Mary Martin welcomes you to an experience of discovering artists who have been selected because of their unique creative work in a variety of media. Martin states:
"We enjoy art of all genres; however, our desire is to feature painters and sculptors who forge new ground using their formidable talent. We are not interested in artists who seek to emulate other artists.
In addition, we are an eclectic gallery and don't wish to be branded with just one style of work. We look for originality as well as beauty. We want the eyes, heart and soul, as well as the intellect to be stimulated, soothed, and excited."
The gallery has attracted and maintained collectors for years because of the diversity of the excellent work carried and the quality of the professional artists represented.
It is worth a trip to Charleston to see the exciting art displayed at Mary Martin Gallery.
What is great art?
It is whatever pleases you! Speaks to you! Means something to you! Intrigues you!
" I believe that a soul of a society is shown through its art. Charleston is a premier city for art for the soul."
- Mary Martin
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“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”Vincent Van Gogh
"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." – Vincent Van Gogh
David Michael Beck
"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing," –Marc Chagall
“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”– Andy Warhol
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”Twyla Tharp
"A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires."
– Hedy Lamar
“Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” – Theodore Dreiser
"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."– Paul Gardner
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
Ron Di Scenza
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”– Pablo Picasso
"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless."Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true." – Gustav Klimt
" Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul." –Edvard Munch
"What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race." – Amedeo Modigliani
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."–Michelangelo
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" – Pablo Picasso
“Art is a line around your thoughts.” –Gustav Klimt
An Apple A Day
"The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it." –Banksy
"If I could say it in words there would be bo reason to paint." –Edward Hopper
"... the artist and myself have bridged the gap between us. Without words, communication has echoed through time. The artist has conveyed meaning and depth through my appreciation of the work of art creating a new experience in my life."
– Joseph Miller
"An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men."
– Vincent Van Gogh
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." – Aristotle
"The collector acquires artwork that speaks to them for any of a number of reasons. I have enjoyed serving couples who must negotiate the delicate balance of which piece to acquire. Given that it is one of the few things people will purchase that will stay with them for life I have found that it is wonderful when two individuals can agree and it is wonderful when each respects the other enough to celebrate the choice of the other person." Mary Martin
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” –Henry Moore
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art." –Leonardo da Vinci
"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life."
–Frank Lloyd Wright
“In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." –Michelangelo
"I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than itself. Art must be a part of life. It must exist in the domain of the common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past." – Frederick Hart
"When awork lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman."
–Jean de La Bruyere, French writer, 1645-1696
Michael J Downs
"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself." – Leonard da Vinci
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way. Things I had no words for."
– Georgia O'Keeffe
"I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly." – Vincent Van Gogh
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."–Vincent van Gogh
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art." – Leonardo daVinci
“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”– Friedrich Nietzsche
"Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really."– Balthus
Art is "A human activity having for its purpose the transmission of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen." – Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, 1828-1910
"The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and ironically, the more real." –Lucian Freud
"A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." –William Dobell
"... because of the complexity of art, or rather of the human souls who take art for a language, all classification runs the risk of being futile." – Rodin
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” –Georgia O’Keeffe
"Our artists are chosen with great care for their originality, skill and that indefinable ability
to touch the hearts, minds and souls of those who view." Mary Martin
Because we fully believe that each person or couple should choose the right art for them, we provide an interest-free payment plan for the occasion when a certain piece may just be out of reach. Mary Martin Gallery is able to arrange an interest free payment plan for you to fit your needs. This is only available on the full purchase price of an item and the terms can range from three months to two years. In the years that we have been offering this many of our clients have been able to develop their collections in ways that they had not previously thought possible. Consult with us privately for the piece you love to construct the perfect arrangement for you.
The galleries on Broad Street have ART WALKS every FIRST FRIDAY of every month.
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Import Taxes or Duties
We have no way of accurately estimating what- if any- duties or taxes will be due on your shipment. Each country handles things differently, and there is no one reference we have found that consolidates this information. Therefore, we suggest you contact the Commerce or Tax Authorities in your country to find out what duties or taxes may be applicable to the importation of Art into your country. Such duties or taxes will be collected from you at the time of delivery. As part of our export documentation, we file forms which state the full retail value of the art, and a copy of this declaration accompanies the shipment. In some countries there are no duties or taxes on original art.
Mary Martin Gallery I is located on 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303
Mary Martin Gallery II is located on 122 Market Street in Charleston, SC 29401 843-640-3324
Mary Martin Galleries have been selected as the best galleries in South Carolina for nine years in a row and in the top 25 in the nation, Also, selected as the best gallery by several local publications.