Celebrate South Carolina Rivers During Art Day

Celebration will feature art demonstrations, crafts and gallery tours, March 7

COLUMBIA, S.C., February 26, 2020– The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate art in South Carolina during Art Day, Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The signature event will feature a variety of programs highlighting South Carolina’s rivers showcasing the work of the state’s artists. From exhibit gallery tours and live art demonstrations to live musical performances and hands on activities, Art Day will be full of creative fun.

Art Day will be one of the last opportunities to experience the museum’s Reflections on the River art exhibition, which features works from South Carolina artists. Reflections on the River explores the significance of our state’s rivers on culture, industry and landscape, as well as the ways in which they have inspired artists in the state. From 16th century engravings and Catawba pottery, to contemporary paintings and photographs, the exhibition highlights a variety of art from the museum’s permanent collection. Museum Art Curator, Amy Chalmers will give two special tours of the exhibit at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


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In a nod to our current blockbuster exhibit, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, guests will get to put their detective skills to task by learning how to read a painting from discovering hidden clues. Chalmers will talk guests through learning how to identify evidence in paintings that will help the observer learn more about it, like where it might have come from or when it was made.

Guests will get an up-close look at how artists make their visions come to life with live demonstrations. Rev. Johnnie Simmons, an artist who is featured in Reflections on the River along with photographer Charles Hite, and painter Rick Wells are among the artists, printmakers, painters and 3D artists that will be on-site throughout the day.

Art day will also include kid friendly, hands-on craft activities like paper marbling, origami and collage. Art Day activities are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

About the South Carolina State Museum:
As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience. For more information about the museum, visit scmuseum.org.

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