Coker College Band Earth Day Concert



The Coker College Band will be performing an Earth Day centered concert on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hartsville campus.


Celebrate Earth Day with a musical program of nature, Earth, and world peace inspired songs performed by the college’s 65 member concert band.  The concert will conclude with Michael Jackson’s piece, “Heal the World” featuring members of the Mayo HS for MST Concert choir and Phoenix Phame show choir.


The Phoenix Phame show choir of Mayo High School for MST is in its seventh year of existence and has performed at several community events as well as Disney World, Carowinds, and the SC School Board’s annual conference. Phoenix Phame performs popular music of today and yesterday, promoting positivity and encouraging high self-esteem. Concert Choir is made up of Mayo’s more serious vocalists and includes students that participate in All-State Choir and State Performance Assessment where the group has consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior. Phoenix Phame and Concert Choir, directed by Cole Davis consist of students from all over Darlington County in grades nine through twelve.


The Coker Band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of Coker College student and community musicians.  Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, Coker College faculty members along with local students from Darlington High School, Hartsville High School, McBee High School, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Florence District One. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.  The event is free and open to the public.



Francis Marion University Concert Band Performance

Frances Marion University Concert Band  will be performing at the FMU Performing Arts Center

7:30 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from Florence, Lake City, Darlington, Dillon, Hartsville, Columbia, Marion and surrounding areas. Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members. Due to the quality of the local talent of the band members, the group has been tagged the “Who’s Who of the Florence Instrumental Music Scene.” Membership is open to all FMU students and area residents who are experienced concert band instrumentalists. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. The program began as a way to give students of FMU a chance to perform music, earn academic credit for performance in the ensemble, and to become involved with other students in campus life.

Beginning in the spring of 2002, the FMU Concert Band rehearsals were scheduled on Tuesday evenings and adult musicians from the region were invited to participate. The band continues to rehearse every Tuesday evening.

We are always seeking additional participants; if you play a band instrument or know someone looking for a place to play, please contact us. Information can be found at Music – Instrumental Program or email Dr. Terry Roberts at

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.

​Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery – Jean Rene LeBlanc’s Greekopolis

​Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents Jean Rene LeBlanc’s “Greekopolis,” an exhibition that begins with a reception at 7pm on Monday, March 12, 2018, and will continue through Friday, April 6, 2018. The opening reception is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

LeBlanc received his B.A. in studio arts in 1993 from Concordia University, his M.F.A. in multimedia and photography in 1996 from the University of Windsor Ontario, and received his PhD in study and practice of art in 2006 from the Université du Québex à Montréal.

“Since 2012, I have been using digital infrared photography to investigate spaces and places with strong historical and cultural significance,” says LeBlanc. “Greekopolis is a new body of work that uses this format to develop new ways of looking at the world we live in. Shot in Greece between June 15 and July 15, 2015, the project proposes a series of diptychs juxtaposing images of ancient and modern ruins to generate a dialogue between—and about—contemporary and historical landscapes and economic practices.”

For more information, please contact exhibition director Ashley Gillespie at 843-621-3005 or


The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open 10am to 4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10am to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday while classes are in session. The Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the campus of Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina.   For more on the gallery, please visit



South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Student Art Exhibition

The 2018 South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Student Exhibition will be featured at the W. Reaves McCall Gallery at the Hartsville Museum in Hartsville, SC March 6 – April 13, 2018. The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with the National Youth Art Month, which takes place annually in March.

For two wonderful weeks in January, SC Governor’s School for Science and Math (GSSM) students are offered a wide variety of exciting course offerings that allow students to tap into undiscovered talents and explore new possibilities. A few of the 18 courses offered this year included: Filmmaking, Music, Equine Science, Scuba, Gliding, International travel and, of course, Visual Art.

“Art in the Interim”, taught by GSSM’s Visual Arts Coordinator, Patz Fowle and GSSM Artist in Residence, Mike Fowle, is a popular choice during the Interim Mini-Mester.  To inspire the souls of these young artists, Art in the Interim students went on excursions to Columbia art galleries and artists’ studios. Upon returning to their own art studio on campus, students explored traditional and innovative art techniques and processes to create meaningful works of art using a variety of art media. The enriching Student-Choice art program at GSSM provides individuals the opportunity to explore, experiment and thrive in a creative, studio-based, art environment.

It’s so thrilling to work along-side with the creative leaders and innovators of tomorrow and to witness the creativity that emerges in an authentic way through artistic, self-expression.says Ms. Fowle. It is obvious to see with works that range from watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic on canvas and even three-dimensional, mixed media, kinetic paintings, that these STEM students were able to successfully reveal their artistic abilities.

GSSM’s public art exhibition will not only feature works of students that participated in this year’s Art in the Interim will also include selected works from other students that frequent GSSM’s Open Art Studio throughout the school year.

Art is a strong unifying element within a culture” says Fowle “and the collaboration between the Hartsville Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics allows us to see the beautiful, beneficial bridge that connects the history of Hartsville with the future of Hartsville through art, education and community.”

“Art in the Interim has given me the time and opportunity to discover art I didn’t know I could make.” –Jay Medina, Class of 2018

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is a high school for academically motivated juniors and seniors pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math—one of only 12 specialized, residential high schools in the nation.

For more information visit: or contact Patz Fowle

Hartsville Museum Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm (closed Noon – 1pm) and Saturday: 10am – 2pm.

Location: 222 N. Fifth St.
Hartsville, SC 29550

Artists of the South Carolina Cotton Trail

The Artists of the South Carolina Cotton Trail will be on view March 1 through April 27, 2018 on display at Black Creek Arts Center and The Mantissa Suites


The Artists of the South Carolina Cotton Trail promote the tradition of fine visual arts and fine crafts. It serves the professional artists and craftspeople of the South Carolina Cotton Trail area, and work representing the area. The guild also serves as a liaison between its juried membership and other cultural and educational organizations within the state.

Black Creeks Arts Council is located at 116 West College Avenue, Hartsville, Sc 29550.


Hartsville Community Chorus 2016 Spring Concert

The Hartsville Community Chorus will present their 2016 Spring Concert, with full orchestra,  at West Hartsville Baptist Church on Saturday, May 7, at 7 PM.  The pieces presented will be the Mass for the Children by John Rutter and selections from a work by local Hartsville composer, Dennis Schaefer.  Admission is free to the general public.

Screen on the Green: “Planes: Fire and Rescue,”sponsored by the Hartsville Police Department and Fire Department

This free outdoor movie showing, sponsored by the Hartsville Police Department and Fire Department, takes place in Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way. The movie, projected on a 25-foot screen, begins at dusk, 8:20 p.m. or later. Bring a chair or blanket and snacks!

“Planes: Fire and Rescue” (2014) is rated PG for action and some peril.

In the event of rain, Screen on the Green is moved to the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, 701 W. Washington St. For more information, contact 843.383.3015.