If you go
What: Art exhibit with Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer, and Katherine Kadish
When: Saturday through Oct. 4
Where: The Art Store, Bridge Road
FYI: The artists will give an opening talk at 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a reception.
Chris Dutch and Robin Hammer aren't husband and wife - they're two guys, for one thing, and they each have wives - though their names and unique partnership have caused some confusion.
Yet there's much to admire about their artistic relationship of many years. The Charleston artists collaborate in a way that is enviable for any partner - domestic, business or otherwise.
Ever since an artistic experiment about 23 years ago in which painter Hammer and woodworker and glass artist Dutch created a piece together, they've been making art this way, even calling their work DutchHammer.
There aren't a lot of artists like them; perhaps Houston-based The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing) come closest. That team uses a variety of media to share ideas.
While Dutch does stained glass on his own as well as stained glass restoration and Hammer is a fine art photographer, they are best known for the pieces they create together.
So honed is the process at this point that Dutch says they rarely work together at the same time. Rather, after they work out an idea, they will go their separate ways to work on the components. One will hand a work in progress off to the other to do the next step, trusting that it will come together just fine.
Saturday at the Art Store, the two will open a new exhibit of free-standing and wall pieces, all featuring their signature wood with shiny glass and patterned painting.
The exhibit is paired with paintings by Ohio artist Katherine Kadish - a juxtaposition that works nicely because of the colorful approach by both.
Dutch and Hammer also created a table for this exhibit.
"We like the idea of craft furniture... but want to make one-of-a-kind pieces," Hammer said.