Saturday, November 22, 2008
On a recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, I was really excited to find a collection of lovely drawings of Charleston street scenes, rooftop views, garden gates, and buildings on small postcards at the Gibbes Museum of Art gallery shop. I learned from helpful docents the drawings were of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner who was "part of a group of artists who were dedicated to reviving an interest in art in the Charleston area in the 1920s and 1930s." She was also a preservationist and dedicated advocate for her City. The postcards were salvaged from her studio on the corner of Tradd Street and Church Street, likely printed in the 1940s or 1950s.
"Verner genuinely loved the city and its people and through her drawings, etchings and dry points she tried to preserve as much of the charm, flavor and uniqueness of her home..."
What a worthy mission.