This Month at Saul Alexander: Robin Howard

"She Promised to Bring Her Books"

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 Howard says though she looked like a withdrawn little girl reading under the table during the summers of her childhood, she wasn’t there.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.


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

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.

April - P-Nut the Lowcountry Poet

In 2017, P-Nut the Lowcountry Poet decided he wanted to try his hand at telling neighborhood stories through painting. A poet for more than 30 years, P-Nut has shared his ideas about Charleston through words, but has now added his works on canvas to his tool box. Bright colors, iconic motifs (red dots on a liquor store; dogs; music) and an infectious fun energy are hallmarks of his work.


March - Group Exhibit

This group quilt work exhibit pays homage to Women of the African Diaspora and their contributions to American society. With each stitch sewn and stroke of a paint brush, these works tell the story of their lives from “Ain’t I A Woman” Sojourner Truth, founding member of the NAACP; to Ida B. Wells; to presidential candidate and first African-American woman elected to Congress Shirley Chisholm; to silhouettist Kara Walker.

February - Shawn Allison

This collection of linoleum block prints is inspired by the overlapping and ever-changing landscapes of city and rural life. These pieces represent the ebb and flow of nature and development in a modern world. The designs accentuate the graphic nature in block printing’s potential for boldness using flattened patterns, linework and hard edges.