With the arrival of the new year, the Art Museum enters its 20th year and we are so excited to begin celebrating!
To start, we are thrilled to announce the start of construction of a fully equipped pottery studio, thanks to a grant from the Chapin Foundation. We will be sure to keep you updated through this process. We look forward to expanding our education department to include pottery classes for all levels of artists in both hand-building and wheel-throwing courses. This expansion is sure to have a positive impact on the cultural life of our area, and we know this will invite new artists, visitors, and families to become part of the Art Museum's community.
While we wait for the completion of the pottery studio, we are very busy with our regular education schedule both at the Museum and away.
The after-school program we started at the Chapin Memorial Library has continued into the new year. We are hoping to fill up the class every second Thursday of the month with fun and creative art projects that help children unwind after a busy day at school.
Our regularly scheduled classes at the
Museum have welcomed several new families this year. We look forward to enjoying long lasting relationships with these families as their children grow and develop through the various levels of classes.
The Museum was bursting at the seams on February 4th for Chinese New Year as we celebrated the Year of the Rooster. People born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be hardworking, resourceful, confident, and talented. In addition, their active, talkative, and outgoing ways make them popular. To celebrate this lively character, our children's workshops included newly designed rooster masks that the children decorated, Chinese paper lanterns and Chinese toile plates designs.
All of our visitors enjoyed celebrating the exciting culture of China!
In honor of Black History Month, Ms. Arielle has been busy touring school groups and teaching KidsArt classes through
Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints and
Stitchin' & Pullin': Painted Illustrations by Cozbi Cabrera. We've had discussions about what peace and love means to us, how to illustrate how we are feeling about these topics and how we can make the world a better place. We've also started a Peace Pledge that is displayed outside of the Art Studio composed of children's handprints from Pee Dee Elementary, Ocean Drive Elementary and our KidsArt Saturday classes. Spreading kindness is our theme for this year in the Museum's Art Studio. There's no better way of doing that than creating beautiful artwork that can be shared with friends, family members and Museum visitors!