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Revitalizing the Art Salon with Julie Wheat and Douglas Balentine

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In June of last year, Julie Wheat and Douglas Balentine took part in an Artist Residency at the Chateau Orquevaux in the Chapmagne-Ardenne region of France. The owners of the Chateau have created a unique residency format with 20+ artists a month staying on the property, creating, and sharing their work in an effort to revive the spirit of the art salon and the concepts of art criticism and fine art as accessible to the wider public, rather than craftsman trade only to be patronized by nobility. The Louvre now holds many original artworks from Chateaux Orquevaux, which shares ties with both Denis Diderot and Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Wheat and Balentine will explore the unique history of the estate, which region is also where most of the iron weapons in France were forged during the 15th century when Joan of Arc passed through the area at the beginning of her journey.

Join the Library Society, Wheat, and Balentine to hear their experience at the Chateau, view the work they created (landscape, portraiture, nudes, and botanicals) and photos of the surrounding estate and small village nearby.

Tickets$10 – Members or $15 – General Admission

Purchase tickets HERE.

About Julie Wheat

Julie Wheat has 20+ years of combined experience in a variety of disciplines including brand and product development, art direction, interior design, photography, painting, drawing, graphic design, curriculum development, restoration, renovation, preservation, curating, and museum installation. Ms. Wheat has worked as a professor in the Arts, in public, private, non-profit, and military sectors as well as in fashion, film, television, print, hospitality, and retail industries.  She has degrees in Fine Art, Education, Educational Technology, and Finance. She is certified as a Superintendent of Schools and Fine Art educator; both a Wendell Foundation and Getty Scholar, and former Fulbright candidate. She was a pioneer in both distance learning and itinerant work methods helping to brand and develop working standards for implementing them nationwide through the public education sector working with New York and Nevada States and Princeton University.  Her unique talents, educational background, and work experience ranging from the factory floor to the boardroom.

About Douglas Balentine

Parsons alumnus and Charleston native Douglas Balentine has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember.  His father, the late Neuropathologist, Dr. J Douglas Balentine, M.D., was an early supporter frequently taking the young budding artist (from the age of six onward) to his lab and encouraging him to draw skulls, skeletons, and brains from life.  Douglas spent much time growing up with his grandmother, the late Emily Whaley who wrote Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden.  She was a ubiquitously creative soul whether at the easel, in the garden, at her writing desk, or in the kitchen. Drawing and painting materials were always in use at her home.  From 1977-1978 his family lived in Paris, France which was a particularly formative experience for Douglas who was 9 at the time.  Amongst innumerable stimuli that daily Parisian life offers, exposure to Art in the Louvre Museum proved to be of lasting inspiration.  Douglas continued to draw and paint more and more during his free time throughout elementary and high school where Art became increasingly important to him. This led to his decision to pursue a formal education in the subject.  While studying at Parsons in NY and at The International School of Art in Italy, some of his first works were purchased and collected.

In the mid-1990’s Balentine moved back to Charleston where he began to explore the natural and historic beauty of the area through Classical principles that had taken root during his studies at Parsons and abroad.  He continued to show his work and execute commissioned pieces during this period and reviews of Douglas’s earliest shows noted his “emerging and surprisingly maturing talent”, “promise of thematic content”, and the “sumptuousness and strength of his draftsmanship”.  Charleston and its environs offer a seemingly eternal source of inspiration and he continues to live and work there with his family. His work has most recently been shown in Paris, France, New York,  Miami, and also featured in Los Angeles, CA.