Support a Good Cause for Paws: Upper King gallery Aster Hall holds SPCA fundraiser
By Denise K. James, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Aster Hall on Upper King is one of the city’s newer contemporary art spaces, and this weekend, a fundraiser for the Doc Williams SPCA in Berkeley County will showcase art and feature food and music.
Sean Ferneau, the gallery’s director, has been working with owner Angela Hall since 2008. “Our concept of Aster Hall is a boutique-gallery approach,” says Ferneau. “It’s a contemporary space, with not only art on its walls, but also accessories, home goods and other items.”
Aster Hall’s SPCA fundraiser will feature art, food and music. Proceeds support the Doc Williams SPCA in Berkeley County. Shown is Alex Loepold’s ‘Love Is.’
The Doc Williams SPCA takes in about 13,000 animals per year. It features a low-cost clinic where the area veterinarians donate their time to spay and neuter animals, while volunteers try to find adoptive homes. “I think they need our support as a community,” says Ferneau. “We are donating the commissions from the art sold that evening to the SPCA.”
The show will feature work by Southern artist Alex Leopold. The Atlanta artist is known for his contemporary pieces, using “found” objects as his medium. “There’s an organic quality to his work,” says Ferneau. “He uses everything from vintage photos to a rusted brass door-hinge. All of his materials have a past life.”
“I met Angela Hall at a festival in Birmingham,” says Leopold. “I grew up outside of Columbia, S.C., and I spent a lot of time in Charleston growing up. My stuff is all driven by colors, music, and nature. It’s deep references of my childhood in the South, growing up in Irmo. I grew up around nature, became inspired by it. I love living in the city now, but I’m really happy in the woods.”
The fundraising event at Aster Hall is Leopold’s first formal show in the Charleston area. Aside from his pieces, there also will be other donated works from area artists — more than 40 local and regional artists. Several Doc Williams volunteers will be present to explain the mission of the shelter and clinic and to accept donations. You also can purchase an SPCA T-shirt designed by Leopold.
“I’m grateful for being able to get my stuff back into my home state. Aster Hall is my starting point,” says Leopold. “As I get more chances to show my work, I hope to move on to other things as well.”
Snacks and drinks for the fundraiser will be provided by local businesses such as Avondale Wine and Cheese, Lana Restaurant and the Sweetwater Brewing Co. Guests may enjoy music by local funk band The Healing.
The fundraiser takes place 6-9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all commissions from the art go to the SPCA.
“Animal shelters are constantly underfunded, and as an animal lover and owner, I’m glad to be part of this show,” says Leopold. “I am proud to be involved in such a worthy cause, generating awareness and funding, and I hope the event is a great success.”