Diminished: A Still Life

DOUG GRAY

DIMINISHED: A STILL LIFE

OCTOBER 12 – DECEMBER 15, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6-8 PM

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.

FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM – Mornings at the Museum

The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces the Mornings at the Museum for 2017 – 2018.

Mornings at the Museum is an interactive program for children ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult. This program is offered during the school year on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The 1st Wednesday of each month will be history related topics. The 3rd Wednesday of each month will be Visual Arts related topics. Each program will include a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity.

Free, Registration Required

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Autumn Series: Evidence – Begin The Work

Florence County Museum Adult Studio Workshops Autumn Series:

Series 1:  Evidence: Begin The Work

Instructor Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Professional Artist

 

This hands-on workshop explores ways to discover and develop new ideas

and directions for your work. Working with the elements of chance and

intention, we will create three studies using paper, fabric and india ink. The

information generated by these exercises is very open and can be

incorporated into many different types of artistic practice. All skill levels

welcome.

 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

10 Participant Maximum

Registration Required, Ages 16+

$75 per workshop or $200 for entire Autumn Series

FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM – Mornings at the Museum

The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces the Mornings at the Museum for 2017 – 2018.

Mornings at the Museum is an interactive program for children ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult. This program is offered during the school year on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The 1st Wednesday of each month will be history related topics. The 3rd Wednesday of each month will be Visual Arts related topics. Each program will include a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity.

Free, Registration Required

FAMILY DAY AT THE FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM

The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces Family Day at the Florence County Museum.

From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join the museum the second Saturday of each month for an interactive visual art activity from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM.

No registration required. Free of charge. All Ages.

 

 

 

 

FLORENCE COUNTY MUSEUM – Mornings at the Museum

The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces the Mornings at the Museum for 2017 – 2018.

Mornings at the Museum is an interactive program for children ages 3-5 and their accompanying adult. This program is offered during the school year on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The 1st Wednesday of each month will be history related topics. The 3rd Wednesday of each month will be Visual Arts related topics. Each program will include a gallery visit, story time, and hands-on studio activity.

Free, Registration Required

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

 

 

 

 

Reception with artist Terry Jarrard-Dimond

Please join the Florence County Museum for a reception with South Carolina artist, Terry Jarrard-Dimond. Evidence: The Art of Terry Jarrard-Dimond, 1987-2017 is the inaugural exhibition in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary program, which celebrates 50 years of public support for the arts in South Carolina.

Florence County Museum Summer Studios 2017

July 10-14, 2017

Mixed Media Mash-up

Art is so much more that just paint on paper! Using a variety of art materials (some quite

unusual), students will learn to combine media to create contemporary, vibrant works of

art inspired by artworks found in the museum’s galleries.

Ages 5-10

Summer Studios is a unique summer program for children at the Florence County Museum. Each week-long studio begins on Monday, focusing on a specific theme. The week ends each Friday with an exhibit of student work along with a reception for family and friends. To register for any of the 2017 Summer Studios, please visit our website at flocomuseum.org/summer-studios. Space is limited to 15 students per studio session, so sign up today!

 Monday-Friday, 9 am-12 pm

Members: $125, Non-Members $150

Limited to 15 students per week.

Florence County Museum Summer Studios 2017

June 26-30, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

You’re the director as you learn the art of Stop-Motion Animation. Students will write

their own film script, design sets and characters, photograph and produce a stop-motion

animated film.

Ages 8-12

Summer Studios is a unique summer program for children at the Florence County Museum. Each week-long studio begins on Monday, focusing on a specific theme. The week ends each Friday with an exhibit of student work along with a reception for family and friends. To register for any of the 2017 Summer Studios, please visit our website at flocomuseum.org/summer-studios. Space is limited to 15 students per studio session, so sign up today!

 Monday-Friday, 9 am-12 pm

Members: $125, Non-Members $150

Limited to 15 students per week.