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.
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!
The Village Through the Eyes of an Artist
Tickets are available for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind collaborative quilt. Each panel represents a different aspect of the village as seen through the eyes of each of the contributing McClellanville artists. The quilt is currently displayed in our Gallery. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Arts Center. The raffle will take place during the Art Walk on Friday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center.
Please join us in our gallery on Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m. for the opening reception of the vibrant Surf Art of Steve Rhea. Many of you know Steve from his talents in the film industry. Most recently for bringing Sophie and the Rising Sun to McClellanville. You may also know Steve for his popular Tiki bar tap handles, some as high as seven feet tall! You may also know Steve has a passion for surfing, and has participated in that “happening scene”, since he could first swim in the waters surrounding his beloved Charleston birthplace. What you may not know is Steve is also a self-taught Folk Artist. Steve believes his acrylic surf art paintings are more about the combined process that includes surfing and meditation, rather than the finished object. When you see his vibrant work, you will see why. This will be the first major solo exhibition of Steve’s award-winning career, and we are proud to offer you his works in our gallery, through the holiday season!
Due to the recent 1,000-year flood event, and resulting conditions on the Francis Marion National Forest and at Hampton Plantation, the McClellanville Arts Council has to postpone the French Santee fundraiser scheduled for the weekend of October 16-18. The Friday lectures, Saturday events at Hampton, and the Sunday paddle will all be re-scheduled for a beautiful spring weekend in 2016 when a Big Announcement about archaeology at Hampton will also be made.
Thanks to our donating artists, historians, naturalists Susan Bates, Olga Maria Caballero, Vennie Deas Moore, Cheves Leland, David Jones, and Vida Miller and to Nature Adventures Outfitters for their willingness to donate their time and expertise. We look forward to seeing them and all of you who are interested next spring.
Explore French Santee: A Weekend-long Adventure and Fundraiser
for McClellanville Arts Council
Friday – Saturday – Sunday, October 16-18
Area Artists, Naturalists, and Historians are donating their services, so that all funds go to support the Arts Council. A variety of events are offered; some are first come-first served, so call today to reserve your place.
Sponsored by Nature Adventures Outfitters
Fees: $50 for all Saturday and Sunday events
(Friday is free; donations appreciated)
Friday evening, 7:00, at McClellanville Arts Center
History of French Santee, by H. Cheves Leland and Susan Bates, authors
A New Archaeological Discovery, by David Jones (SCPRT)
Saturday, 9:00-4:00 at Hampton Plantation State Park
9:30a.m. Nature and Photography walk, with Olga Maria Caballero
Bring your camera and stroll the nature trail. There are ample opportunities for excellent photographs.
11:00 a.m.and 2:00 p.m. Watercolor opportunity with Vida Miller.
Classes limited to 15 registrants. Call 887-3157 or click below, to reserve your spot.
1:30 p.m. On-site interpretation of Mrs. Sue Alston’s homesite
Ongoing: Tours of the archaeological sites with State Parks archaeologists
volunteer with the archaeologists as they excavate the 19th century slave community
Tours of the Hampton house are available from SCPRT for $7.50
Sunday, 1:30 at Still Boat Landing, Francis Marion National Forest
Paddle Wambaw Creek and learn about French Santee. The tour will be led by Master Naturalists.
Pre-registration for the kayak trip is required. Call 568-3222 to register. Single kayaks, Tandem kayaks, and Canoes are available. Ages 4 and up.
Please call us at 843-887-3157 if you have any questions.
A resident of Awendaw, Mary Magwood Causey roamed the shores of Little Bulls Island and at age eight experienced a profound spiritual awakening when a near-tragedy was miraculously averted. Join us on June 27th at 7pm, in the Gallery, as she discusses The Sleepy Inlet for a reception and book signing. Books will be for sale and the reception will follow.
Please join us in the gallery on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the art work created in our summer programs. Students will be allowed to take home their work home at the end of this celebration.
Langston Hughes, Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Zora Neale Hurston—these are some of the fifty stars of American culture captured in beautiful photographic portraits by Carl Van Vechten. The photographs have been lovingly cleaned and restored with a grant from the Dorothy and Gaylord Donnelley Foundation. While part of our permanent collection, it now travels to schools across the Lowcountry. The photographs have been used by many schools as the inspiration for interdisciplinary programs that combine history, music, literature and art display. They are available to area schools for a semester or a year at a time, for a nominal fee.
The photographs will be on exhibit at the Arts Center Gallery from June 20th through September 22nd, during regular Gallery hours or by appointment. Email email@example.com for more information.
Georgette Sanders will teach hand-building, sculpting techniques, and basic wheel throwing for children from ages 6 and up. Students will make sculptural and functional objects like animals and masks, and each participant will take home four or five pieces of glazed pottery. The workshop will be held June 8th through 12th, 9:30am – 11:30am. Students will return on Saturday, June 27 from 9:30-11;30 a.m. to glaze their work Class fees include all materials, daily snacks, and kiln firings; 2015 members $100, non-members $115. Limit 10 students.
Kids Pottery 2015 Members$100
Kids Pottery Non-Members$115