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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words – an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Summerville, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Summerville.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Summerville: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Summerville is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Summerville
  • Historical Sites - Summerville Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Summerville, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Summerville, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Summerville, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Summerville, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Summerville, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Summerville or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Your Community History: Timrod began as part of national movement to start community libraries

According to information from thetimrodlibrary.org, in 1897 a group of young Summerville women formed a Chautauqua Reading Circle; from this modest beginning the Timrod Library developed.Their group was part of a national movement to increase literacy, a movement which saw the start of small community libraries throughout the country. In Summerville, the women donated the books from their reading circle to be the nucleus of a membership library chartered April 2...

According to information from thetimrodlibrary.org, in 1897 a group of young Summerville women formed a Chautauqua Reading Circle; from this modest beginning the Timrod Library developed.

Their group was part of a national movement to increase literacy, a movement which saw the start of small community libraries throughout the country. In Summerville, the women donated the books from their reading circle to be the nucleus of a membership library chartered April 23, 1908. Within seven years, their library had a permanent home.

The site said the building was placed on land donated by the town of Summerville, with Jim Cooper, a local contractor, erecting the building on Central Avenue. The Timrod, the only library building in Summerville until the public library on Trolley Road was constructed in the 1970s, opened on April 15, 1915, and continues to serve the Summerville community to this day.

The site reports in 1986 an additional, much-needed room was added thanks to the generosity of Catherine Peterman Stewart, a long-time librarian, friend and benefactor. Again local companies donated materials.

The building is located in the historic district of Summerville, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the library was chartered, the founding group renamed the reading circle the Henry Timrod Literary and Library Society honoring the South Carolina poet who — according to unconfirmed local tradition — taught there in the years before the Civil War. Because of the profound impression his wartime poetry made on civilians and soldiers alike, Henry Timrod became known unofficially as the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.

Today the Timrod Library houses a collection numbering in excess of 12,000 volumes including best sellers, reference materials, audio and video tapes, and a large number of South Carolina titles. The juvenile section contains Newberry and Caldecott Award titles as well as recent South Carolina Book Award nominees and winners. New titles are added regularly.

It is one of only two subscription-based libraries in South Carolina, meaning it is funded through grants and membership fees rather than tax dollars as in the case with public libraries. Today, anyone can become a member by paying an annual $25 fee for their family. And though the library has seen several technical upgrades over the years, the library still keeps its traditional paper card catalog for visitors to see.

The Timrod will be a stop on the upcoming annual Porch Stroll on June 11. For more information on the Timrod, visit www.thetimrodlibrary.org.

Nearly 100 fishing records and counting: Summerville couple seeks out unique species

When Jason and Jennifer Schall return from a fishing trip, whether it be from an excursion near their Summerville home or a trip to some distant locale, those who know them well halfway expect to hear about their latest record catch.Between the two major fish record-keeping organizations — the International Game Fish Association and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame — the Schalls have set nearly 100 records.In its 2022 IGFA World Record Game Fishes Yearbook, a section recognizes “World Record Angler...

When Jason and Jennifer Schall return from a fishing trip, whether it be from an excursion near their Summerville home or a trip to some distant locale, those who know them well halfway expect to hear about their latest record catch.

Between the two major fish record-keeping organizations — the International Game Fish Association and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame — the Schalls have set nearly 100 records.

In its 2022 IGFA World Record Game Fishes Yearbook, a section recognizes “World Record Anglers of 2021” and both Schalls made the list. Jason led the Male Freshwater Tippet category with three records — tied for first with four records in Male Freshwater Conventional and second in the All Tackle Length with eight records. Jennifer tied for third in the Female Freshwater Conventional category with six records.

“We didn’t have any idea we were going to finish as well as we did. We were really excited. I was told it was an unusual crossover in the same year in both freshwater and saltwater awards and conventional and fly fishing. I was also told we were the only husband-wife team in the world to make the top rankings,” Jason said.

The Schalls also have a good start for 2022. Jason has six IGFA records this year and there may be more to come by Jason and Jennifer following a recent trip to Oklahoma and Texas.

“We have 11 potential IGFA world records that we’re going to submit from this month-long road trip we’ve been on. One of the potential IGFA records is Jennifer’s 99-pound, 6-ounce alligator gar caught on 4-pound test line. The current IGFA world record is only 22 pounds, 11 ounces. We never thought in a million years she would get one this size on this line,” Jason said.

