Bassett Gallery Exhibit: Tish Lowe--Contemporary Classics

5:30-7:00 P.M.

Letitia "Tish" Lowe is an award-winning American artist whose work is represented in private collections in Europe, Canada and the United States. Trained at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, Lowe specializes in portrait, still life, and figurative oil paintings in classic realist style.

Lowe captured the Chairman's Choice Award for her still life, "The Pram," at the International 2007 ARC Salon, competing with over 1600 entries, and won Best of Show for her "Portrait of a Young Woman" in a citywide competition in Florence, Italy. She took an Award of Merit for her painting "Spanish Bowl" at the 2011 South Carolina State Fair and was recently invited to participate in an exhibition in Leipzig, Germany.

Born in Jackson, MS, Lowe's career path led through many avenues. She received her BA in music at Agnes Scott College; an MBA at Yale University and a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

She has a studio in the historic Arcade Mall on Main Street in Columbia. She recently completed the official portrait of former President Charles F. Teague of Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC.

"A classic realist, I seek beauty in all things and paint to help people see and appreciate that beauty," says Tish. "The human  spirit and the natural world inspire my art. I view outward appearances as expressions of the spirit and strive in my paintings to reflect the essence of the subject that makes it unique."

Lowe learned to draw as a child at her grandfather's house.  She continued her love of art in public schools and several college and continuing education courses.

One day, she got a haircut from a hairdresser who was also an artist and painted in the back room of the salon when business was slow. Through her, she learned that classical drawing and painting techniques had been preserved by a few stubborn artists who had stuck with realism throughout the 20th century. She had studied at an atelier in  Florence, Italy and... "I made a note to myself to add it to my wish list of future possibilities," she said.

Three months later after downsizing at her job had her in early retirement, she decided to spend a year doing just that. Lowe studied painting at the Angel Academy of Art.

"Once I saw what they could teach me, I would not be able to leave until I had learned these techiques. The next six years would be spent in Florence studying, painting, and soaking up the artistitc inspiration that is everywhere present in that ancient city," said Lowe.

Don't miss this opportunity to see this fabulous exhibit.

Through November 30.


October 18, 2012 to November 29, 2012


  • Opening Reception-Friday, October 19 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Daily through November 29 at Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays until 6 p.m.