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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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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Ken Chappell Concert

Ken Chappell Concert in our gallery on May 13, at 7 p.m., and tickets are only $10! You may bring your own beverages, although coolers must be left at the Cassena St. door.

Ken Chapple is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and talented writer as highlighted by Bluegrass Unlimited. Ken has a sound that can best be compared to artists he’s shared festival bills with over the past several years, including David Grisman, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Della Mae, Sarah Jarosz and Annalisa Tornfelt of Black Prairie. Accolades include 2nd place at the 2012 Telluride Band Contest, winner of the 2012 Bluegrass from The Forest Band Contest, and 2008 Columbia Gorge Flatpicking Champion.

Ken is being noted as an artist that is rising to the major leagues. No Depression writes Ken’s music, as a whole, will be at that Bela Fleck / Ricky Skaggs / Doc Watson / Tony Rice / Norman Blake level soon – he won’t be a minor league player for long.

Ken is a masterful flatpicking guitarist, and gifted lyricist. His songs carry themes of love and following the heart writes Ally Dean of NYS Music. The Ken Chapple String Band carries a high caliber of musicianship that is well-suited for listening rooms, and music festivals.

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 4:00 PM

CHARLESTON’S PREMIER CELTIC BAND with “hoppin’ dance tunes, emotionally powerful songs an awesome band!”


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Materials of Discovery Student Art Exhibition

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.

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Explore French Santee April 8, 9, 10, 2016

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

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Gullah Geechee-Mania!

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.

Ronald Daise | Gullah Tings Fa Tink Bout
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

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