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.
Materials 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.
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
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.
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 http://www.rondaise.com
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.
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.
Brenda 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.
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!
“Miss Sally,” who died in December 2015, truly was a treasure. We will miss her lively wit, her zest for life, and her unflagging support for the arts. Many thanks to her family for suggesting that donations in her memory should go to the McClellanville Arts Council. Thank you, too, to those who have sent memorials: Dan Fifus and Carol McClellan, Marylou and Arnold High, Harper James Finucane and Cynthia Ann Minrad, Susan and Dwight Williams, Thomasine Rogas, Nancy Lucas Dean, Vida O. Miller, Bernadette Humphrey, and Atlal Software.
If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to McClellanville Arts Council and earmark for Miss Sally. Mail to McClellanville Arts Council, P.O. Box 594, McClellanville, S.C. 29458
During his twenty-nine years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Alex Harvin was a fierce advocate of funding for the arts. After his death in 2006, his wife Cathy filled his House seat, not only honoring Alex’s legacy but creating one of her own. Cathy’s stamina following Alex’s death, and throughout her own illness, is an inspiration to us all. In honor of Alex and Cathy Harvin, we established a fund to make classes and workshops more affordable for everyone, but especially for school-age children. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make your tax deductible offering payable to McClellanville Arts Council, with the memo “Alex and Cathy Harvin Fund,” and mail to PO Box 594, McClellanville, SC 29458.
We have local handmade gifts for everyone on your list!
Join us for Art Walk 2015 on Friday December 4 (5 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, December 5 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), featuring ukulele music by the Charleston Hot Shots , paintings and sculpture by Steve Rhea, and guest appearances by many of the authors and photographers who contributed to State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume Two: Jack Bass, Lee Brockington, Ron Daise, Herb Frazier, Harlan Greene, Josephine Humphreys, Ben Moïse, Mary Alice Monroe, editor Aïda Rogers, Walter Shockley, Marjory Wentworth, Susan Millar Williams, and Curtis Worthington.
For writers beloved places can captivate, teach, comfort, and occasionally haunt. In this collection contributors reflect on their hometowns, the rivers and roads that marked their lives’ journeys, and the maligned neighborhoods they transformed just by living and working in them. Family beach vacations, churches and churchyards, athletic arenas modest and grand, a mountain vista, a quiet pond, a city park, an old-time produce market, Lake Murray, Brookgreen Gardens—these are just a sampling of the nearly three dozen private and public places favored by this diverse group of writers of fiction, memoir, poetry, history, journalism, and more.
As our own Billy Baldwin says of the book, “What an amazing mix South Carolina is. She’s a library where quick fun-read paperbacks press against solemn leather bound tomes, a family reunion with rich and poor and black and white, with our gracious plenty of everybody crowding around this homemade trestle table. One thing binds these essays. Each one is written from the heart.” This will be a great gift to have autographed!
The Village through the Eyes of Artists Stop by our gallery to see this beautiful one-of-a-kind quilt designed and made by McClellanville artists. Buy a raffle ticket—or several—and it could belong to you! Tickets are $5 each. They can be purchased at the Arts Center and a winner will be drawn on December 4.
Don’t forget our signature handmade glass ornaments!