In this interview, TV host Warren Peper talks with Tate about his passion for painting:
TURKEY DAY RUN #35!
I'm pleased and quite honored that for the 2nd year in a row, Charleston's TURKEY DAY RUN (incidentally, the largest TDR in the USA!) has chosen one of my paintings -- "James Cistern Boats" -- to be featured on over 6,000 t'shirts, as well as on posters and other promotional materials! (read the announcement on their site) www.turkeydayrun.com
Start your Thanksgiving morning off right with a fun 5k run along with 6,000 of your closest buddies, and get a great-looking shirt to prove you did it! See you there.
IT'S PICCOLO SPOLETO TIME AGAIN!
Each spring, Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival are such exciting times to be in Charleston!
Again this year, I'll unveil my latest paintings and prints in the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Marion Square (my 13th year!).
I've been super-busy painting for many months preparing for this always-amazing show, and have LOTS of new work to show and sell!… I'll be right there in my exhibit tent (#34-- across the sidewalk from the tall John C. Calhoun statue, along Calhoun Street) 10am - 6pm daily, from May 25 through June 9, so please come by and see me!
" Heart on My Sleeve"; My new painting for "The HeArt Attack" -- that's a 30-artist wedding reception art exhibit on Oct. 15 (8-11pm) at Eye Level Art. Everyone's invited to come check out all the art and fun that'll begin right after the wedding of videographer Justin Nathanson and City Gallery director Erin Glaze. Each invited artist was asked to create a piece with a theme of Love or Heart(s)! Art sales proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association, too. The whole concept is so very cool!! Come join us! View the painting here
Just delivered this new house portrait commission to a very excited Brad Creger and Louisa Shingler in Mt. Pleasant!
Before I begin a house portrait painting, I visit with the client in their home and talk with them at length, finding out the things that make their home so special to them. I take scores (sometimes hundreds!) of photos, from all angles, from both close-up and far off, and of every possible detail, so that as I paint I can incorporate numerous personal details to help capture the home's character.
If you'd like to discuss commissioning me for a house portrait or another private work, please contact me by phone (843.568.9911) or email.
How Fun! Last week I received a call from the Gibbes Museum of Art, informing me that their summer Art Campers have been studying my paintings, and have been drawing and painting in my style (and using my Caribbean color palette)! When I was told that today would be "Tate Nation Day!" I was asked if I might drop by to meet the campers. I did, with great pleasure, and had a Blast, meeting, answering questions, and kidding around with these curious, creative campers for nearly an hour!
Thanks to the Gibbes Museum for honoring me in such a way! I hope the kids had half as much fun as I did!
NEW!! "THESE OLD HOUSES", my NEW JIGSAW PUZZLE!!!
The Perfect Gift or Souvenir!
"Composition & Decomposition"
Exhibited at the Art Institute of Charleston Gallery, Summer 2010 click here to view
View photos of Tate's first-everALL-ABSTRACTexhibit "Composition & Decomposition"/ an Exhibit of Abstracts (paintings by Tate Nation & photos by Sandy Logan): The Art Institute of Charleston Gallery, May through September, 2010
Watch interviews with Ellen Dressler Moryl (the founding director of Piccolo Spoleto) and Tate (Piccolo Spoleto 2010 Poster Artist), both talking about the Festival and Tate's poster.
During Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2010, I had two separate exhibits: An ALL-abstracts exhibit at the Art Institute of Charleston's Gallery, 24 N. Market Street,as well as my usual annual exhibit in the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Marion Square. As always, I was in the park with my exhibit daily throughout the Festival. Thanks to all of you who came by to see me and my latest work during the Festival.
This clever, wacky couple, John & Donna Buffum from Atlanta, came in to my Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit tent to surprise me, wearing t'shirts with both my winning 2000 Piccolo Spoleto poster image, AND my 2010 winning poster image. They then insisted on taking me out for beers and quesedillas at the end of the day... It's tough being an artist!
UNVEILED! ... "Connections"
At a May, 2010 press conference with Charleston mayor Joe Riley and officials from the Piccolo Spoleto Festival,one of my abstract paintings, "Connections", was unveiled and introduced as the Official Poster Image for the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival!
