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Mode r n Living in the Old South ~ Summe r ville’s Magazine

THE RACE OF NO RETURN Rory O’Connor is one of of only eighty-one in the world to conquer these grueling races


The Refreshingly Raw, Unmistakably Southern, Work Of Artist KEVIN MORRISSEY

A WALK WITH EDGAR POE With a connection to the Holy City, he has haunted the Charleston literary scene for generations

THE BEAT OF HIS OWN STRUM Michael Wentzell is a world class luthier who just happens to be our neighbor

A SLICE of SWEET HEAVEN Our Favorite Southern Custard Pies Pg. 46


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29 7 Editor’s Letter 9 Letters 9 Contributors



Fresh new styles to build the perfect Spring look by Margie Sutton

/ COLUMNS 38 / History


46 46 / Taste

SPRING FARE: Pies Our Favorite Southern Custard Pies by The Carolina Gourmand

52 / Faith FATHER & SON

A River Creek Runs Through It by Will Browning



Your next vacation could be closer than you think. Sometimes the best vacations

Will Rizzo Publisher and Editor

are just around the corner! Now is the perfect time to plan a minivacation close to home – especially

Dottie Langley Rizzo Managing Editor

when our community has so much to offer. Why not go golfing, kayaking, tour a plantation, eat at one of many fine restaurants, or browse in the one-of-a-kind shops

Sales Representatives Jenefer Bishop 843.729.9669 Jenny Fisher 361.652.7704

around town. Stop by the Summerville Visitor Center or visit our web site for


more ideas:

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56 The Beat Of His Own Strum

Michael Wentzell is a world class luthier who just happens to be our neighbor by Will Rizzo

60 The Fine Art Of Living

Larry and Pam Barnfield have mastered the fusion of art and livability by Will Rizzo

66 Run Rory Run

Only 81 people in the world have raced across the four most treacherous deserts in the world – Rory O’Connor is one of them by Will Rizzo

72 Dirty South

Refreshingly Raw, Unmistakably Southern. Q&A with Southern artist Kevin Morrissey.

ON THE COVER: “Jump for Jolly” Acrylic on Panel 42” x 44” by Artist Kevin Morrissey


82 Seasonal Calendar 85 Kid’s Meal Deals 86-87 For the Cause - Sculpture In The South Valentine’s Art a la Carte - Downs Byrd Memorial Oyster Roast Benefiting Frances R Willis SPCA

88 Last Call


Dine. Shop. Travel in Style. Arrive in style with our complimentary luxury transportation for small groups.* Shop at Reflections for gifts of distinction. When you’re ready, we’ll take you home. Now that’s Southern Hospitality at its finest.

Events Not to Miss Friday & Saturday Night Music in the Pines Bar & Café 7pm

Wine Dinners

Passport to South America, Chile & Argentina, Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm Hiberic Peninsula: Spain & Portugal Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Menu at Pines Lowcountry Sunday Brunch with Artist’s Palate Series 11am – 2pm

March 17, á la carte items

Reflections of Woodlands Fashion Show Luncheon Wednesday, March 23

Chef’s Spring Fresh Market Dinner Woodlands Culinary Academy Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13 Here’s your opportunity to graduate with an official certificate from South Carolina’s only Five Star restaurant and hotel. Attend the weekend long Culinary Academy hosted by Executive Chef Andrew Chadwick.

Thursday, April 14, 6pm

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COMING 04/2011

The Eye Of The Beholder / George Bernard Shaw once said “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” Art is a wonderful, yet tricky thing. What might look like a scribble to some could be a priceless work of expression to others. And there are as many forms of art as there are inspirations behind them. Whether it’s a song meant to inspire, a painting meant to challenge, a sculpture meant to pay tribute, a story meant to educate, a movie meant to entertain, a photograph meant to document, or a meal meant to wow, the world of art offers something for everyone. When I first saw Kevin Morrissey’s paintings, (the subject of our cover story “Dirty South” page 72), I was captivated. It was like the first time

I heard Garth Brooks sing in the early nineties. I listened to that cd over and over, like it was fueling me in some way. Morrissey’s paintings are raw, colorful, and unmistakably Southern. His work celebrates the unique diversity and the simple joys of the American South. Kevin Morrissey has created a special limited edition print, “First Sunday In April,” for this issue of Azalea. This print, along with prints of his paintings are now available online at the Azalea Store, If Morrissey’s work is not your cup of sweet tea, no problem. Our area is filled with many great artists, institutions, and organizations. So, look around and see what moves you. You just might find your own Garth Brooks. Will Rizzo / Editor


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LOCAL MAGAZINES Absolutely wonderful local magazine. We are military and have lived many different places and I try to buy local magazines if available for that area. But “Azalea Magazine” is the best. I understand it has been in publication for a year, well here’s to many many more years to come!! -Tammy Palfreyman

Dottie L. Rizzo / photographer Katie DePoppe / writer Katie DePoppe is an awardwinning freelance writer, event planner, and public relations consultant. She lives in historic Summerville with her husband Ryan, their son Maxwell, and their three dogs--Oliver, Atticus, and Poe.

Dottie Langley Rizzo, a lifelong Summervillian and Greenwave alum, lives with her husband Will, and her children Paris and Davison.

Margie Sutton / stylist

Will Browning / writer and pastor Will is the Teaching Pastor at a new modern church in Summerville, The Journey Church. He is the father of three kids and is married to his college sweetheart, Tarah. Will is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader, and a coach for young leaders. Will is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

This mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 is a 30 year veteran of the beauty and fashion industry. Margie manages the Summerville Stella Nova location, and has been the lead stylist,for the past three years, for Charleston Fashion Week.

BEAUTIFULLY REPRESENTED Kudos on Azalea Magazine! It is nice to see the town so beautifully represented. Keep up the fine work. -Angela May FANTASTIC JOB Picked up the winter edition of Azalea and just wanted to let you know that you’re doing a fantastic job! I enjoyed it so very much. -Leah England ENJOYABLE AND ACCURATE Keep up the good work. Your collective perceptions of Summerville and the surrounding Lowcountry are enjoyable and accurate representations of our wonderful community. I wish you many more years of success. -James Riley QUALITY AND DIVERSITY Love the magazine! The quality and diversity is always enjoyable and very entertaining. -Wendy H. Smith

We Want To Hear From You: We welcome your letters and comments. Email letters to Emails should include full contact info. We reserve the right to edit letters for legibility and length.

The Carolina Gourmand Who, or what, is a Carolina Gourmand? It’s that rich individual, who can understand Gullah, enjoy the simplicity of country cooking or can tell the difference in fresh ‘creek shrimp’ and its frozen cousins from China.

Editorial Submissions Send manuscripts or outlines to: The publisher assumes no responsibility for any unsolicited material.


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Those things we love to enjoy at a Southern pace.


A native Midwesterner (a Hoosier to be specific), Liz has adopted the Southern way of life for the past 9 years. She lives in Summerville with her husband Brad, and two wildly wonderful children, Ava and Max. Liz is a passionate advocate for the YMCA, possibly because she is their Marketing Director, possibly because of all of the good they do?

