It’s National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we’d love to share Dusk, a beautiful piece by DuBose Heyward, whose 1925 novel Porgy later inspired the 1935 Opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin. Heyward was born in 1885 in Charleston, and it appears from his work that he knew and loved our city well.
Dusk by DuBose Heyward
They tell me she is beautiful, my City,
That she is colorful and quaint, alone
Among the cities. But I, I who have known
Her tenderness, her courage, and her pity,
Have felt her forces mold me, mind and bone,
Life after life, up from her first beginning.
How can I think of her in wood and stone!
To others she has given of her beauty,
Her gardens, and her dim, old, faded ways,
Her laughter, and her happy, drifting hours,
Glad, spendthrift April, squandering her flowers,
The sharp, still wonder of her Autumn days;
Her chimes that shimmer from St. Michael‘s steeple
Across the deep maturity of June,
Like sunlight slanting over open water
Under a high, blue, listless afternoon.
But when the dusk is deep upon the harbor,
She finds me where her rivers meet and speak,
And while the constellations ride the silence
High overhead, her cheek is on my cheek.
I know her in the thrill behind the dark
When sleep brims all her silent thoroughfares.
She is the glamor in the quiet park
That kindles simple things like grass and trees.
Wistful and wanton as her sea-born airs,
Bringer of dim, rich, age-old memories.
Out on the gloom-deep water, when the nights
Are choked with fog, and perilous, and blind,
She is the faith that tends the calling lights.
Hers is the stifled voice of harbor bells
Muffled and broken by the mist and wind.
Hers are the eyes through which I look on life
And find it brave and splendid. And the stir
Of hidden music shaping all my songs,
And these my songs, my all, belong to her.
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Since the busy season is over, the Folly Beach locals can throw a party and take back the beach. Follypalooza, a carnival style, family friendly event with arts, music, games, food and more will be Saturday October 24, 2015. Come on out and enjoy the fall sunshine, listen to some tunes, and see your Folly friends, while benefiting the Folly Angels.
Last year I remember the great chili served up by the loggerheads crew, the goat curry from Chico Feo, and the Corn on the Cob seasoned perfectly from the Taco Boy truck. There is so much food to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. The music is another of my favorite parts of the festival, and this year all the bands are local. Come see my buddy Nathan play in Deadwin, just one of the acts I am looking forward to. The Folly Beach Jazz All-Stars is another act that should draw a big crowd, as they are Folly favorites, and can really jam. Arts and Crafts will be on display throughout the event, so pick up some stained glass, candles, jewelry, and more.
Kids games are the biggest part of the festival, as a boardwalk style atmosphere is created on Center Street. My kids loved the field goal kick and ring toss the best, but you will also see an inflatable obstacle course, a mechanical bull, and games for kids of all ages. You can win prizes at these games, which makes the little ones so excited, and all the proceeds are benefiting those in need.
Lastly, the people are the best part of the event. Getting the chance to see your friends, relax and chat, and meet new ones is what it is all about. I can usually count on running into some long lost pals, and catching up, while enjoying a cold beverage and watching some great music. This year, I am helping out near the obstacle course running the beanbag toss, so stop by, say hi, and we’ll be new friends too. See you there! –Vince Perna
1:30 – 3:00 Noelle Brown & The Troublemakers
3:30 – 5:00 Deadwin
3:30 – 5:00 Jazz on the Edge Allstars
Additional Info about Follypalooza 2015:
The sponsors for this year’s event include Holy City Brewing Co., Dos Equis, Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton Law Firm, Peter McCoy/McCoy & Stokes Attorneys at Law, Dunes Properties, Planet Follywood, Follywood Productions & more.
Donnie Whitaker has been with the dunes properties family since 2005 and specializes in second home buyers and investment properties. He is extremely knowledgeable about Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and all areas East of the Cooper, having worked at Wild Dunes Resort as a tennis pro before joining our Isle of Palms office over 10 years ago. Donnie splits his time between the IOP and our centrally-located flagship office in historic Charleston.
When Donnie isn’t selling homes and showing properties, he likes to spend his time in the great outdoors shooting nature and wildlife with his camera. He has a passion for landscape photography from the mountains to the coast, which he likely inherited from his father. Donnie feels extremely lucky to live in a place with such natural beauty and photo opportunities everywhere you turn, but he also enjoys traveling for photography and fun, especially to his home state of North Carolina. You can view and even purchase his photos at his photography website or learn more about his adventures in Charleston area real estate at donniewhitaker.com.
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Ravenel Bridge, Donnie recently entered a picture in the Post and Courier’s Bridge Photo contest. His photo was chosen as “Photo Pick of the Week” for Sunday, July 26, 2015.
