To do while you’re in town for SEWE!

Coastal Landscape 1 (2014) by Dru Warmath Image:
Coastal Landscape 1 (2014) by Dru Warmath

If you’re in Charleston, SC this weekend – what a treat! There is so much going on in Charleston with the Southeastern Wildlife Expo and all the events that go along with it! Be sure to make time to stroll through the different galleries in Charleston. We have some of the best galleries ever, with a wide array of styles to please every art loving person on this planet!

I just wanted to share one of the new pieces that came into Galerie on Broad (29 Broad Street), this is by artist Dru Warmath. Dru is a fabulous artist…she’s from the Charlotte area, and her coastal landscapes have been wildly popular. They just don’t stay in the gallery long!

We also have new work by Tim Bell

Fish Shacks, Monhegan by Tim Bell
Fish Shacks, Monhegan by Tim Bell

…and Dee Beard Dean!

Moon Over Penny Creek by Dee Beard Dean
Moon Over Penny Creek by Dee Beard Dean

Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Featured Artist… John Pototschnik!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:           Featured Artist: Pat Weaver – amazing pet portraits!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:      From the heart…

Catch you back here tomorrow!


Southeastern Wildlife Expo – Charleston, SC!

Painting by 2014 Featured Artist, Chad Poppleton - Image via Southeastern Wildlife Expo Facebook
Painting by 2014 Featured Artist, Chad Poppleton – Image via Southeastern Wildlife Expo Facebook

Congratulations to Chad Poppleton for being named Southeastern Wildlife Expo’s featured artist for 2014! This is quite the dramatic painting. Just look at that water. I can absolutely hear it! Fabulous!

Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) begins this week. SEWE is a huge exhibit with art, wild life, demo’s… you name it, they’ve got it! This expo seems to be the kick off for the busy season. There will be a lot of people in town this weekend, and there is so much to see. SEWE has a fabulous website, check it for the EVENTS, purchase TICKETS, learn more about the ARTISTS, and check out the EXHIBITS. Of course there is more, much more, so see what all it has in store for you!

While you’re in town, don’t forget to hit the galleries nearby! Charleston is more than the #1 Tourist Destination in the USA, it is chock full of fabulous art galleries appealing to every sense of style possible. Broad Street has some great galleries, as well as a few places to stop and get a bite to eat!

There is so much to see and do this weekend in Charleston, don’t miss out! Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e Y e a r A g o:               Lincoln: The Movie!

T w o Y e a r s A g o:          Charleston Navy Base Homes – set of Army Wives!

T h r e e Y e a r s A g o:      Mac or PC/Laptop or Desktop 2011…

Second Sunday on King Street – Charleston, SC! TODAY!

Charleston, SC

January’s Second Sunday on King was such a beautiful day. Lots of people out and about. The perfect day to walk, take photos and nibble a few tasty morsels…

Charleston, SCChristophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier is located on Society Street right off King Street…  this is a place you don’t want to miss… the best coffee, pastries and the chocolates… oh. my.

Charleston, SC

Classy guy playing his music in front of the Apple store – he played beautifully… Wish I knew his name… if you see him today, contribute to his college tuition if you can – Charleston is such a cool city! Head on downtown (or remember next time you’re in Charleston!)…


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               Ride Down Powell by Darrell Hill

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Sartori Espresso BellaVitano Cheese!!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Cooking Light magazine and
Catch you back here tomorrow!

Things are looking up!

Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC

Well, we finally got our Charleston weather back! Can’t complain too much, things were handled well during our cold snap, but it is nice to see temps creep back up! Things are definitely looking up… speaking of looking up… images of Charleston… looking up – I believe a few of these were taken during the last Second Sunday (when the city closes King Street to car traffic allowing people to walk in the streets. It’s a festive time here in Charleston!).

We just have the most wonderful architecture here in Charleston! Love, love, love it!

Charleston, SC

Little details like that bit of gold make things really stand out!

Charleston, SC

Fabulous old brick, and the color of that sky! Wow… it was a beautiful day!


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               Featured Artist… Mark D Nelson!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Featured Artist… Merrill Irvin!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Classy lighting… and free shipping!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Winter photos – Charleston, SC

Winter Storm 2014 Charleston, SC
Winter Storm 2014 Charleston, SC

Doesn’t look too bad, especially if you’re used to a  cold climate. But let me tell you… things are different in the South. We aren’t used to snow and ice (I’m from Michigan, but have lived here almost 25 years, so I do know about snow/ice and all the fun that goes along with it… as well as all the beauty!) it just doesn’t happen here very often. Maybe an occasional dusting of snow ever once in a great while (the last time it snowed was years ago, snowed and then quickly melted). But this time there was ice. I’m sure you’ve heard about it on the radio. How Atlanta was crippled by the deep freeze. We were lucky here in Charleston. Officials dealt with it well keeping most people off the roads. Smart. You just don’t mess with Mother Nature!

