The Moore County Arts Council is offering local residents a chance to learn more about Lowcountry life next week in a series of presentations and events.
The Lowcountry is a geographic and cultural region along the coast of South Carolina, which includes Charleston.
“If you love to walk, there’s no better place on Earth to walk than Charleston,” says organizer John Earp. “If you love to eat, amazing kitchens are around the corner. And in Charleston, like Southern Pines and the Sandhills, people tend to look up, smile, and say hello. It goes a long way. “
World-renowned chef Nathalie Dupree and architects and historians Jenny Bevans and Christopher Liberatos will host a week-long program exploring the influences of Lowcountry culinary and architectural styles.
The week’s activities will close with the opening of the Arts Council gallery dedicated to the rich character of the Coastal Carolinas.
“Please join us in celebrating the true spirit of the Lowcountry here in the Sandhills,” said Chris Dunn, Executive Director of the Arts Council.
“Charleston Architecture: History, Sustainability and the Future”, a free event, takes place Tuesday, September 28 at 6 pm at the Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.
Charleston, like many historic communities, struggles to maintain its old-world charm while accommodating the reinventions of architects and developers. Patrick Webb, Christopher Liberatos, and Jenny Bevans will examine Charleston’s architectural evolution and efforts to support its heritage and community.
Bevan and Liberatos specialize in traditional architectural design, both with master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Notre Dame. They have taught programs at Notre Dame and the Charleston Library Society, and have designed for some of the most renowned classical architectural firms.
Webb is a heritage and ornamental plasterer, and an advocate of traditional craftsmanship in preservation, natural construction, and contemporary design. He is a professor at the Classic Planning Institute, an assistant professor at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, and a lecturer and associate researcher at the Center for Traditional Craft in Savannah, Georgia.
Roderick Brower and Together-N-Unity Choir, a gospel music choir based at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Hoffman, will perform that evening. Their music is contemporary gospel with nuances of jazz, influenced by religious and secular artists.
A cooking demonstration of Lowcountry cooking, with chef Nathalie Dupree and Angela Webb, SCC culinary instructor, will take place on Wednesday, September 29 at 4 p.m. at Little Hall on the campus of Sandhills Community College.
Space is limited, reservations must be made by calling (910) 692-2787.
South Carolina Nathalie Dupree is a great chef, bestselling author and popular cooking show host. She is the author of 14 cookbooks, sold over a million copies, and has hosted over 300 shows for The Food Network, PBS and The Learning Channel.
Among many honors, Dupree received the prestigious “Grand Dame” from the Dames d’Escoffier, as well as the 2013 Woman of the Year from the French Maîtres Cuisiniers in America. She is the recipient of four James Beard Awards and in 2019 she received the IACP Lifetime Achievement Award. But it was his love for a simpler palate that inspired his bestselling book “New Southern Cooking” and started a culinary movement. By focusing on the heritage of Lowcountry foods, Dupree has become an ambassador for promoting the culture and community that are at the heart of Lowcountry values.
Angela Webb is a culinary instructor at Sandhills Community College. For the past 14 years, she has worked as a chef, caterer and wine educator in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Charleston. She holds a level three certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London and is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and, along with Nathalie Dupree, is a former board member of Slow Food Charleston.
On Thursday, September 30, at noon, there will be a Lowcountry Breakfast, featuring shrimp and grits, at 195 American Fusion, 195 Bell Ave., Southern Pines. There is a cost of $ 55 per person, and all proceeds support the Arts Council’s youth programs. To reserve, call (910) 692-2787.
Anna Pilson and Chef Decker Platt, inspired by Nathalie Dupree’s “New Southern Cuisine”, have reinvented a traditional Lowcountry meal by going back to its roots. Fresh organic produce from local farms and fresh seafood from the Carolina Coast Market will be key ingredients.
Joining the lunch, Dr. Ryan Book, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Sandhills Community College, will fill the room with the sounds of his classical guitar.
Also on Thursday, children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons will visit various county schools as part of the Authors in Moore Schools (AIMS) program. These programs are reserved for students. Lyons is the winner of Piedmont 2021 from the Triangle NC region.
Friday, October 1 at 10 a.m. at the Moore Montessori Auditorium, 255 S. May St., Southern Pines, The Country Bookshop welcomes Nathalie Dupree and Angela Webb, as they discuss the legacy and appreciation of Lowcountry foods as a resource culture, followed by the book signing.
Opening of the gallery
Moore County Council for the Arts Announces Campbell House Galleries’ October Exhibition “Lowcountry Styles”, featuring paintings by Evelyn Dempsey, Carol Ezell-Gilson, Jill Hooper, Mark Horton, Alana Knuff, Ron Anton Rocz and Patrick Webb. Campbell House is located at 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines.
A reception with the artists is scheduled for Friday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (if COVID-19 precautions allow it).
Evelyn Dempsey was born and raised in Charleston and currently lives in Pinehurst. She has studied with Denise Baker, Jeffrey Mims and Paul Brown over the years and says: “The result of years of study is now visible, but any inadequate work belongs only to the artist who soiled the canvas, not to the artist. those whose teaching has tried to improve it.
Charleston artist Carol Ezell-Gilson studied with Manning Williams at the Gibbs Art Museum and Marshall Glasier at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After art school, she taught at the Gibbes Museum, worked as a public historian at several Charleston sites, and has been a licensed city guide for over 40 years, organizing walking tours in Charleston’s Historic District.
Artist Jill Hooper grew up in Southern Pines and showed a fondness for drawing and sketching from an early age. She worked under Jeffery Mims for a long time as well as in Florence, Italy.
Currently, she lives and works between downtown Charleston and London, where she is the Artist in Residence at London Fine Art Studios.
Mark Kelvin Horton was born and raised in rural North Carolina and moved to New York after graduating from East Carolina University to begin a career in advertising and design. After deciding to devote himself to painting full time, he moved to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where he painted beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to represent nature in a way that reflected his own ideas and sensibilities.
Alana M. Knuff recently moved to Pinehurst from Charleston. At the age of 9, she won second place in a national art competition sponsored by Kellogg. She excelled in drawing life in college and earned a degree in mathematics. Knuff followed a career in capital project management, leading the design and construction of buildings for Harvard University and the University of Texas. After joining a group of outdoor painting artists in Italy, his love of art awoke and the desire to devote himself full time to painting. His main subjects are marine art and portraits.
Ron Anton Rocz’s career as a photographer began in Charleston in the early 1980s, beginning with a vocation and following a professional career in social work in anti-poverty, mental health and human resource development programs. . It is often said that he seems to “paint” with the camera and film.
Patrick Webb, who will be speaking at Monday’s architecture event, and Jill Hooper will present a plaster piece of their collaboration on a sculptural ornament project inspired by the symbology of historic Charleston architecture.
All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Lowcountry Benefit Luncheon for Arts Council Youth Programs.
Masks and physical distancing requirements vary by location.