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Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster Shares His Love of the Arts

February 27, 2017

The 2016-2017 school year has been a busy one for Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster. In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his studio to paint banners that will be exhibited from March – October in the Red Rose City’s Cultural Arts District. Other South Carolina schools to host artist residencies included Hunter Street Elementary and Larne Elementary in York County, Westwood High in Blythewood, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary in Campobello, Dorchester County School District, and Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary. In Apex, North Carolina, West Lake Elementary School joined the ranks of the hundreds of campuses to add student-designed sculptural works to the landscape.


Doster’s thought-provoking “Southern Crosses” has been accepted by the Artfields Competition and will be exhibited in Lake City, SC, in March and April, 2017.  Artfields is a diverse competition, exhibiting approximately 400 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast and artists compete for over $120,000 in prize money.  Doster’s “Southern Crosses” represent the artist’s seventeen-year journey of personal redemption.  The first, created in 1999, was in reaction to controversy over the Confederate flag and why it was a symbol of hate.  Believing it to be a result of the KKK and other “hate” groups having used the battle flag as a symbol of power, Doster was moved to create a mild steel cross addressing violence that people heap upon fellow man, sometimes in the name of religion. Flames rising from the cross are consuming practitioners of hate.  The second cross, of stainless steel represents greed and hate preached by false prophets. The final, most recent stainless steel cross represents the purity of faith and redemption, inspired by the forgiveness shown by families of victims of Emanuel African Methodist Church. Doster states, “Their forgiveness has strengthened my faith in my loving God.” Visitors can vote for their favorites online or during the Artfields celebration, set for April 21-29.

Works in Southern Cross series

“Fall Wind”, a sculpture that appears to be gracefully flowing, was one of three chosen for public exhibition until Fall, 2017 at Radford Cultural Heritage Park, located on the grounds of Glencoe Museum and Gallery in Radford, VA. The juried competition coincides with the dedication of a statue honoring Mary Draper Ingles, colonial heroine whose story of escape from captivity by the Shawnees has been retold in many ways since 1755. The competition theme centered around the epic journey to honor Mary’s heroic return over hundreds of miles back to the New River Valley. The competition is made possible through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Radford.

Doster’s “Fall Leaves”, another organically-inspired sculpture was one of eleven chosen through competition to be exhibited in downtown Fayetteville, NC’s “Work In Progress”. The public art progress exhibition is gifted to the Fayetteville community through private donors matched with funding by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Visitors will find “Fall Leaves” at 106 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, until October 2017.

Two sculptures from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “Summer Wind” and “November Wind”, are two of fifteen sculptures selected for exhibit on the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences’ grounds until September, 2017.  They were chosen for the annual “Sculpture Salmagundi Exhibition” at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. The exhibition attracts sculptors from across the United States and represents emerging and internationally acclaimed sculptors working in many different media, scale, and concepts.

Other sculptural works by Doster will presently be found in public art installations that include NC cities of Boone, Raleigh, Cary, Pinehurst; GA cities of Dahlonega, Cummings; SC cities of Greenville, North Charleston, Lancaster, Columbia, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Chester, Rock Hill, York, Clinton, Laurens, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Clemson, and Anderson. In addition, commissioned works by the artist dot the corporate landscape throughout the Southeast and can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.  Doster’s unique galleries and garden at Backstreet Studio have a large selection of his artwork and also are available for special event rentals.

Doster first began making art when he was eleven years old and has been a teaching artist listed on the SC Arts Commission for more than thirty years. One-day metal sculpture and bottle tree workshops are hosted at his studio, located 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. Workshops are scheduled for March 4, April 1 and 22, May 20 from 8am-4pm. Students draw, cut, weld, and polish works of their own design and all supplies are included in the $100 per person fee.

