HBF Announces 2 More Clay Rice Events!


From  Maxine Lutz 843-379-3331

HBF(1)1) Silhouettist to cut profiles at the Verdier House

Silhouettist Clay Rice will be available to cut profiles February 24 at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, as part of activities associated with an exhibit of his grandfather’s work, “The Art of Carew Rice: Silhouettes of the Lowcountry” now hung by Historic Beaufort Foundation.

Clay Rice continues the practice of his grandfather who achieved international recognition as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist,” according to poet Carl Sandburg, in the first half of the 20th century, and whose work is sought after by collectors.

Each profile silhouette takes Rice about one minute and he estimates that in his 32-year career, he has cut over 900,000 silhouettes. He travels the county creating keepsake silhouettes in the tradition of the itinerant silhouettists of the 19th century who went from town to town cutting.

Cuttings are two cuts for $42 per person. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling Historic Beaufort Foundation at (843) 379-3331.

2) Ballads and stories relating to lowcountry culture and life will be part of a program by silhouettist Clay Rice February 24 at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street. A popular speaker and performer in addition to being a silhouette artist, Rice travels the county telling the story of Dr. Buzzard, the famed and fabled root doctor of Beaufort County, and other lowcountry legends.

  • “The Art of Scissor Cutting Accompanied by Story & Song” by Clay Rice is part of a series of activities in conjunction with Historic Beaufort Foundation’s 75-piece exhibit of “The Art of Carew Rice: Silhouettes of the Lowcountry.” Clay Rice is Carew Rice’s grandson. He intermixes his stories and songs to the accompaniment of his guitar with musings of his life growing up in a family of writers and artists on the family’s Chee Haw River Plantation in Colleton County. Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for over 80 years.

Clay Rice is described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion.” He follows the tradition of his grandfather who traveled worldwide delighting people with his mesmerizing cut-outs. The elder Rice played the banjo and sang his own ballads in performances accompanying his demonstration of silhouette cutting.

Clay Rice is the author of an award-winning children’s book, “The Lonely Shadow.” His work has been featured in Country Living, the Washington Times, The Atlanta Constitution, Cookie Magazine, and has appeared in the CBS series Army Wives. Clay is the recipient of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the IPPY Award for Children’s Book of the Year. Clay’s landscape scenes and children’s illustrations are sought by collectors worldwide and his work is on permanent display at the South Carolina State Museum. A new book, “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon,” will be published in May.

Admission to the program, scheduled 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., is $15 per person. Refreshments will be served. Call (843) 379-3331 to reserve a seat.


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