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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Hurricane Matthew Changes SHINE Opening

The imminent danger posed by Hurricane Matthew invading the opening reception of the exhibition of SHINE this Friday, October 7, helps us reconsider our original plan. Instead, we will now host the opening reception on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, AT 4 P.M. So please still plan on coming to celebrate! Best wishes for everyone in the storms path. Safety first!

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SHINE! This spectacular exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in our gallery. Melanie McClellan Hartnett and friends of all ages, have been diligently working for over a year on this project, which will include glass, mixed-media sculptures, photographs, and more! Come celebrate their amazing achievements. The exhibition will remain in the gallery through November 5, 2016.

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We are very pleased to announce Carrie Spahr has been hired as our Program Director! Carrie is working on offering monthly workshops, many with Kindercraft Artist Sarah Dean, for children of all ages.

The first offering is on Saturday, October 15, in our studio. Come play with us from 10–11:30 a.m., for Monster Mash! We’ll be making monsters, playing games, and having a Halloween inspired snack. This class is geared towards children 8 and under, but kids of all ages are welcome to come play! At least one parent should plan to stay for the class. Cost is $10 for members, and $13 for non-members. For each additional child per family, fee is only $5. (Family membership is $30.) Class size is limited, so please call to register by 10/10, so we can plan to have enough materials and snacks on hand. 843-887-3157.


Monster Mash 2016 Members$10

Monster Mash Non-Members$13

Monster Mash additional family member$5


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Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community

Charleston_RGBWe are honored to invite you to join us in our gallery

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing  

Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community


Martha Zierden, Curator of

Historical Archaeology at

The Charleston Museum

Co-Authored by Elizabeth J Reitz,

Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia.

“An amazing book, representing years of work and dozens of excavations and presenting a continuous chronology of a colonial city from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. No other city in America has this kind of archaeological record.” —Nan A. Rothschild, coauthor of The Archaeology of American Cities 

Reception following and books will be available for sale

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Summer Art Show

Please join us in our gallery to help us celebrate the art works created in our summer programs! Works include Pottery on the Wheel, Mosaics & Masks, and Doodle Art. We will also feature two large murals created in 1992, by students in St. James Elementary School. Light refreshments will be served.

IMG_3118Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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Mosaics and Pottery Revised











Due to scheduling conflicts with other Camps this week, we have reworked this class schedule to accommodate participation. The class will be held be Monday through Friday, June 20-24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mosaic Artist Harvey Vanderhorst, and Potter Georgette Sanders will teach a class combining both mediums for students to produce two mosaics and two cultural clay masks. Students will design each piece on paper, then transfer the images to wood for mosaics, and clay for pottery. Skills will include design, glass cutting, gluing, grouting, and glazing. Safety glasses and gloves will be used for mosaics. All supplies will be included in the class fee. We intend to once again enter student artwork in the South Carolina State Fair!  Snacks will be provided. Class fees: $50 for 2016 members, $65 for non-members. Ages eight and up.

Mosaics and Pottery 2016 Members$50

Mosaics and Pottery Non-Members$65

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Beginner Guitar Lessons

IMG_5516Musician John Bigelow will offer 30 minute lessons to students eight and up on Saturdays from July 2-30, at 11 a.m. Students will need to bring a guitar, a notebook and pen. Lessons will include cords for songs to perform at the Summer Art Show. Class fee: $18 for 2016 members; $20 non-members.

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Pottery on the Wheel

IMG_3132 Georgette Sanders will offer a wheel throwing class for students’ ages eight and up. Students will learn the techniques of making vessels using a potter’s wheel. Some hand building will also be included. This session requires previous wheel throwing experience in one of our previous classes. Classes will be held July 25, 26, 27, August 2, 3, from 10 a.m.-noon. Class fees include materials, $50, 2016 members; $65 non-members.

Wheel Pottery 2016 Members$50

Wheel Pottery Non-Members$65

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Doodle Day Wednesdays

This is a four week class designed to jump start your creative imagination by learning how to artistically doodle to music! Artist Kirsten M. Lindsay will guide you using the basic element of line, to therapeutically fill pages of your sketchbook with organic doodles. This class will be held on Wednesdays, July 13-August 3, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up, including adults. Students will need to bring their own sketch book, two fine tip black ink pens, and/or favorite color markers or pencils. No experience necessary. Class fee: $30 for 2016 members, and $40 for non-members.

Doodle Day Wednesdays 2016 Members$30

Doodle Day Wednesdays Non-Members$40

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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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