Exhibitions & Special Events

Evgeny & Lydia Baranov ~ New Exhibition

Thursday, January 5th 2023 - Wednesday, February 1st 2023

CGA Art Walk on Friday, January 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Born in Moscow, Evgeny Baranov and Lydia Velichko Baranov are known internationally for their exquisite oil paintings. Evgeny received his Masters of Science in Architecture from Moscow Architectural Institute in 1984 and Lydia received the same degree in 1987. The two met when they were working as architects with the Institute of Special Projects in Restoration, Moscow. They were married and moved to the United States in 1990. They currently reside in Pebble Beach, California. 

The Baranov's lives are so intertwined that their love for each other seeps into their art. Together they compose the values, harmonies, depths, and palette of each individual canvas. When painting, they share responsibility to create beautiful artwork that reflects each of their unique sensibilities. A very small number of collaborative studio work examples can be found throughout the history of art; however, the Baranovs collaborate not only in the comfort of the studio, but en plein air as well. Working in a duet enables them to perform faster in the ever-changing plein air conditions and evaluate their own accomplishments in a more comprehensive manner. "As always with collaborative work, the greatest challenge is learning to respect the opinion of the creative partner and to accept constructive criticism," they say.

It is not only their talents and tremendous ability to work hard, but also their broad education in art, architecture, philosophy and aesthetics that help the Baranovs find their way in the art world. They believe that "an artist, first of all, is a person of comprehensive knowledge in many fields. Art is an endless process of learning; from nature, in a museum, with a book." For more than 15 years, the Baranovs have given instruction to a large number of students, from beginners to professional artists with university degrees in the field. Among his greatest accomplishments, Evgeny is an author of a unique program for drawing and painting based on the best traditions of the Russian Imperial Art Academy.  Lydia has outstanding architectural acclaim, including being elected to participate in the first USSR/USA ICMOS Exchange Program for Young Professionals in Architectural Preservation in 1989. 

The realist art, portraiture, genre, landscape, and still life works of the Baranovs are scattered throughout government, corporate and private collections in over a dozen countries of the world, often with more than ten major paintings accumulated in a single collection. Notable collectors of their work include the Royal Family of the United Kingdom, the Hearst Family, the Clint Eastwood Family, and the Russian Federation. They have been featured in numerous publications, including Art of the WestThe Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art, and PleinAir magazine and have accrued countless awards from competitions over the years. Most recently, the Baranovs won First Place in the June-July 2015 PleinAir Salon sponsored by PleinAir magazine.

Craig Nelson ~ An Artist's Journey

Thursday, January 26th 2023 - Friday, March 3rd 2023

Join Us Friday, February 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for the First Friday Art Walk featuring Craig Nelson's Exhibition "An Artist's Journey"

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is pleased to honor award-winning artist Craig Nelson with his twenty first solo exhibition at the gallery "An Artist's Journey". The show which features two dozen new oil paintings from Europe to Charleston opens on February 3rd from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and it will be coinciding with the Charleston Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk.

Traveling extensively through Europe as well as other parts of the globe artist Craig Nelson has experienced the incredible, unique and varied characteristics of these countries. Venice, Havana and New York are just a few of his destinations over the past few decades. The breathtaking coastlines and small villages and towns in Tuscany and Umbria all serve as inspiration for Craig's painterly, impressionistic approach. Craig captures the luscious vineyards, cobble stone street scenes, glimmering sunlight and romantic moonlight shimmering off of the Amalfi coast to the harbor of the Holy City of Charleston with seductive brushwork in vibrant oils. How is life connected and what do these small moments mean? Are they a reminder to slow down and observe the world today, as we did on vacation? In the newest exhibition by Craig Nelson each captured moment spills into an ocean of sentiments. It is up to you, dear viewer to find the meaning at their depths. Does the light dappling the canals of Venice strike a memory? You might find that you hear strains of "O Sole Mio" drifting through your consciousness, a music box recording played from days past. Can you feel your pulse quicken at the sight of a busy side street in Florence? No? Well, how about this: listen closely as you observe Nelson's dreamy Southern landscapes from South Carolina.


Nelson has been painting for over fifty years. After receiving his BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California, Nelson became the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He continues to serve this position and has taught several of the artists represented by Ella Richardson's gallery. Nelson's numerous achievements include five gold medals, two silver medals, Best in Show, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and over 200 awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. He has been published in Communications Arts Annual and JCA (Japan) in addition to many others. His works are collected worldwide.