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Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, On the Move Around the Carolinas

May 30, 2016

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC’s, Cultural Arts District is owned and operated by the artist, but it is becoming rare to find him there.  The sculptor is in his studio, with artist assistant Jamie Ouzts, just long enough to create new sculptures, fabricate student-designed works, and meet deadlines for commissioned works. More often, Doster will be found traveling throughout the Carolinas conducting artist residencies in schools, teaching summer camps, and delivering work to public art and gallery exhibitions.

As is typical for the well-known artist, April proved busy month, with Doster’s “Summer Wind” exhibited at Lake City, SC’s ArtFields, a diverse competition comprised of over 360 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast. From there, “Summer Wind” travels to Willow Walk, a biannual signature event in Burlington, NC’s. Willowbrook Park. Alamance Arts, with the City of Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, coordinates the outdoor exhibition and which features more than 35 artists from all over the nation, whose works are chosen based on originality, creativity, and quality of workmanship and design.


Another of the “Wind & Waves” sculptures, “January Wind” traveled from Anderson, SC, after being part of a public exhibition to North Charleston, SC, where it received an Honorable Mention at North Charleston’s “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, and compete for monetary prizes. Sculpture sites are located throughout Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cooper River and the exhibition will be on view until April 2017.

A second sculpture from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “February Wind” was accepted to “Beyond Walls”, an annual national outdoor sculpture exhibition in Robbins Park, Cornelius, NC. One of ten sculptures selected by a jury from thirty applicants, it will remain on exhibit until March, 2017, in this annual public art project coordinated by Cornelius Art Center. The City of Anderson, in partnership with Anderson Arts Center coordinates an annual public art project in downtown, and a massive sculpture from Doster’s “Portal” series was chosen as part of the exhibit, which is on view until April of 2017.

Several monumental works by Doster are currently exhibited at University of North Georgia and new works by the artist, including one from the “Portal” series, have been accepted into the annual outdoor exhibition that represents artists living in the Appalachian states. The exhibition is open year-round in Dahlonega, GA. Doster’s “Dancer”, a ten-feet high stainless steel sculpture that has been shown in public art exhibitions in four states, was one of three sculptures chosen by Boone, NC, Downtown Development Association to be displayed next to Boone Town Hall until June 2017.

In September, look for Doster’s work in Lenoir, NC, at Caldwell Arts Council’s “31st Annual Sculpture Celebration”. Year-round, Doster’s work can be viewed in public art exhibits, collections, and art galleries in NC cities of Raleigh, Lenoir, Chapel Hill, Black Mountain, Sunset Beach, Charlotte, Pinehurst, Waxhaw, Weddington, and others. SC locations to find the artist’s work includes Lancaster, Chester, Spartanburg, Greenville, Cheraw, Anderson, Rock Hill, Richburg, Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Beaufort, Pageland, Chesterfield, Clemson, Laurens, Clinton, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Mt. Pleasant, Van Wyck, Indian Land, Camden, Bennettsville,  and others. In Georgia, look for the artist’s creations in Dahlonega and Atlanta and in Chattanooga, TN.


Doster has been conducting artist residencies in public and private schools since the 1970’s and recent residencies include Dorchester County’s River Oaks Middle School and Eagle Nest Elementary. SC schools now boasting sculptures designed by students under Doster’s instruction include New Prospect Elementary School in Inman and Blythewood High School. Lancaster residencies included South Middle School, Buford Elementary School, Heath Springs Elementary School, and Andrew Jackson Middle School. Lancaster students also designed and painted downtown banners and large art “cubes” that remain on public exhibit from March until October. More SC schools that participated in artist residencies include Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill, Laurens Elementary School in Clover, Duncan Elementary and Chapman High School in Spartanburg. Cary, NC’s, Weatherstone Elementary School recently completed and installed a large stainless steel sculpture honoring the “Class of 2016”.