“I want to be a football man” by LIZ GRAHAM

My 3 year old son loves football. He has multiple football jerseys that he wears whenever he gets a chance. He plays catch with footballs of all sizes. He watches football. He talks about football. He is even planning to have a football birthday party (in September) and for Halloween he wants to be a “football man”. He loves football! It all started when I took my kiddos to their first Green Wave game this fall. We attended the home game against West Ashley. The stands were packed, the cheerleaders were right in front of us, and the team played great (and won 28-7). Amazingly, my kids were enthralled! They actually watched the game, they watched the ball move up and down the field and they asked a lot of questions. They knew they wanted the “green team” to win and they cheered them on. When we left to go home, they even begged to stay! So, instantly we began planning for our next Green Wave game. We attended the Homecoming game in full regalia. My kiddos wore their newly purchased Green Wave shirts, my daughter wore her new green/yellow/white hair bow, and my son had his cow bell. We were set! As we attended more and more games, I began to notice a change in my son. He wanted to watch football on TV. He wanted to play catch with a football no matter the size. He even began to ask questions. For example, my son does not like milk, but he one day asked, “Do football players drink milk?” He had recently begun eating hamburgers, but first he had to know, “Do football players eat hamburgers?” And one night, while I was bathing him, he asked, “Do football players takes baths?” As Christmas drew close, my son began making his wishes known. All he wanted from Santa were football shoes, football pants, a football shirt and, of course, a helmet. Thank goodness my mom, the Queen of Google, found a little boy version of all he wished for, including a helmet. On Christmas Day, my son found his football attire and immediately put everything on… shirt, pants, shoes… And when I placed that helmet on his perfect little head it was like he had been transformed. Now he was a REAL “football man”. So, if you ever see a little munchkin boy walking around Target, in full football regalia (including a helmet), please take heed. You may very well be looking at a future Heisman Trophy winner. 12


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The American South has arguably given the world more popular music than any other culture in history. Genres such as; Rock-nRoll, Blues, Jazz, Country and Western, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, Indie Rock, Beach Music, and Gospel, among others. We at Azalea Magazine will be assembling compilations of our favorite Southern artists and the vast variety of music that they have created–a playlist for every occasion.

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DRIVING MIX 1. Dairy Queen / Indigo Girls (Georgia) 2. Good Hearted Woman / Jennings - Nelson (Texas) 3. Wiser Time / The Black Crowes (Georgia) 4. Rockville / R.E.M. (Georgia) 5. The Outsiders / NeedToBreathe (S. Carolina) 6. Runnin’ Down A Dream / Tom Petty (Florida) 7. Windfall / Son Volt (Tennessee) 8. Feeling Good / Charlie Robison (Texas) 9. Wild Night / John Mellencamp (*) 10. Maybellene / Chuck Berry (*) 11. Midnight Rider / The Allman Brothers (Florida/Georgia) 12. Rural Route / Chris Knight (Kentucky) * Not from the South, but we think these artists have earned a pass.

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Since 1858, the Mason Jar has been a staple in the American South. These simple glass jars have proven themselves quite versatile. Here are a few fun ways to apply this vintage canning jar into stylish Southern storage and decor.


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Casey Lavin

Casey Lavin is the general manager of Woodlands. He is marrying his fiancée, Monica, this April.

Thinking ‘bout getting hitched? Tips on where to start on engaging her… for life by CASEY LAVIN

In the dictionary, one definition of the word “engagement” is “a hostile encounter between military forces.” Similarly, the word “propose” can mean “to form or put forward a plan or intention.” So, an engagement proposal is a strategic battle plan for war, right? Of course, I’m kidding, but my grandfather’s anecdotes when I was growing up really made this interpretation make sense. “Marriage is like a three ring circus,” he would say. “There is the engagement ring, then of course the wedding ring, only to be followed by years of suffering.” So, last year when I scraped together the courage (and wherewithal) to ask Monica to be my wife, I was both intimidated and lost. It is precisely for this reason that I feel compelled to offer a little advice for those considering their “battle plan.” Growing up, I was absolutely horrified at the thought of having to ask someone to marry me. I am not sure there is a scientific name for this phobia; however, Gamophobia (a fear of marriage) and Agathoraphobia (a fear of rejection) don’t seem to fit. My fear was not of finding the “one” and settling down, but I think it was a fear of accidentally finding the wrong “one” and being trapped. Maybe I’m claustrophobic? My brothers would argue that while in school the only true phobia I had was Calignyephobia (a fear of beautiful women). Luckily, I have not only shaken this fear of getting trapped, but my brothers would claim I also grew out of my fear of beautiful women when I proposed to Monica. While I am not an expert in whom people should choose to marry, once the “one” has been selected, I can provide a little advice. As a senior leader with some of the country’s leading hotels, I have had the privilege to participate with and witness a number of unique and “over the top” proposals. At Woodlands, we’ve even created a “Betrothal Butler” to assist with the planning. However, most of the more memorable moments also happen to also be the most affordable, yet sincere, proposals. Here are a few suggestions, making the assumption that the man is popping the question: 16


The Big Question: Answered - Know your audience: The phrase “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” is really true when creating such a beautiful moment. She has likely dreamed about it since she was a child, so don’t make it special for you – make it special for her. - Perhaps this is a little redundant, but you should make it personal. In fact, make it the most personal, most intimate, and most genuine few minutes of your lives. But how? Well, I’m glad you asked: - Be in your element, be comfortable and be prepared – Think through the moment and consider every possible element of the day. What if it rains? What if there are more people than anticipated around? - Consider getting those close to her involved – This is always a risk as it raises the possibility of spoiling a surprise. However, soliciting a trusted friend for advice and assistance helps provide perspective and ideas. - Tie in her past – You are not only proposing to marry her for the future, but you are marrying into her background and past. When orchestrating my brother’s proposal to his wife, the dramatic evening concluded with a private dinner with her favorite foods growing up which the chef at the restaurant handled perfectly without issue, and at a reasonable cost. The copy of the menu adorns the wall of their dining room to this day. - Speak from the heart – Don’t memorize a speech, instead jot down a few bullet points of some key points you want to convey. - Hope for the best! – Yes, I’m joking, but every little helps.Good luck

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Katherine Russell

A junior at Summerville High School, Katherine Russell is a staff writer for the Wave-Breaker, a member of National Honors Society, and Junior Class Treasurer. Upon completion of High School, Katherine plans to attend Clemson University and major in Communications. She enjoys going to Clemson football games and the beach, is an active member in her community and church, and aspires to one day be a news anchor.

Difficult Beginnings, Incredible Endings by KATHERINE RUSSELL

I recently transferred from Summerville High School to Ashley Ridge High School and the transition was incredibly difficult. On top of changing schools, I had been managing some incredibly difficult challenges. Over the past couple of months I had to deal with the divorce of my parents, a difficult breakup, and some rocky relationships with my friends. The move to a new school didn’t help in improving the relationships with my friends, whatsoever. Due to the divorce, I have been forced to deal with emotions that I have never experienced before, such as depression, fatigue, loneliness, and the fear of having to build myself back up to the girl I used to be. I began meeting new people, and developing acquaintances, but was still unable to build a strong friendship with anyone. I had my one best friend who I have known since I was a little girl, but that seemed to be the extent of my relationships. My Friday nights which were once filled with friends, movies, concerts, and dinners were now spent sleeping, reading, and watching television alone at the house. It was not that I didn’t have offers from people to hang out, I had simply lost the desire to be around people. I forgot what it was like to have a good time or to be happy. I felt I had lost everything that mattered to me. I began blaming everyone for my problems. I needed to take a step back, look in the mirror, and deal with my problems. It was me who was pushing people away, not the other way around. It took losing everything that was important for me to realize that I had to make a change. I came to understand that I am only going to be a teenager once, and if I continued to sit at home, pushing people away, the only thing I will have to look forward to is regret. Over the past couple of weeks I have been exercising, eating right, and putting more effort into my schoolwork. Slowly my confidence is building. By no means am I where I want to be, but I have become closer with my old friends, as well as making new friendships. I have a long way to go, but looking back on the progress I’ve made, I have traded regret for hope. I know that God has a purpose for each and every obstacle He has placed in my path. I have finally seen the good in my struggles. Not only am I getting closer to the girl I used to be, I see a stronger, and more confident young lady in my future. 18


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What’s The Occasion Whether you’re planning a grand Southern wedding or a simple dinner party, the right mix of fresh flowers can be the finishing touch in capturing the perfect theme for any event. Text and Arrangement by Karen Powell of OK Florist

If you are wanting to have lots of traditional Southern elements for your special occasion, choose lush hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, gardenias, camellia leaves and lots of magnolia leaves.


