The McClellanville Arts Council was organized in 1977 by three young women who wanted to bring the fine arts, arts instruction, and cultural activities to the sleepy little fishing village where they had chosen to live.
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.
Dear Friend of the Arts,
If you haven’t been to the McClellanville Arts Center lately, come down and take a look! We have been renovating and rearranging both buildings, inside and out. Our shop featuring the work of local artists is full of new merchandise, and our Wednesday afternoon Open Studios and Tuesday evening Arty Parties are bringing new and old friends together to experiment and work together on projects. Now more than ever, everyone truly is an artist at the MAC!
For more than forty years, the McClellanville Arts Council has relied on individual donations and annual memberships to bring the arts to everyone. As we prepare to enter a new decade, please consider becoming a member, renewing your current membership, or increasing your level of giving.
2019 has been an exhilarating year. Four important exhibitions came to the Arts Center, including two collaborative shows #WeAreWater and McVL Made 3D. More than 150 local artists participated in these two shows, working together to celebrate what makes this area so special. Nature’s Patterns featured the photography of David Stoney, whose work illuminates the natural beauty and vulnerability of lowcountry wildlife. Carolina Ramblers used projected images of photographs by Billy Baldwin, Selden “Bud” Hill, and Brandon Coffey to reveal the secret charms of forgotten places in the lowcountry.
Seniors at the centers in Awendaw and South Santee have enjoyed monthly arts and crafts. The Dance at the Dock brought people together and helped raise funds to renovate the MAC and reduce the cost of classes and workshops, especially for children and youth.
We have many programs in the works for 2020, including a local quilt show and another McClellanville Made exhibit, this one focused on works in two dimensions. The Moon and You will return for a concert on January 15, and we have been selected to present another exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Museum in January 2021, this one, appropriately enough, entitled Water/Ways. As part of this project, we will be collecting more oral histories from local people and sponsoring a number of activities designed to reach children and youth. Students will produce a short video documentary that will focus on the people, the food, and the traditions of our local waterways.
Help us continue encouraging and supporting art and arts education in the McClellanville community. Please fill out the enclosed membership card and return it with your check, or pay your membership fee online at www.mclellanvilleartscouncil.com.
Pam Hollings McConnell
President of the Board of Directors
McClellanville Quilts and their Stories
Opens February 1, 2020
Calling all Village quilts! The McClellanville Arts Council’s next exhibit will feature quilts made in McClellanville, old and new. If you are a quilter, or have a family quilt made in McClellanville, please consider loaning it for this exhibit. Space is limited (quilts are spacious), so pieces will be accepted on a first-come basis. Please send a photo and description of your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by December 30.
Handmade quilts are filled with comfort and caring, history and artistry, and stories. We’ll be gathering stories – of those who made them and those who use them – for the exhibition.
The exhibit opens February 1 and runs through April 11, 2020.
Call for Submissions for our next Exhibit.
Hey McClellanville locals! We want to showcase your paintings & drawings in McClellanville Art Center’s upcoming collaborative exhibit, “McVL Paint & Pencil” opening April 2020.
Please send your name, contact info, dimensions & samples of your work to Melanie at: email@example.com
Submission period ends January 31.
Space is limited & this invitation is open to McClellanville artists only.