Creativity Takes Courage

As I begin this new journey as Editor of Mount Pleasant Lifestyle Magazine, I do so with an open heart.

The publishers, writers, photographers and staff who helped me create our first arts-themed issue are consummate professionals—artists—in their own right and I’m incredibly honored to work with them.

I grew up in a very small Southern town with no cultural venues nearby. Art surrounded me though—small productions in our school and church— and writing, painting, singing and music were commonplace in our home. Nature was our canvas for inspiration and my sisters and I transformed our backyard into some pretty magical places.

My father, a self-taught craftsman, artist and farmer, reupholstered furniture and could make a clunker car look brand new—inside and out. He sketched pictures of playhouses and said to us girls, “Pick one.” We played for hours in a playhouse shaped like Old Mother Hubbard’s shoe that he built. His paintings and creations are scattered throughout our homes now, a part of him always with us, through his art.

My mother, a culinary master and seamstress extraordinaire, plucked home-grown vegetables from the ground, making a week’s worth of meals from the earth’s bounty and transformed simple ingredients into delicious organic food. She could sew anything, including our clothes at times, and if there wasn’t a pattern, she’d make one out of newspaper. She now periodically creates colorful clothing for children in other parts of the world.

Inheriting a creative spirit led me to write, paint, reinvent and then, here, to this community, this beautiful place I call home.

We are from everywhere—some “been-heres,” some “come-heres,” but we share a love of this pristine landscape. We are a community that looks to the future and respects time-honored traditions.

This issue is about those individuals who make our lives more beautiful by creating masterpieces that give our souls sustenance and make our hearts sing. Our community is blessed with a panoply of artists—from sweetgrass basket artisans to painters, musicians and thespians—as well as those who encourage and educate. The virtuosic variety we have at our disposal is limitless. You’ll read about your community neighbors in this issue and their stories may inspire you to explore your own creative outlets.

Henri Matisse wrote, “Creativity takes courage.” I believe that to be true and I believe that each of us has our own creative offering. When we create something and present it outwardly, we are taking a leap of faith, inviting others to view a part of ourselves.

We are saying: This is me. Here I am.


Brigitte Surette, Editor