a woman-centered artist gallery to display the creative entrepreneurship of local artists.



We aim to show work created by artists who exhibit a strong sense of individuality, knowledge in their field, and diversity in thought and opinion.



Maria is an illustrator and designer who believes smart ideas make beautiful work. With an affection for process, she works by hand, and on screen for projects large and small. She strives to make her work personal work accessible and emotionally inviting. She loves a deadline and often creates editorial work related to science, mental health, and education.

Maria is based in the hot metropolis of Columbia, South Carolina where she lives with her husband (Michael Powelson), son (Charlie) and daughter (Jacqueline “Q”).

Maria brings more than 10 years of professional experience to bear and holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Design/Visual Communication. Sample Client list: Oprah Magazine, NPR, Stat News, National Journal, Resources Magazine, Web MD Magazine, University of South Carolina, Serenbe, Rhode Island Monthly, Writer's Digest, Charleston City Paper, Vox




Laurel Archie is an artist and educator in Columbia, SC. Originally from Chicago, IL, she moved south for Graduate school and completed her MFA in painting at the University of South Carolina in 2012. At USC she created large-scale oil paintings of human figures and interiors, inspired by her time studying modern art in Italy and France. After graduating and downsizing her studio, her subject shifted to include botanicals and still life traditions. Using color and form to understand a figure in its space continues to be what drives and evolves her work. She is currently taking a break from teaching while working in her backyard studio at home with her husband and three children. 



Carole Brown

Struggling years with the secret of depression, I've poured myself into several creative outlets to get me through dark days. I'm a decorator/designer, artist and gardener. I may not be a face associated with depression but it often finds a way to hide.  I've drawn and painted for many years. I’ve found my love for art again on the "flip side" of depression. I learned to let my art guide me. I look for a message or story to unfold before me.I love the colors and find the process of these finished paintings intriguing.  My art is signed with a bit of silence. I didn’t feel comfortable using my name. My signature for my paintings is a combination of my name written backwards. I then incorporated a backward e. You see the "e", like depression also can be silent and overlooked. I especially embraced the signature as I noticed it resembled an open heart. It was perfect because it was hard for me to heal the wound in my heart caused by depression until I learned to pour my art into it. When you look at my art I hope you see much more than depression. I hope you see beauty, strength courage.Keep up with her creative journey on Facebook @acrylicartbycarole  or at flipsideartbycarole.com




  • Areas of eligible artwork include: painting, drawing, photography, small sculpture, textiles.

    • Hanging artwork is preferable 

  • At this time we are only accepting artwork from local artists (SC)

  • Emerging and mid-level artists are eligible to apply (18 year or older)

  • Artist must have a business license in order to sell artwork

  • Artist prices should not exceed $1,200 for any individual piece of artwork in order to provide an affordable gallery experience




  • Artists will deliver artwork on a date agreed upon by all parties, and will be picked up three months from the  agreed-upon date

  • Artist will be responsible for providing owners with information on all pieces of artwork in the provided templates

  • Artists will be responsible for preparing artwork with appropriate hanging hardware

  • Artists will be responsible for the installation of their collection, with the help of the current artist in residence. All artwork consigned to femme x must have proper hanging hardware on each piece of work. Hardware must hold approximately 2x the weight of artwork, not be damaged, and be appropriate for gallery installation. Gallery reserves the right to refuse any work without proper hanging hardware, or charge Artists up to $100 for installing proper hardware.

  • femme x shall be liable for loss or damage to any consigned artwork after artist installation  and while the work is in the Gallery’s possession. Gallery is not responsible for any damage occurring during shipping or delivery to or from the Gallery. If damage occurs during shipping or delivery, the Gallery is not responsible for negotiating with the shipping or delivery company or filing any claims. We encourage artists to insure shipments via the service provider and to use the highest quality packaging to avoid any claims and damage. In the event of loss or damage that cannot be restored or repaired by artist, the artist shall receive the same amount as if the artwork had been sold at the gallery, or 75% of the highest retail price. 

  • Artists will receive 75% commission on any pieces sold, femme x will recieve 25% on any pieces sold

  • All copyrights belong to Artist at all times while work is at femme x and is non-transferrable to femme x. Upon sale, ownership of artwork will transfer immediately to the Buyer. Artist will always maintain copyright under all circumstances. Femme x  will do due diligence to protect Artist’s copyright of all works consigned to femme x at all times and to protect the Artist’s interests at all times while work is consigned, and for 6 months post closure of exhibition.

  • Artists will agree to femme x photographing and promoting their work on their online platforms

  • A minimum of 5 pieces must be available for sale through femme x.

  • When a piece is sold, it must be replaced with a similarly-sized piece, or otherwise remain in the gallery for the buyer to pick up on the show end date

  • During the artist’s 3-month term, artwork in gallery must be sold exclusively through femme x.

  • Femme x  reserves the right to not exhibit artwork that does not meet our quality standards and exhibition of artwork is always at femme x’s discretion. Refusal to hang could arise from: improper hanging hardware, wet work, damaged work, unfinished work, poor craftsmanship that wasn’t presented in photos, poor construction, dirty edges (fingerprints, scrapes), or any other quality or aesthetic issues not previously known.

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