Art Museum Gets a New Look - and Lots That's New to Look at
It's been an exciting new year at our Art Museum. 2019 — our 22nd year — started with the completion of our new flooring project. Thanks to grants from The Chapin Foundation and the Jackson Family, we’ve installed new flooring in all of our Museum galleries as well as in the hallways, in the Museum Shop and in the Simeon B. Chapin Library.

New flooring provides the landscape for four exhibitions: two by women artists who call the Carolinas home and two featuring works from the Museum's Permanent Collections.

Elizabeth Bradford, a descendant of generations of North Carolina farmers, weaves her Southern heritage into works of stunning color, texture and realism. But it’s a heritage that’s rapidly fading as urbanization squeezes out the land she once knew. Her exhibit, titled Time and Terrain, features works that she considers “an elegy for the land as I remember it and as it can still be found—in hidden pockets of the forests.”

Kate Hooray Osmond, a painter and installationist based in Charleston, is featured in an exhibition called Light Shine Down. Her works, many of them large-scale, are architectural, even industrial in style, but with a surprise: they’re crafted in oils touched with gold leaf. Often they feature aerial views of cities or landscapes she experienced flying in a helicopter, which she has done for more than a decade.

The Scape of Water is a Museum Permanent Collection exhibition of works that portray water in a diverse array of media and styles, from hyper-realism to abstraction, rendered in paint, graphite and paper collage or sculpted in stone; and in a variety of perspectives, including aerial or atmospheric, linear and birds-eye view. And Collection Connections: A Visual Exploration of Southern Heritage fills our second floor galleries.

We cannot always feature works from these rich collections but we enjoy doing so when we can.

You’ll have the opportunity to see Time + Terrain, Light Shine Down and The Scape of Water through April 28 th Collection Connections will close on April 14 th

Elsewhere in our Museum, Education Coordinator Tracey Roode continues to expand our array of KidsArt programs, including new outreach programs to Georgetown County children (read more in her Education Corner Column). And in our still-new-to-us Pottery Studio, Coordinator Arielle Fatuova has been creating activities for all ages, including a one-night-a-month date night she calls “Mudstruck.”

The days are ticking down, but there’s still time to buy tickets to the 19th Annual Spring Tour of Homes, which is this coming Saturday. Call the Museum, 843-238-2510, for tickets and to make reservations for the tour-day luncheon.

One hundred lucky folks enjoyed our 8th Annual Collectors Event on February 24, when they got to take home some fabulous original artworks by artists from near and far. We express our thanks to Tommy Davis and Michael Craig Smith, owners of Collector’s Cafe, to the artists who donated their work and to PNC Wealth Management, our Event Sponsor.

Following in our 16-year tradition of creating a summer exhibition at the Art Museum that gets everyone talking and anticipating, this year we present Can’t You Sea? | Ocean Plastic ARTifacts, an exhibition we hope will help to spotlight the global crisis that is ocean plastic pollution. We are hoping that you will join us in some exhibition prep. Two opportunities include collecting and bringing your plastic recycling to the Art Museum and also having your teens help us to create our lobby display. Please see more details in this newsletter.

Looking ahead, it’s not too early to be thinking about our annual Horry-Georgetown County High Schools Juried Art Exhibition, now entering its 20th year; and in May, the 22nd Annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Art Exhibition.

With so much to look forward to, it’s a great time to be part of our Art Museum family.

Patricia Goodwin
Executive Director