This Month at Saul Alexander: John Galgano

"Shot in the Face of Adversity"

Charleston photographer John Galgano was diagnosed with cancer, but refuses to let that stop him and his passion for photography. He hopes to inspire people who face adversity to continue living their lives to the fullest. John was given his first 35 mm camera in the early ‘70s by his photography class teacher. After four years, that same teacher paid for John to take evening college photography courses. John received a scholarship, but he lost contact with his teacher shortly thereafter. John set out later in life to find and properly thank that teacher, only to learn he had passed away. To thank and pay forward what his teacher did for him, John opened a photography school in Freeport, Maine that was free to all children. He had to close the school after two years, and then he moved to Charleston. The First Monday Gallery Night opening reception will be held Aug. 5 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, S.C. The gallery submission period for consideration in 2019 has ended. The open submission period for 2020 artists will open February 1, 2019. Download the 2019 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 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 2019 James Lawton Mountain
February kolpeace Resilient
March Women's Artists' Community & Outreach Free Form
April Mia Lassiter Faces and Places of Charleston
May Raven Greene New Moon Visuals
June Catherine Lamkin, et al. Come By Hyar: Songs of Resistance, Hope and Love in Honor of Black History Month
July Chelle Fazal Feathered Friends
August John Galgano Shot in the Face of Adversity
September Jane Ann Sweeny Woodcuts in the Lowcountry
October Michele Leone Eastside AS IS
November Dayton Colie Shared Circles
December Meryl Weber Broken Pieces


Previously in the Gallery

July - Chelle Fazal

As a child, Chelle Fazal spent hours watching animals on nature shows. The day her stepfather gave her a set of colored pencils was the day she began trying to duplicate those animals on paper. Her love for art continued through school, and she graduated into using paints after learning to draw with charcoal and pastels. Chelle wants her paintings to tell a story, but she mainly wants to communicate joy in all her work. She lives in Charleston with her husband, Mahmood, and her two sons, Evan and Julian. She professes that Mahmood has been her greatest challenger and encourager. No work is complete without his feedback.

June - Catherine Lamkin, et al.

“Come By Hyar: Songs of Resistance, Hope and Love in Honor of Black History Month” - This exhibition honors the voices, stomps, lindy hops and blues of once-enslaved people. The music of the African diaspora is woven into the very soul of American society, from the hull of the slave ship Amistad through artists including classical musician Florence Price, composer and pianist Scott Joplin, composer Bernice Johnson Reagon, poet Gil Scott-Heron, and singers Aretha Franklin and Marian Anderson. Spirituals, ranky tank, field hollas, ring shouts, rhythm and blues, and hip hop are all part of American music created by African-Americans. Instruments such as the banjo, fiddle, kazoo and mouth bow all originated in Africa. This exhibition pays homage to the soul of American music through the eye of a needle, stroke of a paint brush, and lens of a camera. African-American music is forever etched in the soul of America.


May - Raven Greene

Raven Greene is a 23-year-old self-taught photographer and visual artist from Charleston. Her inspiration stems from her creative need to make everyone in front of the lens feel gorgeous, no matter their complexion, size or background. She creates moments that are everlasting and priceless. Notoriety and success pale in comparison to her undying love for photography. Just the thought of passionate people behind a camera following their dreams drives Raven to continue every day. Raven still has so much to learn; and while her journey is just starting, she’s ready for everything life throws her way.