McClellanville Arts Council

Where Everyone is an Artist

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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Dance Classes for Kids Age Two and Up

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Dance Classes for Kids Age Two and Up. Classes will include ballet, jazz, and some hip hop. Sessions will be held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from mid-January through mid-June. Classes for younger children will meet for one hour, and classes for older students will last an hour and a half. Monthly fees are $25-$35 for members and $35-$45 for non-members. Please call 843-887-3157 for more information or to sign up.

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All-Levels Yoga

All-Levels Yoga is an ongoing class led by Blythe Brown that will combine breathing techniques (pranayama) and poses for strength, flexibility, and peace of mind. The class meets on Tuesdays at the Arts Center from 7:00-8:15 p.m. Please bring a yoga mat, though we do have a few extras if you don’t own one. This class is suitable for anyone aged 13 and up. The fee is $12 per class for 2017 members/$15 for non-members.

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CREECS Student Art Exhibition

Come celebrate the talents of our youngest generation of artists on Friday, February 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.  for an opening reception in honor of art works created by students in grades K through 8 at the Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School. This is Ms. Blythe Brown’s first year of teaching art at CREECS, where she brings together the visual arts, environmental education, core academic subjects, and movement. Student projects include South Carolina wildlife, landscapes, and still life drawings. The exhibition will remain in the gallery through March 18, 2017.

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Collard Green Season: The Art of Natalie Daise


Best known as Ms. Natalie from Gullah Gullah Island, Natalie Daise is a storyteller, both on stage or in the studio. Her most recent work, The Collard Green Series, explores culture, heritage and community, linked by collard greens, that staple of our meals and family gatherings. There were greens in every garden Natalie’s father planted. Please join us to celebrate the opening of this colorful exhibition on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. The exhibition will be open through January 28, 2017.

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Holiday Art Walk

The McClellanville Art Walk is a festive arts and crafts event that kicks off the holiday season in McClellanville. Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  This year Pinckney Street will be closed from Society Road to Mercantile Road so that visitors can walk freely up and down the street and visit The Cottage, Eleven-45 Coffee, T.W. Graham Restaurant, the McClellanville Arts Center, and street-side tables featuring food, arts, and crafts offered by other vendors. On Friday evening, the Charleston Hot Shots ukulele band will return to play favorite tunes at the Arts Center. Our shop is stocked with plenty of new glass ornaments, pottery, books, jewelry, soaps, and other handmade items to fill your gift giving list. And everything is made by someone local!


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Hurricane Matthew Changes SHINE Opening

The imminent danger posed by Hurricane Matthew invading the opening reception of the exhibition of SHINE this Friday, October 7, helps us reconsider our original plan. Instead, we will now host the opening reception on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, AT 4 P.M. So please still plan on coming to celebrate! Best wishes for everyone in the storms path. Safety first!

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SHINE! This spectacular exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in our gallery. Melanie McClellan Hartnett and friends of all ages, have been diligently working for over a year on this project, which will include glass, mixed-media sculptures, photographs, and more! Come celebrate their amazing achievements. The exhibition will remain in the gallery through November 5, 2016.

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Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community

Charleston_RGBWe are honored to invite you to join us in our gallery

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing  

Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community


Martha Zierden, Curator of

Historical Archaeology at

The Charleston Museum

Co-Authored by Elizabeth J Reitz,

Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia.

“An amazing book, representing years of work and dozens of excavations and presenting a continuous chronology of a colonial city from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. No other city in America has this kind of archaeological record.” —Nan A. Rothschild, coauthor of The Archaeology of American Cities 

Reception following and books will be available for sale

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Summer Art Show

Please join us in our gallery to help us celebrate the art works created in our summer programs! Works include Pottery on the Wheel, Mosaics & Masks, and Doodle Art. We will also feature two large murals created in 1992, by students in St. James Elementary School. Light refreshments will be served.

IMG_3118Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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