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This is a photo of two girls running on the beach at the barrier island of South Carolina, Bulls Island.

South Carolina Sunshine!

Dawn Hunter Art ® | South Carolina Sunshine™ is a lifestyle webzine dedicated to promoting all things South Carolina. The website is a collaborative project of visual artist and Fulbright Scholar Dawn Hunter and her daughter, Darcy. Together, they learn about and explore the state's vibrant culture, discover its hidden gems, and learn about the great people who make up its communities. There is a particular focus on events that extend beyond local communities by featuring "happenings" with regional, national, and international connections. They feature an online listing of outdoor activities in South Carolina. For the culture enthusiast, they regularly publish photo essays of art exhibitions. Dawn Hunter Art ® | South Carolina Sunshine™ provides curated content with a unique and intimate look into what makes the state special. Along the way, Dawn is committed to sharing her creative life and process with others in the Studio Visit section.

New Interview!

Explore the whimsical and thought-provoking ceramic sculptures of Diana Farfán, a Bogotá native, who often offers sharp social commentary within her artwork. Learn about her ceramics studio practice and her impactful community role in our latest SC People Interview.

Click Here to Read the Full Interview! 

Diana Farfán in her studio, photographed by Will Crooks.
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Diana Farfán, detail of Linthead
Diana Farfán, Map Acrobatic Installation
This is an image of a turtle swimming in the Congaree National Park.

Explore Congaree!

Discover the Congaree National Park, a host to a diversity of plant and animal wild life. It is one of largest preserved stretch of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States. The floodplain is revitalized by the waters of the Congaree and Wateree Rivers, which deliver essential nutrients and sediments. This natural process fosters a rich ecosystem and sustains the impressive national and state champion trees found within the park.

...or, visit Bulls Island!

Bulls Island stands as the largest of four barrier islands within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, remaining remarkably untouched and pristine. Established in 1932, this refuge is dedicated to safeguarding wildlife and their habitats across its expansive 5,000-acre expanse. Bulls Island boasts a flourishing maritime forest enriched by a variety of fresh and brackish water impoundments, alongside a picturesque beachfront. Extensive networks of roads and trails crisscross the island, providing abundant chances for hiking and wildlife observation.

The photo featured in this section is of Boneyard Beach, where a striking scene unfolds. During low tides, the eerie landscape emerges, showcasing bleached oak, cedar, and pine trees scattered on the sand, resembling skeletal remnants. This natural spectacle evokes a surreal, almost ghostly ambiance akin to a natural cemetery, where spiny tree branches protrude from beneath the shifting sands.

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This is an image of a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture.
Darcy's Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Pie in July!

Dish with Darcy and celebrate the art of Yayoi Kusama, the "Princess of Polka Dots," and Darcy’s inspired creations. Discover Kusama’s 'My Love for the Eternal Pumpkin' sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and explore Darcy’s creative journey, drawing and decorating her own pumpkins. The photo essay showcases images from Kusama exhibits, Darcy's art process, and her delicious homemade pumpkin pies, adding a culinary twist to the artistic tribute. This webpage blends visual and culinary arts, highlighting the influence of Kusama’s work on personal creativity and expression. Join us in this vibrant celebration of art, inspiration, and delightful treats!

Beet the Blues

Looking for a refreshing and reinvigorating springtime juice treat? Look no further than Beet the Blues! To create this vitamin-rich drink, you will need a juicer. This nutrient-rich recipe contains 2 beets chopped and peeled, 3 peeled carrots, 1 green apple, 1 fresh peeled sprig of ginger, and 1/2 of chopped fresh pineapple. Beetroots are known for their rich fiber content and abundant vitamins and minerals, including folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. This springtime treat tastes amazing and offers health benefits. Beets are known to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, plus boost energy during exercise. 

Craving more, visit our Sweet Carrot Snap recipe, so delicious, it deserves and encore!

Events | Get your 'SC Daily Sip'

Unearth South Carolina's hidden gems with 'SC Daily Sip', your curated events compass to the state's best food, art, concerts, and more - click to start exploring today!

Cook Up Fun with Darcy's Tangy & Creamy Dip – Quick & Easy Recipe for Tween Chefs. Unleash Your Inner Kitchen Superstar Today!

Featured Sections
This is a whimsical drawing by artist Dawn Hunter of her daughter Darcy.


Experience South Carolina! - the  inspiration behind our website, we are fueled by the remarkable talents and accomplishments of individuals in the Palmetto state. With a unique blend of art, science, and community service, we've crafted a vision for a site that transcends the ordinary. Browse our online webzine that celebrates and explores the exceptional people, enchanting culture and natural beauty of South Carolina.

This is a portrait of artist Nakisa Abollahbeigi at her exhibition opening.

SC People

Dawn Hunter's SC People section for South Carolina Sunshine™ provides exclusive interviews with notable individuals contributing significantly to their communities throughout the state. From community and business leaders to creatives, each story sheds light on South Carolina's rich diversity and evolving culture. Stay tuned for our following lineup featuring inspiring conversations with engaging artists, entrepreneurs, and educators shaping our present and mapping our future lives. In this photo, Nakisa Abdollahbeigi at her exhibition opening, Carry On.

This is a photo of cliffs and a lake in the state of South Carolina.


South Carolina Sunshine™ | Outdoors section is your resource for exploring the stunning landscapes, hiking trails, and outdoor activities in South Carolina. We have organized a collection of must-see places and exciting things to do. Embark on unforgettable adventures and create cherished memories as you experience the natural beauty and charm of South Carolina's great outdoors.

This is a drawing by South Carolina artist Tyron Geter.


Welcome to South Carolina Sunshine™, your ultimate guide to the vibrant cultural events that make the Palmetto State shine. Our specially
catalogued content features an array of exceptional happenings across South Carolina, ensuring you stay informed and inspired. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of our state's culture and discover events that capture the essence of South Carolina Sunshine™.

This is a portrait of Dawn Hunter's daughter Darcy making cookies.

Dish with Darcy

 Join Darcy, Dawn Hunter's vivacious daughter, as she embarks on mouthwatering culinary adventures throughout the Palmetto State. Accompanied by friends, local talent, and a passion for food, Darcy showcases South Carolina's diverse and delectable cuisine. Embrace Darcy's motto, "food prepared is meant to be shared," and savor the scrumptious flavors of our beloved region with Dish with Darcy™.

This is a photo of many drawings about Cajal featured on a wall in Dawn Hunter's studio.

Studio Visit

Join artist Dawn Hunter for a Studio Visit. Here you'll journey through her creative world. Explore a captivating photo essays and "Tumblr" page that showcases her past, present, and future projects, reflecting the depth and diversity of her artistic endeavors and gain a unique insight into the creative process of this talented South Carolinian artist

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