Colorful Collaborations for Piccolo Spoleto

Below is the press release for an exciting project Austin Smith and I have been working on the last few weeks. I am super excited to be collaborating with her, and it has been fun and challenging combining our works. Please come see us in Marion Square during Spoleto to see this work.  You can follow me on instagram (amandamclenon) to watch the progress of these special paintings… 

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CHARLESTON-  Charleston artists Austin Grace Smith and Amanda McLenon will feature a series of collaborative paintings for sale at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit (PSOAE) in Marion Square May 22- June 7th.  


Austin Grace is known for her vivid seascapes that follow the wood grain of her hand-built panels. Amanda draws from her background in biology to paint lively birds in motion.  These two artists were both accepted to the PSOAE in 2014, and auspiciously ended up next to each other.  The complement of Austin’s settings and Amanda’s birds became obvious and the two Charleston artists began to create magical, playful, lively scenes together. 


Last year the joint paintings were reserved before completion and completely sold out.  This year Amanda and Austin are creating a full series of these collaborations available exclusively at this year’s show.  You can reserve one via austingracesmith@gmail.com.  Follow Amanda McLenon and Austin Grace Smith on instagram to watch as these pieces are created, and visit the gallery between their respective booths on the Calhoun side of Marion Square during Piccolo Spoleto:

Monday-Thursdays 10am-5pm and Friday-Sundays 10am-6pm

May 22nd - June 7th