Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

All the In Between: My Story of Agnes at Vista Studios 80808

Posted 11/3/2012 12:39:00 PM

Laurie McIntosh has a laugh that is unabashed and infectious. When talking to her you can see her wit and her brain working, and you know that she is probably smarter than you are … by a lot.

I’ve had the chance to chat with Laurie at numerous cocktail parties and museum events and always come away smiling. Through such meetings I’ve heard snippets about her upbringing. I’d heard that her mother was a brilliant woman who was a scientist at a time in history when it was difficult for a woman to achieve in such arenas. She was an artist, a bon vivant, and a stern mother. I’d heard that she was tough and always accomplished what she set out to do. The description made sense to me … this was the woman who had produced a very talented artist who could speak convincingly on any topic.

Laurie has been examining that relationship with her mother lately, and the result is a show at Vista Studios 80808, through Nov. 6 in Columbia. In All The In Between: My Story of Agnes, Laurie has produced over 70 painted panels telling the story of her formidable mother, Agnes Smith Brownell.

The exhibition is as much a memorial to the woman who commanded respect from her daughter while inspiring awe from her as it is an investigation. There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t have a complicated relationship with her mother, which is why this showing is sure to touch the emotions of anyone who has ever been or known a daughter.

Be sure to check this exhibition out while you visit Columbia. For more information, please visit the studio’s gallery page.