Fall is a wonderful time to visit our beautiful city with cooler temperatures and crystal clear blue skies — walking through the city is  a pleasure. Be sure to tuck this copy of Charleston Gateway in your bag before you head out for the day. In it, you’ll find a wealth of information about our city and the many activities available.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation purchased and renovated McLeod Plantation and it is now open to visitors. Be sure and read the article in this issue and plan a visit. History buffs will not want to miss this opportunity.

If you are visiting the Holy City during the holiday season, there is so much to do! Not only shopping, but many fun holiday themed events. We have given you a great list of some of the best — enjoy this merry making season in our beautiful city!

We are glad you choose to visit Charleston. Our city is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy our history, delicious food and unique attractions. And, our one-of-a-kind shops and markets are the perfect place to get a head start on the holiday shopping. Please visit us on the web – either on Facebook or on www.charlestongateway.com. We’re always posting something new and fun for visitors (and locals)!

Cover Artist

Christmas Palmetto Tree, by James Christopher Hill

Born in Charleston, James Christopher Hill is a fine artist whose award-winning work is collected throughout the world. He is best known for painting landscapes and skyscapes filled with vibrant color, swift movement and radiant energy in a contemporary stylistic language. His work explores the use of color and rhythm to create powerful, sweeping images that seek to provoke a particular mood or emotion by capturing an exact moment or memory in time that is meaningful to both him and the viewer.

In 1998, while earning his BA at Ringling College of Art & Design, the artist won an Oscar for Best Student Computer Animation. Today, James paints fine art in varying genres from traditional landscapes and skyscapes to science fiction, fantasy, gothic/horror & steampunk styles. His work can also be seen on many book & album covers, roll-playing game cards & game box covers.

To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.JAMESHILLGALLERY.com, or visit the gallery at 5109 Parkside Drive in North Charleston. Call 843-367-5960 for more information.