Beaufort News

Unfinished parts of City Hall become arts tribute to tricentennial

A new art exhibit in unfinished space at City Hall will feature three collections originally shown as part of the Beaufort Three Century Project, in celebration of the city's 300th birthday.

The "Take Two" exhibit will run from Thursday to Feb. 3, with a free public preview from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the building at the intersection of Boundary Street and Ribaut Road, according to an e-mail from Mayor Billy Keyserling.

Organized by the Beaufort Public Art Commission, the exhibit includes:

  • "Expo 2011 -- The Future Form of Beaufort," a collaborative design competition that challenged designers, architects and planners to explore Beaufort's historic form. They were also asked to interpret what a portion of the city might look like in the future by creating a design for one of three designated sites in the historic district. The designs of many of Beaufort's top architects, along with designs selected from a competition among Savannah College of Art and Design architecture students, will be on display.
  • "Hands," a photo collection from award-winning photographer Sandy Dimke, showing the hands of more than 100 people in Beaufort doing what they love to do or what they do for a living.
  • "The Beaufort Chronicles," an original portfolio of fine-art prints inspired by 300 years of Beaufort's history. The portfolio was created and researched by University of South Carolina Beaufort students and faculty. The work was designed to encompass topics significant to the development of Beaufort's identity and character.
  • Keyserling said the unfinished first-floor section housing the "Take Two" exhibit will be used to showcase artwork until the city finds a tenant for the space.

    Artists and art organizations interested in holding an exhibit in the unfinished section of City Hall should contact Lesley Hendricks at, according to the e-mail.

    "How long we'll be able to keep it before the city starts to use it, we don't know," Hendricks said. "But it's a great space."