Church Gates of Charleston

By Peter Ingle
Church Gates of Charleston

A LARGE PART of Charleston’s charm is its endless array of vignettes, each unique, yet each nestled in a harmony of textures, colors, and styles which offer more beauty in close proximity than perhaps any American city. In historic downtown you can stand almost anywhere, turn in a circle, and see something exquisite at... Read »

Call me ‘Bo’

By ChasToday
Call me ‘Bo’

I GREW UP with his children as our families regularly beached, sailed, hunted, and socialized together. To us, he was always ‘Mr. Morrison’, which is how I greeted him after being away from Charleston for more than 30 years.... Read »

Miss Smith’s Spectacular Watercolors

By ChasToday
Miss Smith’s Spectacular Watercolors

ALICE SMITH was an artist who saw a scene she liked and painted it. Simple as that. Yet, behind her simplicity looms a charm of ethereal beauty that renders her work as elusive as the artist herself. Of course,... Read »

Vanderbilt Tradition Still Beckons at Biltmore

By Peter Ingle
Vanderbilt Tradition Still Beckons at Biltmore

THE LIST OF THINGS TO SEE and do at Biltmore House and Gardens is extensive, and all of it worthwhile. Combining magnificent architecture, glorious landscapes, and worldly seclusion, there is nothing quite like it on the east coast, perhaps... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Corn Snake

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Corn Snake

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SNAKE. It is so colorful and bright and well painted that you almost forget it’s a snake. Almost. One thing that makes you not forget is its characteristic way of moving in a series of... Read »

Roger Federer | Inside the Art of Tennis

By Peter Ingle
Roger Federer | Inside the Art of Tennis

HOW IS IT THAT ROGER FEDERER, about to enter his thirty-seventh orbit around the sun, continues to be such a formidable opponent? His feline grace, precise strokes, and unruffled demeanor certainly help, but they’re not enough to explain his... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Wild Pine and Locusta Caroliniana

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Wild Pine and Locusta Caroliniana

A LARGE PART of Mark Catesby’s appeal is how his watercolors reveal and revel in the majesty of Nature. This is especially true of his paintings of flora which are typically brimming with life and movement. This simple rendering... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Chatterer and the Magnolia

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Chatterer and the Magnolia

THE CHATTERER, with its dynamic mask and bristly tuft of hair, is front and center in this composition, but the Magnolia steals the show. It’s one of the few instances (in this exhibit) where Catesby combined fauna and flora... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

CATESBY OBVIOUSLY had a fond admiration for this “Small Parrot” of Carolina, which may be why this watercolor wins the prize for best combination of most beautiful and most pleasing to look at in this exhibit. But, why is it... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

MANY PIECES in this exhibit jump out and impress you with their color, drama, and power. This one invites you in, and the more you linger the more there is to appreciate. The main thing, of course, is the... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | Ivory-billed woodpecker

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | Ivory-billed woodpecker

THIS GORGEOUS PORTRAIT of an ivory-billed woodpecker (now on display at the Gibbes) is one of the most compelling pieces in this exhibit. One reason for that may be because it is equally powerful and perplexing. Its power derives... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Black Snake

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Black Snake

THIS WATERCOLOR stands out in several ways. One way is how Catesby has the snake itself “standing” out, as though it has lifted one quarter of its body into the air—which I have never seen a black snake do in... Read »

The Loneliest Number in Professional Tennis

By Peter Ingle
The Loneliest Number in Professional Tennis

AT THE TINY, TALL SUMMIT of professional tennis, there is room for only one. Preparation for getting there is grueling. The ascent is physically exhausting and psychologically draining. Arrival is not guaranteed. Victory can be fleeting. It’s a lonely journey... Read »

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