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City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New 2014/2015 Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Roberts

August 31, 2014

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of mixed media artist Alexandra Roberts as Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Roberts will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Born in Virginia, Alexandra Roberts moved to South Carolina as a young child. Visual art has always been a major part of her life; participating in various art clubs and advanced art programs throughout her early education. As a high school junior, she was accepted into the prestigious Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Roberts graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Fine Arts in 2006 and immediately went on to pursue the career she is most passionate about, community arts, by obtaining an MA in Community Arts in 2007. Through MICA’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program she had the opportunity to teach art and promote community involvement to young people in the Better Waverly Community located in Baltimore, MD.

Currently, Roberts is a freelance artist and art instructor with the Casey Community Center in Goose Creek, SC. She is also a teaching artist with the City of North Charleston’s After School Arts Enrichment Program and served as the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival’s resident artist to create a sculpture with students at the Persephone Moultrie Community Center. Roberts enjoys sharing her passion for art with students of all ages and her classes consist of working with a variety of materials, such as various papers, paint, ink, and much more. Roberts’s art is an exploration of media culminating in a symphony of color and texture, with much of her work inspired by personal experiences, observations in society, and her work as a community artist. Being an artist is an ever evolving process and recently she has been creating art on wood, as well as working with various textiles.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Roberts’s work throughout January 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the Artist-in-Residence by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2015.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s Artist-in-Residence program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

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Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Applications for Its Hues and Brews Studio Tour – Deadline Sept. 5, 2014

August 30, 2014

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The Caldwell Arts Council Lenoir, NC, is now accepting applications from Caldwell County and surrounding counties’ artists and crafters who want to participate in the new Hues and Brews Studio Tour, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 10am to 3pm. Participants can set up in their Caldwell County homes or studios or set up in a local business to display, demonstrate and sell their work. Registration is $30.

Following the countywide Studio Tour, the event will culminate with the Hues and Brews Festival, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 2 to 6pm, outside Howard Brewing in downtown Lenoir. The outdoor event will feature visual art displays, craft beer tastings, food vendors, live music and children’s art activities. Artists, crafters and food vendors may apply for space at the Hues and Brews Festival; 20 separate artist spaces and 3 separate food vendor spaces are available at this location. Artist/crafter registration is $30.

The registration deadline has been extended to Sept. 5, at 5pm; all applications are available on the Caldwell Arts Council website at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/280-hues-and-brews/).

The Caldwell Arts Council has announced a new twist on its annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour, expanding it to a daylong festival and adding another popular art form to the popular event.

In recent years, the Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour has featured Caldwell County artists and crafters who open their homes and studios for a celebration of local artwork of all kinds. This year, the Caldwell Arts Council is expanding the event and inviting brewers from Caldwell, Catawba and Burke counties to join with visual artists in a central location for a fun, new event with proceeds going toward the Caldwell Arts Council.

The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County.  Located at 601 College Avenue SW near downtown Lenoir, hours are 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail list, please call 828/754-2486 or e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com). The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Launches First Citizens First Sunday on Sept. 7, 2014 – Where General Admission is $1 the First Sunday of Every Month

August 30, 2014

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is proud to announce a generous donation from First Citizens to sponsor First Citizens First Sunday, which will take place the first Sunday of every month starting Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The donation from First Citizens will allow guests to pay a reduced price of $1 for general admission to the State Museum during First Citizens First Sunday.

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“First Citizens is proud to support the State Museum’s First Sundays program,” said Sharon Bryant, First Citizens Executive Vice President and South Carolina Banking Executive. “We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community can enjoy educational opportunities like those offered by First Sundays, and we invite everyone to come and explore the State Museum’s diverse collections displayed through interactive and engaging exhibitions.”

Included in general admission, guests can explore four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the brand new observatory and the new Robert B. Arial Collection of Historical Astronomy located on the fourth floor. Two temporary exhibits are also included in general admission: “Chapman’s Charleston: 1863-1864”, which tells the story of the Civil War Charleston from 1863-1864 through the eyes of artist and Confederate soldier Conrad Wise Chapman, and “Building a Universe”, which features contemporary art by 16 South Carolina artists whose work deals with space and the universe.

For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the blockbuster exhibit, “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. On Sept. 7, “Seven Wonders” will play in the planetarium at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, and “Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs the 4D Experience!” will play at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

As South Carolina’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.

First Citizens First Sunday will take place the first Sunday of every month. The museum is open every Sunday from noon – 5pm.  Visit (www.scmuseum.org) to learn more about the State Museum.

Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, Call for Sculpture Applications for Tucker’s Gallery – Deadline Sept. 30, 2014

August 30, 2014

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The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery.  Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area.

