Coronavirus got you hemmed in? Take this virtual gallery art tour of Beaufort County

Special to the Packet/Gazette

We have all been so impacted by the cornonavirus in so many ways, and our Lowcountry museums and galleries have responded to all government safety directives.

As a lover of the cultural arts, all of them, I’ve been looking at a pathway to pursuing that very important part of my life. I’ve streamed and I’ve recorded and I’ve plugged in and opted out … as I’m sure so many of you have.

But here’s a thought to provide some visual arts encouragement until social distancing will no longer be an issue. I checked in with a number of art gallery owners in Bluffton, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island to find how they were dealing with these challenging times … and further to see if they could offer all of us a “Virtual Gallery Tour.”

What a gift to me, and to you, to be in touch with these arts enthusiasts, to speak with them, and join them on a Virtual Gallery Tour. We talked, we walked, we streamed and we zoomed, and through it all, we shared a brief glance at some of the work in their galleries, even some of the gallery settings.

So take the virtual tour. The owners have provided links to explore their galleries, and if you have trouble with any of them, they are available on the gallery website.


Four Corners Fine Art Gallery and Framing, 1263 May River Road, Bluffton;   •

Charlene Gardner’s gallery has been one of Bluffton’s best known destinations for more than 15 years. We have seen it from the very beginning, and have enjoyed close contact through all of those years. The gallery has grown and grown, over time, as has her list of gallery artists, whose work she proudly represents.

Last year she expanded, with increased exhibit space, expanded framing area and an opportunity for visitors to stand back or move up close to view the carefully curated artwork.

“Times like these make you develop new ideas and encourage you to renew what you thought were good ideas, earlier,” Charlene said. “I found this quote by Albert Einstein… ‘Logic will get you from point A to point B … but Imagination will take you everywhere.’ It seemed absolutely perfect for me to come across it, when I did, and further to remember it, too.”

Gardner welcomes you to look at her Facebook, Instagram & website locations for continuing virtual presentations of the artists.