Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops
Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, May 25, 2019:
Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets
Instructor: Sarah Edwards-Hammond
$125, all materials included, 15 Participant Maximum
All Skill Levels
Experience the art of weaving (sewing) a Charleston sweetgrass basket, one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Participants will construct a small basket with fragrant sweetgrass, pine needles for accent, and palmetto strips to secure the basket.
Sarah Edwards-Hammond, one of Charleston’s finest Sweetgrass Basket Artists, was taught this unique form of art by her mother, the late Mrs. Estelle Edwards. Mrs. Edwards was taught the craft by her mother-in-law, Mrs. Florence Mazyck-Edwards. Sarah is listed on the South Carolina Art Commission Roster for Artists, she is an active member of the Sweetgrass Basket Association, she has served with the Hand Weaving Guild of American, and the Sweetgrass Basket Cultural Art Festival. After retiring from the Charleston County School District, working as an office manager for thirty-one years, she travelled the state of South Carolina to various schools teaching students this African experience that vividly illustrates the beauty of a diverse culture.
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Florence Regional Arts Alliance 2019 Arts Awards Night

Florence Regional Arts Alliance presents its

2019 Arts Awards on May 7th, 2019

As part of its mission to recognize those making a difference in the community through the support, development and growth of the arts, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance presents for the following four awards:

The John W. Baker Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual from Florence County who has significantly impacted the quality of life in our community through his/her activities, contributions, and/or accomplishments in the arts.

The Business and Arts Partnership Award recognizes a Florence County business for its vital commitment to the arts as evidence by operational and/or project support provided on a substantial and ongoing basis.

The Outstanding Arts Organization is presented annually to the Florence County arts organization that has a tremendous impact on the community. This may be through programming, projects, resource development, advocacy or other innovation. No organization may win this award twice in a four year period.

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient is presented annually to an educator who either resides or works in Florence County. Public and private schools educators are eligible for this award, as well as individuals in higher education and those who teach through registered 501(c)(3) arts organizations.

Arts Awards are based on nominations submitted by the community.

Nominations may be submitted through the Florence Regional Arts Website at http://www.florenceartsalliance.org/awards/  through March 25, 2019.   The awards themselves will be a piece of artwork created by local artist Tiffany Thomas.  Thomas is the recipient for the 2018 Arts Award for Business and Partnership.

The 2019 Arts Awards will be presented at a reception on May 7th at 6pm within the Waters Building.

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Introduction to Natural Dyes

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Introduction to Natural Dyes
Instructor: Kimberly Washburn, Curator of Education, Florence County Museum
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum
Beginner to Intermediate Skill Level
Explore the range of color possibilities from natural dyes with this hands-on workshop. Participants will explore a variety of natural dyes from plants and insects to yield a rainbow of color. Experiment with different mordants, pH adjustments, and assists on protein and cellulose fibers to achieve a broad range of colors. Each participant will leave with useable color samples in a range of fibers and full instructions for dyeing at home. Beginner to intermediate skill level.
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Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven meters in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 3.25 miles of the moon’s surface.

 

The art work will arrive in Florence, SC for installation April 25 and be on display over Dargan St. near Hyatt Place until Monday April 28. It will then move to the Florence Center and be open to the public and tour groups until May 6. It is made possible by the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation and the Raines Hospitality Group.

From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding, and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar, and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers, musicians, and lovers the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon have evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific, and religious relationships to the moon.

Community and school groups are invited to visit the moon any time on Dargan St. and from 9am to 5pm at the Florence Center.

For more information contact Roger Malfatti, 843.260.6210, or Reynolds Williams, 843.615.2646.

Spring Studio – Florence County Museum

Looking for fun activities for your child during spring break?  Spring Studio is an exciting program for children ages 5 to 10 at the Florence County Museum.   This four-day hands-on workshop will focus on spring-themed art projects and activities.

Space is limited to 15 students so sign up today!

Register through the Florence County Museum website.

Connections

Join the Florence County Museum on
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
for a reception, live musical performance, and artist’s talk
featuring visual artist Nancy Griffin and composer Dr. Sherry Woods.

Connections, an interactive exhibit for children and families, explores the intersection of Visual Art and Music inspired by regional plants and local history.

