Staff Report for The Island Connection
Timbers Kiawah-Ocean Club & Residences, the newest oceanfront residential construction on Kiawah Island, announces a new partnership with Straight to Art, a Charleston-based online gallery revolutionizing the way both emerging and established artists sell their work. The partnership will introduce Straight to Art at the Sea, one of the first pop-up gallery series on Kiawah Island, featuring local and regional art curated by Hayley Price, the owner of Straight to Art.
Located in Timbers’ private clubhouse, the Straight to Art at the Sea will launch on Monday, May 27 and continue every Monday throughout the summer, ending on Sept. 2. The series will be regularly accessible to owners, and Kiawah Island residents and guests can visit by appointment.
Straight to Art was started by Lauren Brandon and Jennifer Blackwell to fill a gap they found in the Charleston art market. Charleston has no shortage of local artists and galleries, but it lacks a company focused on everything in between. The day-to-day tasks of running a business keep artists out of the studio and ultimately inhibits their creativity. Straight to Art serves as a studio management company and online gallery focusing on keeping clients’ artwork flowing and organized to generate more sales, provide them with more time and assist in further connecting them with their community.
The company was taken over by Hayley Price, an artist herself, in February of 2019. She understands the growing demands artists face and how little time is left to spend in the studio. Her background in art, interior design and business has given her a unique opportunity to bring a fresh set of ideas to continue to expand the company and its connections to the city.
“Sourcing local artwork has always been one of Timbers’ keys to connecting with local communities, but for Timbers Kiawah, we wanted to take it a step further,” said Chris Burden, Managing Director of Development of Timbers Resorts. “We wanted to share the art of Charleston and the Lowcountry with our owners in a more meaningful way, so that they, too, can discover the South’s rich culture and heritage. This partnership provides residents with that opportunity without ever having to leave Kiawah Island.”
Timbers Kiawah will kick-off the pop-up gallery series with a selection works by Lowcountry artists Kristen Lindsay and Suzanne Leonard and will announce exhibition themes and exhibitors weekly. Works will range in price from $50 to $5,000 and a portion of the proceeds from select events will benefit local charities, such as Kiawah Cares.
“We’re excited to expose Kiawah Island residents and guests to the work of our local and regional talent,” said Hayley Price of Straight to Art. “Having this platform to display new artwork is the greatest form of support we can get, and we look forward to showcasing different types of art to the community.”
The pop-up gallery is just one of the many amenities and services offered at Timbers Kiawah, as the first private residence club on the island, the development offers 21 thoughtfully designed residences envisioned by J. Banks Design. The property also provides owners with a full-service beach club, bar and grill, oceanfront pool, clubhouse, temperature-controlled wine storage, fitness facility and more.