The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will feature artists Philip Hultgren and Stephen Nevitt in the Bassett Gallery starting Thursday through May 10. The opening reception for their exhibit, Traditions & Perceptions, will be held in the gallery from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, immediately preceding the third concert in the FAC’s Chamber Music Series, Claire Bryant and Friends: Decoda & Attacca Quartet. Meet the artists and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres before the concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. The Bassett Gallery is sponsored by Kornegay Funeral Home.
About the artists
Philip Hultgren is a self-taught woodworker living in Camden who uses the natural beauty of wood for his artistic creations. From furniture to wall pieces, and turnings to doors, he captures the harmony that naturally exists in a tree by using all that wood has to offer. His work includes heartwood and voids from decay, insect damage and glorious grain and lots of natural edge that anchor his pieces in real life. With an economy of design influenced by George Nakashima and a passion for stepping just outside the bounds of the traditional ala Constantine Brancusi, Philip’s works excel at displaying the beauty wood has naturally.
Stephen Nevitt is a professor of art and chair of the art program at Columbia College where he has been on the faculty since 1976. He has a BFA degree from the University of South Carolina where he studied primarily with Boyd Saunders and Philip Mullen. Nevitt has a graduate degree in printmaking from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego where he studied with Tom Seawell and George O’Connell.
Nevitt’s work has been featured in numerous exhibits, including one-person shows at Anderson University, City Art of Columbia, Columbia College, Florence Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center of Greenville, Francis Marion University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lander University, Lipscomb Gallery at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Newberry College, SUNY - Oswego, University of South Carolina - Upstate, and numerous other places.