“We had put out a couple or rods, and a much smaller bait on a much smaller line, and hoped nothing really big grabs it or we’ll be in trouble. It was Jennifer’s turn and the biggest fish of the day grabs the smallest line on the smallest piece of bait. We chased that thing forever. My heart was racing, beating out of my chest. The longer that fight goes on, the more likely the line is to break or the fish get off.”

They weighed the fish, using a sling and certified scales, before releasing it.

Jason’s largest fish of the trip was a 129-pound, 13-ounce alligator gar caught on 12-pound test line which would beat the IGFA record. He also caught a 25-pound, 8-ounce alligator gar fly-fishing with 6-pound test tippet and a 16-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth buffalo on 2-pound test tippet.

The Schalls first met as 12-year-old elementary school classmates in Summerville. Jason, 48, and Jennifer, 47, eventually reconnected, enjoying a fishing trip as a first date. They celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary last October. Together, they have caught more than 700 unique species. And Jennifer has three species on her list that Jason is still chasing.

The Schalls said they love traveling and chasing unique species.

“It’s a win-win because that usually takes you to some pretty places, some beautiful waterways, and you get to meet some interesting people along the way. Just figuring out how to fish for different species is a lot of fun,” Jason said.

Jennifer said that while the basics are similar for catching the different species, a lot of research goes into being successful.

“You have to be sure you’re using the right size hook if you’re going after a species with a really small mouth that’s a big fish,” she said. “We recently caught some really big carp and some really big buffalo, and they have these little mouths that are not very strong but they are big, huge fish. You have to know what type tackle you need, the right-size hook that’s going to be strong enough to reel in a heavier fish.

“It’s a little different for each species. You want to know what kind of bait they’re going to bite or what type of lures are going to work best, what kind of water you are working in, whether it’s clear or cloudy or has grass. It’s doing that research for each fish.

“When we go out fishing for redfish or largemouth bass, it’s something you’re used to. You don’t really think about it. We know what works and you go after it. But when you’re trying to catch different species, you really have to look into a lot of different things, what’s going to work, and it might be something that’s totally new to us.”

As much as they enjoy traveling to fish for new and unique species, they also love fishing at home.

“I’ve actually been able to get quite a few of my records here at home. I was born and raised right here in Charleston and lived my whole life here,” said Jason, whose list of IGFA records includes freshwater and saltwater catches made from the Ashley, Stono and Kiawah rivers. It’s kind of neat bringing home an award from your hometown.

“Even though we enjoy traveling and going after new species and seeing new waterways and experiencing new fishing, I’m the first to say the Charleston area has some incredible fishing. We love living here because it’s such great fishing.

“We’ve gotten recognized on the world stage, so to speak, but a lot of those fish were caught right here at home. It’s a testament to the great resources we have, both freshwater and saltwater, right here in Charleston.”

How QC Kinetix (Summerville) Regenerative Medicine in Summerville, SC is Transforming Lives

The QC Kinetix (Summerville) alternative treatment for sports injuries and chronic pain is safe and well-formulated to deliver lasting relief. Treatment is provided by board-certified medical practitioners with in-depth experience and training. They are adept in handling shoulder pain, hip pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, foot pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and more. For knee pain patients, the advanced pain control clinic will delve deeper to uncove...

The QC Kinetix (Summerville) alternative treatment for sports injuries and chronic pain is safe and well-formulated to deliver lasting relief. Treatment is provided by board-certified medical practitioners with in-depth experience and training. They are adept in handling shoulder pain, hip pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, foot pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and more. For knee pain patients, the advanced pain control clinic will delve deeper to uncover the real source of the pain and offer quick relief, thereby helping the patients avoid going under the knife. The treatment also prevents over-reliance on pain medications.

Since opening its doors in 2021, QC Kinetix (Summerville) has successfully attended to many patients suffering from various pain conditions and sports injuries. Their unequaled patient experience is enhanced with the presence of board-certified clinicians offering personalized treatment and unmatched concierge-level services.

Pain relief in Summerville has taken a new, more exciting dimension following the introduction of regenerative medicine at QC Kinetix (Summerville) clinic. Patients suffering from shoulder pain can freely discuss their needs with the medical team before a personalized treatment plan is advanced. Unlike the conventional therapy for shoulder pain, the Summerville shoulder pain treatment is ideal for various conditions, including sprains, strains, and torn rotator cuff. The natural treatment works by rejuvenating the inflamed or injured tissues using the body’s self-healing mechanism. Patients who have undergone treatment get the opportunity to bypass expensive and invasive surgery that may cause lifelong repercussions.

