In conjunction with Women’s History Month, Middleton Place National Historic Landmark and the Edmondston-Alston House in downtown Charleston, SC have jointly mounted a special exhibition of works by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith in connection with the launch of a beautiful accompanying book, Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist. A leader of the Charleston Renaissance and a trailblazer of the city’s historic preservation movement, she captured the mystical spirit of the Lowcountry’s coast, marshes, and woodlands in luminous watercolors.
Opened on March 1, 2021 — and continuing through January 10, 2022 — the special exhibits correspond with the launch of the book and allow the public the opportunity to see almost 40 works from private and public collections of Alice Smith’s art featured in the book. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (1876–1958), immortalized the beauty and history of the Carolina Lowcountry and helped propel the region into an important destination for cultural tourism. In a career of sixty years, she defied gender expectations and gained national acclaim. Alice is a personal account of the artist’s life and work that draws on unpublished papers, letters, and interviews, told from the perspective of Dwight McInvaill, a close family friend and, her family — Anne Tinker (Alice’s great-niece) and Caroline Palmer (Alice’s great-great-niece).
There will be two other related exhibitions taking place this spring and summer: one at the Gibbes Museum of Art (Japanese woodblock prints and influence of them on Charleston artists, including Alice Ravenel Huger Smith) which will run from April 30 - October 3, 2021 and an exhibition at the Florence County Museum (Alice Ravenel Huger Smith) which will run from June 15 - November 14, 2021.
Alice is published by Evening Post Books in collaboration with Middleton Place Foundation, and net proceeds from the sale of the book go to help sustain Middleton Place Foundation's important mission to connect people to the past and inspire a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. The book was released March 1, 2021 and is available in hardcover for $60.00 at the Middleton Place Museum Store, selected area bookstores and online:
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