We took a walk in our neighborhood, Charlie’s first snow, he was thrilled… was going full speed ahead looking for every single puddle and loving it! Crazy beast.

Charlie and his beastcicles...
Charlie and his beastcicles…

We headed to the bakery, well, because they were open and it was something to do! It was nice to be out, and Charlie was having a blast, but his adventures in the puddles quickly turned to beastcicles on his body… time to get back home! Ha ha…

Make the best of the time you have… make everything an adventure and it will be less of a hassle 😉


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:               Me at the Grove Fillmore (San Fran) years ago…

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Southeastern Wildlife Expo!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Will he or won’t he?

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Sometimes all you need is a cup of love…

Black Tap Coffee
Cappuccino from Black Tap Coffee, Charleston, SC

Sometimes, all you need is a nice hot cuppa love… like this one from Black Tap Coffee in Charleston, SC (70 1/2 Beaufain Street). If you haven’t been there I highly suggest that you go. They do not disappoint. Ever! The coffee is different. It’s good, very, very good. The atmosphere is very with it and you will leave with a smile on your face!

Here is an image from their Facebook page (Black Tap Coffee) to give you an idea what a cool place it is:

Black Tap Coffee, Charleston, SC
Image via Black Tap Coffee, Charleston, SC


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Bless the Lobstermen (and Women)!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Restaurant Secrets Revealed – Dr. Oz!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Sugar Bakeshop, Charleston, SC

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Gorgeous setting – house for sale…

For Sale in Charleston, SC
For Sale in Charleston, SC

Gorgeous, right? One day Fred and I were walking in our neighborhood (Windermere) and the nearby area (South Windermere), and we saw a house that was empty  and on the market. It had undergone a complete restoration by a high quality builder in our area. This is the backyard… Low tide… Gorgeous, isn’t it? I think these two adironack chairs and the view may sell the house!


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:             Featured Artist… Logan Hagege!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Featured Artist… John Carroll Doyle!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Hey! It’s me… Charlie!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Looking for a place to stay in Charleston, SC?

27 State Street Bed & Breakfast - Charleston, SC
27 State Street Bed & Breakfast – Charleston, SC

Charleston has many wonderful hotels. Top notch. We also have beautiful bed and breakfasts. I mentioned the Wentworth Mansion last week, which is a gorgeous inn to stay at. Another is 27 State Street Bed & Breakfast. 27 State is convenient to all that Charleston has to offer. Check out their website! Remember the gas lantern from yesterday’s post? This is it!

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                   Time for the teeny weeny bikini?

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:              Lowcountry Oyster Festival 2012>

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:       Bravery and polar fleece…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Charleston Lantern…

Lantern in Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC

When you’re walking around Charleston, SC you never know what you’ll see. Sometimes it’s the small details that make a place really stand out. Details like the lighting at this doorway. Gas lanterns go way back, and that wonderful warm light that glows makes everything look better! Interesting colors downtown as well. Not the typical colors you see everyday, and they look striking! Look at the detail in the woodwork. It’s not the norm anymore. If you head downtown I would highly suggest bringing a camera!!

Have a great weekend!

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                   Featured Artist…Christina Hewson!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:              Featured Artist… Dick Cole!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:       Before and After picks WHOA

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Lost in the marsh… Whatcha lookin’ at? James Richards featured artist!

James Richards - Lost in the Marsh
Lost in the Marsh by James Richards

I know I’ve featured James Richards a few times already, but his work never ceases to amaze me. Oh how I adore Lost in the Marsh! It’s an impressive 36×48″ oil painting that has the perfect amount of looseness, and I just think it’s incredible! James has the uncanny ability to be able to paint an everyday scene with a twist, and I love that!

James Richards is one of the most sought after landscape instructors around, his workshops fill up quickly and there is good reason for that. He’s as nice as he is talented. Truly. If you get a chance to check out his work in person, I highly suggest it. Locally, in Charleston, SC you can see his work at Galerie on Broad. He’s got some amazing pieces… come see for yourself!

James Richards - Whatcha Lookin' At?
Whatcha Lookin’ At? by James Richards

This painting stops people in their tracks. It’s mesmerizing. No, cows aren’t normally purple, but they sure are pretty darn cool when they are! Very striking indeed!

Read a bit about James from Galerie on Broad’s website:

James Richards: Nationally-known landscape painter and instructor is driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible. This ethic, manifested in his work, is giving Richards’ painting their own place in the world of today’s art. 

James has spent years studying the nuances of painting with world famous instructors, which has given him a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium. James is an advocate of painting from life and spends his time traveling the world teaching workshops and searching for inspiration.

He has won multiple national awards and is regarded as one of the top landscape painting instructors in the country. James Richards paintings are collected by discriminating collectors both nationally and abroad.

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                   Warm temps! Time to hit the beach with the beast!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:              Featured Artist… Stephan Pastahov!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:       The year of the staycation!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images via

A glimpse of the Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, SC

Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, SC
Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, SC

This photo was taken on that walk that I’ve mentioned in previous posts… Fred, Charlie (woof) and I were zipping along at a brisk pace while I was trying desperately to sneak in some photos… I love this early morning light, there’s nothing like it!

