A painting by Patricia Sabree titled Son Raise.
By Peggy Mishoe
For The Sun News
With all the bad news and ugliness that exists, we are fortunate to have so much beauty and art to enjoy in our area. The following exhibits and events are just a few examples of many opportunities to escape into the arts and history that are offered by Brookgreen Gardens or the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
▪ Gullah Culture…Remembering While Evolving, will be displayed in Learning Lab 1 at the Wall Lowcountry Center at Brookgreen Gardens from noon until 4:30 p.m. daily through March 13.
The exhibit of visual art by Patricia Sabree reflects her Gullah experiences while growing up with 15 brothers and sisters on a farm in Lake City. According to a Brookgreen press release, each painting, vibrantly colored and filled with energy, tells a story about Gullah culture and lore. “Love Grows” depicts the work ethic of a woman and child planting vegetables. “Son Raise” showcases the pride of a father and son fishing. And “Before Convenience” portrays the discipline and joy of hard work as a woman cooks on a wood burning stove.
Sabree, a resident of Bluffton, says that her work provides reminiscences of the Deep South. “My paintings are shaped by the stories I lived. Fishing off the river bank or swamp land, walking barefoot in the rain, running in the blazing sun, playing in a game of outdoor basketball, being whipped across the legs for not doing a chore, and even enjoying ice cream and cake on a sunny summer’s Sunday.”
She is the owner of Sabree’s Authentic Gullah Art Gallery in Savannah, Ga., Sabree’s Headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.; and an online gallery at www.sabreesgallery.com.
▪ Also at Brookgreen, on January 20 and 27, an interactive cultural game show titled Gullah Geechee Mania will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium by Ron Daise, vice president for creative education. The program informs viewers about the unique Gullah Geechee culture and heritage of the southeastern coastal United States. Each guest becomes a contestant who will gain points for answering questions about Gullah Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia.
▪ The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach has several current exhibits, including FrankLloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior. According to the Museum’s website, the exhibition contains 28 framed works, including 20 reproduction drawings and eight photographs, representing Wright’s most distinctive interiors.
Recognized around the world for his innovative style and modern designs,architect Frank Lloyd Wright originated and popularized the concept that structures should exist in harmony with humanity and their environment, aphilosophy he called organic architecture.” The concept extended not only tostructures’ exteriors, but to the interiors, furnishings and ornaments, insisting that all parts should be as one.
Seventeen buildings designed by Wright, who died in 1959, have been honored by the American Institute of Architects.
For more information on Brookgreen Gardens at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, call 235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org. For the Art Museum, call 238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
Peggy Mishoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 365-3885.
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by Dianne Owens
MURRELL’S INLET – “Gullah Culture … Remembering While Evolving,” an exhibit of visual art by Patricia Sabree, a native of Lake City, has opened at Brookgreen Gardens.
On display in Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from noon to 4:30 p.m. daily through March 13, Sabree’s art reflects her life growing up on a farm in the Roper community, near Lake City. She is owner and operator of Sabree's Authentic Gullah Art Gallery, Savannah; Sabree's Headquarters, Charlotte, NC; and an online gallery at www.sabreesgallery.com.
Patricia Elaine Sabree, whose maiden name is McFadden, said she and her 14 siblings spent most of their youth working on the farm where their parents were sharecroppers.
“My paintings are shaped by the stories I lived. Fishing off the river bank or swamp land, walking barefoot in the rain, running in the blazing sun, playing in a game of outdoor basketball, being whipped across the legs for not doing a chore, and even enjoying ice cream and cake on a sunny summer’s Sunday,” she said. Her art uses vibrant and vivid colors to depict energy, each painting telling a story about Gullah culture and lore. Now a resident of Bluffton, her work provides reminiscences of the deep south.
The farm featured hundreds of acres of tobacco, cucumbers, cotton, corn, string beans, watermelons, and a very large garden, she said. “Father, J.W. McFadden, used a mule and a hand-held plow to plant the garden, which was adjacent to the house. He often said it made better rows for planting. Mother, Elizabeth McFadden, trailed in behind digging holes for the seeds. The children would come along and throw the seeds in the hole and cover them with bare feet.”
Sabree obtained a bachelor's of arts degree from South Carolina State University, and a master's of education from Southern Wesleyan. Her art professors from S.C.S.U. influenced her greatly, especially Dr. Leo Twiggs, a Batik artist who most inspired her love for painting.
After teaching art for 22 years, Sabree said she heard a little voice telling her she needed a new challenge. In 2010, she left the teaching profession to work Monday through Fridays on her paintings. The artist still has family in the neighboring areas of Lake City, Conway, and Florence, she said, and “No. No one in the family took up farming.”
Sabree’s favorite thing to paint, she said, is anything to do with being raised on the farm. “By painting these cherished images, I keep the memories alive,” she said.
Next on her exhibit's list is "The Hilton Head Gullah Arts Exhibition" and "The Heritage Day Arts Festival" in Savannah.
“The Savannah's exhibition is a group exhibition featuring the works of Gullah-Geechee Artists Natalie Daise, Sonja Evans-Griffins, Jery Taylor, myself, and a few others.”
Anyone in Savannah area has a standing invitation to visit with her in her gallery, Sabree's Gullah Art Gallery, Savannah City Market, Studio 4/Second Floor, 309 West St. Julian St, Savannah, she said.
“I sincerely thank Ron and Natalie Daise for extending the offer to exhibit my works at Brookgreen. This past Saturday they went above and beyond the call of duty helping me and my daughter install the paintings and other artifacts akin to the Gullah-Geechee Culture. We will be forever indebted to them,” she said.
Dianne Owens is editor of the Weekly Observer newspaper that serves Hemingway, Johnsonville and their surrounding communities in South Carolina.