Twenty persons attended the fall program at the home of association vice-president Tom Campbell and his wife, Dorothy Knuppel. Our special guest for the day was Maura Hogan, recently named the first arts critic for the Charleston Post and Courier. In her informal remarks, Ms Hogan noted the stunning surge in arts activity in the Lowcountry over the last two decades, adding that having an arts critic (as well as a separate arts reporter) not only demonstrated the increasing importance of the arts but also gave the arts a voice, an advocate.
Joining Ms Hogan was her husband Scott Watson, who serves as the director of the cultural affairs office for the city of Charleston. Both discussed some of the challenges the arts face in South Carolina, given the lack of public funding. Before and after Ms Hogan’s presentation, members and guests enjoyed a festive reception.