Former Mount Pleasant Academy hosts art show

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mazie Brown produces handmade sweetgrass baskets.


An old local landmark is looking better than ever thanks to the efforts of one Mount Pleasant family.

Located at 140 Hibben St. in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, the building once known as the Mount Pleasant Academy has been undergoing tremendous renovations in order to restore the building to its former glory. Beginning around the late 1800s, this 4,800-square-foot space served as a schoolhouse for Mount Pleasant residents until 1908. Mount Pleasant Academy began as a one-room schoolhouse with a single teacher. Later, two additional rooms were added and the school expanded to three teachers. During this period, the school offered students lessons in foreign language and the classics. Following its use as a school, the address has served as a private residence.

After almost eight months of renovations, the old schoolhouse was host to world-class works of art by local and international talents. In a showing organized by Cathy Hunnicutt of the Hunnicutt Real Estate Team at Carolina One Real Estate and Mary Martin of Mary Martin Gallery, paintings, sculptures and other great works of art adorned the former schoolhouse.

Located at 103 Broad St. in Charleston, Mary Martin Gallery was named best gallery in South Carolina and one of the top 25 galleries in America in 2013 and 2014 by the American Art Awards.

Among the artists' works on display at the opening were select pieces by Judy Fuller, David Michael Beck, John Sherman, DAB, John Hoffman and Elaine Hruska. A Charleston-based painter, Hruska said that she creates her unique works by “layering pastels and not blending them, so they remain very vibrant and the colors are blended in the eye of the viewer.” Hruska added that her vivid landscape paintings “celebrate nature and the energies and spirits in nature.”

Also presenting her works that evening was Mazie Brown. Brown is known for crafting one-of-a-kind sweetgrass baskets, a skill which she learned when she was 8 years old. Brown said that sweetgrass basket making is a tradition in her family that has been passed down from generation to generation. Her creations can regularly be purchased at her stand along the Sweetgrass Corridor of Highway 17.

The evening also featured live music provided by classical guitarist Clelia Reardon.

Once the final round of renovations are made to the former Mount Pleasant schoolhouse, the property will hit the market with an estimated $2.25 million asking price. The expected date of completion is Oct. 4.

For more information about the Mary Martin Gallery, visit www.marymartinart.com or call 843-723-0303.

To arrange a private showing of the home, contact Cathy Hunnicutt at 843-416-3050.

Dustin Waters is one of our staff reporters and the staff copy editor. Follow Dustin on Twitter @MNreports for more news updates.

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