‘The Gullah Creole Caribbean Connection’ exhibit celebrates Memorial Day

In keeping with history and tradition, the Corner Community on St. Helena Island is gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with an array of activities to recognize a holiday the people of St. Helena Island have always celebrated as part of their American heritage. The Red Piano Too Art Gallery is hosting a special art exhibit on May 24, featuring the work of well-known Lowcountry artist Diane Britton Dunham. The theme of this show is “The Gullah Creole Caribbean Connection.” Gullah Creole is the term coined by Dunham because it best describes her artwork blending elements of her colorful Louisiana Creole roots with the rich historical Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. She will discuss the Gullah Creole Caribbean art connection and related history during the exhibit. Noted Beaufort musician and Dunham’s husband, Phil Griffin, will provide music for the Gullah side of the event from noon until 2 p.m., playing classic Southern Blues and traditional Gullah music. A collection of Gullah-themed needlework hangings by Bridget Murray will also be exhibited. These pieces emphasize the detail Murray incorporates in her work. The Red Piano Too Art Gallery will also present the East of the River Steel band from Washington, D.C. This band is made up of young people ages 6 to 19, in a program that enhances lives, builds confidence and fosters resiliency as it also develops a love and appreciation of the arts. The band will present a special concert from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a must see performance, according to longtime Caribbean resident Elayne Scott. An additional exhibit of Lauren DeLoach’s Lowcountry paintings celebrating regional natural beauty will be presented at Bella Vita and Octopuses, which are across the street and next door to the Red Piano Too Art Gallery. All activities are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, located at 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, S.C., 29920, by calling 843-838-2241

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