Dana Ellis

Mark Huerkamp

Virginia Nieland

Secretary (Interim)
Katherine Williams


Auction, Artists’ Liaison
Pat Hiott-Mason

Auction, Teachers’ Liaison
Laura De La Maza

Meredith Poston 

Inez Brown Crouch 

Poetry at McLeod
Katherine Williams

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James Island Arts - Directory of Artists



After studying Sufism and embracing elements of Buddhism, Sermet Aslan found that he “could best express my spiritual experiences through art. Now, I wake up for others’ happiness. Giving is the best receiving.” He owns Sermet’s restaurant on Folly Road.

Karole Turner Campbell is a North Charleston artist whose experience in administration, education, performing and literary arts informs her current work. Her eclectic pieces reflect her desire to explore and exploit all avenues of visual expression.

Julia Deckman, of Charleston, creates work emphasizing her first love: floral and organic beauty, exploring the folds of petals, light shining on and through delicate plants, the vibrant colors of the natural world.

Laura de la Maza, influenced by the Caribbean color and landscape where she grew up, expresses life’s journey through mandalas, mixed media, and symbol. She taught art at James Island Charter High School for many years and serves James Island Arts as Teachers’ Liaison.

Michael Hayes, after finishing at Georgia State University in Atlanta in studio art, moved to Johns Island. He works at Artist & Craftsman Supply and pursues a career in visual art. His oils merge spontaneous and intuitive methods with traditional subject matter.

Pat Hiott-Mason’s art interest was encouraged by teachers, leading her to an art education degree from Winthrop and a career as a public school art educator. Retired and living on James Island, she is now pursuing her own vision as an artist.

Susan Irish is an artist, educator, and perpetual student. Seeking a medium to encompass her favorite artistic processes, she found the ancient art of encaustic. Much of her work explores Mother Nature at her best and worst. Her upstart West Ashley gallery and studio, Fabulon, nurtures several James Island Arts supporters.

Kelly Kane Wood’s Etsy store, operated out of her Folly residence, carries a wide variety of her hand-crafted items ranging from iPhone cases to handmade soaps, scarves, tile trivets, and upcycled art objects inspired by her love of the Lowcountry seashore.

Ricky Koger, a lifelong artist, Folly surfer, and James Islander, retired with the rank of Captain after 24 years of service with the City of Charleston Fire Department. He works in pen and ink, acrylic, and wood sculpture.

Ani Lees is a professional painter living on James Island.

Nina Logan is a professional painter living on Folly Beach. She teaches watercolor at Studio Open; call for info on the next class.

Amanda McLenon received her Masters in marine biology at CofC, discovered she could paint, and is now devoted full time to wildlife art and encouraging conservation. Lowcountry Artist of the Year in 2012, she shows at SEWE and Piccolo Spoleto.

Prize-winning artist Sherry Maharrey belongs to Folly Beach Arts and Crafts Guild, gives art lessons in her Folly home, and shows at the Folly Pier Gift Shop.

Gloria Meredith studied art under James Parnell and at Trident Technical. Originally from Washington State, she moved to James Island in 2012. Her art includes watercolor, acrylics, pencil portraits, photography, handmade dolls and jewelry.

Arthur Newman Arthur Newman fell in love with James Island with its marsh view, diverse population, and lack of traffic lights. For several years a New York theatrical scene painter, he calls himself “basically self-taught, influenced by Modigliani and 1950's San Francisco school of painters.” He has shown his work locally and in New Jersey and New York.

Katie O’Brien, after studying religions, art, and Shakespeare in Italy, was drawn to Charleston during a road trip down the coast from her home town in NY, and lives on James Island. A mother and technical writer by day, by night she paints.

Hampton Olfus‘s art links to African, Native American and European styles. Represented by Fabulon, he sold his first painting when he was twelve years old at a summer arts program. He believes, "Let art be art, fresh and new, no egos or selfish wants just the artist pure spirit."

Robin Patton, of Atlanta, studied painting with Chery Baird and others at Atlanta Callanwolde and Spruill Arts Center, art history in Paris at the Sorbonne, and law at Duke University. Her goal is to paint what she feels every day and everyday, feel for her painting.

Jennifer Henriques Phillips spent the first years of her married life on James Island, and now lives on Johns. Graduating from the College of Charleston summa cum laude, and exhibiting locally and regionally, her first solo show opened in 2010. She was selected for the Charleston Supported Art program.

Ruthie Sullivan’s passion is watercolor, and flowers and birds particularly stimulate her creative eye. A degree in Graphic Arts and Communications provided her professional career, but she was always yearning to paint. She is now a Charleston Artist Guild member, and finally able to follow her inspiration.

Patrick Sullivan is a self-taught artist, with a creativity that applies to many mediums. From backgrounds of spray paint to highlights with whiteout, Patrick knows no rules or boundaries and therefore crafts his own style when creativity sparks! He enjoys oil, acrylic, watercolor, or a mixture of all three.

Mary Walker is a prize-winning alumna of New York’s Art Students’ League who shows nationally and internationally, and is represented by several galleries including the Corrigan Gallery in Charleston and the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She lives on Johns Island.