DescriptionThis house lays claim to two distinguished family names-Moultrie is that of the Swampfox, and Glen is of a royal governor before the Revolution. There is speculation that one of the Rutledges enticed Gov. Glen to join the colonies' quest for independence by assisting his acquisition of a house--maybe it took a few years to carry it out. In the 20th century, a pillar of society,Augustine Smythe, gave the house to his daughter and her husband John Bennett, a writer very involved in the Charleston Renaissance. Local luminaries gathered here, and it is speculated that '...Porgy and Bess were born in this house over cocktails'.
Deborah Reeves, Charleston SC Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement I am a native Charlestonian and have spent most of my life in the SC lowcountry. I've drawn, painted, and created with various materials as far back as I can remember, including sculpting with wet cement with my bare hands when I was 7 and nobody was looking. In my formal education, I studied ancient things--languages, history, architecture, archeology, and, yes, art. This took me to the shores of the Mediterranean: Israel, Italy, Greece, and Tunisia. I took art lessons, from some of the finest local artists. However, I believe I have forgotten everything I ever learned from anybody anywhere, and am working on what comes naturally again. I have been making a living from my artwork since 1995, after reentering the passion in 1989. Charleston is my theme--I love the pattern of architectural shapes in various lights and the iconic images of my home city. From the study of ancient and exotic things and places, I have turned to my own roots and environment, hoping to share my vision and memories.