Southern Spotlight: Helping Hands

Photography by Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

ARTIST COLLECTIVE

Spearheaded by Allison Williamson of Charleston, South Carolina, Artist Collective supports local charities by selling affordable local artwork through easily accessible web galleries. In addition to Charleston, Artist Collective commissions artists in Nashville, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., to create paintings based on a theme. Bimonthly, curators and painters in each city select a cause to support, dedicating 5 percent of profits to the chosen organization. “From the very beginning it was important to me to give back to the community where the artists were all getting their inspiration,” says Allison, who has plans of expanding to several more cities.