have learned not to get too attached to something I have made as it can suddenly become the standard by which all else is judged and this becomes an impediment to the complete freedom required for the next painting to be made.

What are five things that you can't live without?

JH: 1. Music. I never paint in silence and some days can repeat one song for hours.

2. Books. 

3. My white yamaha custom maple drum kit.

4. Really good quality painting materials, especially paint.

5. Living close to water. Currently I am 25 miles out in the ocean on Cape Cod.

  Grace Paley  by Jo Hay

Grace Paley by Jo Hay

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday! If you can't make it to the show, check out our website for available works by Jo Hay, Hunt Slonem, and Shepard Fairey. Exhibiting through March 2018. 

Miller at Art & Light Gallery

Emails from strangers don't always lead to wonderful opportunities to collaborate, but sometimes taking a chance is just what the art gods ordered! Thank you, Teresa. 

We hope to see you at our Greenville Pop-Up at the beautiful Art & Light Gallery

Grand Opening Party: Jan 19 from 6-8pm

Exhibiting Jan 19 - Feb 10, 2018 


For inquiries please contact Art & Light at 864-363-8172 or us at 843-764-9281. 

Think before you Amazon.

Our little piece of paradise brings in a whole lotta revenue for the state. The Charleston CVB  ran some numbers last year and says that in 2015 the average individual spent $869 on food, drinks, lodging, and shopping during their stay. Let me be clear, that's just on themselves during a weekend vacation. 

Developers and landholders in our area see these dollar signs and want a piece of the pie, so, now comes the trickle. 

An apartment that in many cities would be considered condemned is now a pricy, "quaint bungalow in a historic part of town" and no, your landlord doesn't want to fix your toilet for you. A 200 square foot artist studio with a communal bathroom is costing them more than one would spend on organic groceries for a family of 4 boys, monthly. What about a cultural storefront Downtown? You know, those places that make Charleston so cool? Each first of the month comes with the realization that we entirely rely on this community and it's visitors to support us. 

The power to maintain a colorful, delicious, thriving city falls into the hands of the people who like what they see, not those that provide the charm day-in and day-out. 

This holiday season we, the creative community, ask you to think before you Amazon. Support your local gallery, boutique, coffee roaster, brewery, whatever. We thank you for giving us another year as America's #1 city

Join us on December 1st from 5-8pm for the CGA Artwalk and our 'Holiday Market'! 

Long Prism Earring by Naked Eyes, sterling silver, $175

King Street From Above, ink on mylar, framed by Kate Hooray Osmond $110 

Lucia by Miles Purvis, collage and resin on panel, $110 

locally forged iron bookends by JP Shepard, $500

OVERSIGHT: Kate Hooray Osmond | November 3-30, 2017

Miller Gallery and Kate Hooray Osmond will be celebrating the opening of Oversight on November 3, 2017 from 6-8pm. 

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Osmond moved to Charleston nearly two years ago from Annapolis, Maryland. She's currently working on an intensive MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and holds a studio at Charleston's art incubator, Redux Contemporary Art Center. Kate Hooray Osmond recently won the prestigious Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year award. 

Courtesy of the Costal Community Foundation: 

What inspires and motivates you?

It’s cheesy to say, but absolutely everything interests me. I’m a complete magpie for information. I love the scale-ability of our universe; the attraction and repulsion of atoms mirrors the movement of our planets, road highways act like rivers, etc. I see connections in everything and get absorbed in the flow of life very easily. I find humans and community structures fascinating. My work nearly never has a human body in it, as my pictures are a metaphor for the human condition. When I see my finished landscapes and aerial views, all I see are people and their stories and I am very connected to each piece. I also really like sparkly things. I use gold leaf in my work because if I didn’t, I would probably cover my paintings in glitter. I’m only partly kidding about that.

What advice would you give to beginning artists?

Work long and work hard at your art and welcome missteps and failures. I’ve had bucketloads of failures along with some successes. Failures are what you need in order to learn how to be successful. Failures deserve a big hug. Treat your art as an investigation or experiment and you won’t fall into the trap of it becoming too precious.

Also, on a much smaller note- don’t spend hours and hours on a piece only to give it a shoddy frame or pedestal. That kills me.

Do you ever find yourself with artist’s block or stuck or unable to create a new piece? If so, what do you do to get unstuck?

I have had times when I would get stuck, sure. The way I use to avoid the problem is to work every single day, whether I feel like it or not. Although it’s not really so easy to face a problem when you feel unqualified to tackle it, you don’t give yourself the opportunity to let fear distract you from progress. I think artist block is another name for fear: fear of failure, fear of success, etc. I’ve found that the pieces that are the most difficult to resolve- the ones that have colors that aren’t working for me or I’m not happy with the composition- almost always turn out to be the ones that are the most successful in the end. It’s important to give yourself the opportunity to be creative.

Recently, you’ve started creating paintings based on source images taken from flying in a helicopter across N. America. Can you tell us more about how you got started with this idea?

I’ve been flying for over a decade. It isn’t difficult to sit in a helicopter but it is out of the ordinary experience of most folks and that’s kind of the whole point. The aerial view, just a few hundred feet of separation from how we usually view our life, makes a world of difference. We go through life each day and drive on streets that are familiar; when we get to view a bigger picture of that daily experience, things shift inside of us: some things that seemed important might not be so. Some things might become more important to us. A calmness sets in and maybe a new understanding. It’s a different perspective, get it?

What does winning the Griffith-Reyburn award mean to you?

Words can’t express how grateful I am, but I can try. Since I was told of my winning the Lowcountry award, I have shown my work internationally, won merit awards and I am now represented by two galleries in the U.S. I don’t think I would have felt that I could even attempt those things before. It’s a dream come true. It’s an honor.

Join us on November 3 from 6-8pm for the opening of OVERSIGHT. Exhibiting through November 30, 2017. 


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An Artful Dinner

Charleston is a haven for creative minds. Having lived in this paradise for 10 years I've crossed paths with some super cool, forward thinking entrepreneurs. A few weeks ago a handful of these colorful characters and I decided to throw a Monday night dinner party in the gallery... Needless to say it was one for the books. 

A huge thank you to Alex Klaes of Naked Eyes (our fav Charleston jewelry duo) for the phenom photos. 


Pure Fluff spun cotton candy for us and it even made into the cocktails! Hello, Flufftail! 

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 The food was from Hamby, which is a Charleston party staple! 

The food was from Hamby, which is a Charleston party staple! 

 A killer tablescape made by the joint forces of Yoj Events, Frampton's Flowers, and Coastal Kelder. 

A killer tablescape made by the joint forces of Yoj Events, Frampton's Flowers, and Coastal Kelder. 

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The gallery was perfect for our dinner party. Let us know if you'd like to host your own at Miller Gallery! We know a few people who could make it a night to remember.

Want to know all the details? Follow my friends on Instagram here:

-Venue: @millergalleryCHS

-Styling: @yojevent

-Rentals and Tabletop: @eventworksrentals

-Floral: @framptonschs 

-Flufftails and Cotton Candy: @purefluffco

-Photography: @apklaesphoto

-Catering: @hambycatering 

-Music: @sethgmusic 

-Napkin Rings, Oyster Candles, Specialty Glasses: @coastalkelder