Artists interested in participating should submit an application to the Caldwell Arts Council between Sept. 1-30, 2014. Application forms are available at (www.caldwellarts.com) or by calling 828/754-2486. Selected sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation; The pieces will be on display for one year or until sold. All selected pieces will be awarded a stipend of $200 to help with delivery and retrieval costs, and if an artwork sells there is a 30% sales commission. The artwork on display will be covered by a liability insurance policy. Twelve sculptures will be selected for display. Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

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Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 80 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering. While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows the resident and the visitor to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. Phone 828/754-2486; e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com); website at (www.caldwellarts.com). This program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Welcomes Josh Floyd as Artist-in-Residence

August 30, 2014

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of Josh Floyd as our new Artist-in-Residence. Grant funding from the Wingate Charitable Foundation is allowing the center to restart its Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.

Floyd comes to the center with a Bachelor of Arts with Art Concentration from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, and he has been making pots for over ten years. He studied for two years as an Artist-in-Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, and has worked two years as a studio and gallery assistant for Smicksburg Pottery in Pennsylvania. He has also been a studio assistant at the Penland School of Craft. Before accepting the position as the North Carolina Pottery Center’s AiR, he was working for the Laguna Clay Company in Byesville, OH, testing clays and glazes. While he enjoyed working for Laguna Clay, Floyd’s goal was to return to the studio, something which the Pottery Center’s AiR program allows him to do.

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Floyd characterizes his style as “striving to create beautiful and comfortable pots and aspiring to make work that will be used in the home, for coffee with friends or evening tea after a long day. I want my work to make it to the front of the cabinet and to survive a tumble about in the sink.”

Describing his inspirations for pottery, Floyd says, “I am drawn to the patinas of old, rusted cars in a field, or old barns in some state of disrepair, but still standing. A fondness for the past certainly finds its way into my pots as I reference crocks and jugs of early America. I am drawn not only to the simplicity and strength of the forms but to the ideas of local production and necessity. While industrial processes and societal norms have changed our needs, there is still a beauty in well made handcrafted items that will stand the test of time. Referencing these forms is not a desire to copy them but to find my own voice within them.”

The Pottery Center is looking forward to having Floyd as its AiR for the next two years. Lindsey Lambert, executive director, says, “Having Josh as our new AiR is literally a breath of fresh air.” Between Josh and our new Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator, Emily Lassiter, we are looking to begin offering more educational programs and workshops, things which help us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

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The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Receives National Support from the American Alliance of Museums

August 30, 2014

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This fall, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) Spartanburg, SC, will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “This is tremendous news for SAM,” Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director, said. “I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish.”

The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards.

For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums to strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards. The IMLS-funded MAP grants provide $4,000 worth of consultative resources and services. “What these means specifically for SAM is a year of access to an online community with years of expertise rooted in national best practices, peer reviews, free webinars, national recognition, and a site visit, all designed to emphasize strategic planning and ensuring operations and resource alignment with our evolving mission,” Goddard said. “This process will involve the staff and Board of Directors as we increase our knowledge together and improve our operations and build capacity for all of core components.”

This is a pivotal time for Spartanburg Art Museum. The Board of Directors just welcomed several new members, Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, the current Board President is excited for SAM’s future. “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages experience art in non-traditional ways,” Nixon recently wrote in a SAM website blog post.

Goddard has been with SAM for almost a year now and said, “with the contributions of our existing board members and the addition of these strong community minded members, SAM is moving forward with new sense of purpose, vision and understanding of what it means to function as a relevant cultural institution in the 21st century. And now with the assistance of such strong national organizations, like the American Alliance of Museums, we seem to gaining deep traction in moving our mission forward.”

SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes, and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during afterschool hours with its COLORS program.

For more information, please visit (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org) or call 864/582-7616.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Artist Salon with Virginia Scotch – Sept. 5, 2014

August 27, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents the next Artist Salon with Virginia Scotchie, ceramics artist and head of ceramics at the USC Department of Art, at the Museum on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at noon. This year, the CMA placed an installation of Scotchie’s work entitled “Columbia Spheres”, consisting of 27 colorful spheres, on display in the entrance of the Dubose-Poston Reception Hall. She discusses the installation and her artistic process.

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“The sphere has been a form that I have worked with off and on for the past nine years,” says Scotchie. “Its illusive simplicity, economy, and boundless visual associations permit me to work with the sphere in many ways. I respond to the minimal nature and play/humor quality of the sphere. I should also mention that I have three children and the plethora of toys, specifically balls, abounds in my everyday world. ‘Play’ is significant in this artwork!”

