Roots of the Spirit, Charleston and Edisto Island

Happy Easter, 2016

Charleston Through an Artist's eye

“Draw, preachuh, draw/ Draw roun’ duh haltuh/ Draw preachuh, draw/Draw til the break ob day.” – Draw Lebel, Shouting Spiritual Lyric sung on Edisto Island. (published in the book, The Carolina Low-Country, 1932)

Charleston is nicknamed the Holy City. That is a pretty hefty responsibility. But honestly, the city is one of few that I know of in the United States that is defined by a low lying city skyline that boasts more church steeples than tall banks, or business structures. Joseph Campbell teaches that one can tell what runs a city (what is the city’s mythology?) by looking at its tallest buildings.

Charleston began as a city of tolerance. It was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-catholics, embracing the Dissenters who rebelled against the Church of England, French Huguenots, Quakers, Baptists and Jews, who were…

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Hutchinson House Edisto Island


©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.
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The Light. Happy Solstice!


Day 12. The Light. $99. no tax, free shipping. Thank you so much for honoring this Twelve Day project with your eager support. So…cheers to the places in our worlds that bring us light.

Light & Love,


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Tree Tunnel Rainbow, a painting

IMG_0985.jpgDay 11. Twelve Days of paintings until the Winter Solstice. $99. free shipping no tax. This one is sold.

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Frampton Inlet, a Great Circle

IMG_0979.jpgDay 10. Frampton Inlet, Edisto Island. Twelve Days of Paintings until the Winter Solstice. $99. no tax free shipping.

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Seabrook, a painting


Day 9. Twelve Days of Painting. All for sale. $99. free shipping no tax.

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Day 8. Nightlight. Twelve paintings…

IMG_0948.jpgI am painting every day until the Winter Solstice, twelve paintings.  A return to places that honor the Light. All are for sale every day. (Previous ones are sold) $99. no tax, free shipping. 7″x 5″ oil on panel. My artist facebook page is a good place to ‘get one’ :) Cheers!

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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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