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Healing Art

It’s no secret that art can help transform your space.

Studies have shown it can also have a positive impact on your mental health, reducing stress and anxiety levels. You don’t need to be a creative person in order to benefit from the relaxing properties — art can also help you relax just by looking at it. With that in mind, we collected these mood-boosting works from local galleries.

Lowcountry by Ben Ham (Ben Ham Gallery)
Skipping on the Sound by Mary Inabinett Mack (Red Piano Too)
Peeled Orange by Gordon Russell (Red Piano)
Horizon by Jane DeDecker (Red Piano)

Local Inspiration

Opha May by Marsha Olderr

Marsha Olderr’s mother has lived in Bluffton for 30 years. Her mother recently moved to an assisted living facility and had her mail forwarded to Marsha in Mississippi. Marsha has been reading her mother’s copy of LOCAL Life each month and was inspired by November’s pet-friendly issue, particularly the article on Opha May. The English Bulldog is the first female mascot in the history of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

“I am an artist who paints dogs, among other things,” Marsha said. “I used to sell advertising for the company who did the Parris Island military directory, so it was kind of fun to do something related to a place I always thought of fondly.”

Find more of Olderr’s work online at

Into the Night

Untitled by Stella Lee Anderson

The building shades the blinding sun but I keep my sunglasses on.

Gritty particles fill the air.

What are you so beautiful?

As if you don’t want me to be.

Days filter through like little fish between my fingers but a lifetime

is still a long time.

The sky is deeper and the fire pit spells out the question:

How can I blame you when I am indigo drunk?

Crossing the dark bridges over the inter-coastal — I turn the headlights off

Nobody sees my untied hair gone wild.

— Miho Kinnas