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Phillips and Lanious exhibition opens Oct. 20

Posted: October 12, 2017 3:55 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County announces a new Bassett Gallery exhibition opening Friday, Oct. 20, prior to the Friday evening performance of The Addams Family -- A New Musical. The Bassett reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Catering will be provided by Ashley’s of McCaskill’s Farm. The exhibition, entitled Beauty & Function, co-mingles two forms of artistic works: paintings by Curtis Phillips alongside Chet Lanious’ handmade furniture. This is Phillips’ and Lanious’ first exhibition at the Bassett Gallery.

Curtis Phillips (C.C.), a Camden native and graduate of the University of South Carolina/Columbia with a BA in Art will exhibit landscapes, as well as some of his newer, abstract pieces during this exhibition. Mostly known for his oil, watercolor, pencil and gouache, he will include poetry to accompany several pieces. Phillips spent some time in Los Angeles and New York before returning south. He currently lives in Charleston. His work can be seen in public and private collections throughout the United States.

Chet Lanious, a Pennsylvania native, will be exhibiting some of his handmade furniture. Lanious creates functional pieces that are pleasing to the eye and touch, and should be considered heirlooms to tie one generation to the next. Lanious was a Presbyterian minister in Louisiana and Oklahoma before joining the U.S. Army as a chaplain. He served in that capacity for more than 25 years and retired from Ft. Jackson in Columbia. After his retirement, Lanious pursued a degree at Haywood Community College in the Professional Craft in Wood program. Recently his pieces were seen as part of an exhibition at the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro.

For more information about the exhibition, or the FAC, 810 Lyttelton St., call (803) 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The FAC is funded, in part, by the S.C. Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, Duke Energy and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and  donations from businesses and individuals.

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