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A New Artistic Interpretation of the Charleston Renaissance
May 27, 2020 - November 29, 2020 | Lowcountry Image Gallery
The Charleston Renaissance Movement was a cultural renewal that brought a diverse group of people together to improve and preserve the city through artistic expression. Artists, musicians, architects, writers and photographers participated in organizations such as the Charleston Etchers’ Club, the Jenkins Orphanage Band and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to communicate Charleston’s past through art.
(left) Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Maum Tina, black ink etching on paper, c. 1925 (right) Anne Brownyard, Mama Tina soft pastel on paper, 2020
The Charleston Etchers’ Club was founded in 1923 by some of the most prominent artists in Charleston, among them Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Hutty, Antoinette Rhett and Alice Ravenel Huger Smith. Under the leadership of then director Laura Bragg, The Charleston Museum housed a large etching press for the Club in exchange for their etched creations. Donating a total of 136 etchings, they are some of the Museum’s most prized works on paper.
(left) Max Bühmann, On the Plantation, black ink etching on paper, c. 1929 (right) Debra Poynter, The Plantation, soft pastel on paper, 2020
The Charleston Museum has partnered with the Pastel Society of South Carolina to present a new interpretation of a selected number of etchings originally created by members of the Charleston Etchers’ Club. View the works side by side and vote for your “People’s Choice Award,” to be announced at the end of the exhibit.
(left) Leila Waring, Dr. Thomas Grange Simons, black ink etching on paper, c. 1925 (right) Fran Davies, Dr. Thomas Grange Simons a la Van Gogh, soft pastel on paper, 2020
In the Museum’s Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.
In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the Lowcountry and the African American and European settlers who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
In the Natural History gallery you will see an extraordinary array of birds, reptiles and mammals that have called the South Carolina Lowcountry home since prehistory, including contributions from noted naturalists.