Description Our great mayor Riley comes from generations of Charlestonians, and he is, to a large part, of the Irish persuasion. This imaginary parade is to The Parade. These revelers are headed to Hibernian Hall around the Four Corners of Law and up Meeting Street, where The Parade will actually begin. This is a bit of homage to our mayor and the tradition he represents. The image could be of anytime within the last 60 years or so--that could even be him as a little boy upstairs waving out of his father's office--or his son, or maybe his son's son. Mayor Riley has been instrumental in helping the sweetgrass basket ladies and the palmetto rose boys with their businesses, so they are prominent in the scene... Faith and Begorra.
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.