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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Clay and Fire: South Carolina and the Atlantic World – Exhibition and Concert – 2015

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We are pleased to present the work of local students in our multi-disciplinary Clay and Fire clay program, made possible through generous grants from the Coastal Community Foundation and the Joanna Foundation and contributions from John E. Royall, Jr. and Royall ACE Hardware. On April 30th students from Lincoln Middle High School, St. James-Santee Elementary School and Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School will present their own interpretations of 19th century ceramic face jugs.   As part of the program, students also learned about the history, science, and cultural roots of face jugs, which developed in the early 19th century among South Carolina’s African-American artisans.


The show will open in our gallery at 6 p.m. with a concert by the famous Lincoln Middle High School Steel Drum Band and a reception catered by Lincoln’s culinary arts students.


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So Far As I Can Say – 2015

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The gallery was filled with art and poetry on March 21st for a reading and booksigning celebrating So Far As I Can Say, a new collection of poetry by Sam Watson with engravings by John McWilliams. As one reader observed, “Sam writes poetry with the voice of a mischievous child, a savant of word play and undiscovered worlds.”  Sam never failed to delight the crowd with his inspired reading and John’s engravings were phenomenal.  The Village Museum co-sponsored the event.

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French Santee Book Event Proudly Co-Sponsored with the Village Museum

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Join Susan Baldwin Bates and Harriott Cheves Leland at the Village Museum as they discuss and sign their newest release “French Santee,  A Huguenot Settlement in Colonial South Carolina”.  Susan and Cheves present a thoroughly researched “story of the land and the French Protestant Refugees who settled on the banks of the Santee River in the lowcountry of South Carolina in 1687.”  The resulting text “reveals captivating details of life in colonial South Carolina in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.”  The event begins at 7pm, books will be available for sale and a reception will follow the discussion.  The Arts Center is proud to collaborate with the Village Museum to bring events such as this to area residents.


The Event is free and open to the public – Saturday, March 28th, 7pm.

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May 5, 2015 Lowcountry Giving Day – Amos Takes the Pledge Seriously!



Amos Leland, a big fan of the McClellanville Arts Council, prepares his check for one of our Write A Check Events being held April 20th – 23rd


TAKE THE PLEDGE!  Lowcountry Giving Day is a way for the Arts Center to collect online donations through #LiftTheLowcountry and earn additional funds based on the amount we raise on May 5th!   We will also be holding “Write A Check” events  in various locations throughout McClellanville  from April 20th through April 23rd.

As the Arts Center prepares for Summer Programs, we need to remember that funding is crucial to all that we do.   We need your help to continue SmartArt – our arts education programs in local schools.  Your contributions will bring new and exciting classes and events to the Arts Center and help us promote our message with new and additional signage and desperately needed Arts Center repairs.

You can also come to the Arts Center on May 5th and use our computers to contribute on Giving Day!  We will be having a #LifttheLowcountry Party to celebrate Giving Day.  Tours, demonstrations, art pieces created through SmartArt, and other activities will be held throughout the day on May 5th.  A schedule will be posted at a later date.  Come see what your donations help the Arts Center accomplish!

Stay tuned for more details and fill in the information below to TAKE THE PLEDGE!


  • Pledge to give on May 5th

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Lowcountry Landscapes – 2015

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Riley Reynolds will exhibit two of his large-scale mosaics in our gallery from March 7th until the end of April.     Each wall-sized piece is for sale and made of natural materials and inspired by the marshes, beaches, fields, and back roads of the South. Reynold’s work has been featured at Brookgreen Gardens and now will be featured in our Gallery.  “Marsh Edge” and “Night Lights” were inspired by and created in a garden setting.   Reynolds, a South Carolina native, created the two nature-based art forms using grapevines which are cut into sticks of varying length and  hand painted.  These artistic “strokes” create his impressionistic mosaics that are not to be missed.



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From Sewee to Santee, Part Three – 2015

We are searching for fine examples of local art, including but not limited to paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, basketry, pottery, and photographs. These collection will be featured in an upcoming exhibit showcasing works, both historic and contemporary, that most people would never see without visiting private homes and collections. Please look at your art collection, search your great-aunt’s attic, and think about pieces that are owned by friends and relatives. We are interested both in works created by local artists and those that depict local scenes. Please contact us with suggestions and pieces to consider.





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Spring 2015 Yoga Classes at the Arts Center

yoga_three_panel-300x211Join instructor Susan Hindman for Spring 2015 Yoga classes at the Arts Center beginning March 2nd.  Four classes will be available and the class description, dates, times and prices are listed below.   A minimum of four(4) participants will be required for each class.  Walk-in members will pay $12 per class, Walk-in Non Members will pay $14 per class.


Monday Chair Yoga Spring 2015   March 2-April 6, 2:30pm  Members$60

Monday Chair Yoga Spring 2015   March 2-April 6, 2:30pm  Non-Members$72

Monday Yin Yoga Spring 2015  March 2 – April 6, 4pm  Members$60

Monday Yin Yoga Spring 2015  March 2 – April 6, 4pm  Non Members$72

Friday Flow Yoga Spring 2015  March 6 – April 10, 4 pm  Members$60

Friday Flow Yoga Spring 2015   March 6 – April 10, 4pm  Non-Members$72

Saturday Flow Yoga Spring 2015   March 7 – April 11, 8:30am Members$60

Saturday Gentle Yoga Spring 2015  , 8:30am Non-Members$72



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2015 Piano Lessons

pianoPianist Brenda LeFevre is ready to enroll students ages six and up, including adults, for weekly 30 minute lessons. No experience is necessary. Lessons will be scheduled beginning at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $18 per session for 2015 members; $20 for non-members, payable at the beginning of each month. Brenda will also offer a music theory workshop for anyone interested in learning to read and write music.

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The Village Through the Eyes of an Artist – 2015


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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 and through our webpage.

McClellanville Quilt Ticket $5


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Fly Away: Story of a Little Bird – 2014


yuka2yuka3Yuka Otani will be joined by Miyako Fujimara, Susan Hindman and Melanie McClellan Hartnett for a multi-medium exhibition that showcases Yuka’s artistic growth. Attendees will be invited to make origami cranes to add to the installation. The exhibition will open at noon on November 22nd before the Reflections of South Carolina Volume II booksigning.  We will have an evening reception for the exhibition that will begin at 6:30pm.  Fly Away:  Story of a Little Bird will be on display at the Arts Center Gallery through the end of the year.


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