Design

ART IN MOTION

A slogan is posted in Tom Potocki's studio: “The Magic Is in the Mess.” To me, there are a few ways to interpret that slogan, but for Potocki the “magic” likely refers to the mysterious spark of creativity that inspires his work.

ABSTRACT REALIST

Beaufort, South Carolina-based watercolorist Casa Huger Bacot took the long road to becoming an artist.

CALL A SUPERHERO

In the Lowcountry, basements are uncommon. Absent a need to dig the foundation beneath a frost line, which is standard procedure in other parts of the country, there isn’t much economic sense in building down into the ground. Plus, there are other considerations—the Lowcountry’s high water table and mold and mildew brought on by periodic flooding and high humidity.

HALL OF MIRRORS

Great art, some have argued, is like a mirror: If we look, we will see our own nature, our own humanity reflected. Great works of art attract our attention and show us all of the emotions and ideas we bring with us. If this is true, if great art does reflect something inside us and show something about ourselves, then LePrince Fine Art on King Street is a hall of mirrors.

ON THE CUTTING EDGE

When John DeZinna drove down to Charleston from Pennsylvania in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo with a fellow framer and a truck filled with tools, he got a job within an hour of arriving. Hugo’s destruction created a frenzied demand for skilled labor. That’s when DeZinna noticed that flooring companies were few and far between.

CORE CREATIVITY

Imagine using art as a teaching tool: inspiring young people not just to create, but to achieve things previously unimaginable in their worlds. That’s what Carlyn Ray has been doing for the past five years with her organization Art Reaching Out (ARO).

IMPRESSIVE ARTIFACTS

The natural décor business owned by mother and son Empress and Micah Gilbert displays a breathtaking collection of earthly treasures, and their gallery is, literally, the most impressive in Dallas.

A VIBRANT SPACE

Opening an art gallery is no small feat. It takes time, effort, talent and attention to detail. And it always helps to have a bit of good fortune on your side, too. Thankfully, when it came time for the Mount Pleasant Artists’ Guild (MPAG) to open a gallery space, fortune favored the endeavor.

LABOR OF LOVE

The story behind this stunning remodel in the exclusive Old Village of Mount Pleasant reads like an episode on HGTV: A young couple zeroes in on the neediest house in the best neighborhood and with assurances from a crack renovation team, looks past the sagging floors and aging beams, and transforms it into their dream home.

MAKING THEIR MARK

When a newly retired couple decided to relocate from Nashville and leave high-powered, highstress jobs to create their ideal home in Mount Pleasant, they relied on longtime Charleston architect Bill Huey of Bill Huey + Associates.

A LIFESTYLE APART

In the coastal South Carolina county of Georgetown, sandy banks dotted with historic plantation homes line the lower course of the Waccamaw River. Just east of where the natural beauty of the river reaches its peak lies Pawleys Island, America’s oldest seaside community. This charming, three-centuries- old town offers a welcome respite from the high-energy resort city of Myrtle Beach, just to the north, and a relaxing prelude to the historic city of Charleston, the nation’s number one tourist destination, located an easy drive south.

LEAP OF FAITH

When Lori and Jamie Posnanski first see the house in Mount Pleasant, the outside is so overgrown they can barely find the door. Inside, the walls are dirty yellow and a varmint has taken up residence in the kitchen floor.

In the Spotlight

Artisanal Treasures

MAKING VISIONS REAL

“It chose me.” This is Robert “Buz” Morris’ answer when asked how he got into the construction and architecture business. Morris has been building and renovating homes and structures for over two decades. Along with a team of handpicked experts, he always ensures quality during each step of the process.

A BOUTIQUE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

There’s a new boutique on King Street, and its mission is to surprise and delight you. Artsy Abode takes this mission seriously, and it doesn’t dillydally— starting with the wall of clocks.

CONNECTING WITH ART

Had I arrived at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery a few weeks earlier, I would have seen a friendly, whimsical frog sculpture sitting outside the gallery door. Unfortunately for me, the frog—a copper sculpture from gallery artist Zan Smith—was recently sold.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND

From the outside, Lowcountry Consignments looks like a quaint home with a lovingly maintained exterior. Decorated with a little garden, complete with blooming flowers and fresh mint, the sweet facade makes the building appear small.

In the Spotlight

Summer textures

EMBRACING THE SEA

When architect Marc Camens met with his clients to discuss the design of their soon-to-behome in Kiawah Island’s prestigious Royal Beach community, the wife stretched out her arms and said, “I want the house to open to the ocean.”

GRAND TRIFECTA

Over the last two decades, architect Christopher Rose has designed hundreds of custom homes across the South Carolina Lowcountry, many with amazing views. But opportunities to design a home that captures the trifecta of views—marsh, river and ocean—are extremely rare.