As the 2016-2017 Arts, etc. year comes to a close, there are so many to thank for a superb year.


Please reference the 2017 House Tour page on this website to get a snapshot of the record breaking 2017 Art & House Tour. The success of the tour on April 7th and the months of hard work leading up to the big day enabled Arts, etc. to fund over $90, 000 in programs which will bring the arts to the young people to Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. Thank you to Jinnie Chapel, Vickey Wile and their extraordinary team.


We kicked off the year with a Welcome Back Wine & Cheese, hosted by Ellen Walkley, giving members and prospective members the chance to reconnect after a busy summer. It was soon followed by the annual Member Mingle, where creative and hard working co-chairs, Aileen Hugli and Connie Nelson, transformed Cinder Creek into an experience to remember.


Our luncheon speakers brought as varied an appreciation of the different art forms as we have ever enjoyed. Yuriy Bekker, CSO Concertmaster and principal CSO Pops Conductor, regaled us with his fascinating stories as we were soon to learn that we were evacuating due to Hurricane Matthew. No spirits were dampened! In November, Hanna Raskin, Post & Courier Food Critic, brought food arts to life providing a glimpse into the Charleston restaurant scene – past, present and future. 2017 got off to a spectacular start as we welcomed Mary Whyte, renowned water colorist. In February, we were fortunate to enjoy a presentation by Pam Cohen, a noted local photographer, who shared her love of Venice. At the end of year luncheon, Mayor John Tecklenburg, provided insight and perspective into the city we love. Arts, etc. was honored to welcome this distinguished speaker.


Three exciting Art & Wine events made the year one to remember. Many thanks to Nancy and Dan Pricket for their orchestration, vision and attention to detail. In November, the Baumgarten/ Rush home welcomed members to enjoy their varied and fascinating collections. Co-sponsored with Our World, February featured Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, who provided a behind the scenes view of the newly renovated museum. Finally, thanks to founder Cathy Marino, at “Art & Wine Travels Downtown” we enjoyed visiting four homes and a gallery, an event that sold out in 12 hours!


Please check back on this page as the summer draws to a close to learn about the exciting events planned for the fall of 2017.