American Gullah

Featuring Sonja Griffin Evans

May 3 – June 28th, 2017

The American Gullah Collection’ depicted the unsung pioneers of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and of America. The story behind this culture’s creation is compelling. The Gullahs are descendants of West Africans who were forced to the colony through the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They were brought to South Carolina because of their knowledge about the process of cultivating rice. However, they also possessed other intellectual prowess. West African people brought their culture, art food and music, with many valuable assets that have influenced American culture

The American Gullah Collection communicated the Gullah culture and Lowcountry living with its viewers. Each piece lures viewers into the paintings and leaves them with a desire to learn more about this captivating Pan African American cultural treasure. Sonja Griffin Evans’ American Gullah Collection reflects compassion and redeeming love. It gives a visual example of one’s humanity. It immortalizes the divinity, an expression of the soul. It brings to life, through art, the Gullah story; while instilling in the viewer’s heart a yearning to visit the amazingly beautiful, historical and spiritual destinations which encompasses the Gullah culture.

Where Nature Meets Art

Featuring the artists of Spring Island

March 1st – April 30th 2017

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The preservation of the cultural and artistic history of Spring Island is as important as the preservation of its stunning environmental beauty. Both are woven into the fabric of Spring Island, and are foundational to its vibrant Art community.

This exhibition featured works from Spring Island Member Artists in all mediums inspired by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this Beaufort county island.