Local's Guide to the Perfect Day in Charleston
Noted for her vibrant colors and angular brushstrokes, Charleston-based painter Teil Duncan takes her inspiration from the people and places of the Holy City.
Jump-start to the Day
I like to jog across Charleston’s iconic Ravenel Bridge. No matter how hot it is, you will get a nice breeze—not to mention unmatched views of the harbor.
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Impromptu Art Walk
Start at Robert Lange Gallery for impressively realistic oil paintings. Next, pop in to the George Gallery, a neighbor-hood gem. georgegalleryart.com Finally, The Southern features up-and-coming Charleston artists.
Cru Café is in an old carriage house downtown, and is a Southern experience from start to finish. Order a sweet tea and the fried-green-tomato appetizer, and then move on to the soup of the day and a half-order of the shrimp BLT. If you don’t feel like you’re going to fall over stuffed, spring for a side of truffle fries. I promise they’re the best.
Folly Beach, about 20 minutes from downtown, is a casual stretch of shoreline where locals flock. It has an unkempt, almost jungle-like vibe that never fails to inspire my artwork. I’m forever snapping pictures to model paintings after. It’s also a prime spot for people-watching.
Rock the Boat
This is the unofficial capital of the sundress. You’ll always find me in a bright linen one. To give it some edge, I pair it with a Panama hat, fun sunglasses, and white sneakers.