Art & Culture
Oyster season nothing to say ‘shucks’ about
Keeping up with King Street
By Susan Lucas
It’s oyster season.
Here in the Lowcountry, on any given day — if the wind is right — we can smell the ocean. If we’re oyster fans, we can taste it. September is typically thought of as the beginning of the “r” months and the oyster harvesting season, but, in Charleston, January and February is the time when scores of fundraiser oyster roasts occur. The world’s largest, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation, is held at the end of January, inspiring all those that follow. More so than any other time of year, this is oyster season.
Keen defender of our Holy City — Mary Helen Dantzler
The Face of Charleston with Johanna Spinks
By Katharine Mengedoht
Painted by international artist Johanna Spinks, this series is entitled the Face of Charleston; Charlestonian Katherine Mengedoht is the co-creator. The purpose of this public art project is to highlight our city by offering the portrait and story of one individual per month. Each portrait is painted in a single two-hour sitting with no further adjustments or changes. Johanna, Katherine and the subject get to know each other during the sitting and the life story of the sitter is gleaned from their time together. This is award-winning portraitist Johanna Spinks’ third installment of “The Face of …” project. To find out more, go to www.johannaspinks.com.
CSO prepares to celebrate 80th anniversary
By Charleston Mercury Staff
In honor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary season, music lovers in Charleston will be treated to the organization’s “A Night to Remember Gala.” The event will begin at 6 p.m. on September 10, with a silent auction kicking off the activities for the evening.
The long and warm embrace: West Fraser and ‘his country’
By Charles W. Waring III
Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser
With introductory essays by Jean Stern and Martha R. Severens
Hardcover 272 pp, 264 color, illus., $49.99
(The University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 2016)
Just as savvy travel and foodie writers describe our Lowcountry hospitality, history and various attractions in glowing superlatives, West Fraser wears the region’s crown of artistic accomplishment. Be certain this mythical adornment comes without a hint of faux anything and goes well beyond our borders; after all, he is a national treasure on a Southern stage. In the world of West, one might envision this crown on a native chief standing near the surf on St. Catherine’s Island and sporting feathers and beads that glow in a late afternoon glow that only the Indian summers of autumn can offer. A powerful imagination is built upon experience, reading and love of the land — those elements have long been at king tide with West. In reality, this artist’s regular cover is a well-worn manly hunting hat or a casual baseball-style cap.
With Harry Farthing from London to Mt. Pleasant to the top of the world
The ‘Summit’ of adventure
By Dottie Ashley
I must admit to being slightly shocked when, shortly after entering my living room, gracious, well-spoken author Harry Farthing suddenly extracted from his sports carry-on bag a large ice axe bearing the faint image of a swastika engraved on its handle.