[image-1]The North Charleston City Gallery hosts exhibits from artists Rick Austin and George Gregory starting August 3. The two separate exhibits, which run until August 31, open with a free joint reception from 5-7 p.m.

Rick Austin’s Observations showcases his landscape paintings, which are focused on the atmospheric quality of light in the natural world. Austin takes inspiration from 18th century Impressionism and 19th century Tonalism — landscapes featuring overarching, muted natural tones or mists. To create his landscapes, he uses a glazing technique to suspend thin layers of color in oil.

George Gregory’s Pixel-ed Images came from a childhood spent with a carpenter father and craft-creating grandmother. In the installation, the Columbia based mixed-media artist uses pushpins, sequins, beads, and thread to create pixelated, yet tactile, images

“The relationship between hard and soft plays an important role in my work. This is demonstrated through the materiality of fiber and wood,” Gregory said. “I pay homage to my father and grandmother by incorporating the same materials that played a part of my childhood.”

The gallery, located in the northwest corner of the convention center, is open 12-5 p.m. on Tuesday, 11-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 11-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

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