Upcoming Event
Event Name: Jim Harrison Gallery Presents The Hughes Twins Exhibit
Event Occurs: Daily
Event Description: Jim Harrison Gallery in Denmark, South Carolina will host the "Hughes Twins Exhibit" beginning on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 3 pm. The exhibit will continue through June 15, 2019. For more information on the exhibit, contact Jim Harrison Gallery at 1-800-793-5796 or tharrell@jimharrison.com.

In the exhibit, identical twins Ronnie and Donnie Hughes will share their newest paintings in watercolor and acrylic showcasing the realism of flowers, wildlife, seascapes and landscapes.

The only way Ronnie and Donnie Hughes' parents could keep their identical twins quiet during those terrible twos was to sit them down with watercolors and stacks of paper. When they started first grade, their exasperated teacher also quickly learned that painting was the only way to keep the boys happy.

Having reached middle age and outgrown temper tantrums, the two brothers do not need paints to pacify them. They do, however, need paints to make a living. Still living in South Carolina (Ronnie in Anderson and Donnie in Columbia), the brothers produce originals and prints of their paintings, which are sold nationally in shows and galleries, including an art gallery which they also own.

Twindom sets them apart from other exhibitors, a benefit they're thrilled to cash in on. "It's our little gimmick," Donnie laughs. "We act alike, we look alike, and we paint alike." And, in the spirit of siblings, they compete ruthlessly with each other. "The best competition is my brother," Ronnie says. "That's what makes me work hard. We compete with all the other big-name artists but because we are artists, we especially have to compete with each other."

That competition is far from nasty. "It's our greatest asset," says Donnie. "We encourage each other more than discourage...We inspire and help each other...We learn from each other." When Donnie started using the airbrush, for example, Ronnie was eager to play apprentice to his brother.

"Donnie's technique was just superb, so when I had a few problems with my last painting, I asked him for help," explains Ronnie. "We got together with the airbrushing and it really made a difference in my painting...When I get down and discouraged, he'll do something incredible that will inspire me. We pick each other up." The brothers insist, however, that no jealousy exists. "There are times when Ronnie will do a beautiful piece-much better than my painting of the same subject-and I'll just think, "Gosh, that's beautiful." Then the next week he may look at my creation and say that mine is better."

Although they don't currently work in the same studio, the Hughes Twins still paint the same subjects in the same way. Both brothers tell stories on taking separate research trips to the same places and ending up with similar paintings. "We both sense the same things at the same time," Ronnie explains. "I can almost read his mind. There are times when I feel like I did one of this paintings."

Gallery hours can fluctuate. You can text "hours" to 803-221-4562 for the current schedule.

Event Class: Arts & Culture
Contact Person or Organization: Jim Harrison Gallery
Website Address: https://www.facebook.com/jimharrisongallery/
Contact Phone: 1-800-793-5796
Contact Email: tharrell@jimharrison.com
Start Date/Time: 5/21/2019 10:00 AM
End Date/Time: 5/22/2019 4:00 PM
Directions: Jim Harrison Gallery
One South Main Street
Denmark, SC 29042