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Equine Triumvirate featuring the works of Lauren Allen, Libby Bussinah, Rachel Parker

Posted: November 1, 2011 2:57 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is planning a very special evening on Friday. The Equine Triumvirate: Lauren Allen, Libby Bussinah & Rachel Parker, a celebration of the equine industry through art opens in the Bassett Gallery with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by the Charles Wadsworth & Friends concert at 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through Dec. 2.

The Equine Triumvirate features three very different artist styles focused around each artists' love of horses. The gallery opening will include light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar and is sponsored by First Community Bank. It is free and open to the public.

Lauren Allen grew up in Kershaw County is currently working as a professional rider and trainer. She is also a writer and has written columns for both The Camden Equestrian and The Aiken Horse. Lauren has a BA from the USC Honors College in English and Theater currently pursuing a master's degree in creative writing.

Libby resides in Camden and is part of the co-operative open studio space, The Artist's Attic. The Artist's Attic is a retail gallery where 10 members accept commissions, display and sell their work. She currently has a solo exhibit at the Garden Gate Gallery and Frame Shop and is a juried-in member of the Approved Artist Roster for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Libby owns an art and design business, Horse of a Different Color where her work is available as originals or various sized reproductions. She is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and worked in the printing industry as a designer and illustrator for nearly 25 years. Her body of work is an outgrowth of her passion for vibrant color and strong line drawings. Libby's medium is Sennelier Tinfix French Dyes on Habotai (China) silk. Her pieces explore the tension between the natural instinct to copy figures and objects and the creative instinct to alter them.

Rachel Parker is a self-taught artist who works primarily in watercolors. As the daughter of artist Gretchen Parker, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint. Her motivation for creating is to capture what may otherwise go unnoticed, to reveal the beauty in simple moments and objects. She has sold her work both nationally and internationally through her website, www.rachelsstudio.com.

For more information about the gallery exhibit or tickets to the Wadsworth concert or other FAC events, call 803-425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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