October 5-December 31: Daufuskie Island Artists, Artisans and Authors featured at Coastal Discovery Museum! The opening reception will be held October 11 from 5-7 pm. and the public is invited to attend.
Hilton Head Island’s neighbor to the south is Daufuskie Island. The southernmost point of South Carolina, Daufuskie Island is nestled between Mungen Creek, the New River, the Cooper River and Calibogue Sound. No bridge connects the island to the mainland.
Living on Daufuskie has inspired woodworkers, writers, weavers, painters, potters, photographers, rum distillers, indigo dyers, sculptors, and soap makers. Join us at the Coastal Discovery Museum to explore the varied talents of these Daufuskie Island residents.
Tours, talks, gallery walks, and book signings will be planned during this exhibition. Please check www.coastaldiscovery.org for more information.
The Daufuskie Blues studio of artisans Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis, is located in the Mary Field School between the 1880s First Union African Baptist Church and the Frances Jones House (now a bed and breakfast with a morning meal cooked by celebrity chef and author Sallie Ann Robinson). Coulter and Davis discovered a mutual love of indigo and specialized dying techniques that add a luscious blue hue to their wares.
Lynell Linke discovered a knack for woodworking and farmwork as she milled lumber and made goat cheese at the Daufuskie Community Farm. Pat Beichler, who started the farm in 2010, will offer her giclee prints.
With scenic beauty at every turn, Daufuskie provides an endless source of subject matter for photographers Dennis Sutcliffe, Holger Opderbeck and Monica Ferguson, who also finds inspiration using oyster shells in her sculptural work.
Mike Loftus built a state-of-the-art shop as a place to hone his craft (a build them as well) and to teach woodworking skills to interested islanders. One of his wooden boats will be a focal point in the museum gallery.
Chase Allen and his Iron Fish Gallery create decorative sea-life inspired pieces that are found in homes all over the world.
John Thompson, Pattii Bschorr, Jan Ross, Sharon Havird, Bill Greenwood, Carol Tait, Erica Veit, and Sally Lesesne paint on canvas and board depicting Lowcountry scenes each with their own unique style and technique.
Sara Deitch, Kate Woodward, and MacKenzie Blankenship work with textiles to create scarves, pillows and other household and personal accessories.
Leather-worker Sierra Smith makes bracelets and Jan Crosby crafts handmade soaps and lotions. A limited number of pieces from Silver Dew Pottery will also be available.
The handiwork of these Daufuskie Island artists and artisans will be complemented by written work by storied author Roger Pinckney XI, Wick Scurry, of Daufuskie Difference and Freeport Marina, and Sallie Ann Robinson and Jenny Hersch with “Daufuskie Island” a new offering from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.
The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 843-689-6767 ext. 224 or coastaldiscovery.org.