Hutchinson House Edisto Island

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©2016 Charlotte Hutson Wrenn

This is a painting from a photograph by Walter Sanders, originally published in Life Magazine in an article on segregation in Alabama and Edisto Island. The painting is 7″x 5″ and for now is not for sale. Giclee prints will be available soon.

The Hutchinson House on Point of Pines Road, Edisto Island, SC was built by Henry Hutchinson around the time of his marriage to Rosa Swinton in 1885. It is the oldest house identified with the Black American community on Edisto Island after the Civil War. Hutchinson was born a slave in 1860. According to local tradition, he built and operated, from c 1900 to c. 1920, the first cotton gin owned by a Black American on the island. Hutchinson lived in this house until his death in 1940.
– from http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/charleston/S10817710151/

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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3 comments on “Hutchinson House Edisto Island
  1. Molly says:

    Charlotte, WoW!! That’s amazing. Love it. You even got muscles in her arms! Beautiful, realistic, evokes memories of scenes along back roads. Love your work!

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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