One of the largest solo shows of world renowned St. Helena Island painter Sam Doyle opened this past Sunday at ARTworks gallery. “We are proud to have the opportunity to showcase the work of such an important American folk artist, made possible by the generous sponsorship of community members and our partnership with Penn Center,” said ARTworks Creative Director JW Rone.
Kudos to Claudette Humphrey who conceived of and organized the wonderful show along with the help of her fellow committee members Lisa Rentz, Mary Mack and Penn Center Curator Victoria Smalls. Emory Campbell, Pierre McGowan and Etta Mann spoke at an opening event where all the delicious food was prepared by Claudette. Their often humorous recollections of their experiences with Sam Doyle on St. Helena Island almost all seemed to end on the refrain: “Why didn’t I buy one of his artworks when they were so inexpensive?” Several collectors who were wise enough to do so were in attendance and generously lent works for this exhibit. The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 5, Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Here are some pics from the opening event: