This Month at Saul Alexander: Group Exhibit

"Voices on Fiber Cloth"

Local quiltmaker Peggie Hartwell has worked with Stratford and Summerville High School students to create the Voices on Cloth Fiber Art group exhibition, which introduces viewers to the creative relationship between artists and their stories as told on cloth. This visual dialogue of color and form examines the inner connection of images and designs within textile creations and allows viewers to meet artists in the shared spaces of mind and heart. 


About the Saul Alexander Gallery

The Saul Alexander Gallery provides space for juried solo or group art exhibitions at the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Gallery submissions will be accepted starting Feb. 1, 2018, and preference is given to work that reflects the varied experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents. Download the 2018 artists booklet.

The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month beginning January 2019. Artist submissions must include a gallery application, which is available online or by calling 843-805-6946. For more information, please email [email protected].

Gallery Procedures

The exhibition space serves as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency. Featured artists are selected by a jury of local art professionals, and the CCPL Gallery Committee selects artists and craftsmen on the basis of the quality of their work and its suitability for the space.


Schedule of Exhibits

January Andy Brack Cuba, 2015
February Shawn Allison Imprints of Shadows
March Group Show Standing on the Shoulders of My Sisters: Walking in the Shoes of Courage
April Joseph "P-Nut" Johnson A P-Nut Party
May Joanna Biondonlillo When I Was a Child
June Robin Howard She Promised to Bring Her Books
July Troy Brown Histories, Memories and Memoirs
August Victor Hart   Below the Sky
September Group Show    The Voices on Cloth Fiber Art
October Robert Reed Fishing Manners
November Olivia Beyer Edgar: Find Your Inner Poe
December John Christopher Wright II Adorations’ Mélange

Previously in the Gallery

August - Vik Hart

Below the Sky is a further exploration of an interconnected world that exists in Vik Hart's work. Abstract shapes and colors become natural features and the landscapes are designed to have an alien, yet inviting, sense to them. Vik wants to give each piece a feeling of continuous life. This is a world that is interacting with itself, and we're just seeing small glimpses of it, but we can infer more about this alien world from what is shown to us.

July - Troy Brown

Troy's work delves deeply into elements of memory and how those memories impact our abilities to move through life. Troy examines not only the fluidity of memory, but also its seemingly untapped power to impact everyday life as an artist first then individual. Through this work, Troy seeks to expand his research as he visually ponders his own memories, their origins and connectedness to reality, destiny, and dreams. His work explores the possibilities of tapping into memory as a tool for guiding our creative impulses.

June - Robin Howard

Assemblage artist Robin Howard grew up in rural Indiana in relative isolation. Because of her family’s beliefs, she had no access to books – especially in the summer. "She Promised to Bring Her Books" is the artist’s tribute to one of the most pivotal moments of her life: the day the bookmobile came. Howard says though she looked like a withdrawn little girl reading under the table during the summers of her childhood, she wasn’t there. She was in Paris, Rivendell, and Harlem. She was sailing to New Guinea, walking on Baker Street, and falling down rabbit holes. After graduating from college, she would go on to travel the world for real. This special exhibit has been included in the 2018 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held on June 4 from 6-7 p.m.

May - Joanna Biondolillo

Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up, and you will most likely get answers such as, “When I grow up I want to be a doctor or anastronaut, or a teacher.” Who has ever heard a child say that when they grow up they want to be homeless? Point in Time censuses are conducted across the U.S. each January, and they count the number of people dealing with homelessness. These counts also help to disperse funds to each community. As necessary as these numbers are, they are just numbers.