Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Introduction to Natural Dyes

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Introduction to Natural Dyes
Instructor: Kimberly Washburn, Curator of Education, Florence County Museum
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum
Beginner to Intermediate Skill Level
Explore the range of color possibilities from natural dyes with this hands-on workshop. Participants will explore a variety of natural dyes from plants and insects to yield a rainbow of color. Experiment with different mordants, pH adjustments, and assists on protein and cellulose fibers to achieve a broad range of colors. Each participant will leave with useable color samples in a range of fibers and full instructions for dyeing at home. Beginner to intermediate skill level.
Click here to register Florence County Museum.

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven meters in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 3.25 miles of the moon’s surface.


The art work will arrive in Florence, SC for installation April 25 and be on display over Dargan St. near Hyatt Place until Monday April 28. It will then move to the Florence Center and be open to the public and tour groups until May 6. It is made possible by the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation and the Raines Hospitality Group.

From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding, and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar, and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers, musicians, and lovers the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon have evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific, and religious relationships to the moon.

Community and school groups are invited to visit the moon any time on Dargan St. and from 9am to 5pm at the Florence Center.

For more information contact Roger Malfatti, 843.260.6210, or Reynolds Williams, 843.615.2646.


Join the Florence County Museum on
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
for a reception, live musical performance, and artist’s talk
featuring visual artist Nancy Griffin and composer Dr. Sherry Woods.

Connections, an interactive exhibit for children and families, explores the intersection of Visual Art and Music inspired by regional plants and local history.

Learn about the Pee Dee region through a large, sixteen-panel work of visual art created by artist, Nancy Griffin. This work is designed to create one overall composition that can be rearranged to shift the larger image. These visual ideas are similarly reflected in a musical composition by composer Dr. Sherry Woods, made of sixteen short individual works, combined to create a different whole composition as the parts are rearranged.

Children and families will have the opportunity to play historic musical compositions on the Museum’s wall xylophone and dig deeper with a Museum Explorer backpack filled with activities to engage with local history and regional plant life throughout the museum.

Francis Marion University Juried Art Exhibit

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery will host the Francis Marion University Juried Art Month exhibit from April 14- April 26, 2019.

The exhibit showcases a variety of media including painting, photography, and ceramics and will feature the art work of the following FMU students: Angela Acosta, Nicholas Barber, Breonna Brown, Shayna Hunter, Philip Jeffcoat, Jonathan Laster, Karen Lookenott, Samuel McCrea, Ada Smolen-Morten, Meredith Thornton, Thessalonia Thomas, and Patricia Witherington.  The juror for this year’s exhibit is Susan Fecho, Professor of Art at Barton College.

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

Foundation Library in Florence and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:15

p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit www.florencelibrary.org.

The Artists of the South Carolina Cotton Trail

The Artists of the South Carolina Cotton Trail will be exhibiting at The Rice Museum’s Prevost Gallery in Georgetown, SC, beginning April 6 through May 10.


An opening reception, free to the public, will be held April 6 from 2 pm until 4 pm with light refreshments.


This multi-media exhibit will showcase the works of the ASCCT members from the six county region that encompasses the Cotton Trail region of South Carolina.


The ASCCT supports its fellow regional artists and promotes the tradition of the fine visual arts in the medias of Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Mixed Media, Painting, Paper (Printmaking), Photography and Sculpture.

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series – Polyhedra, From 2D to 3D

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Spring Series
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Registration Required, Ages 16+
Saturday, March 23, 2019: Polyhedra, From 2D to 3D
Instructor: Adrian Rhodes, Professional Artist
$80, all materials included, 12 Participant Maximum 
All Skill Levels
How do you take your artwork from flat to sculptural? Using polyhedral patterns, participants will take an analogue approach to creating designs that wrap around a shape, thinking about how to create artwork that is interesting and exciting in both a 2D and 3D viewing. Experiment with pattern and value as you work through the issues of paper construction to create beautiful lightweight forms.
Adrian Rhodes is a Hartsville native who uses paper and printmaking as a basis for complex mixed media installations. She has both an MFA and BFA from Winthrop University, and currently teaches printmaking at the University of South Carolina. Her work is frequently seen in exhibitions throughout the Carolinas. See more of her work at www.adrianrhodes.com.
Click here to register Florence County Museum 

Manning Williams

Florence County Museum opened its exhibition of works by South Carolina artist, Manning Williams.
Manning Williams (1939 – 2012) was a Charleston native who began his career as a realist artist. He attended College of Charleston and undertook graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he became an adjunct professor.
During the late 1960s, Williams’ work was characterized by tightly stylized representation inspired by 20th century painters like Edward Hopper and Alex Katz. Williams is best known for his mid-career work, which included portraiture, landscape painting, and Southern genre & narrative art in multiple media; all of which were  influenced by his interest in American history and his avocation as an outdoorsman.
In his late career, William’s art took an extraordinary turn as he began to expand his narrative approach by incorporating comic book imagery into bold & complex abstract compositions. The result is somewhere between Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.
This phase continued for close to 15 years until the artist’s death in 2012.  Although sourced from common pop-culture imagery, the results are highly individualized and unique works of art.
Nevertheless, Williams remains relatively unrecognized for his work during this time. The Florence County Museum hopes that the exhibition will increase recognition for Manning Williams’ late career, which remains overshadowed by the relatively strong reputation of his early and middle period paintings.
The exhibit is composed entirely of the artist’s late period abstract works, ranging from 2001 – 2011. It was developed in collaboration with his widow Mrs. Barbara Williams, who has meticulously maintained the contents of her husband’s studio since his death in 2012.
In a statement written for Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto in 2003, Williams declared, “My work today is about finding a new way to narrate our times.”
The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Special Exhibits Gallery, 111 W. Cheves Street, Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, now through September 22, 2019.
For more information about Manning Williams as well as other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843.676.1200 or visit the website at flocomuseum.org.

FCM 2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition Exhibit


2019 Pee Dee Regional Competition

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the 2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence.

The competition highlights the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. One of the state’s oldest juried art competitions, the first Pee Dee Regional dates back to 1954 where the competition was held at the former Florence Museum on Spruce Street in Florence, South Carolina.

This year’s exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 29, 2019 in the FCM Waters Gallery.

Visitors are invited to inspect this year’s selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 22 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 25 via a press release and the museum’s social media.

South Carolina Artist Alvin Glen

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery will host an exhibit of the art of South Carolina’s Alvin Glen


Mr. Glen presents works about common people, emotions, and ideas. He uses recognizable images, sometimes subtle, allowing the viewers to slowly discover and interpret the works. He explores emotion as well as social and spiritual concepts.  Some of his works illustrate low country Gullah life while other works bring attention to social or political issues.


Mr. Glen earned a bachelor of arts in arts education at South Carolina State College.  He has continued his study at Furman University, Winthrop College and at FACETs in Orangeburg, SC.  He has presented solo shows at the Charleston Art Institute, the Avery Research Center, and at the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Glen’s exhibit will run through March 15, 2019 and is sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library.


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


For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit the library’s website at www.florencelibrary.org.

ArtFields® 2018

An annual, nine-day art competition in Lake City, South Carolina – and the largest competition of its kind – ArtFields awards more than $120,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast. And, it’s also infused new energy, creativity, and growth into Lake City and its surrounding communities.

Makers Market, Art Makers, Portrait Competition, Artists’ talks, and Much, Much, More…