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Memories from Vacations at the Beach

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Memories from Vacations at the Beach

Carol Williams

The sun is out and the temperature is rising.  Vacationers and locals are headed to the area beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy the surf.

Artist, Kevin Smith, uses inspirations from vintage postcards to share his memories of vacations on the South Carolina coast. Kevin's paintings harken back to the early 1900's when the beach provided relief from the summer's heat.

  Pavillion   36x48  oil on canvas

  Pavillion   36x48  oil on canvas

Vacationers enjoying the beach at the Isle of Palms circa 1915. In the first few decades of the 1900s, the island's dance pavilion was widely popular, attracting visitors from as far away as Georgia!

Vacationers enjoying the beach at the Isle of Palms circa 1915. In the first few decades of the 1900s, the island's dance pavilion was widely popular, attracting visitors from as far away as Georgia!

Pavillion was inspired from a vintage postcard which depicts the Pavillion on the Isle of Palms.  

In 1912, James Sotille began to operate the Isle of Palms as a resort. The resort’s popular Pavilion had private dining rooms on the second floor and a 400-foot dance hall with high ceilings, a smooth dance floor and windows open to the sea breezes on all three sides. The island also offered amusement rides, including a mechanically operated “Steeple Chase” race, and a Merry-Go-round. The famous ferris wheel on the Isle of Palms was visible on a clear day form the south end of High Battery in Charleston. The amusement ride was originally built for the Chicago’s World Fair in 1892 and was used by the Cotton Congress in Atlanta and Coney Island in New York before making the Isle of Palms its home.

Beachcombers  20x20 oil on canvas

Beachcombers  20x20 oil on canvas