The French Quarter is known for stunning architecture and truly picturesque scenery, so it’s natural that one of Charleston’s most noted gallery districts is in this part of town. Broad Street is home to several galleries, and you can spend days wandering down nearby side streets, taking in as much artwork as you desire!
One of our favorite family-owned galleries is just steps away from our Broad Street office. Anglin Smith Fine Art is nestled on Queen Street and has been open for 14 years. Anglin Smith features works by lowcountry painter Betty Anglin Smith and her talented family of artists, who cite the vibrant colors and light of the Lowcountry as sources for inspiration. You can find paintings whose subject matter includes local landscapes, architectural works, still life, as well as bronze sculpture. We’re proud to collaborate with architectural and art photographer Tripp Smith, whose talented family owns the gallery and contributes to their collection of works.
We caught up with Leigh Limehouse, the gallery director, who told us a little more about Charleston’s gallery scene, and choosing art for your home.
What are the highlights of being located in Charleston's gallery district?
“There are many galleries consolidated in the French Quarter, however the creativeness extends down King Street and beyond. Charleston’s art scene has grown significantly and is now one of the top art destinations in the country. We are very proud to be a part of that success.”
Limehouse also recommends that art lovers who visit Charleston head to the Gibbes Museum for a truly fantastic experience. “There are over 40 galleries in Charleston,” Limehouse says. “If I had to pick a few of my favorites they would be- Sylvan Gallery, Ann Long Fine Art and Horton Hayes.”
When choosing art for the home, Limehouse says you should choose pieces that you truly like, and decorate around the piece. “The most important factor to keep in mind is love. If you love it - it will fit in your environment,” Limehouse says. “Don’t buy art to match your drapes!
The painting or sculpture will be with you forever. The drapes will wear and be replaced in 5-10 years.”
The Anglin Smith Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Jennifer Smith Rogers entitled Structure, which opened Friday, October 3rd. Jennifer’s work is best known for architectural pieces, from roof scapes to Charleston landmarks. Come see how she has defined structure and how her works go beyond architecture.
So if you’re traveling to Charleston for an artistic experience, let us help guide you through some of the best galleries in the country! Start your stroll at the Anglin Smith Gallery and you’ll find yourself within walking distance of several beautiful stops. Would you like to learn more about what it’s like living and working in such an aesthetic and creative community? We’d be happy to show you around!
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