McClellanville Arts Council

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Season of the Sun: Forty Years of Art—for Everyone!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that August 21, 2017 will bring a total eclipse of the sun.  Our very special piece of the planet will be one of the best spots on earth for viewing this phenomenon, and the last piece of American soil where the eclipse will be visible.

Perhaps it is no accident that our fortieth birthday will be heralded by a once-in-a-lifetime event. Founded in 1977, the McClellanville Arts Council is one of the oldest community arts organizations in the state. We’ll be celebrating from the summer solstice on June 21 through the eclipse on August 21, 2017.

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Unveiling of Pinckney Street Solar System Stroll!

June 24: Inaugural tour of the Pinckney Street Solar System at noon! Take a walk on Pinckney Street and see to-scale replicas of the planets in our solar system. Planets will be to scale in size and in proximity to one another. Please meet at the Arts Center at 12:00 p.m.

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IMG_5516June 24: Another Country (formerly Copernicus) Concert 7:00 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of excellent music out of Asheville NC, with Ken Chapple and friends. $10 members, $15 non-members. Children under 12, free.

We’ll also be premiering new eclipse-inspired artwork in the shop, including a commemorative wine glass, jewelry, fused glass, hanging ornaments, and more! But to get a head start: We have McClellanville eclipse-themed t-shirts and wine glass available to order now! To order yours, you can stop by the gallery Thursday-Saturday between 11:00 and 3:00 to fill out an order form. You can also download and print the order form from our Facebook page.

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Summer Solstice Lecture Series

July 8: “Solar Systems for You” Presentation concerning solar energy systems with Noah Kipar. 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

July 29: An evening with Kevin Bourque: “Everything You Need to Know About the Eclipse” 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

August 20: Lecture by David Zierden: “The Sun, the Moon, and Earth – What They Mean for Climate”. 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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The Smithsonian Comes to McClellanville!

Get Ready for The Way We Worked

The McClellanville Arts Center will host The Way We Worked, a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum, from August 12 to September 24, 2017.  With assistance from the South Carolina Humanities Council, we will be calling on residents young and old to help us document how the people of this area made a living from the land, the creeks, and the sea. These materials will become a part of the Smithsonian’s online archives. Help us explore and tell this very important story! Opening reception, August 12, 2017 at 7 p.m.

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A Multimedia Abstract Pottery Project

IMG_5287A Multimedia Abstract Pottery Project with Georgette Sanders and Harvey Vanderhorst. This class will involve several forms of sculptured pottery, using glazes and acrylics, and will result in a framed piece, a T-Shirt of student work, and more. Students must have experience in one or more of our previous pottery classes, and will need to bring a white cotton t-shirt for their design. June 19 through 23, from 10 a.m. till noon. This class requires 10 students to complete enrollment. Fees: 2017 members, $85, non-members $95.

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Butterfly Gardening Workshop

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Butterfly Gardening Workshop with Dwight Williams and Brenda LeFevre: June 17, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Come and enjoy two established butterfly gardens. Enjoy lunch while observing butterflies in their natural habitat. Learn about the butterfly life cycle, rearing caterpillars, and the role of nectar and host plants in the garden. Participants will be given handouts about butterfly plants and may also purchase plants. Fee is $25 for 2017 members, $35 non-members, and lunch is included. Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

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Little Stargazers Summer Camp

stargazersJune 26-30: Little Stargazers Summer Camp. Let your little one join us for a week-long exploration into science and art, with Carrie Spahr. This program is funded in part by your generous donations, and in part by a Lowcountry Arts Fund grant from the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts. Ages 3-7 and fees are $85 2017 members/ $95 non-members.

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Watercolor Paper Jewelry

July 11, 7:00pm-9:00pm Watercolor Paper Jewelry: Join Jenny Owen for this fun evening workshop. Students will choose and cut from an array of pre-made water colored and acrylic pieces, and will then be instructed in using findings to create a pair of earrings or a pendant with their chosen paper pieces. Ages 12 and up. Class fee is a small donation to the Arts Council. Materials are provided.

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