Archive for the ‘Sumter SC Visual Arts’ Category

Jim Creal of Spartanburg, SC, Starts Kickstarter Campaign to Launch South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project

November 6, 2013

Jim Creal is a native South Carolinian, artist and printmaker. He wants to create new, original, stone-drawn, hand-printed lithographs of the magnificent beauty of South Carolina’s coastal habitats.

“Ever since I was a boy, I have had a love for the magnificent beauty of the South Carolina coastal islands,” says Creal. “The islands and the adjoining habitats form an ecosystem of uncommon beauty. When I am in these extraordinary places, I feel connected to something transcendent and primordial.”

Daufuskie island: Palmetto Stage 18″ x 18.5″ Lithograph

“Every day brings with it a feast of experience. Pelicans fly over the water close to shore. One dive bombs into the salty ocean to catch its breakfast. Herons stalk their next meal from the estuary’s muddy banks.”

“Palm fronds rustle in the noon breeze. Legions of tiny fiddler crabs wave their solitary big claws in the air and dance on the squishy mud flats in the summer heat. Alligators swim lazily in ponds and marshes. In the late afternoon, anvil shaped thunderhead clouds form in the distance.”

“At twilight, the ocean undulates in steely hues and sea foam becomes an iridescent pastel. On moonlit beaches, loggerhead turtles return after long travels to lay eggs in the places where they were born.”

“Rivers and currents transport the sands that build the islands. Tides and waves mold the shore. Winds blow the sand to form dune complexes. Dense forests of live oaks, loblolly pines and palmettos grow behind the protecting wax myrtles. Spartina grass sways with the tides in estuaries linking the islands to the mainland.”

Check out Creal’s Kickstarter project at (

Patz Fowle of Hartsville, SC, Takes a First Place Award at 2012 Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition

July 18, 2012

Patz Fowle  of Hartsville, SC, recently received a first place award for her ceramic sculpture; Smoked Salmon, during the opening reception for the 2012 Sumter Artists’ Guild Exhibition at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC. The exhibition will remain on view through August 31, 2012.

The Sumter Artists’ Guild show is an annual exhibition held at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. The juror for this year was Wendth Thomas Wells, artist and owner of City Art in Columbia, SC.

The Sumter County Gallery of Art is located at 135 Haynesworth Street in Sumter. The gallery’s hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday, 1:30-5pm.

For more information contact: Karen Watson, Museum Director by calling 843/775-0543 or visit (