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.

POP – Cult True LOVE Art Show

Downtown Florence

POP -Cult  True LOVE  Art Show

Saturday, March 3 from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Featuring art by Stephen McCrea, Sarah Love (Hetu), Tiffany Thomas, Katey Moon, and more! Enjoy live music by Allen Andrews.
Art Crawl begins at Tthomasarts in Downtown Florence, then continued in the empty store across from Hotel Florence, and The Kress Corner Building, (the hall leading to The Distillery and Hall behind Local Motive).

Tellabration, A Walk Down Dargan

Tellabration is a Nation Wide celebration on or around the last Saturday before Thanksgiving. It’s goal is to promote the ancient art of Storytelling and to nurture the sharing of stories amongst friends and families over the holidays! Storytelling is The original form of entertainment and still one of the best ways to learn and pass on important information. Everyone walking this Earth has a story to tell and on November 18 a few of us will share those stories with you! Join in for an evening of tales by Carla Simon Angus, Jess Willis, Fred Emmitt Wilson, Jr. and musician Dawn Larsen at TThomas Art Studio.

A worldwide evening of storytelling creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in a spirit at the same time and on the same weekend worldwide!

This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance’s Quarterly Grants Program.

Opening for The Politics of Properties: Deconstructing Downtown Florence, by Symon Gibson and Tiffany Thomas

The Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery presents The Politics of Properties: Deconstructing Downtown Florence, a group exhibition by Symon Gibson and Tiffany Thomas, which runs through February 28, 2017. The public is invited to an artist reception and opening on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. in the gallery. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

 

The exhibit examines Florence’s downtown development. Both artists were fascinated with what buildings were allowed to stay versus what buildings were torn down throughout the history of Florence. Symons artworks depict recently built buildings in Downtown Florence. Tiffany’s works are based on buildings that were demolished.

Symon Gibson holds a B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from Francis Marion University. He has exhibited work at the Art Trail Gallery and the Francis Marion University Hyman Fine Arts Gallery.

 

Tiffany Thomas holds a B.A. degree in Visual Arts from Francis Marion University. She has exhibited in numerous shows such as the South Carolina Arts Commission Gala, The North Carolina Museum of Art of the Auction, Spartanburg Juried Art Competition, The Heritage Festival and The Pee Dee Regional art Competition.

Both artists own Tthomasarts, an art studio in downtown Florence, South Carolina.

 

The exhibit and reception are sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery is open seven days a week and is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence. For more information, please call (843) 413-7074 or visit www.florencelibrary.org.

The Politics of Properties: Deconstructing Downtown Florence, by Symon Gibson and Tiffany Thomas

The Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery presents The Politics of Properties: Deconstructing Downtown Florence, a group exhibition by Symon Gibson and Tiffany Thomas, which runs through February 28, 2017. The public is invited to an artist reception and opening on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. in the gallery. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit examines Florence’s downtown development. Both artists were fascinated with what buildings were allowed to stay versus what buildings were torn down throughout the history of Florence. Symons artworks depict recently built buildings in Downtown Florence. Tiffany’s works are based on buildings that were demolished.

Symon Gibson holds a B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from Francis Marion University. He has exhibited work at the Art Trail Gallery and the Francis Marion University Hyman Fine Arts Gallery.

Tiffany Thomas holds a B.A. degree in Visual Arts from Francis Marion University. She has exhibited in numerous shows such as the South Carolina Arts Commission Gala, The North Carolina Museum of Art of the Auction, Spartanburg Juried Art Competition, The Heritage Festival and The Pee Dee Regional art Competition.

Both artists own Tthomasarts, an art studio in downtown Florence, South Carolina.

The exhibit and reception are sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery is open seven days a week and is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence. For more information, please call (843) 413-7074 or visit www.florencelibrary.org.

 

The Business of Art: The Story of a Studio

Join us as we hear from Tiffany Thomas and Symon Gibson as they tell the story around TThomas Arts, a new arts business and initiative in downtown Florence.

Tthomasarts is a fun and exciting brand headed by Tiffany Thomas, offeirng original art created by Tiffany and workshops that teach color theory and design. Their goal is to not only sell art nationally online and through galleries and craft shows, but also to demonstrate to others how art can bridge communities and make the world a better place. Learn more about TThomasArts here: http://www.tthomasarts.com/

Hear about the studio’s journey along with the steps taken and needed towards pursuing an Arts Business.

This Professional Development Series for artists is possible due to the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank.

These conversations for artists of all forms will take place on Mondays from 5:30pm to 7pm in the Waters Building located in downtown Florence at 135 South Dargan Street. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

For more information, call the Florence Regional Arts Alliance at 843-407-3092.