In 1977, three young women sat down together at a kitchen table to talk about forming a community organization that would bring arts and educational programming to the McClellanville area. Since then, the McClellanville Arts Council has grown to include a gallery, a retail shop, and a studio housed in two repurposed buildings, one formerly the telephone company, the other built as a fire station. It has endured through Hurricane Hugo and several recessions, produced two award-winning community cookbooks, hosted countless concerts and lectures, mounted exhibits featuring artists and craftsmen from this area and beyond, and brought programs to the local schools.
What can you do to help us continue this important work?
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 by renewing your membership or becoming a new member below.
Thank you for your support,
The Board of Directors