The Real Estate Studio is currently showcasing local photographer Mark Swick until July 28, 2015. We recently hosted a reception for his beautiful photographs of all things Charleston – window boxes, doors, wrought iron gates, and landscapes that celebrate the beauty of the Lowcountry. Mark certainly has talent and an appreciation for the architecture and charm of this town. We sat down with Mark to get the skinny on his photography, and here’s what he had to say…
Dunes Properties: What inspired you to start taking photos?Mark Swick: I have no formal background in photography, and it did not become a passion for me until I moved to Charleston in 2012. Living downtown and spending lots of time on a bike, I quickly developed an appreciation for the impressive historic architecture on the peninsula. Previously I had only used the camera on my iPhone casually, but I began to take pictures in earnest – mainly of doors and windows. I found myself seeking out entire neighborhoods and canvassing their entrances, gates and flower boxes. I was hooked, and it was around that time that I became more serious about sharing my photographs on Instagram. The support of the Instagram community propelled my interest further, and in 2014 I began shooting with a DSLR and editing primarily on a computer.
What is your absolute favorite thing to photograph in Charleston?After all this time I’m still entranced by Charleston’s different neighborhoods and architecture. I love being a part of this city; photographing Charleston homes and sharing them with others all over the world is my small contribution to what makes the Lowcountry so great.What do you like to do in your free time besides photography?I spend a lot of time exploring the city with my girlfriend, trying new restaurants and attending local events. I am also very involved in Charleston’s Jewish community.Do you plan on venturing into any other types of photography?I am really fortunate, especially of late, that my humble photography beginnings have led to new professional experiences. I recently photographed a couple’s engagement proposal, and have also done album cover and profile work for a local country duo. I hope to gain additional experiences in portraiture and event photography — who knows where that will take me!You can purchase Mark’s from his website, in any size or medium that you would like. You can also follow him on Instagram and Twitter. dunes properties agents Angela Wicke and Emily Gildea recently caught up with Mark at his Studio reception, and he is featured this week on their blog Lowcountry Love Letters. Check it out!Don’t forget to check back in to The Real Estate Studio where we showcase a new local artist every 6 weeks in our space. We love this town and all the talented people who live, work, and play here.
The Real Estate Studio is excited to feature “Close to Home,” an exhibit of oil and pastel paintings featuring unique visions of the islands and city of Charleston by James Island artists Susan Trott, Jane Hart, and Anna Cox. This beautiful exhibit of landscapes and architecture of the area will be on display from February 11 – March 24, 2015, with an Artists Reception on Friday, February 13 from 5-8pm.
Susan Trott began painting at a young age, exploring the galleries and museums of Washington, D.C. After attending the Art School at Virginia Commonwealth University she became further attracted to the culture and architectural details of historic cities. Trott has lived in Charleston for over 30 years and can frequently be seen painting outdoors around historic Charleston. She takes inspiration for her work from the historic architecture of Charleston, including buildings with interesting features or unique signage. You can see Susan’s work at www.susantrott.com.
Jane Hart is a retired systems analyst and business manager who fell in love with painting after her first painting
class. Soon after, master pastelist Claire Miller Hopkins introduced Hart to pastels and since then she has taken college-level art classes and studied extensively with well-known artists. She considers the composition, or design, to be key to a successful painting and loves that painting is a constant learning process. Jane’s oil paintings and pastels have been exhibited in both juried and invitational exhibitions, including the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition and Southeastern Pastel Society Exhibition. See more of Jane’s work at www.janehartart.com.
Anna Cox was introduced to oil painting in a class at the Corcoran School of Art & Design while she was working as an interior designer in the metro D.C. area. She traveled to Italy to continue her study and over the last 7 years Cox has combined her interior design skills and oil paintings to give her the unique ability to create personalized works that perfectly accent homes and offices. After moving to Charleston, Anna found the natural landscape to be a perfect subject to explore and intends for her work to convey a shared respect, gratitude, and love for nature that supports and connects everyone. You can see Anna’s work at www.annacoxstudio.com.
The Real Estate Studio is excited to feature local artist Blakely Little’s beautiful paintings on display from January 2–February 10, with an Artists Reception on Saturday, January 3, 2015.
A Maryland native, Blakely grew up in Annapolis where she developed her passion for art after taking a painting class in high school. Growing up surrounded by water, Blakely spent time with her family boating down the river and uses her love of water as her main inspiration for her work today. Her main muses are bays, rivers, coastlines, water’s edge, harbors, marshes, and boats.
Blakely came to Charleston for college and received her Bachelor Degree in Arts Management with a minor in Studio Art from the College of Charleston, where she learned to create a business behind what she loved. She had the opportunity to study abroad at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, where she began to play with color, pattern, and developed her own unique style as an artist.
