The walls of Le Vendue are adorned with paintings and works from a range of local artists, many by this man, Fred Jamar. Fred works in his study in a corner room of the hotel from 11-4, having bought a house in Charleston after taking early retirement from his Risk Management job on Wall St 17 years ago. I chatted him up for about 20 minutes. We compared notes on our respective gallery scenes, the 50 in Charleston versus the 350 in my West Chelsea neighborhood alone, and he took an interest in my own creative outlet as an aspiring writer. Fred is Belgian, which is just one aspect that makes him unique among the locals. Unfortunately he couldn't shed much light on how there came to be multiple Belgian gelato shops dotting the Charleston area!
Here he is painting his favorite subject: a typical Charleston streetscape. Stop by and see Fred on your walk to the Waterfront Park.