University Place Gallery | Closing Reception |Charlie Mils Solo Exhibition

Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence invites you to attend:
Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye
Closing Reception

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.

Closing Reception
February 21st – 6:00-8:00pm

Event is free and open to the public

University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street


The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces the following programming:
Family Day at the Florence County Museum
Saturday, February 9, 2019.  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge.
Art and Science
Oil and Water Painting
Museum Lobby
All Ages
What happens when you mix oil with water? Participants will learn the basics of density and polarity while creating a colorful abstract painting.
Multipurpose Room
All Ages
Your vision can really play tricks with your mind! Participants will experience the persistence of vision by creating a simple Thaumatrope.
Playing with pH
Art Studio
All Ages
Adjusting the pH of a common vegetable can create beautiful results! Participants will use kitchen ingredients to create a work of art.

Small Works 2018 Juried Competition Opening and Awards Reception

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to present its 4th Small Works Juried Competition.

On February 1st at 6:00pm the show opens at NDC Photography Studio in downtown Lake City with a reception at 105 East Main Street. Artists will be awarded the following prizes $500 (First Place), $250 (Second Place), $100 (Third place) and an Honorable Mention.

These works by artists from throughout the state are no larger than 12” x 12” and will be available for purchase. The exhibit is open through February 24th. Gallery hours are Thursday-Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 2pm.

The show provides a place for the emerging artist to place alongside the professional artist. Organized by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance the show is generously underwritten by The Citizens Bank, the South State Bank, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Marshal’s Marine. The show aims to support the downtown economic revitalization efforts this year by highlighting a new arts space in the area. The size of these pieces allow for an affordable way for local art patrons to either compliment, add to, or begin a personal art collection.


Please note on the evening of the Awards Reception, the Jones-Carter Gallery invites artists and their guest for a special viewing of its current exhibition, (Re)Current.  ArtFields® 2017 Exhibition Award Winners, The ecoFAB Trash Couture Collaborative: Flavia Lovatelli, Francisco Gonzalez, Monique Luck, Teresa Rench, and Marynel Walters.  The Jones-Carter Gallery is located at 105 Henry Street, Lake City, SC 20560.

Diminished: A Still Life



OCTOBER 12 – DECEMBER 15, 2017


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to present Diminished: A Still Life, an exhibition of new ceramic works by Doug Gray.  Opening on Thursday, October 12, the exhibition is a solo show of Gray’s most recent sculptural work. The exhibition will include an opening reception on Thursday, October 12, 6-8 pm at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in the Waters Building located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

“At its core, Diminished: A Still Life is an exhibition about experiencing loss. And while each person experiences loss in his or her own way, there is some underlying commonality that binds our experiences together so that we can recognize loss when we see it expressed by another. The feeling of loss and emotions that accompany it are arguably more abstract than concrete, however, I chose to use it as the basis for the still life installations and wall work I produced for this exhibition. The challenge came in producing the appropriate inanimate objects to convey the intended meaning,” explains Gray about his artwork.

The exhibit consists of several large art installations and an interactive piece, which encourages audience participation. The exhibit comes at an incredible moment in time when experiences of loss and tragedy are all around us and Gray offers the viewer a meditative moment of reflection and peace.

Gray is a Professor of Art at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, teaching Ceramics, Ceramics Sculpture, and Three-Dimensional Design. Gray exhibits both regionally and nationally. His work has appeared in several periodicals and books including: Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Southern Living and the Lark Books’ 500 Series. Originally trained in functional pottery, his work has evolved to include sculptural and architectural forms. His current work utilizes a variety of traditional and experimental processes. He is particularly interested in color and surface, as developed on glazed and unglazed ceramic works. Additionally, he has developed various image transfer techniques on clay, a reflection of his interest in photography, printmaking, and story telling.

The exhibition is on display at the Waters Gallery through December 15, 2017. The Waters Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm. The admission is free and is open to the public.

Andromeda Falling

Through September 22 The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to introduce a new exhibition to the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery.


The solo exhibition will feature the work of artist Adrian Rhodes and includes an artist reception in the Waters Building Tuesday, August 22 at 6pm. All are invited to explore the work and meet the artist. The Gallery is located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.


The exhibition is a collection of several years of Rhodes’ work consisting of mixed media, paper cuts, collage, linocuts, and lithography. The exhibition features the title work, Andromeda Falling, a new mixed media installation, and Skycharts, a new series of 12 paper works. Rhodes’ use of charting, navigation, DNA, and hive imagery is delicately executed through her techniques of hand cutting paper and printmaking.


Rhodes’ work reflects, “on our sense of nostalgia and the yearning associated with generational memory. Printmaking is the core of my process, allowing for the swift installation of recurring imagery and personal iconography into the work. Sky maps of constellations, navigational charts and the matriarchal structure of bee colonies reference connections between mothers and daughters. DNA structures and printmaking processes examine issues of inheritance. Sky charts represent a primal force- the vastness of the universe – paired with the complexity of bee society to comment on the way maternal bonds can be both fierce and fraught, a complex connection that pulls against chaotic forces in an attempt to align itself in an organic balance.”


The artist’s goal is by using DNA imagery and the mechanics of print generated material to literally inherit the visual content from one work to the next work, creating a memory much like our own generational memory. Her work prompts us to contemplate how generations before, especially mother and daughter lineage, define, map, and influence our past and future.


Rhodes a South Carolina native, most recently exhibited in Dalton Gallery, Center for the Fine Arts in Rock Hill, SC; Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC; and Ross Gallery, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. She is an artists-in-residence with Black Creeks Arts Council in Hartsville, SC.

The Waters Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm. There is no admission fee