McClellanville Arts Council

Where Everyone is an Artist

Welcome to the McClellanville Arts Council

Welcome to the McClellanville Arts Council! Visit our About page for more information about who we are and what we do.  As a non-profit organization we rely on your donations to help fund the arts; visit our Membership page to join us.  We offer Classes and Workshops and have a complete Calendar of Events.  We also promote the work of all local Artists and Writers. Please be sure to Subscribe to receive email notifications of our news and events. Visit our Contact page to drop us a note or ask a question.

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Ken Chappell Concert

Ken Chappell Concert in our gallery on May 13, at 7 p.m., and tickets are only $10! You may bring your own beverages, although coolers must be left at the Cassena St. door.

Ken Chapple is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and talented writer as highlighted by Bluegrass Unlimited. Ken has a sound that can best be compared to artists he’s shared festival bills with over the past several years, including David Grisman, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Della Mae, Sarah Jarosz and Annalisa Tornfelt of Black Prairie. Accolades include 2nd place at the 2012 Telluride Band Contest, winner of the 2012 Bluegrass from The Forest Band Contest, and 2008 Columbia Gorge Flatpicking Champion.

Ken is being noted as an artist that is rising to the major leagues. No Depression writes Ken’s music, as a whole, will be at that Bela Fleck / Ricky Skaggs / Doc Watson / Tony Rice / Norman Blake level soon – he won’t be a minor league player for long.

Ken is a masterful flatpicking guitarist, and gifted lyricist. His songs carry themes of love and following the heart writes Ally Dean of NYS Music. The Ken Chapple String Band carries a high caliber of musicianship that is well-suited for listening rooms, and music festivals.

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 4:00 PM

CHARLESTON’S PREMIER CELTIC BAND with “hoppin’ dance tunes, emotionally powerful songs an awesome band!”


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Day of Giving, May 3, 2016!

469223_371501142871168_130292755_o Perhaps you still need to renew your membership? Or you would like to help us keep the cost of our classes to a minimum? If so, Tuesday, May 3 is your chance to do so. Add your name to the list of supporters by pledging today:

 To participate in Giving Day, just click on this link and proceed to your desired donation box.  THANKS for your continued support!

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Materials of Discovery Student Art Exhibition

IMG_5103IMG_5110DSC_0203Materials of Discovery: Sweetgrass, Clay and Glass, is a multimedia program designed to include area students coming together at the McClellanville Arts Center Studio, to work on collaborative projects that evoke the multicultural history of the area. This project was funded through the Coastal Community Foundation’s Open Grants Program. The final results will be showcased in our gallery on May 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. The opening reception will begin with a performance by the Lincoln Middle High School Steel Drum Band, and the foods will be prepared by the Culinary Arts Students. Student Artists participating are from LMHS and Cape Romain Environmental Charter School. Please come and congratulate these fine young Artists! This event is free and open to the public.

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Explore French Santee April 8, 9, 10, 2016

Support the McClellanville Arts Council and explore French Santee. Join us with a weekend of exciting activities centered on history, nature, and art. For a flat $50 fee, you can participate in all of them! Preregistration is requested for all classes, and required for the Sunday paddle. Enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, so make sure to call early and reserve your spot!
The fun starts on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. with a presentation at the McClellanville Arts Center on the History of French Santee by Cheves Leland and Susan Bates and a slideshow presenting information on new archaeological discoveries at Hampton Plantation by David Jones from the South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Copies of French Santee, A Huguenot Settlement in Colonial South Carolina by Bates and Leland will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public, though donations will be gratefully accepted.
Saturday, April 9, attend a variety of activities at Hampton Plantation State Park. Your $50 fee covers everything except house tours.
9:30 a.m. Photography Walking Tours with Olga Maria Caballero. Bring your camera or smartphone and stroll the nature trail in search of picturesque natural flora and fauna.

11:00 a.m. Watercolor with Vida Miller. Class is limited to 15 registrants. Call 843-887-3157 to reserve your spot.

1:30 p.m. Tour of Mrs. Sue Alston’s homesite by Vennie Deas Moore. Local artist and historian Vennie Deas Moore will review her ongoing research on Mrs. Alston and her homesite.

Sunday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m., Paddle Wambaw Creek and explore a unique part of French Santee that is now part of the Francis Marion National Forest. This trip is led by expert guides and sponsored by Nature Adventures Outfitters. Single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes are available. Call 843-568-3222 to register.
There will also be activities and tours at Hampton throughout the weekend, sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The on-going archaeological dig at the 19th century double-pen cabin, which is open to the public, provides a window on nineteenth century African American culture. Hampton State Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission to the park is free, but house tours are available for $7.50.

Explore French Santee $50

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Gullah Geechee-Mania!

Join writer, performer, and educator Ron Daise on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 5 p.m. for “Gullah Geechee—Mania!,” an interactive cultural game show that showcases the unique Gullah Geechee culture and heritage of the southeastern coast. Guests earn points for answering questions about Gullah Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia.

Ronald Daise | Gullah Tings Fa Tink Bout
Daise, a cultural preservationist, uses memoir, photographs, poetry, and traditional and non-traditional music to document personal and cultural connections with West Africa. Many of these appear in his first book, Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage, Legacy of Freedmen on St. Helena Island, as well as in his fifth, Gullah Branches, West African Roots, both of which include photographs, poetry, with traditional and non-traditional music.
This program is free and open to the public, though donations will be gratefully accepted.

To learn more about Ron Daise, visit his website

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Looking Past: Photographs by Will Fulmore, 1946-1997

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The McClellanville Arts Council and friends of the late photographer Will Fulmore will present “Looking Past,” an exhibit of Fulmore’s photographs of the Carolina lowcountry in the 1970s.
William Wesley Fulmore was born in St. Stephen’s, South Carolina in 1946 and graduated from the College of Charleston. He received an M.A. in journalism from Wake Forest College and later studied photography with John McWilliams at Georgia State University. He lived in Charleston and in Atlanta before moving back to St. Stephen’s, where he died in 1997.
Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on view at the McClellanville Arts Center from March 5 to April 16, 2016.

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Materials of Discovery: Sweetgrass, Clay, and Glass

Students from our local schools have begun learning about the multicultural roots of the Sewee to Santee area and creating art from traditional materials through a collaborative project funded by the Coastal Community Fund. Instructors Georgette Sanders, Henrietta Snype, Bernadette Humphrey, Harvey Vanderhorst, and Derek McKenzie will be leading special workshops in our studio twice a week through the beginning of June. Special thanks to Royall Ace Hardware of Mt. Pleasant for contributing supplies and equipment.

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Piano Lessons

pianoBrenda LeFevre offers weekly thirty-minute piano lessons for students ages six and up, including adults. No previous experience is necessary. The cost is $18 per session for 2016 members and $20 for non-members, payable at the beginning of each month. Classes are held in the Studio Building on Pinckney Street.
Please call 843-887-3157 to schedule your session.

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Check Out Our New Look!

You may have noticed work being done to freshen up our buildings. The front of the main building has been repainted, thanks to an anonymous donor. We plan to preserve the McClellanville Telephone Company sign and add a plaque documenting the history of the building. The Lynwood Cribb Landscape Company will spruce up the grounds. Brenda LeFevre will plant a butterfly garden between the buildings. Makeovers of our website and newsletter are also in the works. Meanwhile, please remember to like us on Facebook! Special thanks to the McClellanville Town Council for helping us replace the leaky roof on our studio!

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