If you a going for a modern look, think deep hues. Purples, blues and greens are the hot colors this year! Start with blue hydrangea, add deep purple stock, purple tulips, green fugi mums, super green roses, deep purple/blue anemones, blue Veronica, purple hyacinth. Finish it off with the very funky fern curls!


For a barn wedding or a garden party, try using these elements to create a natural, rustic feel. Leonidas’s roses, curly willow, pheasant feathers, and lots of hanging green amaranthus.


Intense colors and unique shapes can transform an arrangement from frilly to fun. Use orange Berber daisies, blue iris, yellow mini callas, solidago, the ever funky fern curls, blue Veronica and horse tail.


Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the owner and operator of Flowertown Garden Center. Established in 2009, Flowertown Garden Center is a full-service garden center offering a variety of products and services to everyone from the novice to the master gardener.

The Garden Beckons by PAUL MOORE


;ou know spring is near when you arise from the cold dampness of a long winter and see the unmistakable beauty in the flowers, bursting with color, on early bloomers such as Eastern Redbuds and cherry trees. This is the time to start getting your spring planting plans in order for your fresh vegetable and herb gardens, color-filled annuals and an array of fruit trees. Spring is the perfect time to plant your flowering bulbs in anticipation of summer and fall blooms. Also, taking the time now to get all of your heat-loving perennials, evergreens, shrubs and ornamental grasses in the ground will ensure

a showy garden in the summer. Spring planting gives them time to root in before the famous heat of the South shows its hot, hot face. Spring is also the most opportune time to plant or repair your lawn with sod, plant bare root or container roses, or prune winter flowering shrubs and vines after their blooms are spent. For those of you who are fruit tree lovers, this is the time to evaluate your plans and start planting. Also, fruit trees should now be inspected and sprayed. For instance, peach trees should be checked and treated for problems such as peach leaf curl or peach leaf blight.

When planting perennials and annuals, it’s important to know the difference between them, so that there is no surprise the following growing season. Perennials grow and bloom over the spring and summer then lie dormant, or die back, in the fall and winter, only to return the following spring from their root stock rather than seeding themselves. Annuals, on the other hand, germinate, flower and die in a year or season. Therefore, in the gardening world, the term “annuals” often refers to plants grown outdoors in the spring and summer that only survive one growing season.

There’s no better time than spring to repair those bare spots winter left behind in your lawn. For instant gratification, use sod pieces. This is usually the best bet for quick fixes. There are several types of Southern grasses, namely Centipede, Bermuda, Zoysia and St. Augustine. Prior to laying sod, you will want to make sure you prepare the ground first and inspect for any insect damage to ensure a healthy lawn this season. Spring is here. It’s time to get you hands dirty and your lawns clean and full of color.

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…Once in the starlight When the tides were low, And the surf fell sobbing To the undertow, I trod the windless dunes Alone with Edgar Poe… -DuBose Heyward orget what you think you know about Edgar Allan Poe. Yes, what you learned in school was probably interesting—his works often involve gothic themes of death and dying. To many, he is the King of the Macabre and the Master of the Strange and Unexplained. But, the side we see of Poe in basic education is only one part of a multi-dimensional literary f igure—a complex man with a connection to the Holy City that has haunted the Charleston literary scene for generations.

obscure book, With Kindly Voices: A Nineteenth-

Century Georgia Family, a compilation of letters and carefully researched connections that recon-

structs their family’s lineage—Poe’s lineage. [1] The book includes a letter from Edgar Allan to his

cousin, Washington Poe—the only remaining cor-

respondence still in the family’s possession and one

that local scholar, Dr. Scott Peeples, Professor of

English at the College of Charleston, was not sure he had even read in his years of research. Always

one who has been interested in the way Charles-

ton, such a small city on the grand scale played host to the culturally influential, this correlation over-

wrought my curiosity and led me to look deeper into the Poe/Charleston connection. What I found was both inspiring and worthy of note.

I had the opportunity to meet a man related to Poe who lives in Summerville. James C. King’s gripping Over the last few hundred years, artists, authors, remarks concerning his family history led me to and purveyors of fine art have found themselves Virginia King Nirenstein’s (King’s grandmother) wandering the streets of Charleston and basking 42


on its beaches. William Gilmore Simms, Henry Timrod, Henry James, Amy Lowell, DuBose Heyward, Josephine Pinckney, in addition to Edgar Allan Poe (to name only a few), have connections here. Simms and Timrod were born here. James visited in 1904. Heyward and Pinckney were residents and founding members of the Poetry Society of South Carolina. Lowell and Pinckney were close friends. And so the connections go on. So what of Poe’s relationship?

Stationed to Fort Moultrie from November 1827 to December 1828, his stay here was short. According to Peeples, he was writing mostly poetry in the 1820s, but it is widely known that, “The Gold Bug,” a short story first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, was based upon his experiences on Sullivan’s Island. (The story is set there.) Interestingly still, in Peeples’ essay, “Poe’s Charleston/ Charleston’s Poe,” the scholar notes that Poe’s time in Charleston finally became a matter of public record in 1885, but the connection did not seem to be valued until the 1920s—the time of the Charleston Literary Renaissance. Led by John Bennett,

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DuBose Heyward, Hervey Allen, Beatrice Ravenel, and Josephine Pinckney, the Renaissance “reestablished Charleston as a center for Southern literature,” and suddenly Poe’s newfound background was influencing writers in a whole new era. [2] I think it is most notable to say that in 1922, Heyward and Allen both wrote poems of tribute to Poe in their co-authored work, Carolina Chansons: Legends of the Lowcountry. [3] Of Heyward’s poem, Peeples remarks that “Poe becomes…a ghostly presence for the Charleston poet, who, walking the same beach, smelling and hearing and seeing the same physical sensations, finds himself haunted by Poe’s influence.”

While Heyward’s and Allen’s poetry is only one example of the influence Poe had on the Literary Renaissance, there are numerous examples that lead us to present day literature. Probably most contemporary is, Nevermore!, the popular play produced by Julian Wiles, a local playwright and director, performed at the Dock Street several times in recent years.[4] Beyond Poe’s literary influence and his family connection to the South, of most interest to me, was that one man’s year stationed on a beach in AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2011


Charleston could reinvigorate the whole dynamic of culture in a city, for many of those inspired by Poe made noteworthy advancements and contributions to the fine arts.

Like many popular authors today, Poe often appealed to the “mass market” of the time through his tales of grief and the grotesque. I would dare to say that The Raven is probably one of the most widely known poems throughout literature. I find it so ironic that a man, made most popular by his grim themes, and who, in his lifetime, was relatively underappreciated for his contributions and laden with misfortune, has managed to influence generations of varying poets and writers in our corner of the world nearly two hundred years beyond his own existence. Sounds like a haunting to me…. A

Interested in learning more? Read The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe by Dr. Scott Peeples. (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004).

