Work and Play by Mills Brown

On Friday, November 25th local Florence artist Mills Brown will open her first solo exhibition of works, “Work and Play”. Mills’ recent art is heavily influenced by images and memories of her Southern home. She also finds inspiration in the new homes she has known since – Wofford, Amsterdam, and now Washington. Working primarily in collage, Mills is interested in creating strange and whimsical combinations of these places. Collage works, along with paintings, drawings, prints and hand painted ornaments will be on display.

Mills is a 2015 graduate of Wofford College where she studied Art History and English. She is currently completing her MFA in Studio Art at American University in Washington, DC.

Clay Pot is located at 166 S. Dargan Street the can be seen and viewed in their gallery space. The show runs from November 25 – March 8th 2017. A reception will be held on Friday November 25 from 6 to 9, with entertainment by local musicians Campbell Bridgeman and Daniel Stone.

 

Mills work may also be seen at www.millsbrownart.com. Email is millsbrown2@gmail.com

 

Museum Muses and The Clay Pot

April 13th The Museum Muses are joining us at the Clay Pot around 3:30 in the Art Gallery for a visit with Johnny Tanner, local artist, musician, farmer and woodworker. Plan to be entertained by the tales of a songwriter and the 2 dimensional works of the artist.

Museum Muses meet on Wednesday, April 13 in the lobby of the Florence County Museum at 1:45 for a guided tour of the Pee Dee History Gallery. The program, presented by the City of Florence Recreation Department, invites individuals and friends to visit museums, art galleries and sites to explore, discuss and learn.

Gallery Exhibit by Local Artist Johnny Tanner extended through April – Tanner’s interest and art inspiration come from his childhood, seeing Mr. Jules Owens paint the baptistry in Rose Hill Baptist Church, right up the road from the Tanner house. Soon afterward Johnny headed downtown to buy a brush and a couple of tubes of paint. “Mr. Owens painted with earth colors, and those colors make up my palette today,” states Johnny. Johnny has painted lots of landscapes and ocean waves, imaginary places, and has won many awards for his work over the years. Lately Johnny has moved away from such detailed work and is painting a more impressionistic style of landscape – and even abstracts! landscapes and ocean waves, imaginary places, and has won many awards for his work over the years. Lately Johnny has moved away from such detailed work and is painting a more impressionistic style of landscape – and even abstracts!

Kids Rock at the Pot

Kids Rock at the Pot Saturday April 9th in conjunction with Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival 1-3pm William H. Johnson Courtyard.
 The courtyard is behind the Clay Pot. The Clay Pot will be serving our all American Sloppy Joe Sliders, (made with local ground beef from Hartsville) Clay Pot’s Traditional Mac-and Cheese made with Happy Cow Cheese and local eggs. And because Saturday’s weather forecast will be in the 60’s will offer, homemade Chicken Soup, or Cream of Broccoli Soup made with (local chicken from May Pop farm and organic broccoli).

The Paings

Rachel and Philip Laing, local acoustic duo

Learn to Knit at the Clay Pot

Join Kathryn Cain, of Nellie Anne Yarns to learn the fun art of knitting on Saturdays. On Feb. 27, class members will learn how to knit a scarf  in the Knitting 101 class. Kathryn uses a collection of patterns to give you all the skills you need in a logical sequence. New skills taught in this class will include cast on, knit purl and bind off. Kathryn uses hand-outs, videos, and personal instruction to maximize your enjoyment and learning. The sequence of courses and patterns builds on previous skills to teach you how to read patterns, gauge as well as the stitches.

Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Clay Pot. Fiber Artists (knit, crochet, spinners, etc.) are invited to knit at the Clay Pot on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class members are invited to stay and knit until 2:00 p.m. with other fiber artists as you perfect your skills.

Class size is limited, and classes are $25 per session which includes a cup of the house blend coffee, instruction, pattern and hand-outs. You must pre-register by emailing: Kat@NellieAnne.com.

Play Me I’m Yours Informational Meeting for Artists

Interested local visual artists or community members, wishing to particpate in the painting of a piano are invited to this informational meeting. Plan to join us and learn more about the project and how to particpate. Project organizers will be on hand to answer any quetsions participants may have. All are welcome!

