Beautiful new murals and other pieces of art are being painted around town by local artists. Read on to see where you can find these great photo ops!
Bowman Place Shopping Center Mural
A new Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission mural has just been completed on the Bowman Place shopping center facing Bowman Rd. near the new Come Back Shack restaurant. The Bowman Place mural depicts a dog jumping off a dock to fetch a stick that children have thrown in the water. It was painted by Michael Kuffel, a professional artist whose work can also be seen at GDC Interiors, Old South Carriage Company, and other places around the Lowcountry. “The mural ‘Lucky’s Leap’ was a wonderful chance to partner with the town and take advantage of Michael Kuffel’s unique artistic talent to create something very special for our Bowman Place customers and the entire community,” said property manager Donna Patterson.
Art on the Half Shell is a Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts, & Pride Commission project that invites artists to submit applications for their art to be painted on 4-foot tall fiberglass oyster sculptures. When finished, the paintings are placed throughout various Town spaces. The names and titles of the new commissioned pieces are: Vanessa Grebe, Postcard from Mount Pleasant – Julie Wheat, Paddleboarding at Sunset – Mimi Wood, George Washington’s Southern Road Trip – Marie Slone, Magnolias -Johanna Hughes, Kids Going to the Beach -Rick Sargent, Casting a Net.
For the last five years, the Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission has been turning silver traffic signal boxes into works of art selected from local artist submissions. One of the applicants that year was Bob Graham, also known as the Saltwater Cowboy, a renowned Lowcountry painter. He often walks around downtown, taking pictures of people for inspiration. On one excursion many years ago, he was with his girlfriend outside of Henry’s when a boy came up and offered to sell them a palmetto rose. Graham appreciated how the roses contrasted with the skull and crossbones on the boy’s shirt. He purchased a rose, explained to the boy that he was an artist, and asked if he could snap a picture. He then turned the picture into a portrait and submitted it.