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** Sadly, in the book’s Epilogue, Nirenstein writes that the prominent southern family had other letters from Poe, but after being lent to William F. Gill in 1877 as research for his later book, Gill’s Life of Poe, they were never returned. Gill told the family the letters were lost in a fire in his home. In attempt of remuneration, he sent the family an inscribed copy of the book. 2-4. A special thank you to Dr. Scott Peeples of the College of Charleston for his willingness to help with research. All facts in relation to Poe’s connection to Charleston are pulled from Peeples’ essay, “Poe’s Charleston/Charleston’s Poe.”




Spring Fare:

A SLICE of SWEET HEAVEN Our Favorite Southern Custard Pies Text and Recipes by The Carolina Gourmand Prepared by Rhetta Davis

Food in the Carolina Lowcountry is a comforting blend of heritage, cultural tinkering, hospitality and home-style love. As one travels between the North Carolina border and Daufuskie Island any prolonged conversation will eventually meander to food which is defined by locality and freshness. Every meal seems to be memorable and one would never end it without something sweet to satiate our taste buds. Plainly speaking we would be looking for dessert and the South’s favorite desserts are pies.





outherners can make a pie out of anything; shrimp, oysters, okra, meats, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes; a potentially endless menu of extremely localized, and well-guarded family secrets that are willed down through generations. For our Spring issue, we will look at some simple, but preferred meal-ending-sweets that I call “The Kiss’en Cousins” which are custard based pies that will more than satisfies your ‘sweet-tooth’. The two pies that are closet in ingredients and often confused with each other are Buttermilk and Chess pies. Both are enticingly sweet and easily made. Chess pie is a particularly sugary dessert characteristic of the Deep South. Originally thought to have come from England to Virginia where its enjoyable taste soon spread throughout the colonies. To the North (above The Mason-Dixon Line) it was called “Jus’ pie”; in certain areas of the South it became “Jeff Davis Pie.” Whatever it’s called the ingredients are basically the same.

SOUTHERN CHESS PIE 1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell 11/2 cup of sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup of sifted flour 1/2 tsp. salt 4 eggs, divided 1/2 cup of butter 1/2 cup of milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract divided • In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, the brown sugar, milk, flour, & butter. • Heat over medium stirring all the time until everything is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. • Separate 3 eggs. Beat the 3 egg yolks along with 1 whole egg, add 1 tsp. of vanilla and salt. Combine with cooled sugar mixture and blend well. • Pour filling into unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 deg. For about 40 minutes. Lower the temperature to 250 deg. until the pie is set which will be puffy across the top. Remove from oven and set aside. • Beat the 3 egg whites util foamy. Gradually beat in the 1/2 cup of sugar and remaining vanilla. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. • Cover the pie with this meringue, return to a 325 deg. oven for about 10 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown.



Buttermilk pie is probably the closet cousin to chess pie with a rich history and equally rich in taste. The difference between authentic chess pies and buttermilk pies, excluding the buttermilk of course, is that old chess pie recipes often contained cornmeal and vinegar to cut the sweetness. In buttermilk pies, the acidic nature of the milk replaces the vinegar.

BUTTERMILK PIE 1 9 inch pie shell 1 1/3 cups butter 3 eggs, separated 3 Tbsp. flour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk 1 Tbsp. lemon juice t tsp. of finely grated lemon peel 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg A pinch of salt • Cream the butter and sugar; add the egg yolks, beating well after each addition. • Beat in flour and buttermilk; add the lemon juice, lemon peel, nutmeg and salt. • Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the filling. • Pour the filling into pie shell and cook in the center of a preheated 325 deg. Oven until the filling is set and slightly brown, about 1 hour. Another favorite pie of the Deep South is the fluffy Coconut Cream Pie served with its topping of whipped cream.

COCONUT CREAM PIE 1- 9 inch pie shell 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 cups of half-and-half 4 egg yolks 3 Tbsp. butter 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided 2 cups of whipping cream 1/3 cup of sugar • Combine a 1/2 cup of sugar and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan. • Whisk together half-and-half and egg yolks, gradually whisking into sugar mixture—bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. • Stir the butter, coconut and 1 tsp. of vanilla into the saucepan. Let cool slightly and cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes. Spoon the custard mixture into the prepared pie crust, cover and chill for at least 30 min. • In a mixer, on high speed, whip the cream until foamy, gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and remaining 1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. • Spread the whipped cream over pie filling and garnish with more coconut if desired.

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This next custard based pie is the darling of Fall when pecans are ‘fall’n’ and the turkeys are ready for the oven. The one ingredient separating our pecan pies from other areas is the inclusion of a generous jigger of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.


LOWCOUNTRY PECAN PIE 1—9 inch unbaked pie shell 1 cup white corn syrup 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 tsp. salt 1/3 cup of melted butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 whole eggs slightly beated 1 heaping cup of salted, butter roasted pecans, chopped 1 jigger of Jack Daniels whiskey Additional pecan halves for topping • Combine syrup, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, chopped pecans and Jack Daniels. Mix well. • Stir the eggs into this sugar mixture and pour into the pie shell. • Top with pecan halves. • Bake in a preheated 350 deg. oven for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool.



The most Southern of the South’s great custard pies is not because of heritage, literally its origins are in the most southern part of the United States, Key West, Florida and aptly named Key Lime Pie. The people occupying the Florida Keys, known as “Conchs” originally made this pie from canned milk brought in by ships, since there were no cattle on these islands, and the tiny limes indigenous to the area. Traditionally Key lime pie would not be cooked, letting the acid from the limes set and thicken the egg yolks. To this day, the pie continues to be made with sweet condensed milk and the tiny limes crowing on the ‘Keys’. Many variations of this unique pie are constructed using Persian limes, however it cannot match the taste imparted with the distinct tartness of the key lime.


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Whipping Cream Topping: 1/2 cup of whipping cream 2 tsp. of sugar 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract • For the crust: mix the ingredients together and press them into a 9” pie plate. Bake in a pre-heated 350 deg. Oven for 10— 12 min. It should be lightly brown. Place on a rack to cool. • For the filling: with an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks until thick and a light yellow. With the mixer off, add the milk. On a low speed mix about half the lime juice and incorporate it well and add the balance of the juice and zest and continue to mix until well blended. • Pour the mixture into the cooled pie shell and bake at 350 deg. for 12 minutes or until the custard is set. Remove and let cool. • For the topping: Beat the whipping cream until foamy, add the sugar slowly and then the vanilla extract. Continue to beat until stiff peaks begin to form. Serve over the pie. AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2011



FATHER &SON A River Runs / /


Through It By Will Browning


ver the last two years I have had the privilege of meeting weekly with seven college boys who are each studying to be pastors. This is an impressive group of young men who all arrived in Charleston from great pedigrees. During one meeting last spring, the eight of us had a discussion about fatherhood. Each of these seven boys indicated to me that their fathers inspired them to become what they called, “Men of God.” It is not often that so many boys in one room would talk in such an honoring manner about their dads. Seeing a great opportunity before me, I asked these young men, “What did your dads do to so greatly affect your lives?” Their answers were not what I had expected. Each of the college students began telling me stories about how their dads spent unique time with them and the majority of the seven boys told me it was around a fishing hole that they gleaned the most from their patriarchal hero. The conversation sent me back to the creek beds that my father and grandfather whisked me away to during the late afternoons of my boyhood. This was where I learned the fine art of fishing in South Carolina. Many tides have changed since these days but the memories are etched deep in my soul. As I spoke with these college students, I found that my story parallels with those of many fathers and sons. I’ll never forget gathering up fishing supplies with my grandpa and putting them into his rusty, tobacco-tarnished El Camino. My dad, making the trio of anglers complete, would

I’ll never forget my grandpa and I gathering up supplies into his rusty tobaccotarnished El Camino. AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2011



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- finding the precise depth where the fish swam. And then, with a slight bend of my arm and a snap of my wrist, my cork would find its way, splashing into the water.

again even today. Just before my cork disappears into the abyss, my father’s tender whispers of wisdom return to me as a story that must be retold.

