September 2012

Nash Gallery: Celebrating 20 Years

Author: Debbie Szpanka

Just over the edge of Shelter Cove Harbour is an oasis of art that reminds you that color, invention and imagination are alive and well in a world of strip malls, big box stores and generic products. For the last 20 years, three generations of one family have brought the best art from hundreds of North American craft artists to this spot on Hilton Head Island.

Nash Gallery, located next to the Harbour’s 12-foot bronze Neptune statue, is 2,500 feet of colorful inventions that catch your eye, capture your heart and captivate your artist within. Products from more the 250 craft artists from the United States and Canada come alive on the shelves of Nash Gallery. The gallery’s “bouquet” includes hand-blown glass, metal sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, pottery, wood and furniture for you to see, touch, and admire. Items from the exotic to the whimsical remind us how a little creativity can convert a raw material to functional and fashionable one-of-a-kind pieces.

Whether you are a regular patron of Nash Gallery or have never been inside, mark your calendars for Friday, September 14 for the gallery’s 20th birthday party from 6-9 p.m.

Tap your toes to the Target Band, browse around the plethora of artistic products and meet the family who, for the past two decades, has circled the country bringing the Hilton Head Island the best products hands can make.

Twenty years ago, Pete and Maryann Stuart started the gallery after owning a handful of successful galleries in Indiana. A decade ago, their daughter Lynn Alexander and her husband Dale took the reins; they are now passing them on to their son, Scott Price.

The family is dedicated to bringing the most imaginative crafts to you. Some items will just amaze you for their simple elegance and ingenious. One item that is catching the attention of wine connoisseurs and entertainers is the rolling red wine decanter. Its “wow” factor is its triangle-shaped base so it rolls around in a circle as the wine rolls inside, breathing oxygen into the wine. There are also wooden kinetic sculptures, powered by a constant force spring, which are the centerpiece and conversation piece of any room.

“We sell the artist’s story as well as the artist’s creation. Our customers love to hear
how an artist was inspired,” Alexander said.

Many times, an artist takes an item and repurposes, recycles and re-homes it. For example, clocks are made out of recycled computer parts; a product line of whimsical, metal sun faces now decorates gardens throughout the Lowcountry and beyond; and velvet pumpkins with real pumpkin stems fly off the shelves during the fall, finding homes on local Thanksgiving tables. The collection of funny figurines made out of forks, spoons and knives are so comical; you can’t help but laugh at their jovialness.

The product line changes every time Alexander and her family discover a new artist. What doesn’t change is the family’s dedication to bringing you art that is unique, unusual, functional, fantastic and 100 percent made in America!

Nash Gallery is located in Shelter Cove Harbour, next to Neptune’s statue. Call 843.785.6424 or visit www.nashgallery.com for more information.

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