Learn about the Pee Dee region through a large, sixteen-panel work of visual art created by artist, Nancy Griffin. This work is designed to create one overall composition that can be rearranged to shift the larger image. These visual ideas are similarly reflected in a musical composition by composer Dr. Sherry Woods, made of sixteen short individual works, combined to create a different whole composition as the parts are rearranged.

Children and families will have the opportunity to play historic musical compositions on the Museum’s wall xylophone and dig deeper with a Museum Explorer backpack filled with activities to engage with local history and regional plant life throughout the museum.

Francis Marion University Juried Art Exhibit

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery will host the Francis Marion University Juried Art Month exhibit from April 14- April 26, 2019.

The exhibit showcases a variety of media including painting, photography, and ceramics and will feature the art work of the following FMU students: Angela Acosta, Nicholas Barber, Breonna Brown, Shayna Hunter, Philip Jeffcoat, Jonathan Laster, Karen Lookenott, Samuel McCrea, Ada Smolen-Morten, Meredith Thornton, Thessalonia Thomas, and Patricia Witherington.  The juror for this year’s exhibit is Susan Fecho, Professor of Art at Barton College.

The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee

Foundation Library in Florence and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:15

p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit www.florencelibrary.org.

2019 Imagination Ball at the Florence County Museum

Let your creativity flow at the 4th Annual Florence County Museum Imagination Ball, a costumed event for the whole family. Enjoy an evening of creative hands-on activities, music, face painting, delicious food, family costume contest, music and more. Tickets are $10 per child or $40 per family. Accompanying adults attend free. Tickets can be purchased at the Florence County Museum or through our website.
All proceeds support educational programming at the Florence County Museum.
For tickets and more information visit flocomuseum.org/imagination-ball
Friday, March 29, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$10 per child or $40 per family

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Polyhedra, From 2D to 3D

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, March 23, 2019: Polyhedra, From 2D to 3D
Instructor: Adrian Rhodes, Professional Artist
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum 
All Skill Levels
How do you take your artwork from flat to sculptural? Using polyhedral patterns, participants will take an analogue approach to creating designs that wrap around a shape, thinking about how to create artwork that is interesting and exciting in both a 2D and 3D viewing. Experiment with pattern and value as you work through the issues of paper construction to create beautiful lightweight forms.
Adrian Rhodes is a Hartsville native who uses paper and printmaking as a basis for complex mixed media installations. She has both an MFA and BFA from Winthrop University, and currently teaches printmaking at the University of South Carolina. Her work is frequently seen in exhibitions throughout the Carolinas. See more of her work at www.adrianrhodes.com.
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Manning Williams

EXHIBITION OF ART BY MANNING WILLIAMS
at FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM
Florence County Museum opened its exhibition of works by South Carolina artist, Manning Williams.
Manning Williams (1939 – 2012) was a Charleston native who began his career as a realist artist. He attended College of Charleston and undertook graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he became an adjunct professor.
During the late 1960s, Williams’ work was characterized by tightly stylized representation inspired by 20th century painters like Edward Hopper and Alex Katz. Williams is best known for his mid-career work, which included portraiture, landscape painting, and Southern genre & narrative art in multiple media; all of which were  influenced by his interest in American history and his avocation as an outdoorsman.
In his late career, William’s art took an extraordinary turn as he began to expand his narrative approach by incorporating comic book imagery into bold & complex abstract compositions. The result is somewhere between Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.
This phase continued for close to 15 years until the artist’s death in 2012.  Although sourced from common pop-culture imagery, the results are highly individualized and unique works of art.
Nevertheless, Williams remains relatively unrecognized for his work during this time. The Florence County Museum hopes that the exhibition will increase recognition for Manning Williams’ late career, which remains overshadowed by the relatively strong reputation of his early and middle period paintings.
The exhibit is composed entirely of the artist’s late period abstract works, ranging from 2001 – 2011. It was developed in collaboration with his widow Mrs. Barbara Williams, who has meticulously maintained the contents of her husband’s studio since his death in 2012.
In a statement written for Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto in 2003, Williams declared, “My work today is about finding a new way to narrate our times.”
The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Special Exhibits Gallery, 111 W. Cheves Street, Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, now through September 22, 2019.
For more information about Manning Williams as well as other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200 or visit the website at flocomuseum.org.