The Red Piano Too Art Gallery is committed to promoting art to the people of St. Helena Island, SC and to the many art lovers all around the world. We celebrate art, culture, and creativity, and we take pride in the recognition we have received over the years. Read what critics have to say about our art space.
The Red Piano Too Art Gallery was mentioned in the 2014 edition of the Fodor's Travel Magazine in the Hilton Head and The Lowcountry Shopping section.
RED PIANO TOO GALLERY
870 SEA ISLAND PKWY. ST. HELENA ART GALLERIES
“More than 150 Lowcountry artists are represented at the Red Piano Too Gallery, considered one of the area's best (if not the best) art spaces. It carries folk art, books, fine art, and much more. Much of the art at the gallery represents the Gullah culture.”
“The Sea Islands have been included on National Geographic Traveler magazine's annual Best of the World list, which highlights 20 must-see places to visit in 2015, as chosen by the magazine's editors. The article about the Sea Islands is online.
Best of the World 2015 appears in the December/January issue of National Geographic Traveler, on newsstands December 2. The full list is online now.”
Read an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal where the gallery was mentioned:
“DAY 5 // BASKETS AND SHRIMP BURGERS:
Whole roasted flounder at David's Peter Frank Edwards for The Wall Street Journal
The scenic two-lane Sea Island Parkway leads to Frogmore, an unincorporated town on St. Helena Island, and the birthplace of Frogmore stew. Visit the Red Piano Too Gallery for Lowcountry crafts (870 Sea Island Parkway, redpianotoo.com), artist Jery B. Taylor's sweetgrass basket stand on the porch of the Gullah Grub restaurant (877 Sea Island Parkway, gullahgrubs.com), and the general store, What's in Store (853 Sea Island Parkway, sainthelenaislandshops.com).”
A great tree recently fell in the world of Lowcountry art. Artist, Charles Desaussure, died in the Charleston Veterans Hospital on July 16, 2013. Charles had been an artist at the Red Piano Too Art Gallery for twenty years.
This year the gallery is dedicating the twentieth annual August Summer Show on August 3, 2013 to the memory of Charles Desaussure. Charles attended every year. He always took up residence on the front porch of the gallery setting up his paints, easels, and supplies. Charles loved people, especially young people; he encouraged them to paint as they gathered around to watch him work. He often supplied them materials so they could draw, too. He encouraged them by saying, “Go where the spirit leads you.”
Becky Kiester, gallery staff, recalls how Charles loved Charmaine Inabinett's Pistachio Cake, which she sells on the porch during shows. It is a gallery memory that Charmaine had to make Charles his own cake. That way he could have some whenever he wanted and didn't have to constantly send a child to get him another piece of cake. While reflecting on Charles and his life, we remembered his vintage navy blue Mercedes. He loved that car! As he would chill at the gallery, he would often take time to give the car a wipe so it looked just as good going to Charleston as it did coming to St. Helena.
Charles, an Air Force veteran, had an easy and open manner. People immediately liked him and wanted to get to know him better. He enjoyed “just chillin’ and meetin’ the folk” as he relaxed on the swing at the gallery. Born in Yemassee, South Carolina, his family moved to President Street in Charleston, where he grew up. Early on Charles was interested in art, the world around him was rich in Gullah culture. The urban influence was emerging in his work with paintings of Juke Joints, musicians, street vendors, sweetgrass gathering, and sweetgrass basket sewers chatting happily in the Charleston market. Almost every painting Charles created in the beginning had the old Cooper River Bridge in the background. Once he told us that he played under the bridge as a boy: marbles, basketball, bike riding, skateboarding, and chasing the little girls with fiddler crabs. In addition to work on canvas and paper, Charles was a skilled sign painter and muralist. His signs and murals are on many buildings throughout the Lowcountry and Washington DC. He painted the signs on the Red Piano Too building. “Ravenel Seafood” on US 17 in Ravenel, South Carolina boasts a mural by Charles. Charles was working on a sign for a business on King Street in Charleston when he became ill, went to the hospital, and died.
Charles was very proud of the logo he designed for the US Naval Clinic in Charleston. He received special recognition at the dedication. More recently he was chosen to create the art for the 2013 Charleston Moja Festival held in Charleston.
Charles’ art is in collections all over the world. South Carolina artist, Jonathan Green, owns work by Charles. Rolling Stone guitarist, Kieth Richards, owns WEST 59th STREET, a painting of a musician which captures the essence of the urban jazz scene.
This man, Charles Desaussure, was very dear to us as a friend and as a great talent in the world of the self-taught Southern artist. He will be missed greatly. He will be missed by his family, his friends, his collectors. His extended family at the Red Piano Too will never forget him.
The Red Piano Too August Summer Show will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm. The tribute is free and open to the public. The gallery has created a display of works by Charles. Please join us as we celebrate our friend and fellow artist.
Visit Our Art Space Today!
At The Red Piano Too Art Gallery, we showcase the best artworks from more than 150 featured artists. Our walls are plastered with unique art pieces that are made with love and passion. Head over to our art space today, and indulge your mind, body, and soul to the wonders of art.