By Peter Ingle

Sharon Graci is the co-founder and artistic director of PURE Theatre (, which is recognized for its high-caliber ensemble and compelling productions of contemporary plays. Founded in 2003, PURE resides in the black box theatre at 477 King St. Peter Ingle talked recently with Sharon about her perspective on theatre, acting, and directing.

By Peter Ingle

Charleston’s two most iconic images have a lot in common.

It is well known, for example, that the congregation of St. Philip’s (“the oldest congregation in South Carolina”) built its first wooden structure in 1681 on the site where St. Michael’s (“the oldest church structure in Charleston”) now stands.

In 1727, St. Philip’s moved to its current location on Church Street and some 25 years later (1751-1752) the St. Michael’s congregation started building its own church on the Meeting Street site, where it held its first services in 1761. In 1835, the St. Philip’s structure on Church Street burned down and the main building was rebuilt in 1838, with the steeple added about a decade later. So when the math is finally done, St. Philip’s gets to claim the oldest “congregation” while St. Michael’s remains the oldest “structure.”

By Patra Taylor

As it turns out, you can go home again. Just asked commercial photographer turned contemporary artist, J. Kevin Foltz. After wandering the planet for most of his adult life, fueling his creative muse through the people and places he’s encountered along the way, Foltz recently returned to the Lowcountry and easily fell back into the grits-okra-oyster roast lifestyle of his youth. He admits that fishing and the shrimping (and living closer to his parents) also played a major role in his decision to make the move back to the area from South Florida which served as home base for his work for better than 15 years.

By Peter Ingle

A large part of Charleston’s charm is its endless array of vignettes, each unique, yet each nestled in a harmony of textures, colors and styles which offer more beauty in close proximity than perhaps any American city. In historic downtown you can stand almost anywhere, turn in a circle and see something exquisite at every point of the compass; a church, a gate, a wall, a window sash, a terrace, a porch, a balcony, a door — and more.

By Peter Ingle

More than 40 watercolors by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith remain on display in a special exhibit that is split between Middleton Place on Highway 61 and the Edmonston-Alston House on East Bay Street. Continuing through October 29, this is a rare opportunity to see a large group of some 50 works (on loan from private collections) that have never been displayed together and may never be again.

Alice Smith was an artist who saw a scene she liked and painted it. Simple as that. Yet, behind her simplicity looms a charm of ethereal beauty that renders her work as elusive as the artist herself. Of course, living during the emergence of impressionism and having a predilection for watercolor helped; the former with its emphasis on reflected light; the latter with its luminosity and sense of ease (despite watercolor being one of the most demanding mediums).


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