McClellanville Arts Council

Where Everyone is an Artist

Moon Walkers Summer Camp

Night Lights for webJuly 17-21: Moon Walkers Summer Camp. This interdisciplinary camp with Carrie Spahr, provides a great opportunity for kids to create art while engaging their minds.  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 8 and up.  Fees are $85 2017 members/ $95 non-members.

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Eclipse-Themed Kids Workshop

sun moon clip artAugust 19: Eclipse-Themed Kids Workshop, 10:00am-11:30am. Bring your child for crafts, snacks, and fun, and to learn about the Solar Eclipse! Class fee is $10 members, $15 non-members. Materials and snack are included.

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SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, ON THE BIG SCREEN! We have successfully arranged an agreement with the STRAND CINEMA  in GEORGETOWN, so you can all see yourselves, your neighbors, and friends in a real theater on the big screen! First showing is Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m., and the second is Saturday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are only $7 each, at their box office.

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Exploring Polymer Clay in Jewelry Making

Exploring Polymer Clay in Jewelry Making: Saturday, March 18, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Instructor Shannon Tabor will lead this in-depth beginner to intermediate study in creating jewelry with polymer clay. Topics covered will include forming and cutting pendants and earrings, silkscreen and mixed media effects, and finishing techniques. All materials are included. Ages 14 and up. Class fees: $95 members, $105 non-members.

Please call 843-887-3157 to reserve your spot, as we need a minimum of four, and maximum of ten students.

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If I Had a Hammer: Beginning Jewelry Metal Smithing

Artist Deb Guess will lead students to start with copper and brass sheets of metal, spools of wire, and learn to transform them into wearable pieces of art jewelry. This class will focus on creating a piece of jewelry from start to finish, with an emphasis on tools, safety, and setting up a jeweler’s bench. No experience necessary, ages 14 and up. Students will complete one or more pieces of jewelry during the class and learn to use a wide variety of Metal Smithing tools.

All tools and supplies are provided, but students should bring a work apron, reading glasses if needed, and a small notebook.

The class will meet on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., breaking for lunch from noon until one. Fee is $120 for 2017 members, $135 for non-members.

This class must meet a minimum of six students, and is limited to 12 students. 

PLEASE CALL 843-887-3157 to register.





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Sweet Content, Poems and Photographs of William P. Baldwin

Sweet Content, Poems and Photographs of William P. Baldwin. Billy has done it again! “…heartfelt, salt-tinged, rooted in place, and full of the kind of wisdom we expect from a life well lived. Each poem is a lyrical celebration of the ordinary, like the photographs that inspired them…”. (Marjory Wentworth, S.C. Poet Lauriat.) Come join us in the gallery on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. for a reading and book-signing by our prolific friend. Books are only $12!

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Elizabeth Bronson Student Artists Exhibition

Elizabeth Bronson will present paintings by her students in our gallery, opening with a reception on March 25, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. The show will remain open until April 22, 2017. The subjects of the paintings are varied in genres, and these talented students range from beginners to established artists.

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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. Season of the Sun will feature classes, crafts, programs, lectures and merchandise.  Details to follow!

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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 lands, 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!


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The Cigar Factory

We will kick off our exploration of working in the low country with a talk by Michele Moore, whose novel The Cigar Factory was recently shortlisted alongside Annie Proulx’s Barksins for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. The Cigar Factory follows the lives of two families who work in Charleston’s famous cigar factory from the turn of the century through the end of World War II.  Many older residents of this area will remember working at the factory or hearing stories about those who did. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, to hear about how Michele did her research and watch excerpts from a video of Sounds of the Cigar Factory, which was performed as part of Piccolo Spoleto 2016 and the Pat Conroy Literary Festival and featured on SCETV’s Palmetto Scene.


Books will be available for sale and signing, and you can also get one last look at Natalie Daise’s paintings in the show Collard Green Season.

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