what people are saying
“My Favorite Shopping Source: The Charleston Artist Collective for amazing small pieces of affordable artwork. The group also donates a percentage to local nonprofits.”
– Missi Ervin Local Interior Designer, in Southern Living September Issue
"The Charleston Artist Collective raised $1,000 for Camp Happy Days. These monies were used to buy supplies for our Ceramics and Painters Pit programs at our annual summer Camp Program. Thank you Charleston Artist Collective!"
- Eleanor Smythe, Director Camp Happy Days
"What a find to discover the Charleston Artist Collective. From the launch to the present, I have followed this amazing "collection' of local artists whose art is diverse and beautiful. I think so far, I have purchased 10 of these paintings ; a variety of art and artists. I have given some of these paintings to our children. Art collection often is expensive but the affordability of these beautiful paintings is a young collector's dream and some of the proceeds go to wonderful causes.
The art speaks for itself..click away at the site..and see for yourself..and enjoy!"
“The Charleston Artist Collective is my go-to site when I want to treat myself or I need to find a special gift.”
- Michele Johnson, Scout Guide Charleston
“One of my favorite things to give to my clients it the web address to the Charleston Artist Collective… It's a local gem.”
- Jenny Keenan, Charleston Grit Blogger and Local Interior Designer, Charleston
"The CAC is such a fantastic way of accessing affordable artwork with the simple ease of being on-line. I look forward to seeing what each artist has come up with each month and also love being able to access previous work that is still available. It's such a great way of promoting these artists and providing gorgeous low-country art to those of us who live so far away."
- Mary Mar Keenan Carper, Potter, San Francisco
"The online gallery makes buying art online a breeze. It is a monthly obsession for me."
- Jen Going, Interior Designer, Westhampton Beach, NY
about the collective
The mission of the Charleston Artist Collective is to provide an avenue for local artists to grow their potential and to provide collectors, young or experienced, access to original affordable art while giving back to Charleston area non-profits and organizations. The Charleston Artist Collective is a web-based business that is comprised of local artists who are chosen to work together as a group towards shared goals of artistic challenges with a few shows throughout the year. We are committed to making art a part of daily life and to be a catalyst for greater collection, exhibition and appreciation of original art.
How it Works:
How it works: Each month the artists paint their interpretation of a theme chosen by the Collective as a whole. The "themed" paintings are then available for sale online and fifteen percent benefits the designated local charity. The amount raised will be shown in a tally in the top right corner of the site. If you would like to nominate a charity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fine Print:
The paintings are sold unframed unless otherwise noted. Any sales within the state of S.C. are subject to a 8.5% sales tax. All paintings are subject to a shipping and handling charge (starting at $8) based on size and weight of the work. All sales are processed with PayPal and will be shipped via the USPS within one week. Please contact email@example.com.
from the director
Thank you for visiting the Charleston Artist Collective website. I launched this website in 2010 in order to assist Charleston artists interested in showing outside of the conventional gallery scene. My goal is simple: To provide a fresh approach to representing artists through an innovative online gallery.
My passion for art led to my degree in Art History at the University of the South, including courses at Parsons School of Design in Paris and an intensive study on Pre-historic caves in the South of France.
My passion for collecting original art, however, came about during my five years managing a gallery in Park City, Utah that specialized in Russian Impressionism. During my years there I organized and directed art shows in Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Charleston and San Francisco. I also had the amazing experience of going to Russia to visit artists in their studios and select art for the gallery.
In 2006, my twin boys were born and my husband and I decided to return home to Charleston where I started a business helping local artists orchestrate their shows. After helping a group of artists put on three annual shows of their sketches, studies and practice work, I realized that I had not just my professional contacts and buyers around the country, but a lot of local friends interested in collecting affordable original art.
I discovered that I had talented artists eager to step up the hours they spent practicing their craft, and an ever-expanding group of people interested in buying their work. The blending of these two discoveries is what you see here: An online art gallery to show and sell the work of the artists involved in the Charleston Artist Collective.