Rob Shaw Gallery Announces Opening Reception, Show of Works by Preeminent Artists Saunders, Jeffcoat and Chesley


Saunders has won multiple awards and has exhibited around the world, from Argentina to China. He began the printmaking program at the UofSC and has long been a fixture in the art scene throughout the Southeast.

A native of South Carolina, Jeffcoat specializes in portraits and fine art photography of the South, rendered with a painstaking attention to detail. His subject matter ranges from classical portraits to luminous nudes and reflects his expert understanding of a nearly lost artform: the use of vintage cameras and film. 

Chesley, a Southern regional artist living and working in Columbia, SC, works primarily in oils, charcoal, and metal. Chesley’s semi-abstract work, which the artist describes as poetic realism, is influenced by artists whose ethereal, haunting images evoke a spiritual yet animistic characterization of their subjects and encompass everything from serene beauty to sublime peril. 

In addition to original works by all three artists, the show will include several books, including “A View from the South: The Narrative Art of Boyd Saunders” (USC Press 2019) and Archibald Rutledge’s story “Claws,” illustrated by Chesley (USC Press 2014). 

Rob Shaw Framing and Gallery is a full-service frame shop and art gallery at 324 State Street, West Columbia. In the gallery’s monthly shows, Shaw—himself an award-winning painter and art teacher—showcases talented South Carolina artists working in a wide variety of styles. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., Rob Shaw Framing and Gallery at 324 State St, West Columbia, will hold an opening reception for a show, Into the Light, featuring three master artists: Boyd Saunders, Russell Jeffcoat and Stephen Chesley. At the reception, the public is invited to meet the artists, see curated collections of their work, and purchase both artwork and books. The show runs from December 3, 2021, to January 5, 2022. 

Finding beauty in the ordinary, all three artists tell timeless stories about the landscape and people of the American South. 

Saunders—painter, illustrator, printmaker, and distinguished professor emeritus of art at the University of South Carolina—was born on a farm in Tennessee. Spanning more than fifty years, his work reflects a lifelong interest in storytelling and animals, especially horses.

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