Like life, it begins with small splash but the real game is in the waiting. Patient perseverance is what all fishermen must obtain for success. It is between these moments that our fathers delivered to us the wisdom that made us into men. In these moments as my red and white cork bobbed over the crest of tiny ripples, as my feet dangled in cool creek waters, my father’s voice is etched in my memory. It is in between that quiet moment that I hear my dad

This spring, the whispers resound again in the ears of the little boys in our homes. As the sun bursts over the horizon and the seas, lakes, or creeks beckon us to their shores, we must come to them arm-in-arm with minds ready to become men. And in this mud, side-by-side with our children, we have the power to touch our son’s souls just like ours fathers touched ours decades ago. A





Michael Wentzell is a world class luthier who just happens to be our neighbor. By Will Rizzo

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confession is in order. I have been known to frequently break the Tenth Commandment–not necessarily coveting my neighbor’s possessions, but their skills–particularly ones of the handmade variety. Every time I suggest that I might build something, I get this familiar look from my wife–a mixture of bewilderment and pity–a look that I finally understood the first time I saw one of Michael Wentzell’s guitars. I first met Michael Wentzell over the phone. I told him who I was and why I was calling–I was excited to find out that there was a master luthier living and working in Summerville, and that I wanted to hear his story. There was a long pause. I checked the screen on my phone to see if I had lost the connection—he was still there. “You can come by next week,” he said. “I’d like to meet you in person before I make a decision about an article.” I had to earn his story. Fair enough, I thought. I found Wentzell hard at work in his home shop. He was building a mahogany cutaway acoustic. We made small talk and he showed me around his work space. I was itching to pull out my book and start taking some notes, but I had yet to get the green light. He was busy sanding the dark wooden neck of his latest guitar, when without looking away from what he was doing, he asked: “So what exactly are you looking for?” “I want to tell your story,” I answered. “You got time?” he asked, finally looking up. I had earned the story. It was the first bit of wisdom I would soak up from this man. A self-described “Child of the Sixties,” Michael Wentzell was a military brat turned hippie. “Growing up in the hippie 60


movement and serving in Vietnam can take its toll on you,” he told me in his brash, yet super-groovy delivery. Normal adolescent rebellion mixed with the counter culture of the 1960s proved to be a volatile concoction. A string of addictions provided Wentzell with his fair share of tough times as a youth. “I was kicked out of schools, bands, and eventually kicked out of home at twenty-one,” he said. At the age of 34, tired of floundering, Michael Wentzell was ready to, if not settle down, at least focus his energy on something positive. He enrolled in Trident Tech and was studying to be a computer programmer. At the same time, he met Rose, a librarian. They soon married, and it was Rose who nudged him to go after his dream. “I have always wanted to be a craftsman,” he said, while sanding the neck of the guitar in his hands. “When I was a child in Hawaii, my dad pointed out these locals who were carving statues out of Koa wood. For some reason it just stuck with me.” Although it would take him away from his family during the summer, Wentzell enrolled in a luthier program in Phoenix, Arizona. “We spent ten hours a day in the shop building instruments,” he said matter-of-factly. “One of my instructors told me that we were not going to learn how to build guitars, but how to think like a guitar builder. I credit that mentality in shaping the way I create my instruments,” he said. After returning from Arizona, Wentzell got a job repairing guitars at Fox Music in Charleston and became an official Martin Guitar repair technician, an accomplishment in its own right. He continued to build guitars in Phoenix for the next two summers.

In 1993, after years of honing his skills and repairing other luthiers’ instruments, Wentzell was ready to build his own guitars. He first needed to build a shop: one filled with expensive machines, craftsman tools, and fine hardwoods. Impressed with his craftsmanship, Wentzell’s father gave him a portion of his future inheritance to get his fledgling business off the ground. Wentzell Guitars has remained a small operation by design. As guitar shops grow, the amount of work done by hand diminishes in order to rev up production. Over the past eighteen years Wentzell has produced over a hundred guitars–all of them created by his own two hands. “I have, and always will, make everything by hand,” Wentzell said. “That’s just how I do things.” The craftsmanship of a Wentzell Guitar is impeccable, but the design is rather understated. Wentzell chooses to forgo the embellishments that usually accompany many high-end guitars. “I don’t even put a logo on my instruments,” he said. “I prefer to let the guitar speak for itself. After all, it’s meant to make music.” Wentzell has worked with the likes of Trey Anastasio of the band Phish (who keeps a Wentzell Guitar on his tour bus) and Edwin McCain. Today, some fiftyfive years after that day in Hawaii with his father, Michael Wentzell is perfectly content with where he is. He has found the love of his life in Rose and has fulfilled a lifelong dream: He is a master craftsman continuing to create works of art that just might inspire others who march to the beat of their own strum. A To contact Wentzell Guitars - 843-873-2870 / Michael Wentzell is also looking for an apprentice to learn the luthier trade. If interested, please contact him at the above email address.



Larry and Pam Barnfield have mastered the fusion of style and livability Photos By Dottie Langley Rizzo

Portrait over mantel is early 19th century and unsigned, coffee table scupltures by Nnambi, side table sculpture by Shirley Moss


or Larry Barnfield, Director of Fine Arts for Dorchester District Two and his wife Pam, a teacher of gifted students, art is a way of life and their home an outward expression of love for others. A host of collections line the walls and fill the shelves of the house—antique portraits, obscure modern works, aged silver, and sculpture work together to fuse high style and comfort. Barnfield said of the 19th century portraits that have taken him years to amass: “Most of them are unsigned, but they all have interesting faces. They’ve just become part of the family.” Built in the 1880s, the Barnfield home sits at the corner of Five Points. Originally owned by the LePointe family, after renovations, the main entrance is now on the rear side of the property. “The front door used to be on the other side of the house,” Barnfield says, “facing Main Street.” With the more private entrance now, the home is a tranquil refuge for an array of treasures, despite the fact that it sits at one of the busiest intersections in the historic district. “It’s extraordinarily peaceful in this house, believe it or not,” said Barnfield. He continued, “Our home is a haven for us to entertain other educators and students as well, and we hope they find it comfortable and not ostentatious…because it’s truly a reflection of who we are…and how we feel about people.”



