|"Hilton Head Lighthouse" - pastel painting ©Mary Montague Sikes|
One of my first experiences with art galleries happened in Hilton Head. My paintings--and I created mostly very large canvases then--were accepted into a fabulous gallery, the Red Piano. As soon as I saw the gallery from the outside, I was hooked. Through the windows on the end of the attractive building beneath an umbrella of trees, a red piano was clearly visible. The piano sat, sparkling and graceful, inside one of the galleries.
Since then, that special gallery has changed hands and relocated. The last time I visited its main gallery, in a busy commercial location on the island, the red piano sat on display in one of the galleries. However, without the charming treed setting, it no longer held the same appeal. I have not shown at that gallery for many years. Although my work was shown and sold at other island gallery locations, those galleries were never quite the same as the Red Piano Gallery that first displayed my art on the island.
One of my favorite scenes at Hilton Head is the waterfront view of the iconic lighthouse. The gallery that sold my pastel painting of the Hilton Head Lighthouse did not give me the name of the buyer, so I don't know who owns the painting now. However, next time we visit Hilton Head, I plan to pay a gate entry fee and travel into Sea Pines and journey into Harbour Town to take new photos of the special lighthouse that is often visible during televised golf tournaments there. With all our history in Hilton Head, I long to have another painting or two of that special lighthouse.