Painting on Birchwood panels with a mix of acrylic, oil, and Neocolor crayons, Blakely continues to incorporate her biggest inspiration, water, into her work. “I love the way water reflects color and has its own. Water is so beautiful and serene, but sometimes dangerous and completely out of control,” says Blakely.
Residing in downtown Charleston, Blakely enjoys the local growing and supportive art community. In her free time she loves to explore Charleston and discover the hidden streets, waterways, and parks. Blakely can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting her website, www.blakelymade.com.
There will be an Artists Reception on Saturday, January 3 from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The Real Estate Studio welcomes local artist Arthur Newman for his latest show, A Mini Retrospective. Arthur’s luminous paintings will be on display from November 18 – December 30, 2014.
Arthur Newman has been painting for sixty years. His first show was in 1958 at his alma mater, Union College, in New York. For the next ten years, Arthur pursued his passion for painting while he lived and worked a variety of jobs in Vermont and New York State including an auto mechanic, house painter, and teacher. He taught painting at The Shore Institute for Contemporary Art and the Albany Museum of Art, but was drawn to teaching emotionally disturbed and autistic children. He earned his Masters at Bank Street College of Education in 1968 and later his Doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University.
After retiring in 1994, Arthur began painting artistically again. His earlier works are highly influenced by the art scene and his contemporaries of 1950s New York City, and have evolved to a radiant study of the complexities of the human condition. The Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, D. Ferrari, has said that Arthur “often varies the application of his pigment utilizing the degrees of luminosity achieved between the soft washes and glazes,” and that his paintings are “always grounded to some degree in the figurative.”
An Artists Reception will be held on Friday, November 21 from 6-9pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, with music from Richard Show. For more information, contact The Real Estate Studio at 722-5618.
The Real Estate Studio is excited to welcome local photographer and biologist Sarah Harper Díaz as their latest artist! The show will be on display at The Studio from October 8 – November 18, 2014.
Sarah Harper Díaz is a biologist and wildlife photographer. Sarah’s love of birds developed after she volunteered with a local ornithologist and assisted in banding local birds during her undergraduate years at the College of Charleston, where she graduated with a BA in Biology.
Sarah’s inspiration for photographing birds began after a study-abroad program that took place in the Peruvian rainforest in 2007. While wandering around the jungle, Sarah explored taking pictures with her Nikon DSLR and decided then and there that she wanted to be a photographer and become fluent in Spanish. She returned to the Peruvian jungle in 2009 where she took an ornithology course and met her husband, Edward Díaz.
From there, Sarah received a Master’s Degree in Biology from the Citadel and worked as a research assistant on several projects where she surveyed bird populations in both suburban areas and in the middle of a remote swamp in the heat of summer.
Sarah currently resides in the Charleston area with her husband and 11-month-old daughter, Rosa Louise Díaz. She can be reached at 843.478.3322.
An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact The Real Estate Studio at 722-5618.
The Real Estate Studio has a new show on display by local artist Robert Harris from August 27 – October 7, 2014.
Robert Harris specializes in finely detailed pencil renderings. His art is inspired by both the natural and man-made beauty of the Lowcountry. The Studio show features a variety of original works in black and white. He began his career at Winthrop University where he majored in Fine Art. He received his Bachelor of Science for Graphic Communications in 1986 from Clemson University.
Having been raised with a rich and colorful southern family heritage, Robert made his home in Charleston, South Carolina where he enjoys a love for the lifestyle, culture, history, architecture, and the coastal landscape.
In addition to the originals on display at the Studio, Robert also produces and sells prints of his works. In some cases, he uses Prismacolor pencils to hand-color prints, taking inspiration from hand-tinted lithographs produced before color was invented. Prints are on 80 # cover weight stock, acid-free, cream. Included with the larger prints is a historical biography of the scene printed on parchment paper with an embossed foil seal.
Robert currently lives in Mount Pleasant. You may contact Robert and view all of his images at www.robertharrisfineart.com.
An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, October 3 from 6-9pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact The Real Estate Studio at 722-5618.
The Real Estate Studio welcomes local artist Crystal Miller’s beautiful collection of abstract paintings. The show will be on display at The Studio from July 17 – August 26, 2014.
Crystal Miller is a professionally trained decorative painter with over 15 years of experience. She began her work as an artist in Boulder, Colorado, where she grew up sketching at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. After extensive traveling, she ended up in the Lowcountry, where she is inspired by our coastal landscapes.
Currently a resident of West Ashley, Crystal has transformed homes throughout the tri-county area and beyond. She focuses on color, blending, and developing impressions of things that inspire her. Her company, Newlook Finishes, can transform any space into a work of art using walls, ceilings, and now, paintings on canvas.
Crystal is self-taught, incorporating the influence of her certified training of specialty finishes to create truly unique paintings. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets are often represented in her work.
An Artists Reception is planned for Friday, August 8 from 5-8pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.