Description This is the house where a reception was held for President Barak Obama after he spoke at an inner city school, Burke High, and when he referred to Charleston in his Election Night Victory Speech, everyone here referred symbolically to this mansion with three tiers of piazzas. Here also the Charleston Poetry Society and the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals were formed when Josephine Humphries dwelt from 1907-1937 during the Charleston Renaissance. It was a hub of activity for artists during that time, and surely Dubose Heyward, and most likely the Gershwins would have crossed that threshold many times. Patrick O'Donnell built the house over a period from 1852-1870--the Civil War must have gotten in his way.
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.