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Luncheon Lecture – The Beauty of Traditional Wood Carving

April 7, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Mary May

European trained woodcarver, Mary May, will discuss the art of hand wood carving in a modern, machine-oriented world, her own wood carving journey, and the future of this unique art. “The beauty of woodcarving first captured my heart while traveling through the historical streets of England and Europe during my early college years. As I lovingly explored the aged carved wood of grand cathedrals, the gilded beauty of majestic palaces, and the glorious wonder of stately mansions, I instantly became lost in discovering this fascinating world of shapes…. I was fortunate to find a European master carver, Konstantinos Papadakis, who taught me the traditional, old-world techniques and styles of classical, European woodcarving. After studying with Konstantinos for three years, I returned to Europe; first to Greece and then to the City and Guild’s College in London, England to learn the varied techniques from other master carvers.” – Mary May,

Since 1947 the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens has been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser and educational tool and has provided intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston, SC. The Festival’s Food for Thought Lecture Series is a fan-favorite and this year the speakers and topics range from Charleston’s gardens and alluring interiors to Natural Disasters in the Lowcountry and everything in-between. Each lecture will be held atop Charleston’s High Battery at the Captain James Missroon house Community Room with a light lunch provided by Caviar and Bananas.

Limited space available. Tickets required. Limited off-site parking only.