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.
State of the Heart:
South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love
In State of the Heart, editor Aïda Rogers brings together short essays from South Carolina writers about the places they cherish, including back yards near McClellanville, Bull Island, Sheldon Church, front porches, a hot dog stand, and even some places that are gone forever except in the memories of the writers who loved them. Join us on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. for a literary panel discussion with local writers who contributed to the book, including Aïda Rogers, Stephen G. Hoffius, William P. Baldwin, Horace Mungin, and Vennie Deas Moore.
Congratulations to Bootsie Baldwin, 2nd Place Winner in 3-D Student Art
And to Isi Browne, Honorable Mention in 3-D Student Art
These students attended our Kids Pottery Program this summer with our talented pottery teacher Georgette Sanders!
We are proud of all our pottery and glass students, as they all work hard developing their artistic skills.
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, November 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the McClellanville Art Center. Fee: $60.00 for 2013 members; $75 for non-members. Each student should bring a camera and camera manual, writing materials, two or three 4 x6 prints, and spare batteries. The class is limited to 10 students, so please register early.
Digital Photography 2013 Members$60
Digital Photography Non-Members$75
McClellanville Arts Center presents Sweet Ride: Low Country Travelers of Charleston County, a photographic exhibition by John McWilliams and Nancy Marshall. Low Country Travelers of Charleston County is a fraternal organization of men who reside in McClellanville, Awendaw, Mt. Pleasant, and Charleston. Since its inception, the purpose of the club has been to promote interest in street-rodding activities, to create fellowship, and to encourage youth to develop an interest in mechanics and restoration as an alternative to less constructive activities. The exhibit features large-scale color portraits of the club members with their classic cars. The exhibit runs September 27 – November 30, 2013, and the opening reception is October 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Club members will display their cars in the adjoining parking lot. Admission is free. Buckshot’s will be on site with food available for purchase.
Join us on Friday, October 18; at 7 p.m. when Archaeologist Stacey Young will talk about the results of the Hampton Plantation Community Archaeology Project. She will discuss results of the archaeological excavations and efforts to involve local communities in this work. Artifacts from the excavations will be available for viewing. On Saturday October 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. come by Hampton and Stacey will give you a guided tour of the archaeological site and you can view the work in progress.
Once again Nature Adventures Outfitters is donating a paddle to benefit the McClellanville Arts Council. This trip through Wambaw Creek wilderness area will complement the Hampton program. We’ll ride the tides beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, October 19, 2013, starting at Still Landing and paddling down to Wambaw Echaw 204 Bridge. See towering cypress, tupelo and water oak trees along the way. Fall colors will be starting to appear in the red maples and ash trees, so bring your camera!
The tour will be led by professional naturalists Kathie Livingston and John Dupre, who will identify the flora and fauna and share stories about the area. Canoes or kayaks, single or tandem, will be available. Ages four and up are welcome and no experience is necessary. Registration is required: call 843-568-3222. Fee: $40 for ages 13 and up and $25 for ages 12 and under. Special price for those who bring their own kayak or canoe.
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, Maypop: 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. Please let us know if you have one or more of Ms. Brailsford’s paintings that we could borrow for the exhibition.
A number of donors have already generously contributed to the publication costs of May, and their names will be listed in the book, but we are still collecting donations. Those who give at least $100 will be invited to a special preview of the exhibit on December 5. Please make checks payable to McClellanville Arts Council and mail to PO Box 594, McClellanville, SC 29458.
The glass studio will be open to glass artists on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants should have had some previous experience working with glass. Bring your own supplies or pay an additional fee to use those available in our studio. Fees: $5 per session for current members; $8 for non-members, plus an additional fee for supplies if applicable.
Want to make your own ornaments like those in our shop? Join us in our studio on Sunday, September 29, at 3 p.m. to learn about the basic materials and methods for making warm glass creations, then assemble and decorate your own ornaments to take home. Because glass can be sharp, the class is limited to those aged 8 and up. Adults are welcome. Students will learn the basics of cutting and shaping small pieces of glass. We have pre-cut scraps, shapes, and embellishments available, or students can cut shapes to create an original design. The ornaments will be fired and ready for pickup the following Saturday, October 5, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost for the class includes two ornaments, and all materials are provided. Class Fee: $45 for 2013 members; $55 non-members. Please call to register 887-3157, as this class is limited to 10 students.
Fused Glass 2013 Members$45
Fused Glass Non-Members$55
Certified yoga instructor Susan Hindman offers a Saturday Morning Gentle Yoga Class 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 are for the entire month and will be due on the first class of the month. Fees for 2013 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.