MORTEN SOLBERG BRINGS NEW DIMENSION TO LOWCOUNTRY SCENES

Every time Morten Solberg and Terri, his wife of 44 years, go out for dinner, he pulls out a pen and sketches something on a piece of paper. And then he leaves the drawing for someone else to discover.

Those who find his sketches in the restaurants of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island might not know how lucky they are: Solberg is a wildlife painter and abstractionist of considerable renown, both in the United States and abroad. His works — done in watercolors, oils and acrylics — sell for thousands of dollars.

LOCAL ARTISTS SAY AREA COULD DO MORE TO SUPPORT CREATIVITY

Candace Lovely has painted at some pretty impressive addresses — like the First Lady’s Garden, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.

The nationally recognized Impressionist painter was commissioned by Barbara Bush to create her official portrait at the White House during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.

But despite her successes, Lovely recently turned to the community for help when she fell on hard time— and says her situation is an example of the struggle facing artists in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton who are trying to make a living.

TRIPLE THREAT

When it comes to achieving goals, Rachel Stratton is a big believer in balance: “I like to get things done so I can be ready for what’s coming next.”

And she’s certainly getting things done. In just the past few months, she has shared the stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina with Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy and earned two awards from the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, including the People’s Choice Award, for her “What’s in Your Water?” project, examining whether containers marketed as BPA-free truly are.

ADVANCED AESTHETICS ACADEMY OPENS IN HARDEEVILLE

Advanced Aesthetics Academy, owned by Heidi Daly, has opened on Dermis Avenue in Hardeeville. The academy will offer instruction in aesthetic treatments, clinical rotations and elements of running a spa like client service, inventory and retailing. Students will earn more than 450 hours of training and will be able to apply for licensure as an aesthetician. Daly is a longtime resident of Hilton Head Island who has been an aesthetics instructor for nine years. Enrollment is open now. 

NATIONAL ACTIVIST AND PASTOR TO SPEAK ON HILTON HEAD

How can the intersection of race and faith help calm the troubled waters of today’s society? This theological and practical question will be the heart of Dr. Peter M. Wherry’s presentation on June 22 at Hilton Head Island’s St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church. 

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HILTON HEAD MOM MAKES SOCIAL MEDIA PAY OFF

In most ways, Amber Faust is like any other mother of three: constantly busy, splitting her time between work, activities, and driving her kids all over Beaufort County. But there is one thing Faust has that many of us don’t: an Instagram following of more than 200,000.  

With her website (faustisland.com) and Instagram account (@faustisland), Faust has built a small empire as a professional social media influencer.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER REAL ESTATE DUO SETS THE PACE IN SEA PINES SALES

Ever since Laura Cramer graduated from Duke University and then Washington University with a master’s degree, she has been a doer. A former college registrar and dean, she’s been active in local civic affairs, government, a board member at various organizations, and a top producer selling Sea Pines real estate for more than 40 years.

SEA PINES SELECTS ARCHITECT, CELEBRATES INSTRUCTOR

Sea Pines Country Club has selected golf course architect Phil Smith to create a masterplan for its Arnold Palmer-designed Club Course. Smith has more than 30 years of experience working with PGA Tour and golf course design legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He has led numerous high-profile renovations, including a complete redesign of the Phoenician Golf Club. 

Style wiseHILTON HEAD MOM AND NURSE STEPS UP HER LOOK

As both a labor and delivery nurse and a mother, Morgan Edmunds spends her days tending to the needs of others. Time to focus on herself — and her appearance — is in short supply for this Hilton Head Island resident. But with a new phase of her career coming, Edmunds knew she needed to work on her look. She decided to enter Monthly’s style makeover contest and, to her surprise, she won.

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