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DCG's jockey silks civic art project returns

Posted: January 7, 2011 4:51 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2011 5:00 a.m.

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Kershaw County’s equine heritage will be celebrated again through the Downtown Camden Guild’s (DCG) unique civic art project featuring painted aluminum jockey silks displayed on downtown light posts.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

The DCG launched the program last year as part of its efforts to beautify downtown Camden and to show support for the equine industry.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

Local artists, businesses, residents and school groups are invited to design the jockey silks for a range of sponsors representing everything from the equine industry and banking to media and small businesses. Sponsorships are $150 and include a marketing package developed by the DCG.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

Proceeds from sponsorships will benefit both the DCG and the South Carolina Committee of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (SCTRF). The jockey silks will be displayed on the banner arms of the city’s decorative light posts leading up to the Carolina Cup. Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

Orders for silks will be taken until Jan. 31 with payment due at the time the order is placed.  The deadline for submission of completed silks is March 4. Silks will begin being displayed March 7 and continue through April 30. An auction of the silks after their display will take place during the Camden Town Green Opening ceremony.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

“There are a wide variety of silk designs from the very traditional to more abstract,” said Wade Luther, economic development director for the city of Camden.  “I think this is reflective of the diversity that makes up the city of Camden.”Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

Luther said that Edward Hinson, president of the DCG, and Betsy Greenway, DCG vice president, have been vital to the successful marketing and execution of this year’s and last year’s jockey silk civic art project.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

“This year we have come up with a better way to incorporate both the artists’ work and the sponsorship elements,” said Hinson. “We hope that everyone will be pleased with the results, especially the SCTRF, for whom we successfully raised over $5,000 last year.”Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

With more time to plan the program this year, Greenway said it was possible to include the silks auction into the Town Green opening ceremony.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

“It will be a great way to incorporate Camden’s artistic talent in a wonderful new venue that will help downtown Camden prosper for many future generations,” said Greenway.Delete - Merge Upbodycopy

Those interested in becoming involved in the jockey silk civic art project or with the DCG on future projects may contact Luther at 432-2421 or


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