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FAC ‘Gallery Gallop’ is Friday

Posted: November 13, 2017 11:24 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and Camden ART (CArt), invite you to join them for the second annual Gallery Gallop, a special gallery and art crawl in downtown Camden. Seven local galleries and businesses will open their doors to the public from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday to highlight local and regional artists and their unique variety of art styles and mediums. Each business taking part in this unique event will be within walking distance of each other and will be showcasing varying works of art and artisan products.

Seven different Camden businesses will be participating in the Gallery Gallop. They include the Fine Arts Center’s Bassett Gallery, Art at Greenleaf Villa, The Artists’ Attic, Isom’s Delights, Northlight Studio, Rutledge Street Gallery and Schmucker’s Amish General Store.

The Bassett Gallery will host the Camden Art Fall Members’ Show. This annual juried show features the best new art work by members of CArt, a visual arts affiliate and founding member organization of the FAC. CArt is comprised of artists and art enthusiasts from beginner to professional levels who gather for education, exhibition, community and the opportunity to support the FAC through volunteer activities and yearly donations. 

CArt meets regularly at the FAC in the Bassett Gallery September through May. Members enjoy guest speakers and demonstrations at regular meetings, as well as free or reduced rates on special workshops. Two annual exhibitions at the FAC are open to all members with regular attendance and there are additional opportunities to showcase member art in the Bassett Building lobby throughout the year. As partners with the FAC, members assist with gallery maintenance and installations, travel with the annual Youth Art Month winners within the county, and represent CArt and the FAC in city-wide art events. Membership is currently $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. For more information contact Catherine Lloyd, CArt chairman at coultercat@gmail.com or (252) 908-1187. 

Art at the Greenleaf Villa houses various artists and art styles from Asian silk painting, pen and ink, handpainted wearables, photography, portraitures, miniatures, watercolors, collage and more. There are five resident artists located within its space: Midge Bremer, Ginny Caraco, Denise Greer, and Bill and Anne Starnes. Several guest artists will also take part in the event. Greenleaf Villa is located at 1307 Broad St.

The Artists’ Attic is a gallery and working studio for local artists and offers both classes and framing. Stop by and enjoy the magic of creativity. The Artists’ Attic is located at 930 Broad St.

Isom’s Delights is located inside the open air mall at 1011 Broad St. beside Catery on Broad. There you will see the work of owner, Lori Starnes. Her unique style features delightful, real-life portraitures of African-Americans. She will be serving samples of some of her delectable cookies, along with pound cakes and pies for purchase.

Northlight Studio, 607 Rutledge St., is home to the studio of Laurie McIntosh. The Gallery Gallop is her first open studio since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia. McIntosh’s abstract paintings involve deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. She explains that, while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between the South Carolina’s Midlands and the coast -- a fishing lure here, a sleeping dog there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in another -- each one is like a remnant of a dream. McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.

Rutledge Street Gallery is an original contemporary art gallery. Since it opened in 1999, it has maintained a reputation for having beautiful and exquisite pieces and representing emerging and established artists creating paintings, sculpture, furniture, and pottery. Nicholas Blake, local furniture maker and Jenny Fuller, an oil painter from Charlotte, will be there Friday. Rutledge Street Gallery is located at 508 Rutledge St.

Schmucker’s Amish General Store, 1040A Broad St. carries handmade items in the Amish tradition. Food goods, furniture, handmade toys and artwork of varying styles may be found here.

For more information call (803)425-7676 extension 300 or visit www.fineartscenter.org.

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