The Wentworth Mansion is one fabulous piece of architecture! It’s a top of the line bed and breakfast, I haven’t been inside, but need to do that one day. They also have a fabulous restaurant, Circa 1886 for those of you who are interested!  “Travel & Leisure Magazine World’s Best Awards survey ranks locally owned Wentworth Mansion® with top spot in the US for best service and #2 in the world trailing The Peninsula in Hong Kong by just one-tenth of a point!”. Check out their beautiful rooms oh heavens! Some you are able to see a 360 degree view…  check it out, see what all the buzz is about!

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Footlight Players – Charleston, SC

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Eat, Pray, Love… What would you do with your final hour?

Catch you back here tomorrow!

The Battery – Charleston, SC – Repair…

The Battery, Charleston, SC
The Battery, Charleston, SC

The Battery is one photogenic place in Charleston, SC. There are the gorgeous old homes, White Point Gardens (park) and more beautiful homes. Right now the city is working on repairing portions of the battery… There is a slight detour, nothing major. It’s definitely a fabulous place to walk (and take photos, hee…) I simply cannot walk downtown without a camera of some sort… Here’s the info you need to know (from

Seawall Repair 2013

The first phase of the Battery repair & reconstruction project involves the reconstruction of “The Turn” – the portion of the High Battery that connects the stone High Battery along East Battery with the Low Battery along Murray Boulevard. This portion of the Battery was identified in the Seawall Evaluation and Study, prepared by Cummings & McCrady,Inc., as a priority due to substantial deterioration of the underlying wooden deck and pile system. More specifically, the work will include:

  • Lane closures and traffic control to establish a safe work zone
  • Installation of a temporary cofferdam and dewatering systems to allow work during all tidal cycles
  • Removal and disposal of the existing concrete seawall
  • Removal of the timber platform
  • Testing and removal of selected timber piles
  • Installation of new composite (concrete and steel) piles
  • Construction of a new reinforced concrete foundation and seawall structure
  • Removal of all temporary cofferdams and traffic control

The estimated time for construction is nine months. The Engineer’s estimate of probable cost for the project was $3,500,000. Three bids were received from seven potential bidders that were prequalified due to the complexity of this project. The bids ranged from $2,665,000 to $3,939,000. After careful review of the bids, staff is recommending award of the contract to the apparent low bidder, Crowder Construction Company, in the amount of $2,665,000.

We will commence construction on “The Turn”, which should be completed nine months from the construction start date. Design services for the next phase of the High Battery restoration are underway. This phase includes the renovation of the stone High Battery from “The Turn” to its northern terminus. The renovations will consist of resetting and repointing the existing stones to provide a more level walking surface and more aesthetic appearance. It is anticipated that the bidding and work on this phase will begin after “The Turn” is completed. Once the High Battery is completed, work will begin on the Low Battery portion.

F  L A S H B A C K

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:                Featured Artist… Gay Faulkenberry!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:           Artist to watch… Logan Hagege!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Ina’s Mexican Chicken Soup!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

A sunny December walk in Charleston, SC.

Walking in downtown Charleston...
Walking in downtown Charleston…

Fred, Charlie (woof) and I took a walk the Sunday after Christmas… we headed downtown and the weather was perfect! I tried to sneak in a few shots… not easy at a brisk pace, but I managed a few 😉 The sun was out and the day was gorgeous! I don’t think one car went by us. It was heavenly. See, I can post these beautiful photos while friends and family in the colder regions are probably cussing me because they’re stuck in a deep freeze… but they get their fun with me come summer! So I have to get my beautiful weather photos in while I can! Hee.


O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            The not tough dog toy that stood the test of time… well, kinda!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        An addictive whole grain snack!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:  Say bye bye to Panera’s original chicken noodle soup!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

A walk in Charleston… St. Phillips Church!

St. Phillips Church - Charleston, SC
St. Phillips Church – Charleston, SC

Warm golden light. That gorgeous light that makes you look healthy and tan (ha ha)… it gives you a glow. Well, it does the same thing for the buildings. Charleston, SC is such a beautiful city. The history, architecture, food, and art galleries are beyond compare. Everywhere you look you see gorgeous settings just like this one! If you aren’t from this area, stop by, check it out… visit the restaurants, stores and galleries. You’ll be coming back year after year!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…        Looking for a good restaurant in Charleston, SC? try Husk!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…    Gift idea: Mark Roberts Fairy!

Catch you back here tomorrow! I’ll be back to my normal posts next week!

The Golden Light… Charleston, SC Photo…

Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC

Truly, one of the best places to walk around – Especially with a camera! This golden light is incredible, just as it is in a painting, to see it in real life, well, it just makes everything look so much better!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…        Featured Artist… Wayne McKenzie!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   Artist to watch… Daniel Merriam!

Catch you back here tomorrow! I’ll be back to my normal posts next week!