"Connections" was featured on thousands of posters and t'shirts throughout the Festival, as well as on the covers of tens of thousands of program guides!
By the way, having previously been featured as the Festival's Official Poster Artist in 2000, I'm now a member of an elite group of only 3 or 4 artists to have ever been honored as a repeat winner in the Festival's 32 year history!
NEW!! "ON THE HARBOR" JIGSAW PUZZLES
550 pieces, 18 x 24 inches
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On Saturday, December 12, 2009 I debuted my new “On the Harbor” jigsaw puzzles with a puzzle-signing event at both Charleston area Wonder Works toy stores. Loads of fun, met many nice people, and more than 100 puzzles were sold & signed that day!
NEW ON MY SITE!: I've begun a gallery page showing some of my paintings in their new homes. This will be a feature that will grow with your help. If you own one (or more) of my originals, I'd like to include it here! Please email me your high-resolution digital photos and I will do my best to have yours added to these pages. If you have questions regarding the best composition or lighting to show off your painting(s), please don't hesitate to ask.
I was selected to serve as the Featured Artist for the Art Institute of Charleston's 2009 Chalk Walk, a fun event held in conjunction with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. On a very sunny, toasty summer day, students and prospective students of the Art Institute, students of all ages from local schools, and numerous participants from the general public -- armed with a huge arsenal of sidewalk chalk and lots of creative imagination -- transformed some of Charleston's sidewalks into oversized public works of art. This photo shows my completed chalk drawing in front of the steps of the Charleston County School District offices building, directly across Calhoun Street from the Public Library. It was a fun day! Contact the Art Institute of Charleston if you'd like information about particpating in future Chalk Walks.
During the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston's Marion Square (my 10th year in this show, by the way), I spent much of my time there in front of my exhibit tent working on several new paintings. Not only did visitors to my show get to watch me develop a painting from scratch, but at the same time, I was able to finish three new pieces! My exhibit included more than a dozen brand new paintings, plus the three that I completed on-site.
I now have a display space on KING STREET in Downtown Charleston!
I’ve just completed some major cleanup, sprucing up and minor restoration to a display window and doorway at 257 King Street and filled the spaces with my artwork (see photos below). While it's a display only and not a functioning gallery, it’s already proven to be a great location with excellent exposure and lots of foot traffic, situated between Banana Republic and Talbot’s Petites, and directly across from Victoria’s Secret and Charleston Place Hotel. Great response so far! Next time you’re in Charleston, I hope you'll check it out!
The Mt. Pleasant (SC) Recreation Department recently cut the ribbon on its brand new Senior Recreation Center, complete with seven large framed canvas giclee prints that the town commissioned me to reproduce from some of my favorite paintings. I’m honored that they chose to feature ONLY my artwork throughout the Center, so it’s kind of a private gallery, and I’ve received many nice comments from their patrons. If you’re in Mt. Pleasant, please stop by and see this beautiful facility! (See interior photos below)
I've recently completed several new paintings inspired by the beautiful Bahamian island of Eleuthera, an unspoiled tropical treasure nestled between the Atlantic & the Caribbean. I've have had the pleasure of visiting the Island several times in recent years. The incredibly vibrant colors of the waters, sky, pink sand beaches, flowers, and homes there are nothing short of breathtaking! I continue working on a series of paintings inspired by this island’s beauty & charm, and many of them were on view for the first time during this year's Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit.
Be sure to check out the large selection of signed & numbered Limited Edition Prints and canvas giclee prints in Tate's Online Shop.
Calling on my experience as the illustrator of nearly a dozen books (mostly children’s), the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston recently selected me as their Illustrator-in-Residence for their Authors and Illustrators program. This education & outreach program “gives students the opportunity to view the museum’s exhibitions with the guidance of experts in the field of children’s book writing and illustrating…”
These Charleston area galleries and shops now offer a selection of my prints, puzzles, & posters:
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
86 Market Arts Gallery
86 North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
975 Savannah Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29407
624 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Karen's Korner Frame Shop & Art Gallery
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Island Expressions Art & Framing
162 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, SC 29492
The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
The Preservation Society of Charleston
147 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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