In “Columbia Spheres”, the sphere is used to create a minimalist repetition through the use of form, color, and arrangement. Within this visual repetition Scotchie pulls the viewer closer to inspect each sphere as they approach the installation. The juxtaposition of color and texture serves to separate, and at the same time, unite each sphere. The colors used for this installation represent Columbia’s abundance of lush nature and blue sky.

Scotchie’s sphere installations are found in the permanent public collections of the Yingee Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; The Trinity Building in Charlotte, NC; A Loft in Asheville, NC, Queens University in Charlotte, NC, as well as in numerous private collections in the US and Europe. She currently has a year-long exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum.

The event is free with membership or admission.

For more information visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

1Spark Festival of Entrepreneurship and the Arts to Ignite Creativity and Innovation Takes Place in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 6, 2014

August 27, 2014

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Spartanburg, SC, is a place of ideas, shining bright with creative and entrepreneurial spirit. On Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, from 11am-5pm, the public is invited to participate in a free outdoor festival that will celebrate these two powerful forces that make the moniker “Sparkle City” ever so true.

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1Spark, a festival where creativity and innovation collide, will feature Spartanburg’s “makers” — visual artists, performers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and more — with entertainment and demonstrations, as well as local food and drinks. The event will take place between the campuses of Chapman Cultural Center and “The George” — home of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate — an almost literal collision of creativity and innovation.

“Spartanburg is already known throughout the region as a vibrant arts community, and nationwide as a pro-business community,” Jennifer Evins, President/CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “What better way to celebrate two of our most valuable assets than to combine them into a single concept and event?”

Artists, entrepreneurs, and inventors will have booths in the Chapman Cultural Center parking lot and along North Liberty Street to showcase their crafts and concepts. Inventors, start-up businesses, and budding entrepreneurs will be set up alongside painters, woodworkers, bakers, photographers, potters, and other visual artists whose works are locally handmade.

“In business, creativity is necessary to survive and thrive,” Dr. Frank Rudisill, Dean of The Johnson College of Business and Economics, said. “The ability to use resources in creative ways is what propels many companies to be forerunners in innovation. 1Spark is a wonderful way to ignite collaboration and generate new ideas in Spartanburg.”

Several vendors have already signed on to be present: master kitemaker Chuck Holmes, Orijin Tea, CORE Health Centers, Freda Lark Photography, Harmonic Jewel metalsmithing jeweler, ahoyDOC Inc., and novelist Andrew F. Rickis. Others are signing up daily to join in the festivities.

“Our goals are to celebrate all things entrepreneurial and creative about Spartanburg… to ignite new creativity and innovation by connecting people and ideas… to create the kind of city that we want by providing a festival for people to share ideas,” Evins said. “It will be a dynamic setting in the heart of our city.”

While at the festival, attendees will enjoy hearing musicians perform on stage of the amphitheatre at The George, watching entrepreneurs give demos, seeing artisans showcase their artistic process, and engaging in creativity challenges. Attendees will also vote for their favorite artist, entrepreneur, and inventor.

Jeff Boeh, Campus Manager of The Iron Yard, the downtown business accelerator, emphasizes the importance of exposure to local start-up businesses. “Our hope is that the public will walk away from 1Spark with a newly ignited interest in and appreciation of the creativity and innovation involved in starting a business in Spartanburg. To that goal, several entrepreneurs and start-ups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas, plans, and — ultimately — their products and services.”

Attendees to the festival will be able to use the businesses’ demos as inspiration in creativity challenges. Presented with real-world problems, several festival goers will be asked to generate solutions using provided materials. The activity will not only give citizens a renewed appreciation of entrepreneurship, but generate ideas on how to improve the community at-large.

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will help patrons generate ideas on how to improve the community as well with a public art project. Drawing inspiration from modern installation artist Candy Chang, SAM will facilitate a simple, fun, and interactive experience titled “More of What?” The activity offers individuals of all ages an opportunity to reflect and share ideas about how to nurture a stronger, more creative community in Spartanburg.

“As cultural stewards, we have a responsibility to address the needs of our community,” Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of SAM, said. “Businesses do the same; they address need. And as a whole, Spartanburg can achieve that by putting our ideas together.”

Growler Haus, a recently established craft beer business and bar downtown, will be on tap to provide a biergarten (or “beer garden”)–an open area for adults to enjoy local brews.

Florida-based chalk artists and entrepreneurs will also be present. Shane Mesmer of Eye Candy Grafix in West Palm Beach will be joined by artists David Lepore, Hector Diaz, and Lee Mobley in conducting a unique work of chalk art on Chapman Cultural Center’s campus. The four-person project will span two days, beginning early Friday morning and coming to completion during the span of the festival. Lepore specializes in black and white; Diaz is a 3D chalk expert; and Mobley is a “chalker” who operates 337 Designs, a custom artwork and design company.

