First Thursday’s at CHS Gallery in Columbia, SC

CHS Gallery
February 1st-28th

featuring photography by
Charles Hite
Opening reception
Feb 5th 6-9pm
Music By DJ B-Sam

Charles Hite is a life-long resident of Lexington County, in South Carolina. His professions have included, the U.S. Army (serving in Germany), licensed professional land surveyor, sales/customer service rep, and right-of-way agent with the SCDOT. In addition to photography, his hobbies include astronomy and landscape gardening. His venture into serious photography began in 2009 at age 60. At the encouragement of family and friends, he began selling his photos in late 2012 at Soda City Market in Columbia, SC. His love of nature in all aspects can be seen in his photos. He enthusiastically enjoys sharing the stories of his photos with others, and listening to their stories. Most of his scenic photos are from SC and the Midlands, including nature, old buildings, historic sites, and astronomy related events. He’s also done commissioned photos for some local businesses.

Mr. Hite’s awards include;
• In January 2015, his B&W image of “Old Sheldon Church” was juried into ArtFields 2015, held in Lake City, SC, April 24 through May 2.
• Arts at the Airport…a 36 piece exhibit at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport that ran from November through December 2014. Charles, the only photographer, was one of six artists chosen in the event’s inaugural year.
• One of five artists juried into AHA! A Celebration of Arts and Humanities, sponsored by The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, in October 2014.
• His B&W image titled, “Old Sheldon Church” was juried into the 2014 SC State Fair.
• In September 2014, 3 of his photographs were chosen to hang in the new Hyatt Place in the Columbia Vista on Gervais Street. The photos are; Congaree River RR Trestles, SC State House Dome, Venus & Crescent Moon, and Brookland-Cayce HS at Twilight.
• In 2013 he was juried into the Trenholm Artists Guild Rosewood Arts Festival as a vendor and returned in 2014.
• His image of Issaqueena Falls placed second in the Saluda Shoals judged Nature Photography Contest in 2013.
• City of Cayce Calendar cover twice, with Congaree River RR Trestles and Congaree River at Dawn, and has had photos published in the calendar for four years.
• Winner of several Midlands Astronomy Club judged photo contests.

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CHS Gallery Nov/Dec Exhibition

CHS Gallery Nov-Dec Exhibtion

Featuring Artists
Keith Tolen & Tariq Mix
Showing from Nov 6th, 2014 through Dec 2oth, 2014

Performances by:
Mario McCLean & THE Dubber

CHS Gallery, Izms of Art and On Point Media present visual artists Keith Tolen and Tariq Mix. The opening reception will be at CHS Gallery during November’s First Thursdays on Main – Nov 6, 2014, 6 pm – 9 pm. The closing reception will be at CHS Gallery during December’s First Thursday on Main, Dec 4, 2014, from 6 pm – 9 pm.

About Keith Tolen

Spending time observing the surrounding is easy, the challenge comes when you try to chop life into moments that you can share and remember. This is the goal of Keith Tolen through his artwork. The journey started with a Christmas gift, a camera. This tool placed him on the opposite side allowing him to record in images his story.
He was born in rural South Carolina during a time when there were limited options for young teens. Life could be spent outside in the fields planting and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables of spent in the local cotton mill. Keith wanted more, and with the help of his parents was able to open and travel through a door that led to a different path.
Keith Tolen is the second of five children born in Batesburg, South Carolina into a hardworking Christian family. He received his education and first taste of art in the public school of Lexington County. In 1975, he travelled to Orangeburg, SC and studied art education at then South Carolina State College, where he later received a bachelor degree in that field. While at SCSU, now South Carolina State University he met and studied under Dr. Leo Twiggs who was the head of the art program and Dr Terry K. Hunter, educator and printmaker. “The two individuals played a major role in shaping me into the artist I continue to strive to become each day” states Tolen.
Tolen has continued his artistic studies throughout the state with workshops and classes in printmaking, painting and photography.
Tolen has worked, for the past twenty-five years, teaching art to children. He believes that this process has keep him connected to some of the best, brightest and most talented artist of today. As it is said in the book of Proverbs, “Iron sharpens Iron, and so a brother sharpens the continents of another” working with youthful minds has constantly challenged the creative energy that defines this artist.

About Tariq Mix

Tariq Mix was born in Long Island, New York in the spring of 1981. When he was three, his parents moved to Durham, North Carolina. As a young boy, Tariq found that he had a love for art and sports. He was always drawing – in class, in textbooks, on tests, on homework, on his notes, everywhere! When he was not drawing, you could find him racing the boys in the neighborhood, playing football, basketball, or riding his bike through a new trail in the woods.
During his teen years, Tariq began developing his body strength as well as his artistic talent. In high school, he played football and ran track with the dream of competing in professional sports. He worked hard academically and at sports, and was accepted to Howard University in 1999. While at Howard, Tariq received a track scholarship and majored in graphic design and fine arts. It was here that he developed a love for the fine arts and began exploring various mediums. He painted, constructed illustrations and learned about the art of photography.
Tariq received numerous awards for his academic and athletic achievements. He loved competing in track and dreamed of running in the Olympics one day. That dream changed in the spring of 2001. While competing in the Pennsylvania relays, one of the major track meets of the year, Tariq collapsed after running the 100m dash. He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a near-fatal ventricular arrhythmia. He returned to North Carolina and was immediately admitted to Duke Medical Center. After a nine hour procedure on his heart, he was told that he could never compete again.
Although devastated, Tariq would not let this stop him. He could not compete physically, but made up his mind to compete mentally, to keep his soul and talent alive. He would now live through his art work. With vibrant colors, energetic lines and shapes – he breathes. He tells a story in every one of his pieces.


Cedric Umoja Live Painting @Edventure


First Thursday’s @CHS Gallery Oct

First Thursday’s @CHS Gallery October Closing Reception – Exhibition from photographers John Starino, Frank Heflin, and The Girl from Nowhere


THE Dubber Live at Gallery West – In West Columbia

Photos by Michael Dantzler/Dalvin Spann/Ishmael Spann


Photos from the ArtisanCafe – Richmond, VA


Izms of Art Tour – The ARTisan Cafe – Richmond, VA




Featuring the artwork of:
Cedric Umoja
Dalvin Spann
Jarrett Jenkins
Michael Dantzler
Victor Garcia

Opening Reception
Oct 4th 2014 | 4-8pm
Performance By THE Dubber

9200 Stony Point Pkwy Suite 192A, Richmond, Virginia 23235