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‘Boykin’ to open Thursday at Fine Arts Center

Posted: January 21, 2014 4:57 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Paintings such as this one by artist Lisa Boykin Adams will be on exhibit at the Fine Arts Center beginning Thursday and lasting until March 5. Sisters Adams and Wallace are originally from the Camden area.

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The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will open its next exhibition in conjunction with the first chamber music concert of the season on Thursday. "Boykin," featuring the works of sisters and local artists Lisa Boykin Adams and Marti Boykin Wallace, will open their upcoming exhibition with a catered reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. The exhibition is sponsored by First Community Bank. Catering is provided by Carolina Café, and will be followed by a chamber music concert featuring Decoda with Claire Bryant. The exhibition runs through March 5.

Adams earned a BFA from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and has more than 25 years of experience in the art and design arena. Majoring in interior design, she worked as a commercial architectural designer for an international retail design firm in New York. Marshall Fields' flagship store restoration was among several of her projects. She later returned to South Carolina and started her own decorative arts studio in Charleston where she produced paintings, painted furniture, accessories, murals and interior finishes. Before moving back to Camden, Adams worked in Gainesville, Fla., developing designs for museums and theme park installations, including the Field Museum of Chicago and Busch Gardens in Tampa.

In 2004, Adams opened Lisa B. Studios and began producing a line of hand painted lamps that were sold to retailers nationwide. She also produced custom lamps for Nordstrom and a private label for Russell and Mackenna (aka Maine Cottage), a furniture company based in Maryland. Lisa has recently turned her focus back to her lifelong passion for painting and drawing with a recent feature in Charleston Home Magazine.

Throughout her career, her paintings have been shown in galleries in Camden, Columbia, Pawley’s Island, Edisto Beach and Charleston; as well as Gainesville; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans. She has worked in the collection of The Federal Reserve Bank. She is also proud to be a board member of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation. Adams lives in Camden (just north of her hometown crossroads of Boykin) with her husband, two kids, one lab and of course, a Boykin spaniel.

Wallace is a full-time visual artist teacher at Camden High School and is married with three children. "I remember the joy of being a child and forming fresh white clay pulled right out of the banks of our favorite swimming hole, ‘The Floodgates,’" she says.

"Those days are some of my fondest memories of playing with clay. During these younger years, I would also sit for hours watching and chatting with the potter who would come to visit Historic Camden during their yearly craft shows. I have always been fascinated by the simplicity of a material that could transform itself into objects of beauty and function." Today, Wallace is still drawn to this wonderful earthly gift and creates pottery from earthenware clay in her home studio located in Camden. Her work is considered low-fired earthenware, and are functional pieces not only for display, but for use on tables in everyday life.

For more information about this special exhibition, please call the FAC Box Office, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St., in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The FAC 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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