$10,000 toward the exhibition Local Heroes: Painted Portraits and Sculptures by Sam Doyle, and its accompanying catalogue, organized by museum curator Lynne Spriggs. A self-taught artist, Doyle spent his entire life on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, displaying his paintings and sculptures in his backyard. Doyle was part of a community known as “Gullah,” which developed a unique mingling of languages, beliefs and customs. Considered a storyteller for this community, Doyle portrayed local people and island lore, incorporating such unconventional materials as house paint, tar, roofing tins and wood doors.
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