This Month at Saul Alexander: Shawn Allison


"Imprints of Shadows"

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.

Shawn Allison is a primarily self-taught artist born and raised in Michigan. After
traversing the western United States, he eventually found his way to the Lowcountry, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design. He is currently working in letterpress, creating art, and living in Charleston.


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

December - Lisa Van Raalte

"Abstraction allows me to express the complexities of life and ideas, feelings, and thoughts that are otherwise unshared. Experiences and how we interpret our daily interactions and environment are varied and mostly subjective. I hope my art inspires a feeling, thought, or even a conversation."


November - Brad Carroll

"In painting, Carroll describes himself as devoted to light, particularly that which shines at night from the moon, a low-pressure sodium streetlamp, or the window of an after-hours shop or restaurant. The visual element most commonly represented in his work is these forms of light. Carroll hopes that his paintings will take hold of the viewer and briefly subjugate realism to provide an alternative idea of what walking down the street and exploring our world can look like."


October - Barbara Montgomery

"The imagery in my paintings is gathered from specific environments that are my retreats. My personal places are on the water, where my only distraction is the sun setting on the changing tides. Whether it is in the calm, rolling waters of the early morning, or in the energetic warmth as the sun declines, the water decides my pace. Through the use of a warmly muted color palette and dense paint application, I replicate the calming effect these landscapes have on me."


September - Rachel Jones Barns

Silver Linings is an expanding body of work that examines the multiple layers of relationships, a merging of flawed personalities and often unrealistic expectations much like the mixing of two chemicals to produce varying reactions—from brilliant flames, to volatile and corrosive elements. Time creates opportunities to comfort, renew, or lose oneself in this self-made universe, just as trials, unexpected circumstances, and differences may expose weaknesses and forge cracks.