The Arts Council of York County will host an Arts Talk Luncheon to kick off the 2013 Ag + Art Tour on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 803/328-2787. Admission is $15 and includes two guest speakers, a box lunch, beverage and dessert.
The focus of this year’s Arts Talk Luncheon for the Ag + Art Tour is gardening in urban and suburban settings and the National Barn Trail Program. Martha Charles, an expert on backyard gardening and farming in suburban settings, and Martha File, the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, have been invited to speak at the luncheon.
Martha Charles – Charles is a graduate of Judson College in Marion, AL. She is a local gardener who employs the help of her husband and sons to keep their garden in balance. In addition to gardening and raising chickens and rabbits in her backyard, Charles also quilts, spins yarn, and knits.
Martha File – File holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Born in Aiken, SC, she spent most of her summers in the Low Country of South Carolina. Throughout her career, File has assisted to develop and manage a wide spectrum of educational and service programs, spending much of her time focusing on educational tourism through the promotion of local artists and points of interest. She currently serves as the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and supports the development of the Barn Quilt Trail throughout South Carolina.
The Arts Council received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to purchase the materials to make permanent barn quilt blocks for farms participating in the Ag + Art Tour. A workshop was held last week at the Center for the Arts where four new barn quilts were painted. These new barn quilts will be installed at farms in the weeks leading up to the Tour.
The Ag + Art Tour, a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour, is designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and “made in York County” traditional arts. The event, coordinated by the Arts Council of York County, Clemson Extension of York County, the Olde English District Tourism Commission, the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Culture & Heritage Museums, is partially funded by the York County Hospitality Tax, AgSouth and Clemson University.
For more information on the Ag + Art Tour, please visit (http://www.agandarttour.com). For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).