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The Shrimp, Collards & Grits Art Exhibit debuts at J Banks Retail starting today!

Internationally renowned artists from historic Charleston’s most prestigious galleries have created new works of art for Pat Branning’s art collection. The J Banks Retail Store has been separated into individual vignettes that showcase an individual artist and J Banks interior designer. This unique exhibit showcases the amazing interaction between Lowcountry art and design.

The event features the following artists:

  • From the Horton Hayes Gallery: Mark Kelvin Horton, Christopher Groves, Shannon Runquist and Nancy Hoerter
  • From Smith Killian Fine Arts: Betty Anglin Smith, Jennifer Smith Rogers, and Shannon Smith
  • Linda Hartough, internationally recognized as one of golf’s leading artists
  • Michael Karas
  • Ray Ellis and Peggy Ellis of Savannah and Charleston
  • John Carroll Doyle of the John Carroll Doyle Gallery in Charleston

The Shrimp, Collards & Grits Art Collection is on display and available for purchase at the J Banks Design Retail Store now through November 14.

Here is a small sampling of the art and design vignettes currently on display at J Banks.

Artist: Shannon Runquist | Designer: Sharon Cleland

Artist: Nancy Hoerter | Designer: Cindy Munn

Artist: Mark Horton | Designer: Shelley Wilkins

Artist: Chris Groves | Designer: Adrienne Warner

Artist: Betty Anglin Smith | Designer: Deborah Van Plew

Artist: Shannon Smith | Designer: Lisa Whitley

Artist: Jennifer Smith Rogers | Designer: Hannah Fulton

Artist: Kathy Crowther | Designer: Janet Perry

Artist: Linda Hartough | Designer: Patche Pratt

Artist & Designer: Sarah Vanderslice

Also featuring select artwork by Peggy Ellis,

Ray Ellis,

Michael Karas

and John Carroll Doyle

A  “Time with the Artist” series is also planned for the fall and will include four separate events.

  • September 26 | Lunch with the Artists of Charleston’s Horton Hayes Gallery
  • October 10 | Lunch with the Artists of Charleston’s Smith Killian Fine Arts
  • November 1 | Lunch with Peggy Ellis and Kathy Crowther
  • November 8 | J Banks Design’s Holiday Open House and visit from the world’s most famous painter of golf, Linda Hartough

For more information or to purchase tickets and make reservations for one of the luncheons please call 843-682-1745. Samples of the artwork may also be previewed at the online gallery, www.shrimpcollardsgrits.com .

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Adrienne Warner : Inspired by Sunny Tuscany

When Life Gives you Lemons….Make Limoncello!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Maybe it’s due to all of the warm weather we are having around here lately, or perhaps the New Year has me feeling especially optimistic, because I am totally into YELLOW right now. Check out these inspiration pictures below featuring my current favorite hue.

At Castello di Casole, the Limonaia was where they kept  the lemon trees during the winter. Later this year this building will be transformed into 5 Loft style suites with private terraces. Check out the site photos (below) along with a rendering of the completed space (above).

Each suite in the Limonaia will feature an original lemon painting from Tuscan artist Cassandra Wainhouse.

Check out the onice miele marble slabs that will be the flooring in the hotel entry. I had an amazing trip to Carrara to pick these slabs with Luigi, one of the construction managers in Italy.

FAB chairs! I found these last summer at the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence. I also found this great lamp with a reclaimed terra cotta base.

My stepson Aiden rocked a yellow shirt in Rome. I love this picture of him.

Outdoor floor lamp by Aresill!

Yellow keeps popping up everywhere for me including the pages of VerandaElle  and other fashion and decor magazines – like these two that I liked so much I tore them out to keep them!

The quintessential Italian diva, Sophia Loren!

One of my favorite Italian drinks is Limoncello. Let me leave you with this easy and quick recipe by Mario Batali:

Mario Batali’s Limoncello

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vodka
  • Zest of 10 lemons, no pith at all, may substitute 15 limes, 6 grapefruits, 10 blood oranges, 12 mandarin oranges, or 8 regular oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water

Directions

Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. Chill and allow to stand 1 week. Serve very cold.

Here’s to a bright and sunny New Year!

Baci (A Kiss),

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