This Month at Saul Alexander: Alston Singletary

"Sweetness, Pleasantness, My Delight"

Alston Christin-Trey Singletary was born Aug. 31, 1996 in Charleston to Naomi and Darryl Singletary. Lately, Alston has been interested in expressing his blackness while celebrating the strong, black women in his life via his comic, "Cardinal Traits," which follows Naomi, a black Charlestonian artist who is striving to accept herself as she is. Alston named the main character after his mother, and the name Naomi means sweetness, pleasantness, or my delight -- which he considers a true description of his mother. Alston and his protagonist Naomi are learning how to love themselves. Making the comic has taught Alston to remember that other people’s opinions about himself are not important. What matters is what a person accepts about themselves, which is who they truly are.

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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, S.C. Download the artists booklet.

The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month. Artist submissions must include a gallery application, which is available online or by calling Jaclyn at 843-805-6842. For more information, please email [email protected].

Gallery Procedures

Artists must submit a current resume and eight to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs, CDs or other electronic media appropriate for display to the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the gallery to determine the suitability of the space for your work prior to submission.

At least five of the pieces submitted must be intended for the exhibit, while the rest can be representative examples of the applicant’s work. Each piece must be appropriately labeled with the artist's name, the title, medium and size. Preference will be given to newly created works, and art submissions should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Artists younger than 18 years old must have their parent or guardian sign the application as the responsible party. After the Gallery Committee has met to select the artists who will display their work during the upcoming year, those selected will be notified and assigned their exhibition month. The library’s executive director has final approval of all exhibitions.


Schedule of Exhibits

January 2020 Alyssa Hopkins Lowcountry Landscapes
February Alvin Glen Low Country Rhythms
March Jirah Perkins MSS MARY MACK: An Homage to Black Girl Nostalgia
April Katherine Taylor The Dream Chaser
May Mia Designs
June CCPL Cynthia Graham Hurd
July Andy Allen Facing Life
August Kalah Crawford After the Imagination: The Art of Progression
September TheDoc1998 Dorian's Wake and the Search for Our Disappearing Manhood
October Alston Singletary Sweetness, Pleasantness, My Delight
November Stephanie Ondo Blue, Red, Gold
December   POSTPONED


Previously in the Gallery

September - TheDoc1998

September 2019, I experienced my first hurricane. My only option was to shelter in place. Awaking, I began this series. The metaphors between the storm, the waiting, and the absence of men within my life pushed themselves through every space on my canvas. Entering my autumn years, this series pays tribute to my memories of manhood and the profound sadness of a life without love and family. It bears witness to the devastation the absence of manhood has had on our society. Among this destruction, my encounter with two men in Charleston, too uncommon to be considered rays of hope, are presented as swan songs of the manhood we once knew.

August - Kalah Crawford

Artist Kalah Crawford, based out of Columbia, SC, recently found her passion in the art industry. She specializes in acrylic paintings of women, animals, school logos, fraternities and sororities, just to name a few. Her art reflects her personal qualities -- it's inspired to tell a story and capture the attention of her audience; it’s complicated, and it’s an expression without boundaries. Crawford uses art as a medium to share her personal experiences, and she invites the audience to travel through the stories of her paintings just as they'd travel through the pages of a book.

July - Andy Allen

This exhibition features portraits of cancer patients. Andy Allen photographs his subjects with minimal props, in front of neutral backgrounds. He wishes to show the happiness of life through photographic images by capturing smiles and forever preserving images of courage, beauty and dignity. The images are not of sick kids and adults, but of strong and beautiful people filled with hope. Andy’s personal experience of battling cancer through chemotherapy and radiation therapy at a young age has shaped who he is, and his purpose to photograph.