African American women are known for their ability to conquer almost anything. From opening their own business to learning a new hobby, Black Southern Belles, like myself, are capable of doing it all. Most of our driven attitude and positive mindset stems back to our ancestors and the traditions they taught us. With this being said, one culture and area that portrays resilience and leadership is the lowcountry area and the Black Southern Belles located there are the true visionaries.
Gullah Art History
For instance, the Gullah community in the lowcountry has stayed true to keeping Gullah traditions alive. From its language to arts and music, the Gullah culture has expanded on traditions from the early migration of Geechee people to the South in the 1500s. Art is a staple in the low country community and serves as a way for Gullah individuals to express themselves while showcasing history. Today in the lowcountry, there is a plethora of art offerings that are influenced by Gullah traditions. Whether it’s basket weaving, paintings, strip quilts, or textile work, Gullah Art has remained distinctive to their beginnings and is now, more than ever, the soul and root for the low country area.
Farmers Market by Lisa Rivers
History of Beaufort
Beaufort, South Carolina serves as home for many Gullah people. Founded in 1711, this second oldest city in South Carolina holds tight to their historic values and continues to be one of the most valuable places to visit in the South. Some may be familiar with Beaufort, SC for it’s aqua blue beaches or being a resting spot for the Penn Center Historic District that collects and disseminates various Gullah history; however the city is more known for their appreciation for the arts that has been passed down from each Gullah generation. Everyday individuals can find art scenes that portray the history of Beaufort and also partake in various art galleries and craft shops that are filled with local artists’ work. One artist and entrepreneur that is making their impact on the history of Beaufort is Lisa Rivers.
Background of Lisa
Lisa River is an African American business woman and artist who is passionate about art. Even though her passion for art came later in life, her attraction to art was always there. As a Brooklyn, New York native she has seen art in its purest form. From graffiti and paintings to morals and textile work, these pieces of artwork are what started her journey in creating art. Now, as a St.Helena local, she is combining her attraction to art along with the peaceful scenery Beaufort, SC has to offer. Creating images from her front porch, Miss River provides an arrangement of pieces in her collections; Level Minded, Gullah, and Abstract. Ms. Rivers is highly known in the Beaufort, SC community for her art pieces on canvas, pillows, furniture and much more.
Cotton Girl by Lisa Rivers
Art magnets by Lisa Rivers
Ms. Lisa Rivers has decided to continue the tradition of the Beaufort community and is opening the Legacy Art Gallery. Set to open on November 14th 2020, the gallery is said to be one of few African American women owned art galleries in Beaufort, SC. With Ms. Rivers locating the shop below the Old Bay Marketplace Loft and Rooftop in Suite C, the gallery is expected to receive a warm welcome from travelers and locals in the Downtown area. The gallery will showcase pieces from Ms. Lisa Rivers that reflect the Gullah history, African American journey, and trend setters in the African American community. Along with her work, she has also partnered with Hank Herring to showcase his beautiful wood work frames around her artistic pieces. To keep updated with the grand opening of the Legacy Art Gallery feel free to check out www.legacyartgallery.com and follow the organization on Instagram @legacyartgallery.