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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.

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Fairy Garden Workshop

Fairy Garden Workshop

Held by Stacy Green
Ages 5+ Limited to 10 spaces
Students will make clay toadstools, paint fairy houses and decorate their garden with found fairy treasures—some provided, some found outside. By the end of the class students will bring home their very own fairy garden.
Please call the MAC to register

Youth Drama

Youth Drama

Youth Drama with Melanie Hartnett for ages 7-11 years old.
Young stars can get in touch with their dramatic side through interactive drama games and the production of a small “family & friends” performance on the final day.
Please call the MAC to register.

Mommy & Me Music Class

Mommy & Me Music Class

Fun with percussion, for tots!

Drum Instructor Mrs. Danielle is back this summer for a percussion class for toddlers ages 2-4 years old. Students will listen to music and play along on various percussion instruments. Instruments will be provided, or bring your own if you have a favorite piece! Materials to make your own instrument will also be available. No experience necessary and parent or guardian should be present.

Classes will be held in June at 10:00 am on Tuesday mornings in the Gallery at the McClellanville Arts Center.
Call to register at 843-887-3157.

Goodbye, Oyster Girls

Goodbye, Oyster Girls

Melanie McClellan Hartnett’s first collection of poetry, “Goodbye Oyster Girls,” is grounded in her love and respect for the South Carolina low-country land and people she so fiercely protects and honors.

“Goodbye, Oyster Girls reflects the poet’s battles and loves, her hopes for a fairer South, and her observations of nature and people. Part mermaidish Ophelia…part wood nymph… Melanie McClellan-Hartnett puts her worlds of imagination and reality into her wise art.”

-Aida Rogers, South Carolina Writers and the Places They Love, volumes I-III

Join us for a collective reading of, “Goodbye, Oyster Girls.” A book of poetry written by McClellanville’s very own Melanie McClellan-Hartnett, who will be joined by Olga Maria Caballero, Aida Rogers & Dr. Nan Morrison.

Copies are currently for purchase in our gift shop!

This event will be held in our gallery on Saturday, June 8th at 7pm.



We Are Water opens this weekend! Saturday, April 27th in our Gallery at 7:00 pm.

Experience all of the ways that water shapes our lives in this interactive art show! Featuring artwork from the Awendaw and South Santee Senior Centers, CREECS, St. James Santee Elementary, and local artists, the #WeAreWater show puts the viewers into the picture through a series of selfie stations.

We ask that the community participates in the festivities by dressing as “water” in any “fashion” you can imagine! We can’t wait to see how water shapes your style!

Music with TINA & HER PONY

Music with TINA & HER PONY

We have some great friends of The Moon & You, Tina & Her Pony, also from Asheville, NC coming to visit the Gallery at the M.A.C.!

Concert will be held on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm. Tickets for members are $15 and $20 for non-members. Please call us to purchase tickets at 843-887-3157.

– Rachel Cholst, NO DEPRESSION

In a soundscape rich in folk and americana offerings Tina and Her Pony (Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan) stand out with their clarity and freshness. Their harmonies, arrangements, lyrics and captivating vocals combine to create something greater than the sum of the pieces which, taken individually are deceptively straightforward. Their talents are honed sharper on their latest release, “Champion” (2017), which chronicles complex emotional landscapes with the kind of wisdom and honesty required from roots music in its most distilled and cherished forms.

But Tina and Quetzal have been upending expectations and convention from early on. Tina’s distinctive vocals and songwriting are the product of both a conservatory education and her singular taste in female folk artists like Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell and Kate Wolf. Quetzal, a Canadian-Guatemalan cellist and songwriter, immersed herself deeply in the classical world for a decade, eventually turning her rigorous training on its head by becoming one of the nations most uniquely stylized cellists, coaxing rhythm and other improvised sounds rarely seen on her instrument.

“Even within the world of folk, their music can’t be defined within a single culture or concept. What is undeniable, however, is the soul-stirring power in their union”. – Folk All Y’all

Identifying as queer also plays an important role in how Tina and Quetzal approach their unique blend of old time folk, newgrass, americana, and the essential musical and personal alchemy they only have together.  Quetzal describes her cello playing as the oceanic counterpoint to Tina’s earthy, time-honored musical approach. It’s an apt metaphor for the couple, who married in 2016, after playing music together since 2010. Tina counts through-hiking the Appalachian Trail as a formative musical and human experience, deepening her connection to that place and its musical traditions while Quetzal relishes places of fluidity in both art and expression and constantly inverts expectations.

Live performances weave a fascinating web of sound and intention that draws the audience in. Listening to Tina and Her Pony offers a window into an interior landscape that begs to be explored.

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A Whimsical World! Puppetry with Drew Allison

A Whimsical World! Puppetry with Drew Allison

Join the McClellanville Arts Council in a celebration of World Puppetry Day which falls annually on March 21.

The Arts Council will host an exhibit of the puppet creations of long-time puppeteer Drew Allison. Over 25 puppets will be exhibited from past performances, on-camera appearances and commissioned works.

The story of each puppet and their role will accompany each piece. Puppeteer Drew Allison will be on hand to chat for the exhibit’s opening on March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm at The McClellanville Arts Council. Exhibit on view through April 13th, 2019.

For additional information about Drew Allison and his company called Grey Seal Puppets, see their website at

Metalsmithing with Deb Guess

Metalsmithing with Deb Guess

Returning to the M.A.C. with Soul Whispers Arts is designer and instructor, Deb Guess. She is offering 3 classes in our studio on 3 different types of metal jewelry pieces, coming up in March! Please call the Arts Center for details and to register at 843-887-3157. Wed-Sat 11-3pm.

To see more of Deb’s work please visit her page:

Class details are as follows:

Friday, March 8th 6:00-9:00 pm- “Totally Tubular”
This cold connections class will introduce ways to use copper plumbing tubing and hobby tubing to create spinning layers. Great for beginners and or experienced students to introduce new inspiration.

Saturday, March 9th 9:00-4:00pm- “Bevy of Bracelets”
Focusing on creating 3 different styles of bracelets with demos and instructions for all 3 types. Great for beginners or intermediate students.

Sunday, March 10th 9:00-4:00pm- “Spoondangles”
Students should bring a couple of small souvenirs or teaspoons that will be transformed into unique pendants. Class is open to all levels of experience.

*All tools and supplies are included in fee unless you prefer to with sterling silver or unless specified within class description. Students should bring a work apron, notebook and pen and reading glasses if magnification is required.*

Torch Fired Enamels with Maria Hutzler

Torch Fired Enamels with Maria Hutzler

Learn to “Paint with Fire” using a torch and glass powders. Students will be able to create a number of beads, copper pendants and charms to take home for personal use and projects. Safety procedures, suitable metals and enamel types will be covered as well as the “torch method,” which cuts down processing time and is more suitable for beginners.

Materials will be included in class fee, $85 for members and $95 for non-members.
2 Classes will be offered in our Studio at the M.A.C. on Saturday February 23rd, 2019.
Class #1: 10:00-12:30 p.m.
Class #2: 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Please call 843-887-3157 for class details and to register for your specific time slot, ages 16 and up.
Thank you!

Pompey Glass

Seed Exchange Program!

Seed Exchange Program!

Do you “deadhead” your plants or have leftover seeds from packets? Contribute them to the MAC Seed Exchange program!

(The Seed Exchange basket is inside our shop, please donate during shop hours, Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm Thank you!)