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think it’s a safe to say that most of us are not fit enough, brave enough, or maybe even crazy enough to compete in a multi-day ultra marathon. As the name implies, an ultra marathon is any running event that exceeds the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles. For Rory O’Connor, the run-of-the-mill ultra marathon was not enough. His races of choice are some of the most challenging and dangerous anyone has yet to dream up. In 2006, while sitting on the couch, O’Connor saw a program on National Geographic that highlighted a series of races that caught his attention. Billed as “The Race of No Return” the Four Deserts race series, hosted by RaceThePlanet, take brave participants to the hottest, coldest, driest, and windiest places on earth, a series of 250-kilometer (158 mile) footraces across the largest and most forbidding deserts on Earth including the Gobi in China, the Atacama in Chile, the Sahara in Egypt and Antarctica. “I was going through a tough time in my life. It was something that I knew I had to do,” O’Connor said humbly in his thick Irish brogue. RacingThePlanet was created in Hong Kong in 2002. The first race was the Gobi March held in September of 2003 near Dunhuang, China with 42 competitors. This race established the basic format for a RacingThePlanet event–a seven-day self-supported footrace covering 158 miles which combined intense physical and mental challenges with one-of-akind cultural experiences. A number of significant operational challenges had to be overcome, including the outbreak of SARS in early 2003, but the Gobi March 2003 was a success. The first Atacama Crossing in Chile took place in July of 2004, followed by the Sahara Race in Egypt in 70


• The 4 Deserts is a series of seven-day, 250-kilometer / 150 mile footraces across the world’s largest and most forbidding deserts: the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara Desert in Egypt and Antarctica. • Competitors must be at least 21 years of age to compete in a 4 Deserts event. • Competitors may compete in the 4 Deserts events in any order, except for The Last Desert in Antarctica which requires an invitation. To receive an invitation, competitors must first complete two of the other 4 Deserts events including the Gobi March in China, the Atacama Crossing in Chile and/or the Sahara Race in Egypt. • Eighty-One (81) individuals have successfully joined the 4 Deserts Club, meaning that they have completed each of the 4 Deserts: the Atacama Crossing (Chile), the Gobi March (China), the Sahara Race (Egypt) and The Last Desert (Antarctica).

“The races mimic life–you fall down, you get up. If you make mistakes you pay the consequences, but you have to see it through. The races taught me to never give up whether it’s in the desert or in life. Fight the good fight, endure to the end, finish the race.” -Rory O’Connor

September of 2005. The Last Desert in Antarctica was in January of 2006. These races combine to create the annual 4 Deserts series. O’Connor entered to compete in his first race, The Gobi March in 2006. Most of his training was long night runs along side the six mile Sawmill Trail in Summerville. “I would run on the grass along side the paved path. Trail running takes some getting used to, but it’s much easier on the body. I never run on paved surfaces.” O’Conner’s longest run in preparation for the Gobi was 46 continuous miles. “I was lucky to have friends who would take turns keeping me company and making sure that I was still alive. Running a race of this type demands as much mental strength as is does physical ability. “For me, these races mimic life,” O’Connor explains. “We’ve all been told to ‘just put one foot in front of the other,’ but when you’re on mile 90, completely exhausted, that’s all you can do.” The races all follow the same format with seven days of running. Some days are marathons and some are a little shorter. And then there is what the racers call “the long day,” two marathons back-to-back. At the end of each day, the racers are met with a team of doctors, race organizers, and some tents. “It’s not fancy,” O’Connor says with a quick grin. “The only thing that we are provided is a communal tent and drinking water. Everything else we have to carry on our backs.” There is competition of sorts, between the competitors, as to who can get their bags the lightest. Some forego a sleeping bag for a thin mat, others cut the straps from their bags, while some have gone as far as cutting the handles off of toothbrushes. O’Connor says he tries to get his bag about twenty pounds at the start, and looses about a pound a day as his food supply diminishes. After the Gobi, O’Connor went on to finish the Sahara, which due to the extreme heat and soft sand, was the most physically demanding. Next was Atacama. After finishing three of the four series races, O’Connor raced in one of the roaming events, a race across Nambia. “This race really put into perspective the many dangers that come with this sport,” he said looking me in the eyes. “A friend of mine was running through a canyon when he realized a pride of leopards were stalking him. He found a piece of scrap metal and barricaded himself in a small cave to try and wait out the animals. He realized that he made a critical mistake and was running low on water.” As the daylight began to fade, his friend started writing a farewell letter to his family. “At some point his survival instinct kicked in,” said O’Connor. “To stay hydrated he sucked the fluid out of a box of baby wipes that he had in his pack. In the morning he was able to make it out of the canyon alive.” Last year O’Connor raced his forth and final event in the 4 Deserts series. “Antarctica was by far the toughest mentally,” he said nodding his head as if he was agreeing with what he was thinking. “It is virtually impossible to navigate that terrain.” Racers had to complete all 158 mile on just a 1.6 mile course. “The weather can go from clear and sunny to a full blown blizzard in a matter of seconds,” he said. “They had to keep us close to shore and to the rescue boat that was just offshore. If the weather got too bad, they would rush us to the ship on Zodiac boats. We would all hold on for dear life,” he said smiling. “Four minutes in that water and you’re dead.” After completing the Antarctica race, O’Connor finally earned his medal for completing all 4 Desert races, solidifying his place in a group of only eighty-one in the world. After successfully completing a goal that four short years ago seemed impossible, O’Connor has no plans on slowing down. He is currently training for a 100 mile event in Raleigh this April, and is busy training others who want to test their will in O’Connor’s world of endurance sports. A

• Just Eleven (11) competitors have completed the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, which is to complete all 4 Deserts in a calendar year (between January and December of the same year). • Many competitors simply want to complete one event and do not aspire to complete the whole series. • There are cut-off times for each stage, but these are generous to allow walkers to complete the course. • Roughly 20% of competitors run the entire course, 60% combine running with walking and 20% walk the entire course. • The average age of competitors is 38. • 80% percent of competitors are male and 20% are female. •At each 4 Deserts event there are more than 30 countries represented with approximately 1/3 from North America, 1/3 from Asia Pacific and 1/3 from Europe. • The fastest completion time is 24 hours and the slowest around 80 hours. • The average backpack weighs 9 kilograms / 20 pounds. • A team of about 40 event staff, medical doctors, volunteers and media come from all over the world. • A professional medical team with a ratio of one medical doctor for every 25 competitors is on site throughout every event. • Many competitors raise money for charities -- competitors can raise money for any charity they wish.

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Kevin Morrissey has a special way of capturing the essence of the American South. With straight forward indigenous imagery and a raw expressive style, his work embodies the outlook and emotion that make the Southern United States so charming. Photos of Kevin By Dottie Langley Rizzo

Clockwise: “Nice” Mixed Media on Stone Henge 38” x 56”, “Local Seafood” Mixed Media on Panel 36” x 46”, “Cowboy Ice Cream” Mixed Media on Panel 10 x 15,“Pray Play” Mixed Media on Card Board 36” x 46”

Why are you an artist? I’m not sure I would call myself an Artist. The title “Artist” is kind of loaded and I think that is for other people to decide. Calling yourself and artist is kind of like calling yourself a good person; it’s really up to the efforts of your work. There are a lot of people who call themselves an artist and aren’t and a lot of people who don’t recognize that what they do is art. I think of ART as a mastery level of thinking, creating, and experiencing life. Tell me about your art. My paintings and prints are about coming of age and searching out an identity. The images are inspired from my life, events and stories of growing up in the South. I had the joy of growing up here in Summerville during the 80’s and 90’s as the town exploded with sprawl. The 76


growing pains that effect Summerville are the same throughout the Lowcountry; in how do you maintain the unique character and charm while growing. People have the same issues as we grow and go through the transition of life. I try to capture that spirit in my paintings by recreating the worn surfaces of buildings and signage that I recall from memories, stories, and traveling then layering figures overtop. The surface texture is an attempt to recreate the remnants of the industrial and agricultural presences of the old South. I try to make the figures somewhat transparent and layer the signage over top of the figures to create the idea of fading memories. My intent is to create a partial story about my hopes, dreams, and fears and that viewers can fill in the missing pieces and make their own stories. The paintings are as much about my search for identity as they are about my Southern home.

