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The Cutting Edge
Self-taught topiary artist, whose carved bushes and trees have drawn visitors from all across America and overseas to his Bishopville garden, will speak at the South Carolina State Museum Saturday, Oct. 9 as part of the museums annual Fall Heritage Festival and Pickin Party. His talk will follow the 2 p.m. showing of the acclaimed documentary of his life and work, A Man Named Pearl.
He’s been called “the real-life Edward Scissorhands” and celebrated for the journey that led a sharecropper’s son to international acclaim as a self-taught artist. His three-acre garden in Bishopville is a whimsical world of trees and shrubs pruned and shaped into fantastic objects and sculptural forms alongside fascinating metal sculpture he calls his “junque art.” He is topiary artist Pearl Fryar and he will be a special guest at the South Carolina State Museum’s Fall Heritage Festival and Pickin’ Party on Saturday, Oct. 9.