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.
Certified yoga instructor Susan Hindman offers several types of classes monthly, in our gallery. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome, from teens to 100+! If you have a yoga mat, please bring it to class; a mat will be provided for those who do not have one. (Please use the Cassena Street entrance.) Fees for the entire month will be due on the first class of the month. Fees for 2014 members are $10 per class and non-members $12, payable monthly. Students may drop in for a fee of $12 a session. Checks should be made to McClellanville Arts Council. Please contact Susan Hindman for the schedule. firstname.lastname@example.org
Piano Lessons Return to the Arts Center! Local pianist Brenda LeFevre is ready to take students ages six and up, including adults, for weekly 30 minute lessons. No experience necessary! Ms. LeFevre uses the Alfred series, including the classics. Lessons may be scheduled beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for $18 per session for 2014 members, and $20 for non-members. Fees for the entire month will be due on the first class of each month. She will also offer a Music Theory workshop for anyone interested in learning to read and write music. Please call the Arts Center to schedule a time for lessons, 843-887-3157.
Thanks to a grant from the Coastal Community Foundation, we have received funding for local potter Georgette Sanders to offer a cultural mask making class at Lincoln Middle High School in February and at CREECS in March! Student works will be celebrated during our annual student art show on May 22, 2014.
ODE TO… will open March 15 at the McClellanville Arts Center. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public will take place from 6 to 8 pm. A film by Kristi Ryba will begin at 6:30 with a dance performance by Annex Dance Company to follow. The exhibition also includes artworks by Mary Walker, Kristi Ryba, Linda Fantuzzo, and John McWilliams. The exhibition will be on view until April 26th. Hours are Thursday – Saturday 11-3 and by appointment.
The theme is loss: All the pieces will be dedicated to lost mentors, loved ones, and friends. Each person in the group has recently lost an important person in their lives and is enthusiastic about honoring that special person in the “Ode to…”exhibition/performance.
“A year ago, I decided to do a print series Ode to Jim dedicated to my friend who on his deathbed left me his printing press. I thought that the McClellanville Arts Center would be a wonderful place to have the exhibition. I realized that my series would not fill the space. I thought of other artists whom I have worked with closely, whose work I admire, and who have recently lost someone significant to them. The idea jelled into including four artists, a dance performance and a short animated film.”
“The movement vocabulary for Annex Dance Company’s Ode is my interpretation of Mary Walker’s images. Mary often sketches rehearsals, so this was a unique opportunity to reverse the role and have her see her work through my eyes. The shapes in both solo form and how they intersect within the print influenced the choreography and composition of the piece. As the dancers enter and exit the space I imagine people slipping in and out of each other’s lives, and we are left with just one who has been imprinted by the others.”
– Kristin Alexander, artistic director/choreographer, Annex Dance Company
“Loss, the theme of the exhibit, Ode to… is a common thread throughout my work as I use memory as my resource to explore and reveal my ideas about grief, longing, humor and nostalgia, about home, family, motherhood and gender roles. The questions I ask myself are, “How do we make sense of a life, our parents and now ourselves, as we age and physically decline? How did our childhood and family of origin shape our choices? Inspired by vintage photographs from my birth family I make images, vintage style clothing and stop motion videos. “
“I decided to use a dry brushed oil technique in the making of my drawings for this exhibition. My thoughts for loved ones, whom I wish to commemorate in these drawings, were not clearly formed in my mind and this method enabled me to work in a manner of stream of consciousness. The tools and personal items these individuals held dear, surfaced in the imagery and came to represent the person I wish to honor.”
– Linda Fantuzzo
“Things change. We are born and we age and then we die. Our hopes and fears are vibrations like a breeze that passes. Our tears pass and nourish other things. Death is nothing. The essence of everything is eternal, the atoms. What once was is refigured. In our lives we spend much time coming to terms with death. As artists we are sometimes trapped into justifying our existence and manifesting our ego. The wonderful irony is that as death is nothing so is the ego.
We share this passing with everything on this earth. With this exhibition and collaboration we each share our own interpretation of this passing and celebrate it.”
The McClellanville Arts Council, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, seeks a dynamic, experienced individual familiar with non-profit practices and policies to serve as the director of the organization.
The director serves as the organization’s primary contact with artists, writers, local schools, and other organizations. He or she is responsible for daily operations of the Arts Center and for the long-term development and execution of the MAC’s mission statement, strategic planning, and policies.
This job requires working with the board of directors, interacting with prospective donors, collaborating with other organizations, communicating in a sometimes high-profile multi-cultural environment, and fostering community involvement. Our ideal candidate would be a visionary leader with strong skills in consensus building, fundraising, and grant writing.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated skills and/or experience in organizational, financial, and project management; grant writing and grant/contract reporting management; direct fundraising; and non-profit arts management, including gallery operations and programming. Competence with computers and applications, including QuickBooks and social media, is very important. So is a sense of humor.
The mission of the McClellanville Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life in the Sewee to Santee area of Charleston County, S.C., through arts and educational programming, and to record, preserve, and publicize the unique culture of McClellanville and the surrounding communities. For more information about the organization, visit our website at <www.mcclellanvilleartscouncil.com>. Currently the position is half time with no benefits. Salary contingent on circumstances. No phone calls, please.
Please e-mail your resume and three references to email@example.com, by May 1, 2014.
Don’t forget your Valentine! Come to our store and get your Valentine one of our beautiful and affordable handmade Fused Glass Heart Pendants!
Point and shoot cameras are not simple; each one offers unique and interesting challenges. Photographer Walter Shockley will lead this class in how to use those many camera functions and optimize the settings. Students will learn how to use the ISO, speed settings, white balance, color settings, meter modes image quality setting, file size, shooting modes scene modes, zoom, and using the flash indoors and outdoors, how to transfer images to the computer, how to organize them, and how to save a digital negative. The class will meet Saturday, January 18, and 25, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the McClellanville Art Center. Fee: $60.00 for 2014 members; $75 for non-members. Each student should bring a camera and camera manual, writing materials, two or three 4 x6 prints. The class is limited to 10 students, so please register early.
Digital Photography 2014 Members$60
Digital Photography Non-Members$75
THANK YOU for your 2013 support which helped us celebrate a stellar year! We cannot offer any of our programs without you.
If you have not renewed your membership for 2014, you still have the opportunity to do so! If you click on our membership page, you can see if you have renewed yet. Either send us a check postmarked by December 31, or renew on-line, and you can get the tax deduction for 2013.
We look forward to sharing the Arts with you in 2014!
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Special Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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McClellanville Coast Seafood Cookbook
Handmade Glass Ornaments
Self-taught artist May Brailsford was a beloved figure in McClellanville, planting trees for future generations and presenting newlywed couples with her paintings of shrimp boats and magnolias. As a child in the 1880s and 1890s, she was brash and sassy, so prone to get in arguments that her classmates nicknamed her “Maypop.” When Brailsford died in 1971, she left behind a captivating account of her childhood in the village. Her granddaughter, artist Mary Ingalls Cote, has brought this story to life with twenty-five charming illustrations. Like the “Little House” books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, May: Tales from a Lowcountry Village is a story that will appeal to all ages. The McClellanville Arts Council, in partnership with Home House Press, will publish May just in time for the holidays as a full-color paperback.
An exhibit of Mary Ingalls Cote’s original illustrations and paintings by May Brailsford will open in our gallery on December 6, 2013, from 5 to 9 p.m. and be on display until March 1, 2014.
Copies of the Book “Maypop” and commemorative Redbuds will be available for purchase.
Copies of the Maypop book are $20 plus shipping & handling
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