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Blu is a swanky restaurant located alongside Folly Beach. The casual yet elegant restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating and serves some of the freshest local seafood as well as some exquisite dishes perfect for sharing.

Jon Cropf

The restaurant also features live music and an easy to use online reservation system. Jon Cropf, the executive chef at Blu since November of 2010, comments on the popularity of the “fresh catch of the day” menu item and the array of local fish and produce that can be used in eclectic dishes. Cropf graduated from Johnson & Wales’ in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2005. He knew from about age 12 that he wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts and as he’s grown older, the number of benefits have only grown: “Cooking combines science, artistry, agriculture and the environment. It is an amazing mixture; to me it is like a sporting event.” Cropf started at Blu as a Sous Chef when the restaurant opened in March, 2009 and quickly was promoted to Executive Chef in 2010.

Blu is happy to be paired with Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art for this year’s Stroll. Ella Walton Richardson is honored to be featuring guest artist Karen Weihs, who is celebrating her show entitled “20 Year Journey.” The gallery will showcase around three dozen of her abstract pieces this summer.  Weihs graduated from UGA and began her professional career as a graphic designer.

Karen Weihs

Soon after, she started showcasing her works of modern art in the family restaurants before finding her own gallery space in Charleston in 1995. Karen also teaches regularly at several places throughout the US and Europe. We are so excited to have her art as an integral part of this year’s event.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art specializes in classical realist and impressionist paintings and sculpture by renowned American, Dutch, Russian and Korean artists. The gallery, located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, is the exclusive North American representative of Bronze Sculpture by Dutch artist Marianne Houtkamp.

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