“Born on the Fifth of July” Mixed Media on Panel 36” x 48”

Where do you pull inspiration for your work? Other art? Pop culture? Personal life events? My inspiration comes from all of life’s experiences. I think as an artistic person you have a blessing to be extra sensitive to the your surroundings. Little details in the day can leave a lasting impression. The way the sunlight passes through tree branches. The way the angles and lines of a building move the eye, or a passing conversation with someone whose eyes and body language tell their life’s story. I draw inspiration from all around; movies, stories, friends, books, music, current events, politics,

people watching, eavesdropping on other people’s conversations, tall tales, long drives. Long drives through the country with some good music are probably where I get my best thinking done. The trick is trying to remember it all by the time I get back to my sketchbook. Family and friends are a driving force in my imagination as well. We are the sum of all things and I hope that I have added as much joy to their lives as they have to mine. I definitely love the life I lead and that passion is the greatest driving force.



What artists have influenced you and why? Too many to name and I’m sure I’ll leave a lot out. The two big ones are Jasper Johns and Sheppard Fairy. It’s pretty cool that two of the biggest artists of the past 50 years are SC natives. I love the layers of textures and images they use. Aside from those guys I really like outsider art and folk art–art that is created for the purpose of expressing a raw emotion or idea that has to get out. I think graffiti or public is similar and very cool, but not the vain graffiti of “tagging”. I like work with a greater purpose. I like the work of Steven Powers, Blu, Twist, Swoon and Banksy. The interconnection between Music, Skateboarding, and Art is pretty cool too. There are a lot of people who cross genres and boundaries that I really admire like Jim Houser, Ed Templeton, Josh Keyes, Barry McGee, and Dalek. I think one of the most admirable things about their work is how they pursue their dreams and passion. Anyone that works hard in the pursuit of his or her dreams is an inspiration to me. When your life’s pursuit is your dreams there is no limit to the possibilities. There is a really cool artist, Kehinde Wiley, who paints black males in classical poses which are absolutely gorgeous. I’m always inspired to see what my friends are doing too, they always have some cool projects they are working on. The area that draws me the most is early Christian art I see when I go to museums. The colors in those paintings are incredible. You can look through the brush strokes to see the layers of colors. The really cool part is where the proportions and perspective are not quite right but you can see their brains trying to figure it out. All art is pretty cool in some way or another, especially art from other cultures. The mosaic and patterns from Islamic Mosques are very interesting. To see how they expressed their faith through patterns of shapes and colors is intriguing. I like to see how trends in art parallel changes in technology, industry, society and how all things are connected.



“Jump for Kevin” Acrylic on Panel 42” x 44” Hominy Shirt, hand pulled silk screen

Kevin Morrissey at work in his Rollings studio. Kevin creates his prints with the help of his friend Will Kiser and some good rock and roll. “ First Sunday In April” Hand pulled silk screen

Kevin Morrissey created a special, limited edition print for Azalea Magazine. It is entitled “First Sunday In April.“ The print will be available online at and at the Azalea Magazine tent at the 2011 Flowertown Festival.





“Shrimps, Crabs, Fish” Mixed Media on Panel 36” x 48”

Tell me more about your latest series of painting and what inspired them? I think I am in a transitional stage in my paintings right now. I still do the dirty south style of grunged out layers and signage. I was painting “messy” on purpose for so long that I wanted to balance it out with more traditional techniques to see if I still had my touch with the brush, so I started doing paintings of people jumping. I use the body language of jumping which is such a joyous movement of celebration that is immediately followed by falling back to earth as metaphor. I try to capture the peak of the jump or just before the inevitable fall grabs hold. I hope people look at that moment of faith as both a “jump for joy” but also a “fall from grace” These jump paintings are deeply loaded with symbolism and everything is chosen for a specific reason. I still work in the grunge style too. Something about the layers of texture intrigues me. All those layers are poetic to me. Building up layers of colors then sanding it and destroying it to build it back up again. Tell us about your teaching gig? Teaching is great. I think teaching is my true calling. There are some people in the art world who give me a hard time about being an art teacher and using that stereotype of “those who can do, and those who can’t teach”. That is such crap and narrow minded. I see teaching as an extension of art making. Art is all about communicating and developing new ideas and so is teaching. I’ve got the best job ever. I get to nerd out on art and share my passion with kids every day. In teaching I hope I can pass on to students the creative spark, that art fosters innovation and progress.

“Big Boom Action” Mixed Media on Paper 12” x 24”

Arts education is something that I care very much about and practice with great ideal. Art is beyond just a pretty decoration or aesthetic beauty. Art is essential to the human condition. Art is new thought, innovation, a master level of thinking–doing something that has never been done that adds substance and purpose that defines a culture. As an art educator I get to keep the flame and pass the fire on to students by empowering them with the confidence that through fearless hard work they can create something meaningful. How has teaching kids influenced your own art? Working with students is deeply connected to my own art. I started working on my art after school hours in the studio several years back. The classroom environment went through a magical change from a rigid hierarchy to more of a collaborative studio environment. The students responded with much interest into what I was doing. They saw that I was walking the walk and following the methods that I teach, and that their teacher has some skills. Some of the best teaching moments have come from working with former students in high school and college who come back and want to learn more about screen printing, painting or drawing and we have been able to collaborate on a project.

“Jump for Courtney” Mixed Media on Panel 24” x 24”



“Birthplace Of Sweet Tea” Mixed Media on Paper 22” x 30”



What’s playing on the ipod? I love all these folk indie bands. I’m so glad that jeans, plaid shirts, converse all stars and hard work are cool again. When I’m painting I like music that can let my mind wander. Bruce Springsteen, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog, Wilco, The Black Keys, Justin Townes Earle, Michael Trent, Carry Anne Hurst, The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, and Leslie are constantly on while I’m painting. I need more energy going when I’m printing, though, and usually go with some old favorites like JayZ, Biggie, OutKast, WuTang, Mos Def, ODB, and Andrew WK.

“Jump for Kyle” Acrylic on Panel 12” x 24”

Could you give a general idea of the sort of books you like to read? I just watch movies. Well, actually I started reading more. I mostly read nerdy art books for professional development about better teaching. I tend to start multiple books at a time and spend forever finishing them, so I just watch movies.

CONTACT THE ARTIST Kevin Morrissey 843 209 1002 Kevin’s work can also be found at Lime Blue Gallery, Charleston, SC.