Other visual and performing arts will entertain audiences throughout the festival as well. Musicians include Anna V, Neil Lee Griffin, Jeremy Willis, Sean Gaskell, Daniel Z, Nick Evangelista, Rohn Jewell, Barleycove, Paul Bowman, and Mark Miller. Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will feature a cellist at 11:30am, and professional dancers from Ballet Spartanburg will take the stage at 1:30pm. To complement the creativity and innovation, local food trucks will be located between Chapman Cultural Center and The George to provide great local cuisine.

“We’re about entrepreneurship. We’re about art. We’re about education. We’re about ideas,” Evins said. “1Spark will be a great way to encourage innovation and creativity by bringing the arts and businesses together.”

Major partners in the festival include Chapman Cultural Center, USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, The Iron Yard, Growler Haus, and Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please call 864/542-2787.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger – Every Day

August 24, 2014

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Pickens, SC, adds to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

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The Pickens Senior Center located in the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block was sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program. The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger (1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making.

She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the US Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC, area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA, and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers “Medallion Quilt Book”, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

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The Road to Jericho quilt block is designed from a quilt made from fabrics collected over several decades by Clara Webb Lindsay, in 1995. Clara, a longtime resident of Anderson County, attended Roberts until her death in 1998 at the age of 89. The cloth quilt now belongs to her niece, Judy Stevanovich, who is a member of Roberts and lives in Anderson.  The quilt block was sponsored by members of the Unfinished Objects Quilt Bee who meet regularly at Roberts Church.

The quilt pattern is a deviation of the String Quilt pattern with the Road to Jericho running through the quilt.  Over 250 hours were spent first mapping and then painting the block by a dozen church members along with the Anderson County Production Team. The Road to Jericho Quilt block now hangs on the cemetery side of the church sanctuary.

The Road to Jericho is infamous for the story of the Good Samaritan who journeyed on the 20 miles from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It is a rocky and treacherous journey with a descent from Mount Olives to the Jordan valley below dropping about 4000 feet.  There are many places along the road that allows for hiding places for robbers and murders.

A poor man was traveling along the road when robbers attack him. Because he was poor all they took from him were his clothes and left him beaten and bleeding. Two travelers came by, a priest and a Levite. Extending no compassion to the destitute and wounded man, they crossed to the other side of the road and went on their way.  But shortly, a Samaritan happened by and extended help to the wounded man. The kind, generous benevolence paid to this poor stranger has been retold in every generation since. It will forever exemplify the Christian attitude toward those in need without respect for race, wealth, or standing in the community.

Roberts Church has been here for spiritual guidance to the community since 1789. It was named for a Colonel Roberts who was deeded land in the area in 1784. The whole area was known as the Roberts Community. There are still some member families who can trace their roots back to the founding of Roberts Church, or Simpson’s Meeting House. It was also referred to as the “father of Presbyterianism in Anderson County.” Similarly, it can be said that Roberts’s church was the “mother church” to First Presbyterian and the “grandmother church” to Central Presbyterian, both in the city of Anderson. The main church building was rebuilt in 1824, 1857 and 1937.  Major Renovations and additional facilities were completed in 1965, 1994 and 2000. Additional property was purchased in 1990 and 2010.

For more information and to see pictures of other quilt blocks on the Quilt Trail, visit (www.uhqt.org).

Lancaster, SC, Offers Downtown History Walk to Defeat Senior Hunger – Oct. 18, 2014

August 24, 2014

The Lancaster County Council on Aging will host the Downtown History Walk to Defeat Senior Hunger in Lancaster, SC, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in support of raising funds to feed the nearly 100 seniors on our waiting list to receive home delivered meals.

The walk will begin at 10am at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Market Street in Lancaster. Tickets are $10 for the walk or $25 for the walk & souvenir T-shirt and can be purchased by contacting Sally Sherrin. Sponsorships are also available.

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Guides will narrate and give tours at the following locations along the course of the walk:  L & C Railway Museum, Historic Bank of Lancaster, USCL Native American Studies Center, Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, Historic Springs House, and ending at the Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church with a history presentation by Robert Folks.

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Proceeds will be used to provide meals for the seniors in need that are presently on a waiting list. Bring your family and friends for a “walk through history” and help provide senior citizens with meals.

For further info contact Sally Sherrin/Executive Director by calling 803/285-6956×23 or e-mail to (Sherrin@lancastercouncilonaging.org).