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A glimpse into an unfinished story: Susan Hecht gallery opening at Sandpiper Gallery

By Julie Sweat

Sandpiper Gallery, located on charming Sullivan’s Island just 10 minutes off the coast of Charleston, is the larger sister gallery to Edward Dare Gallery on historic Broad Street’s Gallery Row. Sandpiper Gallery opened nine years ago and has become a center of the island art community. This casually elegant gallery features a wide variety of breath-taking paintings, sculpture, pottery, exquisite jewelry, unique works in wood, glass and metal.

The latest work by Susan Hecht will be featured in a solo show, Southern Comfort, beginning Saturday, October 23. Hallmarks of Hecht’s work are a warm and inviting palette, with energetic brush strokes and timeless narrative compositions that depict moments of leisure and pleasure.

Growing up in Charleston, Hecht tend to gravitate toward painting people relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, focusing on capturing them in “their moment.”

“Susan’s paintings trigger happy memories of time spent on the coast and give her work universal appeal. It is such a pleasure introducing collectors to her work and seeing the immediate smile of recognition,” says Margie Veitel, gallery art consultant. Hecht likes to leave her paintings somewhat unfinished so that they don’t tell the whole story, allowing the viewer to interpret it for themselves. “A painting speaks to people in different ways,” said Hecht, “so I never want to assume I know their whole story.”

The next time you are making your way down Middle Street, shake the sand out of your shoes, journey into the world of fine art and experience a gallery like no other. Sandpiper Gallery is located at 2019 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. For more info, call 883-0200. Preview work by Hecht at

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