The newly opened regenerative medicine clinic hosts experienced pain doctors such as Dr. Richard Schaffer, MD; Kenneth Barness, MD, MSc, and Aaron Wokkoff, DO, CAQSM. Also listed are Marc Difronzo, MMS, PA-C; Kristyn Olivarez, MMS, PA-C, and Lindsey Hess, MMS, PA-C. The clinic offers biologic therapies that are well-attuned to help the patients benefit from the cost-efficient treatment and improved quality of life.

For enhanced treatment experience, QC Kinetix (Summerville) clinic utilizes the latest natural regenerative therapies. Here is what a patient had to say concerning the treatment. “Thank you for giving me back my life. I went from a constant pain level of 3 or greater to a more tolerant level of 1.5. I highly recommend QC Kinnetix’s.” Patients can visit them or book a no-obligation consultation to learn more about their Summerville office, the regenerative medicine treatment protocols, and medical providers.

Pain doctors at QC Kinetix (Summerville) can be reached at (843) 303-9825. The clinic is located at 1565 Rose Dr. Unit B, Summerville, SC, 29483, United States. Their satisfaction comes from improving the quality of life metrics, which translates to patients enjoying life in ways they could not due to chronic pain.

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Summerville area authorities urge citizens to prep for Atlantic Hurricane season

The 2022 hurricane season has officially started and for the next five months, those along the Atlantic coast will be paying close attention to any activity that may bubble up.About 20 named storms are predicted, but there are several variables that play a role on how severe a storm will be and where it will go.The latest major storm to hit the Lowcountry was Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. At one point it strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. It tracked just off the east coast of Florida and Georgia while weakening to ...

The 2022 hurricane season has officially started and for the next five months, those along the Atlantic coast will be paying close attention to any activity that may bubble up.

About 20 named storms are predicted, but there are several variables that play a role on how severe a storm will be and where it will go.

The latest major storm to hit the Lowcountry was Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. At one point it strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. It tracked just off the east coast of Florida and Georgia while weakening to a Category 1 storm before making landfall near McClellanville with winds near 85 mph.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm produced hurricane force wind gusts along the entire coast, coastal flooding from high storm tides and 6 to 12 inches of widespread rainfall. The rain led to significant freshwater flooding inland.

“The official NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) seasonal outlook for the Atlantic Basin for 2022 calls for 14 to 21 named storms, so anything tropical storm or greater,” said Bob Bright from the National Weather Service in Charleston. “Six to ten of those will be strong enough to be classified as a hurricane. Three to six of those could be major hurricanes, which is a Category 3 or better.”

And considering recent numbers, the predictions have been pretty close.

“From what I’ve seen recently, the predictions are pretty good. They’ve been calling for above normal seasons for a while and we have seen above normal activity, so they’ve been pretty good lately,” said Bright.

Local preparations

That doesn’t mean the storms will be right off the South Carolina coast. The Atlantic Basin consists of the Southwest Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico — that’s a lot of water. Still, state and local officials have urged residents to prepare.

On June 4, the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department held its 9th Hurricane Preparedness Expo. The event was at the newly opened Ashley River Park in Summerville.

The public was invited to learn about hurricane preparedness from local public safety and nonprofit organizations.

“With another hurricane season upon us, now is the time for everyone to have a plan for what to do during a storm,” said Tom McNeal, the county EMD director. “If you are new to the area, seek out hurricane preparedness information on our Dorchester County Emergency Management website.

The site gives information about evacuation routes, flood zones, how to prepare if you have pets, and a family disaster plan template to help county residents prep in case they have to hunker down or evacuate for storms.

“If you’ve been here a long time, it is time (to) check your past plans and preparedness efforts to make sure they still work for you and your family,” McNeal said. “Remember, it only takes one storm to have a catastrophic impact our community.”

Berkeley County has published its inaugural Hurricane Guide for the 2022 Storm Season. Available in both English and Spanish, the guide was created by the county’s emergency management department and public information office.

Berkeley County is one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina; and with the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, the county wanted to make sure residents are informed.

“The biggest change for us this year is that we are working a little bit more with our public interface,” said Ben Almquist, director of Emergency Management in Berkeley County. “We put out a county specific hurricane guide this year and we are doing more public awareness, public education.”

The guide specifically includes information on hurricane risks, a checklist for building a disaster supplies kit, details on local evacuation routes, a list of important contacts and more. It can be accessed via the homepage of the county website at berkeleycountysc.gov.

