The Arts Ob We People: Winter Exhibition and Sale is a display of original work by emerging and leading artists that represents the life of Gullah people on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding community. Artists will be onsite at various times throughout the exhibit, check for exact schedules at gullahcelebration.com. Private tours are available by appointment only.


Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every artist was once an amateur.” Beaufort-based artist Lisa Gilyard-Rivers seems to defy this sentiment. When art enthusiasts gaze upon her paintings, stroked with emotions of love and pain, stories of yesterday and today.

Although her career as an artist did not begin until the age of 52. And her career as an artist began.

Lisa’s work centers on the legacy of Gullah culture, past and present. Her art mediums include abstract, oil, and multimedia. Spectators and patrons often say that the vibrant colors that shine boldly off each canvas are what catches their attention and spark their connection to her pieces. Lisa paints with love and paints most of her Masterpieces at her home on her porch. The stories are created in her paint strokes and in each finished piece.

She owns Legacy Art Gallery at 917 Bay Street in Beaufort, SC. It is the only black and woman-owned Gullah art gallery in the area.

Her work has been featured throughout the area, including:

– Paisley Magazine – Cover Artist
– Hilton Head Art League – Upcoming Featured Artist
– Lowcountry Weekly News Magazine – Cover Artist
– Pink Magazine – Low Country Favorite Woman
– Local Life Magazine – Featured Gullah Artist, Crab Art Series
– Beaufort Art Council Exhibit – Exhibiting Artist
– Arts Ob We People Exhibit – Exhibiting Artist
– Pursuit of Opportunity and Freedom: The Reconstruction Era Art Program – Featured Artist on Permanent Display
– Black Madonna Exhibit
– Moja Festival – Exhibit Artist