Are there any life or career goals, outside the realm of the art world, you would like to achieve? I just want to be a good person and live a life that honors God, my wife, family and friends that have invested so much in me. The greatest accomplishment I can think of is being a good father, husband, brother, and son. Aside from that mooshie stuff, I’d like to make BBQ. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Oh man, 10 years from now? Not sure, need some more time on that one. Even as I sit and reflect on it, I don’t have too clear of a vision. The immediate future is going to present a lot of changes and opportunities. I spent a lot of energy in the past trying to make “my” plans work. Within the past several seasons I have come to a more constant balance of being open to receive God’s plan. It is less about what I want and more about what I am called to do. I really feel that with my talents I am answering the call of teaching and don’t see that ending anytime soon. As far as art is concerned, I put a lot of passion and energy into making paintings and stuff. Of course I want people to like it and respond well to it, but for me success isn’t about fame or recognition. Success is more about purpose and quality. As long I can serve a purpose and offer a quality product then I think people will respond. Sure I’d like to make some money off of it, but I don’t want to be a part of the force that makes art elite and alienating. I see my paintings and work moving to a direction that is more inclusive and accessible for people. A

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Your comprehensive list of what’s happening around town

COMMUNITY FLOWERTOWN FESTIVAL Friday, April 1, 9am-5pm, Saturday, April 2, 9am-5pm, Sunday, April 3, 9am-4pm The three-day event features over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of Azalea Park and on Main Street. Festival attendees also enjoy delicious foods from local restaurants at the Taste of the Town, fun activities and rides for children at the Children’s Jubilee and free admission and parking. For more info visit 2011 FLOWERTOWN RUN+WALK March 12 Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and a scenic route through downtown Summerville. There is a 10K, 5K, and a 1 mile kid’s fun run. Register online at For more info, call 843-871-9622


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THIRD THURSDAY 5:00pm-8:00 p.m. BUY LOCAL! Come and join the fun in Historic Downtown Summerville (on South Main Street, Hutchinson Square and [Short] Central Avenue) and celebrate the continued ‘THIRD THURSDAY’ - Shops will be open late with specials. Call (843-821-7260) for more info GUIDED WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC SUMMERVILLE Walks are daily by appointment The Summerville Dorchester Museum offers two guided walking tours of historic Summerville, one of old planter Summerville and one of the West End with its railroad history. Stroll past gracious old homes of the Antebellum and Victorian eras. Hear stories of the people who once lived in them and of the town’s Civil War and railroad experiences. Walks cover a little over a mile and take about an hour. For information call 875-9666 or see www.

KNIGHTSVILLE ELEMENTARY PTA’S SECOND ANNUAL SILENT & LIVE AUCTION April 30, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun, food and fabulous deals! There is something for everyone to bid on and WIN! For more information about making a tax deductible donation to the auction or to volunteer, please contact Amy Menchaca at 814-0211 or BARBECUE FOR MIRACLES March 11th and 12th The Carolina Pit Masters is teaming with the Omar Shriners and the Summerville Miracle League to bring a professional BBQ cooking school to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Spend a weekend learning the fine art of preparing southern BBQ while helping great causes. Call Jack Waiboer at (843) 270-8430, or visit for information and to enroll. CHARLESTON WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL “Wine” Around the Garden Event at Middleton Place Friday, March 4th A festival favorite from the 2010 schedule, “Wine” Around the Garden, transports visitors to a national historic landmark, Middleton Place plantation. Those ticketholders that choose the free transportation will arrive in a trolley provided by Absolutely Charleston. During their trip out to the plantation a docent will enlighten guests on the history of the 18th century attraction. Upon their arrival, ticket-holders will stroll through America’s oldest landscaped gardens while meeting nine featured Festival winemakers and tasting their varietals specifically selected for this afternoon. After the stroll, visitors will join the winemakers and featured local chefs in the pavilion for a lunch served from chef stations.

SPRING WINEFEST Middleton Place Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, $20 per adult Mother Nature works her magic everyday of the year at Middleton Place, but her boldest and most colorful display is definitely in the Spring. Come enjoy a Spring Wine Tasting overlooking the famous Azalea Hillside. Thousands of azaleas, dogwood and wisteria bloom each spring with their glorious colors reflecting in the water of the Rice Mill Pond. For more info visit EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Middleton Place Saturday, April 23rd, regular admission It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt, and what better place to look for them than in America’s oldest landscaped Gardens where spring flowers abound with their colorful displays. The Easter Bunny will lead the hunt for candy and prize eggs, hidden for children of all age groups. Crafts and natural egg dyeing in the Stableyards. Reservations required. Foundation Members and Inn guests are free. For more info visit WINE STROLLS Middleton Place Every Wednesday, May 4th - November 16th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, $15 per adult Enjoy wine tasting in the Gardens of Middleton Place! Each Wednesday, Middleton Place will host the wine tasting in a different garden location. Enjoy strolling through America’s oldest landscaped gardens while sampling a variety of wines. Wine Stroll participants are invited to extend their evening with dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant. For dinner reservations, call 843-266-7477. 2011 SCULPTURE IN THE SOUTH SHOW & SALE Sat. & Sun., May 14 And 15, 2011 Make your plans to experience the charm and hospitality of Summerville, South Carolina. Participate in daily arts workshops or evening lectures during the inaugural “Arts Education Week.” Visit one-on-one with world class sculptors during the Show & Sale and mingle with the best!

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THEATER A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT’S DREAM FTP’s version of William Shakespeare’s timeless classic stays true to the original language and story, but with an edgier, grittier, steampunked atmosphere. Lysander loves Hermia, but she is promised to Demetrius who is trying to avoid the affections of Helena. The four young lovers find themselves lost in an enchanted forest being used as pawns by magical forces they cannot comprehend. Does love conquer all, or will their dream turn into a nightmare? James F. Dean Theatre March 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8PM March 20 & 27 at 2PM $20 for adults $17 for seniors and military $15 for students THERE’S A BURGLAR IN MY BED William Worthington III and his wife are supposed to be away for the weekend from their estate, but in reality they have both arranged trysts with their respective lovers in the estate’s beach house.

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Divorce is in the air, but neither are willing to lose the world famous Worthington necklace, so elaborate plans are made on both sides to have it ‘stolen’. Fun-filled chaos ensues with mistaken identities, unlikely romances, a bumbling private detective, a fake necklace and two scantily clad nuns sharing a single skirt. Confusion is piled on confusion until the mystery of who has the real necklace and who has the fake comes in a surprising conclusion. James F. Dean Theatre May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8PM May 15, 22 & 29 at 2PM $20 for adults $17 for seniors and military $15 for students

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Explore Our Rich Heritage, Natural Beauty and High Quality of Life Dorchester County and the Town of Summerville offer it all. Local government officials have teamed with community leadership to maintain natural beauty while providing a friendly place to work and live. It is a community that is supportive of its businesses and its industry. Dorchester County and the Town of Summerville are diligently managing their resources to preserve and enhance a high quality of life in the future for all citizens.

Dorchester County The Town of Summerville AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2011


For the Cause

Sculpture In The South Valentine’s Art a la Carte Thursday, February 10, 2011

First National Bank of South Carolina A fundraiser to support Sculpture in the South. Sculptors Sharon Collings Licata and Susie Chisholm were the featured artists and were on hand to greet guests. For information visit



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Arts Education Week is made possible through the collaborative spirit of many local organizations. AZALEA MAGAZINE / SPRING 2011


Last Call

Oh, The Places We Roam: The avenue-of-oaks at the entrance of

Mepkin Abbey– a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation near Moncks Corner.

The conflicting history of the pecan pie According to tradition, the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the pecan by Native Americans.

The makers of Karo syrup popularized the dish and many of its recipes. Karo Syrup’s own website contends that the dish was a 1930s “discovery” of a “new use for corn syrup” by a corporate sales executive’s wife. We may never know the truth, but the fact is, pecan pie is good.



The guitar as we know it The modern acoustic guitar took its present form when Spanish maker Antonio Torres introduced the revolutionary “fan” top bracing pattern, in around 1850. His design radically improved the volume, tone and projection of the instrument, and soon became the accepted construction standard. It has remained essentially unchanged, and unchallenged, to this day.

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