The Burns Supper

As the month of January winds down, Scots around the world begin to focus on what

is a major event on their calendar. On Jan. 25 we will be celebrating the 257th year

since the birth of the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns. It is an event that rolls around the

world on this day, known as the “The Burns Supper.” It embraces more “away

from hame” Scots than those resident in Scotland, and is perhaps, along with

Christmas, a great, truly international event in the year. Many a foreign tongue and

many a foreign ear will honor the poet by participating in the tradition.

 

Robert Burns was born in Scotland in 1759 just a few years after the last civil war in

Great Britain known the “45 Rebellion”. It resulted in an enforced emigration, of the

rebels, of the disposed, and of the poor. Burns the humanitarian reflects much of this

in his poetry. “A Man’s a Man, for A’ That” is the perfect example of his thoughts on

the common man and what truly is freedom. The last line states “That Man to Man

the world o’er, Shall brothers be for a’ that”. A sentiment that, despite the great

advances in today’s world, has not yet met the Bard’s expectation.,

 

At the age of 28, Robert Burns was making plans to emigrate, with his wife and

children, to the New World. When circumstances changed, he dedicated himself to

writing and collecting Scottish verse. It is said he “mended” many an old song or

poem. I have to speculate what might have happened if he had sailed into what was

“the ferment” in the colonies that were America. I have little doubt which side he

would have joined as George Washington sent a frigate to Botany Bay, (Australia) to

rescue a common friend by the name of Mr. Muir.

 

Ill health caused Burns to limit some of his activities, but not his writing nor a few

other pleasures! It is not for nothing that one event in the Burns Supper is the toast

to “the Lassies” and to the “Laddies”. In 1796, at the age of 37 with completed works

of over 1000 poems, a voiced acclaim from his country, and fellow man, this ‘the

peoples poet’ died. There has not yet been any one to measure him!

Thus throughout this day, January 25 there will be bagpipes playing somewhere in

the world at a “Burns Supper” keeping aflame the immortal memory of this man,

this bard, this genius among poets.

 

One such place will be Florence SC, where at the Clay Pot, a “Burns Supper” will be

held on Jan. 25th, at 6.30pm. The event will follow the tradition of music and song

with Burns poetry and a meal with Haggis on the menu.

 

Reservations in advance: call 843-407-1646 Wednesday – Saturday.

“Auld Lang Syne” lyricist, Robert Burns Global Birthday Bash Celebration

a ticketed Dinner Event  –  Ticket sales begin on January 13th ,  $20.00 per person includes dinner, tea and coffee, dessert and plenty of totally Scottish “Burns night” entertainment, with live music, song and Burns Poetry.  Join us for the party celebrated around the world renowned as the Scottish poet & regarded as Scotland’s National poet born January 25, 1759.  Complete with Jamie Hamilton Piping for the address of the Haggis and more!  

Artist Exhibit and Music by Johnny Tanner

Local artist Johnny Tanner’s art will be on display January 22, 2016 through March 2016 at The Clay Pot in

Florence. An opening and reception will be held at 7:00 the evening of January 22,

followed at 8:00 by an hour of original music.

 

Johnny Tanner’s teachers always noted that Johnny spent too much class time drawing.

But soon after Mr. Jules Owens came to paint the baptistry in Rose Hill Baptist Church,

right up the road from the Tanner house, Johnny headed downtown to buy a brush and a

couple of tubes of paint. “Mr. Owens painted with earth colors, and those colors make up

my palette today,” states Johnny. Johnny paints mostly landscapes and ocean waves –

imaginary places, and has won many awards for his work over the years. Lately Johnny

has moved away from such detailed work and is painting a more impressionistic style of

landscape – and even abstracts!

 

As for music, Johnny began trying to write songs almost as soon as he could play a few

chords on the guitar. He has performed from Washington, DC, to Dallas, Texas, and up

and down the eastern seaboard. One of the highlights of Johnny’s musical career came in

2011 when he was the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner at MerleFest. Another

was a 2015 trip to Ireland where he played at Monroe’s Pub in Galway, and was featured

on a radio show hosted by singer/songwriter Charlie McGettigan at Shannonside Studios

in Longford, County Longford.

 

Johnny’s music and examples of his artwork can be found online at

www.johnnymtanner.com. His CDs “Wake Up John” and “The Main Thing” can be

purchased through cdbaby and iTunes. He also can be found on YouTube, ReverbNation

and Spotify.