The Masterworks Choir | The Masterworks Children’s Choir

The Masterworks Children’s Choir and The Masterworks Choir

will present a concert of American music on Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm

at Central United Methodist Church in Florence. 
The performance will feature the music of American composers such as Copland, Billings,
Bernstein, Wilberg, among others. 
There is no charge for admission and everyone is invited to attend. 
Don’t miss this exciting concert featuring the Masterworks Children’s Choir.

Friends of Florence County Library | Author Presentation Kimmery Martin

On Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:00 PM the Friends of the Florence County Library invite all to meet author Kimmery Martin.

The Author Presentation will be held at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, Stukes Meeting Room, 509 S. Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times, among others. A lifelong literary nerd, she promotes reading, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars. She’s a frequent speaker at libraries, conferences, and bookstores around the United States. Kimmery completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Antidote for Everything is a whip-smart and timely novel about two doctors who travel a surprising path that brings them to a point where they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs.


The Francis Marion Department of Fine Arts presents The Type Directors Club, February 25 through April 2 in the Adele Kassab Gallery located within the Hyman Fine Arts Center.
Established in 1946, the Type Directors Club(TDC) builds a community through public events and platforms, supports the growth of students and early career professionals and recognizes excellence in type design across the world.
In connection with their landmark yearly competitions, the TDC produces and publishes a Typography Annual and coordinates eight traveling exhibits of award-winning work, appealing to graphic designers, art directors, editors, media makers, students, and entrepreneurs, those who love typography, letterforms, and the written word.
Type Directors Club
Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
Francis Marion University
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

FMU Fine Arts | Impressed by Nature

The Adele Kassab Gallery located within the Hyman Fine Arts Center of Francis Marion University presents Impressed by Nature an exhibition by Miyako Fujiwara. Born in Hokkaido in Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after graduating from college in Tokyo, where she studied mathematics.
Later she moved to the U.S. and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard University while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, where she helped curate nearly 400,000 archived specimens of birds for both research and exhibition. Benefiting from that extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar.
Miyako moved to Charleston at the end of 2010 and became a member at cone 10 studios where she continued to gain practical experience with running the studio, such as mixing glazes, loading and unloading kilns, recycling clay, and setting up exhibits at the cone 10 studios gallery. In 2012, she became a member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative by juried evaluation of her work.
After living in the SC for more than 8 years, she continues to be impressed and inspired by the rich natural history of the Lowcountry.  She has been exploring the creative possibilities of expressing the beauty of nature through clay, working with local trees, native plants, shells, bird nests, which also resonates with her experience as a museum curator. She is fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the living environment both visually and structurally.
This exhibition “Impressed by Nature” emphasizes the richness and beauty of nature in the Carolina Lowcountry, which she enjoys daily and which is quite opposite from the synthetic beauty of the controlled urban landscape of Tokyo. For this exhibition Miyako also explored more hand-building techniques to express organic shapes, patterns and colors in oxidation firing.
Impressed By Nature
Kassab Gallery, Hyman Fine Arts Center
Francis Marion University
February 25 – April 2, 2020
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Lake City Concert Series | Love the Arts Fundraiser

Lake City Concert Series invites you to

LOVE THE ARTS!  An Arts Fundraiser

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30pm

The Stables at the Inn at the Crossroads

Tickets $20

843-374-8611 for more information

Bring someone special for entertainment by local musicians and enjoy dessert and champagne as you support Love the Arts!

The mission of the Lake City Concert Series is to provide quality professional, classical concerts for the community.

The Lake City Concert Series is also committed to providing opportunities for our children to be involved in the arts through our Arts In Education Program and our Arts Endowment.

Francis Marion University Fine Arts Theatre

Francis Marion University Theatre

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s  Boom 

Dr. L. Dawn Larsen, director

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Downtown Florence

Wednesday-Friday, February 19-22, 2020 at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm

THE STORY: Jules, a grad student in marine biology, and Jo, a journalism student, meet one Saturday night in Jules’s small underground laboratory on a university campus, after Jo answers Jules’s online personal ad offering an encounter that promises “sex to change the course of the world.” During his research on a deserted tropical island, Jules discovered patterns among the behavior of fish that seemed to portend a premature end to most forms of earthly life. So he has turned his tiny lab/apartment into a place to wait out the disaster and begin remaking humanity. A third character, Barbara, is the audience’s guide in her portrayal of the end of civilization thousands of years earlier.

$5 admission supports the Fine Arts Performing Arts Scholarships. Reservations may only be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center Box Office at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

Florence Little Theatre | Fundraiser | CRAZY LOVE

Florence Little Theatre hosts

Crazy Love

Saturday, February 15 beginning at 6 PM



Join the Florence Little Theatre for a crazy karaoke contest to celebrate all of the people and things we LOVE. Participate in the karaoke contest for a chance to win $1,000!

The evening, hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski, will include food from local restaurants, drinks by Corkx Bartending, a silent auction with great items for all ages, and of course, the karaoke contest.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Entry to the karaoke contest is an additional $25 per person.

Tickets and entries to the contest on sale now.


“Tired of the same boring Valentine’s date? Us too.

Come enjoy singing, great food, cool auction items, good drinks, and fabulous company during our Crazy Love Karaoke night. Whether you want to compete or just want to eat and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter, Florence Little Theatre is the place to be on February 15! The evening is hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski with local celebrity judges for the contest.

Tickets $50 per person. Ages 21+

Entry into the contest is an additional $25 per person with a chance to win $1,000!”


Box Office Hours: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

843-662-3731 ● 417 S. Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506 ●


Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library | Artist Talk by J. Renee Johnson

The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence hosts:

Artist Talk by artist J. Renee Johnson

February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm

Exhibition of the Work by Artist J. Renee Johnson

Renee is internationally known for her reverse glass paintings, or Eglomise, depicting southern lifestyle themes, tropical design, and the life and times in New Orleans, pre- and post-Katrina. She enjoys painting images and scenes that promote thought on issues of social justice, history, and folklore. Her paintings have been in group exhibitions in New York City, NY; San Diego, CA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; and New Orleans, LA. She was featured in several patient exhibits at the United Nations Mocada Museum CCCADA Art Institutes in New York City and Brooklyn.

With maternal roots from Florence, S. C. and Marion, S. C., she graduated from Xavier University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  Like many, J’Renee was a Katrina evacuee who was forced to move around the country. She eventually settled in Columbia, South Carolina.

She will present an artist’s talk about her work on February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room.  Her exhibit will run through March 15, 2020.


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

Foundation Library at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.

For more information about library programs, visit


Francis Marion University Spring Recital

Francis Marion University Faculty Recital

Paolo Gualdi, piano

Francis Marion University Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30pm

Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy, France, Brazil and the United States for music organizations such as A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, and Accademia Amadeus (Italy); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande so Sul and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil); Musée Würth (France); International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.). He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcasted by radios such as NPR and Radio Vaticana.

Free admission, no advance reservations.

Florence Symphony Orchestra and Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University celebrates its 50th Anniversary featuring Francis Marion University alumni and performances by the Florence Symphony Orchestra.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30pm


“Lincoln Portrait” Copland Narrated by 20019 FMU grad John Sweeney

“Three Sopranos” FMU Alumni Arthenius Jackson-2009, Bree Boyce Marsh-2015, Caroline Starling-2017

Symphony No. 7  Beethoven

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the PAC Ticket Office at (843) 661-4444 or by stopping in at 201 South Dargan Street, Florence, SC.