Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers
November 2017 – February 2018
Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers the South Carolina State Museum’s traveling exhibit will make patrons avast (that’s stop in pirate lingo) and gasp as the world of pirates comes alive in, opening in early November.
The story of Blackbeard, who blockaded Charleston Harbor in 1718 prior to his death in North Carolina can be found in this traveling exhibit, along with the stories of many other pirates.
The exhibit will thrill those who have always been fascinated by these desperadoes of the seas and dispel a number of popular myths about pirates, such as that they made their victims walk the plank, and used phrases such as ‘arrr,’ and ‘matey,’ which are fictions of Hollywood. Find out more about the problem of modern piracy dispelling another popular myth that pirates disappeared a long time ago.
This exhibit was developed by the South Carolina State Museum with research, collaboration, and assistance from the North Carolina Museum of History, the Queen Anne’s Revenge Project of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers of the Carolinas is a part of the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program.
Escape Artists – Presented by Art Beyond Tradition
September – October 2017
Summer Images – Presented by Les Bonnes Artistes
July 1 – August 28 , 2017
“Les Bonnes Artistes”, or The Good Artists, was founded in 2007 by Doris Shay. The name is something that all artists aspire to, to become a really good artist. Her idea was to get a group of women artists together once a month to discuss art, share ideas and techniques, support each other, and improve our art. Soon after, the idea for a group show of their works was discussed and they have been showing at various venues on Hilton Head for the last ten years.
The members of this group of ten has changed little, however a new artist is added whenever needed. This year Barbara Grubba has joined the group and will display her oil paintings that range from the abstract to the realistic. Her work is full of color and surprise, representing her years of travel and study. She is currently also a member of La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton.
In this show, the group wanted it to be a celebration of images, inspired by the summer. Local scenes, flights of fancy, and colorful images celebrate the diversions of summer. “We always want color to be one of the basic expressions of our art” says Joanna Chalson. Other artists in this group show not mentioned, are Annie Coughlin, Jo Dye, Evie Kowtko, Joyce Nagel, Barbara Spencer, Dorothy Steelman, and Emily Wilson.
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
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.