Down Bohicket Road
The 152-page book written by Mary Whyte and published by University of South Carolina Press includes two decades' worth of Whyte's watercolors depicting a select group of Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, and their stories. Descendants of lowcountry slaves, these longtime residents of the island influenced Whyte's life and art in astonishing and unexpected ways. Whyte has devoted twenty years to painting the Gullah culture and its remarkable women, resulting in a series of watercolors that would change her life and artistic focus. For anyone who has loved the South, Down Bohicket Road is a rich, visual tribute to friendship that crosses cultural and racial borders and reaches straight to the heart.
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“The extraordinary work of Mary Whyte, who could easily be named the first visual poet laureate of South Carolina, is astonishing on the very face of it. When I grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, Ruby Ellis Hryharrow, a friend’s mother, was known as the best watercolorist in town. The artists of those early times formed a club of their own, but Mary Whyte’s work is in a league of her own. She is painting a South Carolina I thought only a poet or novelist could create. Mary Whyte has made South Carolina a kingdom of her own, and my God, this woman can write and paint.”
-- Pat Conroy, Southern Writer