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50 Reasons We Love the South Now

Garden and Gun

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Clay Rice cut his first silhouette at age six. Tutored in the centuries-old art by his grandfather Carew Rice, arguably the South’s most famous silhouette artist (the poet Carl Sandburg was a fan), he is now, at fifty-six, closing in on his millionth paper cutout. Thousands of parents from Mississippi to Maryland commission profiles of their children each year. “Southerners have such a strong sense of family, and place,” Rice says of his craft’s enduring popularity. But beyond portraits, his deft scissors also render starkly beautiful scenes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, where he grew up, and fill the pages of his award-winning children’s books, the newest of which hits shelves this September.










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