July 2007

Make Yourself at Home at the Linda Hartough Gallery

Author: Linda Hopkins

If you are envisioning a museum atmosphere, complete with stuffed shirts and society snobs milling about, oohing and ahhing over walls of pretentious paintings, you might be disappointed. But if you’re looking for world-class art, exquisite furniture and beautiful accessories for your home, attractively displayed in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, don’t miss the Linda Hartough Gallery.

Located in the heart of Harbour Town, next door to CQ’s restaurant, surrounded by moss-laden oaks with a glimpse of Calibogue Sound, the sheer quaintness of the wrap-around porch bids you welcome. Step inside and feel instantly at home with the world’s premier golf landscape artist.

Prepare to be awed by Hartough’s magnificent paintings, renowned for meticulous detail, so realistic you’ll want to drop a ball and yell, “Fore.” Even if you’re not a golfer, you will appreciate the genius of her work and the splendor of her subject.

“Golf courses are sexy,” said Hartough. “Nowhere else in nature will you see the ground shaved to the contour like a golf course. It’s just as sensual as painting a body.”

Hartough has spent the last 13 years of her art career chronicling the beauty of golf courses around the world and is regularly commissioned by many of the leading golf clubs in the U.S. and Britain to paint their signature holes. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, producing official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships.

Among the originals currently featured at the gallery are two Augusta paintings, hole #13, commissioned in 1984, and #16, commissioned in 1987—the first two Hartough ever painted. According to Gallery Director, Bobbie Hahn, they hung at Augusta for many years before being procured by a private collector. On consignment, you can purchase them for $85,000 each or $150,000 for the pair.

But don’t let the cost scare you away. “We are a destination,” said Hahn, “not just for golfers but for everybody who loves beautiful things—in all price ranges.” If an original doesn’t fit your budget, you’ll find unframed prints starting at $225. (Custom framing services are offered for all gallery selections.) You’ll also find mini-canvas giclees (5×7 gems of Harbour Town) as well as other souvenir artwork, including note cards, books and rugs. What you won’t find is anything remotely “tacky.”

“We try to carry golf-related items that other places don’t carry,” said Hahn. “What really surprised me when I first started working here was the number of people who have golf rooms in their homes. People come in and buy lamps, bookends, figurines, a clock—they’ll furnish their entire golf room here.”
In addition to the golf-themed items, you’ll find a small selection of Lloyd Buxton furniture (exquisite reproductions of English antiques) and lifelike silk florals by Natural Decorations, Incorporated (NDI), so convincing you’ll stop to smell the roses before you notice they’re not real. The gallery also features the signature wines of golfers Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer as well as Hartough’s own private label wine.

Open for business year round, summer hours at the gallery are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. During the months of July and August, you are invited to stop by between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., every Thursday and Friday evening, for complimentary wine tasting. Whether you are a Lowcountry resident or a visitor to our area, come as you are and make yourself at home at the Linda Hartough Gallery.

Linda Hartough Gallery
Harbour Town (next to CQ’s)
(843) 671.6500

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