Under the Dome

By Lasley Poe Steever

It’s been a little more than a year since the Gibbes Museum reopened its doors after a two-year renovation and we are delighted by the response we’ve received from locals, visitors, sponsors and patrons, partners and the art community at large. We’ve seen more than 50,000 visitors, including 6,000 school-aged children; curated 11 new exhibitions; provided 20 tri-county schools with in-school art programs; hosted seven visiting artists; offered more than 65 programs and classes for adults; and by the end of the summer will have produced thirteen weeks of summer art camp. Our first floor Education Center includes four classrooms/studios to house our hands-on art programs and visiting artists as well as a lecture and reception hall perfect for film screenings, lectures, concerts and events. Having these dedicated spaces in the building has been a game-changer because of the opportunities we have been able to provide and we have loved it.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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