McClellanville Arts Council

Where Everyone is an Artist

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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Snowmen! Crafts, Games, and Snacks

Snowmen! Crafts, Games, and Snacks with Sarah Dean will meet on Saturday, January 21 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. An adult should plan to stay for the class. Fee is $10 for 2017 members, $13 for non-members, but for each additional child per family, the cost is only $5. Please call to register so we can make sure to have enough materials and snacks! 843-887-3157

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Quilting 101 and Basic Sewing

Quilting 101 and Basic Sewing with Sonya Spahr, will meet Wednesday nights, January 25, February 1, and February 8, 2017, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Three quilting techniques will be sampled: straight line quilting, appliqué, and piecing. During each class, students will complete a quilted block that can be used as a hot pad, coaster, or wall art. Fabrics with sea life and nautical themes will be provided. Please bring a sewing machine if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll have a couple of “class machines” set up for you to use. Class size is limited to eight students, age 15 and up. Total fee is $35 for 2017 members, $45 for non-members. Please call 843-887-3157 to register, and indicate whether you’ll be bringing a machine

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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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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 2017 members and $20 for non-members, payable at the beginning of each month. Classes are held in our studio building on Pinckney Street. Please call 843-887-3157 to schedule your session.

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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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