Local family helps breathe life back into neighborhood relic

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

An upcoming summer event will bring the community together to marvel at the transformation of the Old Mount Pleasant Academy, located at 140 Hibben Street.

A unique collaboration between the Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston and the Hunnicutt Real Estate Team will convert the Old Mount Pleasant Academy for one weekend only into an art gallery.

Art lovers, history buffs and those who simply enjoy a good time should plan to drop in from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 or Sunday, Aug. 3.

Works by renowned artists such as Judy Fuller, Elaine Hruska, John Hoffman, DAB, Ramon Pujol and others will adorn the walls. The August event will be a chance for the community to once again fall in love with a building that had, over the previous decades, fallen into disrepair and become an unfortunate eyesore. As the complete remodel nears completion, Matt, Cathy and the rest of the Hunnicutt Team are inviting friends back to the storied school.

The Mary Martin Gallery is a perfect fit for the Old Village event, building on the uniqueness of the neighborhood and the individual flair of each home and structure in the area.

Mary Martin's gallery is known for its diversity of works. Similarly, each individual home in the neighborhood adds to the charm of the Old Village.

The Old Village of Mount Pleasant is a simple slice of Americana.

It's a throwback to the days when children rode their bikes to the malt shop, ran barefoot to the water's edge and fished from dusk until dawn during long, hazy summer days. And all of this life continues in the shadow of America's greatest city: Charleston.

Cathy and Matt Hunnicutt have a good, firm grasp of the Old Village vibe.

Cathy and Ed Hunnicutt raised Matt in the Old Village. Matt grew up as the kids in the Old Village still do today – stomping through pluff mud and ordering ice cream from the Pitt Street Pharmacy.

Now, he works to bring this idyllic family experience to life for the next generation.

Their passion for their neighborhood is evident, and their interest in seeing each home reach its potential is unprecedented. For them, it's personal.

This event is an invitation into their neighborhood where they wait to share some of the best Mount Pleasant has to offer.

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