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Q&A with Local Artist Whitney Kreb

Zero George is partnering with downtown Charleston’s George Gallery and local artist Whitney Kreb, to install a multi-work art show highlighting Kreb’s oil paintings of Charleston landmarks. The artwork will be displayed throughout the hotel and restaurant from May 18th – June 18th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 5 pm – 9 pm.

In anticipation of the show, we caught up with Whitney Kreb for a quick Q&A on all things art and leisure in Charleston.

 What makes Charleston a great town for artists and painters?
Beautiful scenery and architecture, local colors, and the low country landscape that brings four seasons of inspiration.  Charleston is also a town full of both artists and art- appreciators.  We have a great community of galleries, non-profits like Redux, the Gibbes museum, the Halsey, the Library Society, and the Spoleto Festival that all teach, encourage and nurture all types of art and artists.  We are so fortunate to live in a place that celebrates creativity.

Where are your favorite places around town for plein air painting?
I actually mostly paint from my photographs or online imagery and use multiple references for a single painting.  I love painting recognizable places so that the familiarity of the location automatically evokes the whole feel of the town for the viewer.  I am constantly ripping inspiration from magazines and snapping pictures to work from while I’m strolling around town or out on friends’ boats.
 Tell us about your inspiration for the collection that will be on display at Zero George.

For this series, I combined the coastal architecture of Charleston with local sea life.  I like how the two play off each other and combine to create unique compositions.  Stylistically, I like to shift between illustration and realism by using both graphic and painterly techniques in the same piece.  As with all my work, I aim to give the traditional landscape a new perspective and a modern spin.

What are your recommendations for the perfect weekend in Charleston?  What are your top “don’t miss” spots for art, dining & leisure?

For art, don’t miss the George Gallery for contemporary modern art, The Charleston Artist Collective for local favorites, and the studios at Redux Contemporary Art Center (in its new location!) to see some talent at work.  And be sure to pick up all your art supplies at one of my favorite places to shop, Artist & Craftsman Supply on Upper King.
My head always spins when people ask me where to eat in Charleston- there are just too many great options!  I have loved Cru Cafe since I moved here in ’04.  Leon’s Oyster Shop has quickly become another go-to, Zero Restaurant + Bar for special occasions and dinner on the porch at High Thyme in Sullivan’s is my all time favorite.

And for what to do . . . definitely get out on the water if you’re lucky enough to have access to a boat.  Or just get to the beach!  I like Sullivan’s followed by a blue moon and some chicken nachos at Poe’s.  

We know you split time between Charleston and Nantucket. Where should we stay when we visit Nantucket? 

I could seriously talk for hours about where to stay, where to eat, and what to do on Nantucket, but I will limit it to where to stay . . .
Of course, it all depends on the time of year, who you’re traveling with, etc., but if you can, I would rent a house in the Brant Point area.  It’s right outside of town, so easy to bike or stroll in for shopping or dinner, but also walking distance to Sound-side beaches.  If you are more the hotel type, I would definitely recommend The White Elephant, which is also in Brant Point.  Some great new boutique hotels have opened downtown in the past few years as well.  My top pick would be The Greydon House– perfectly decorated nautical interiors and a great in-house restaurant and bar.  If you’re looking for more of a quiet getaway, book a cottage at the Summer House in Sconset.  This is quintessential Nantucket living right in the heart of Sconset village, which has a handful of (some of my favorite) restaurants and market. I would say the best time of year to visit is early Fall, but every season has its perks.  It may take a few flights and a ferry boat to get there, but I promise it is worth the trip!
Want to hear more from Whitney? Join us from May 18th – June 18th  George x George exhibit.  In the meantime, visit Whitney’s website & take a look at some of her work.

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