For those like Almquist, getting the public to pay attention early and often is sometimes the hardest part when a storm is approaching. Often, for days, a storm may be heading this way only to make a sudden turn and miss the area. Public complacency could be dangerous.

“We try to preach preparedness without panic,” Almquist told The Independent. “We always try to take a measured approach when we have a storm system that is threatening the county. We are not going too far overboard with our public recommendations, but we are going to make sure we are prepared to whatever is necessary.”

On June 4, the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department held its ninth Hurricane Preparedness Expo. The event was at the Ashley River Park in Summerville.

The public was invited to learn about hurricane preparedness from local public safety and non-profit organizations.

“With another Hurricane Season upon us, now is the time for everyone to have a plan for what to do during a storm. If you are new to the area, seek out hurricane preparedness information on our Dorchester County Emergency Management webs site,” said EMD Director Tom McNeal.

“If you’ve been here a long time, it is time check your past plans and preparedness efforts to make sure they still work for you and your family. Remember, it only takes one storm to have a catastrophic impact our community,” he said.

Summerville artist uses talent to donate to Alzheimer’s support

A local mosaic glass artist who reads this column and I were in contact with each other in March. I recently visited her home studio so I could take several pictures of her art pieces, and I really liked the many subjects she has made. It is a nice assortment of colors and designs.Cynthia Kornahrens was born in Chicago but grew up in both Georgia and Summerville. She has been here for over 20 years and devotes more of her time to her art. In fact, she lives in the family’s (circa) 1850s home. Over the years, she has don...

A local mosaic glass artist who reads this column and I were in contact with each other in March. I recently visited her home studio so I could take several pictures of her art pieces, and I really liked the many subjects she has made. It is a nice assortment of colors and designs.

Cynthia Kornahrens was born in Chicago but grew up in both Georgia and Summerville. She has been here for over 20 years and devotes more of her time to her art. In fact, she lives in the family’s (circa) 1850s home. Over the years, she has donated thousands of dollars’ worth of her artwork to The ARK - Alzheimer’s Family Support Services here which provides those with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia respite care and community outreach programs. Kornahrens has volunteered there for at least a decade and says their much-needed services are near and dear to her heart. Sadly, her husband had the disease and passed away in 2016. She loves creating a variety of scenes, but especially likes coastal, patriotic, bird and pet portraits. Cynthia said that cardinals are extremely popular and sought after.

Regan: Explain how you got involved with art (oil paintings, mosaic glass artwork). Have you also worked with stained glass?

Kornahrens: I have always loved art, even as a child. I was always drawing and coloring. Later in life, I sometimes took oil painting classes from artists. Work and family took priority, but I managed to do some painting strictly as a hobby. My introduction to stained glass came from a donation of glass to The ARK - Alzheimer’s Family Support Services when I was volunteering there. I was really enamored by the beauty of the textures and colors of the stained glass. My technique is a little like “painting with glass” — and it is referred to as “GOG” (Glass On Glass) mosaic. I have not been taught in the traditional method of solder and wire, which is what you see in many windows. It also requires glass pattern cutting and I prefer creating by free hand.

R: What is the difference between glass art and mosaic? Is what you do more challenging or simply different?

K: The main difference is that with “Glass On Glass” mosaic, a light source is best used from behind (as displayed through a window, lamp, table, etc.) to illuminate the colors of the glass. Some mosaics can be designed with tile, glass, metal, etc. on a solid substrate and light from the front is used. Mosaic refers to a pattern of pieces attached to a substrate to create a design. The beauty of Glass-On-Glass mosaics relies, in part, on the play of light through the glass from the back. Another technique I am exploring is using a mirror as a substrate (the backing of what the glass is applied to), with an entirely different and beautiful effect. The light only comes from the front and bounces back to you from the mirror.

R: Do you still create oil paintings?

K: I have created occasional oil paintings (subjects were animals or buildings) but have really enjoyed making the Glass On Glass mosaics and have made that my main focus.

R: Do you have a favorite piece you have designed? Why?

K: My favorites vary, but I particularly enjoy commissioned work. It is so gratifying to do something special especially just for them. Often that can be of a favorite pet or a school logo.

R: Is one type of design (flowers versus birds) easier to create or not?

K: I really do not know which designs are easier. It all depends on the intricacy and detail involved. Finding just the right pieces of glass or that perfect piece of glass can make all the difference!

R: What is coming up for you? Would you teach what you do? Would you pursue getting your works in an art gallery?

K: What I really want to do is to keep doing commissions in my studio and to also show my work possibly in a gallery as well!

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