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Robert Ariail artwork raises money for FAC

Posted: December 13, 2011 2:32 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Robert Ariail, popular political cartoonist, recently donated an original piece of artwork for the promotion of the Fine Arts Center Follies. The artwork depicted local businessman and Camden resident, Johnny Deal as a surfer catching the waves on fictional “Follies’ Beach.”

This year’s Fine Arts Follies took place in the fictional town of Follies’ Beach and was a big hit. Creatively directed by Bryant Herring, local businessmen were transformed into women through the magic of make up, costumes and wigs. Choreography by Judith Hawkesworth and Deanna Cobb was nothing short of brilliant and several scenes in the production were truly Saturday Night Live worthy.

Ariail was inspired by his many visits to Folly Beach, his knowledge of the Follies as well as his familiarity with Deal. When asked to create the image, he quickly agreed. Ariail is a long-time supporter of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and thought it would be a fun project to do.

“We decided to use Johnny Deal as the caricature because of his long-time involvement with the Follies and as well as in the community,” said Jane Peterson, director of marketing at the FAC.
“He was very surprised and excited to be featured,” she said.

The signed and framed artwork was auctioned off through a silent auction during the week of the performance. Camden’s Mayor Jeffrey Graham entered the winning bid and several days later presented it to its main character, Deal. Proceeds from the silent auction benefitted programming efforts at the FAC.

For more information, call 803-425-7676, ext. 300, or visit www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden, with office hours Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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