In a way, the South has become a museum for the America that was, a country of laborers and craftsmen, working with their bare hands at the trade they knew best. Cotton pickers, boat builders, textile mill workers, crabbers, the shoe shine man, and shrimpers — those who were once the heart of the South’s blue collar economy have begun to see their professions disappear beneath the shadows of a modern America.
Renowned local watercolorist Mary Whyte has spent that last three and a half years traveling the South to capture the faces of these vanishing professions, and is now working on these portraits for a future museum exhibition called Working South. Whyte has gained national and international attention numerous times, including features in International Artist and American Artist, and an upcoming feature in the September issue of Art de L’Aquarelle, a European watercolor magazine.
This September, Whyte will be the subject of CBS’s Sunday Morning show, which runs weekly from 9-10:30 a.m. Although the exact date is still up in the air, you can call Coleman Fine Art for details. Whyte's works are on view at the gallery, and she frequently hosts workshops there as well. Whyte is married to gallery owner Smith Coleman. Call (843) 853-7000 for more details.