CHARLESTON, SC (April 8, 2021)—In honor of Spring and Earth Day, Lowcountry artists will be offering nature-inspired landscapes and other southern scenes for the benefit of the Open Space Institute (OSI).
With the purchase of each work of art, a percentage will be directed to OSI in support of its land conservation efforts. The works are available online from web-based retailer, The Charleston Artist Collective (CAC).
Featuring both contemporary and traditional interpretations of cherished Lowcountry landscapes, the affordable, original pieces celebrate the land and its bounty.
“OSI is delighted to be featured in this thoughtful way by so many talented artists,” said Nate Berry, OSI’s Southeastern Office Director and Senior Vice President. “As nature stirs artists, we, in turn, are inspired by the Charleston Artist Collective’s meaningful support. We thank all the artists for their generosity and will employ these resources to protect the land they love.”
Founded in 1974, OSI protects land for people and wildlife. Today, OSI has protected, both directly and in partnership, a total of 2.2 million acres from Canada to Florida. In just over six years, OSI has protected more than 19,000 acres in South Carolina – including a 6,000-acre expansion of the Francis Marion National Forest, and permanent protection of Pappas Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Recently OSI transferred over 300 acres to S.C. Parks and Recreation to be incorporated into a riverine network of parks on the Pee-Dee region’s Black River. Ninety-nine percent of the land protected in South Carolina will be open to the public.
“We are delighted to partner with OSI and are especially impressed with the organization’s focus on land protection for public use,” says CAC Founder and Director Allison Williamson. “Whether hiking, paddling or plein-air painting, we all need more places to enjoy the outdoors.”
The Charleston Artists Collective offers original affordable art by local South Carolina Artists on a web-based platform. Started in 2012 in three additional cities, Allison has donated over $150,000 to non-profits in Artist Collective cities, supporting causes from children’s initiatives to land conservation. To learn more about the CAC, the artists, and to purchase beautiful works of art please go to charleston.artistcollectives.org.