Strand Notebook | Various art and historic exhibits throughout the Grand Strand

A painting by Patricia Sabree titled Son Raise.
A painting by Patricia Sabree titled Son Raise.

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

▪ 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 For the Art Museum, call 238-2510 or visit

Peggy Mishoe,, 365-3885.