Twelve Days of Christmas. One painting a day.

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Frampton Creek. Edisto Island, SC. ©2013 C.Hutson Wrenn

Frampton Creek. Edisto Island, SC. ©2013 C.Hutson Wrenn

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Head and Heart, a painting. In honor of Nelson Mandela.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
~ Nelson Mandela

©2013 C.HutsonWrenn Head and Heart.

©2013 C.HutsonWrenn Head and Heart.

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Reaching for the Rope

Moving Water
~ by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river
moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section, the feeling
disappears. Don’t let

others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope

of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness

people sit in jail, the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness. You’ve seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment. Now

see the invisible. If you could leave your selfishness, you
would see how you’ve

been torturing your soul. We are born and live inside
black water in a well.

How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don’t
insist on going where

you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring. Your
living pieces will form

a harmony. There is a moving palace that floats in the air
with balconies and clear

water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained
under a single tent.

©2013 Charlotte Hutson Wrenn

Reaching for the Rope ©2013 C.HutsonWrenn

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Loving What Is. A painting.

painting by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn ©'13

40″x30″ oil on canvas ©2013 C.Hutson-Wrenn

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Gullah As Muse

I was honored to have one of my paintings featured, with an interview, in Sunday’s Charleston Post & Courier. The link to the digital copy is HERE.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 Charleston, SC Post & Courier

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Charleston, SC Post & Courier

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The Garden, a painting

Edisto Island’s Serpentarium has always inspired me. No. Make that Edisto Island’s serpents. The island is jungle, is evocative, is the Garden of Eden. This painting is many things: Song of Songs, Ode to Aqua, Apple Blossoms, The Garden….and then there’s that serpent (wisdom) trying to get at our heart (apple). The painting is 40″x 30″ – oil on canvas. It is about joy.

an original painting by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn

©2013 Charlotte Hutson Wrenn

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The Dance, a painting

The Dance. 20"x 20" oil on canvas

The Dance. 20″x 20″ oil on canvas

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Look Up. A painting.

Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe and one fine tree on Edingsville Beach Road on Edisto Island. Remembering Januarys, bonfires and ocean sounds.

24"x18" oil on gallery wrapped canvas. $500.

24″x18″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas. $500.

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Dr. Henry Woodward and a New Archaeological site

A new archaeology site near Middleton Place is ‘ground zero’ for early English influence in S.C.

SUMMERVILLE — Fresh digging a few miles north of Middleton Place has shed new light on one of the Carolinas’ earliest English settlements.

Those working on the Lord Ashley site have created a blog to detail their findings. It’s

As archaeologists and students finish their field work this week, they can take heart in finding clear evidence of a moat, the site’s military importance, and the full dimensions of a foundation that may contain the oldest surviving bricks from the English colony in the Carolinas.

Lord Ashley Excavation

The roughly 1-acre site, now a pasture on private land, was a bustling place between 1675 and 1685, a military outpost and trading center where Englishmen, immigrants from Barbados, indentured white servants, African slaves and American Indians all crossed paths.

Andrew Agha is one of a half-dozen archaeologists who have been working on the site.

Agha works with the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, the original English settlement that took root in 1670 several miles down the Ashley River.

“This and Charles Towne Landing are kind of Ground Zero for telling us about early South Carolina,” he said.

Five years after the 1670 settlement, doctor and explorer Henry Woodward led Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper’s representative, Andrew Percival, to this site at the Ashley River’s headwaters.

Lord Ashley, one of the colony’s original eight Lords Proprietors, had obtained about 12,000 acres from the crown. Records show he built a fort on his land, including a moat and palisade, and had hundreds of cattle and many slaves there.

After his death in 1683, the outpost began to fade.

The building that once stood atop the 15-foot by 15-foot brick foundation apparently was burned down, either by lightning or by colonists seeking to clear the land.

One reason this site is so valued by archaeologists is because the land hasn’t been churned up and muddled by other development after 1685.

Katherine Saunders Pemberton of the Historic Charleston Foundation said the archaeological work is a great collaboration between a lot of groups.

The property owner has allowed the work to continue for a third time in five years, while MeadWestvaco Corp., which owns property nearby, has continued to offer grants to defray the cost.

The excavations are done by archaeologists and students with Charles Towne Landing, the College of Charleston, Salve Regina University and the Charleston Museum, which has displays of some of the site’s previous finds.

Jon Marcoux, an archaeologist with Salve Regina, brought some students from the Newport, R.I., school to the site this year. Marcoux specializes in Native American societies and has been intrigued by the Indian pottery brought to the site, potentially from as far away as the Ohio River Valley.

“There is good evidence here that there were pots — and maybe even people — coming here from Georgia and east Tennessee,” he said.

Other finds from the 20 5-foot by 5-foot pits have been similar to previous discoveries, including 17th-century ceramics, lead shot and gun flints, and small glass beads used in the Indian trade.

The site’s frontier history is underscored because 2 percent of its artifacts are military or armory in nature.

“That’s a higher percentage than at Charles Towne Landing,” Agha said. “We need to know more about this site to know more about Charles Towne Landing. This site informs the whole state about its 17th-century roots.”

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771

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Logos. A poem by Mary Oliver.

Why worry about the loaves and fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love,
the fish explode into many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it is all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.

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What’s this?

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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