Doster became interested in making art when he was eleven years old and watched his father create sculptures from metal and other materials. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. A native of Lancaster, he opened his studio in the downtown area in the 1970’s, where he continues to work. Arts workshops and classes are held there on a regular basis, many by other local artists. Ever the teaching artist, Doster conducts one-day metal sculpture workshops throughout the year. Participants design, weld, and polish their own individual works of art while Muddy, the “art dog” helps supervise the activities. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec and information can be found at (

The studio, gallery, and garden at Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC will be open on June 11 and 12 for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County and for the annual gallery open house on the first weekend of December. Visitors are always invited to tour the artist’s studio and group tours can be scheduled by calling 803/285-9190 or e-mailing to (

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Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, Has Sculpture Accepted into 2015 ArtFields© Exhibit and Competition

January 13, 2015

A twelve feet tall metal sculpture “Winterwind” from Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s “Wind & Waves” series has been selected for the annual Artfields© Competition and Exhibition, held in Lake City, SC.


More than a thousand southeastern artists competed for four hundred “slots” in the community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City, SC, into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.

Doster’s sculpture will be displayed at Thomlinson & McWhite, Inc., located at 210 E. Main Street, Lake City, SC, during ArtFields® April 24 – May 2, 2015.

Bob Doster is owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, an independent small business that has been located at 217 East Gay Street in Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s.  He has been a working artist for more than forty years and his metal creations can be found in galleries, public art exhibits, museums, and collections worldwide.  In addition, he is an approved artist of the SC Arts Commission Artists in Education and conducts school residencies throughout the Southeast and serves on the board of directors for South Carolina Artisans Center.

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Lancaster, SC’s Bob Doster’s Works Chosen for Exhibitions in the Carolinas

July 30, 2014

Lancaster, SC, sculptor Bob Doster’s recent works from his “Dancer” series have been accepted into national, traveling, and public exhibitions. A three-foot high version of “Dancer”, which was exhibited in 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival has been chosen for “2014-2015 SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition”. This exclusive show, featuring nineteen pieces of exceptional quality hand crafted works by SC artisans, is available through the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program. Juror for the exhibit was Alfred Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University.

Juror Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, chose a 12’ “Dancer” for the “2015-2015 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which will be on view until March 22, 2015 at North Charleston Riverfront Park. The public art exhibit is organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival, which has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Work at North Charleston Riverfront Park

At the Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, NC, another “Dancer” series sculpture has been selected for the “57th National Juried Art Show” (JAS), an exhibition of fine arts and crafts from across the United States. Nationally recognized Juror, Catherine Coulter Lloyd, selected 60 works from 42 artists out of  217 entries submitted by 64 artists from 11 states. The exhibit will remain on view at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center until September 19, 2014.

In Cary, NC, another “Dancer” standing a little over 12’ high was chosen for the seventh “Cary Visual Art Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”. The public art exhibit, which will remain on display until July, 2015, is comprised of twelve nationally-recognized sculptors, including Bob Doster.

Doster has been a teaching artist for more than fifty years and has operated Backstreet Studio &  Gallery in Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. His works are found in museums, collections, and galleries worldwide.

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Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster Helps Students Explore Their Creativity

May 20, 2014

The Spring has been a busy time for students of all ages, with Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster conducting week-long residencies for a multitude of schools. With the benefit of Doster’s experience and expertise, campuses throughout the Carolinas now boast steel benches, monumental metal works, and wall sculptures. The creations are completely designed by the students and either fabricated in outdoor classrooms or in Backstreet Studio in downtown Lancaster, SC.

Laurel Park Elementary School sculpture

Laurel Park Elementary School students created a 12’ sculpture for a Cary, NC, public art project, while Anderson, SC, students are leaving a lasting legacy with a gigantic yellow jacket mounted on the outside of Hanahan High School. SC’s state tree, the Palmetto is a popular theme with schools, with the latest being erected on the grounds of Landrum, SC, Middle School. Center for Inquiry Elementary School in Columbia, SC, has a circular sculpture depicting the many activities the students enjoy, reminiscent of a similar one created by Indian Land High School. A magnificent stainless steel abstract sculpture has a place of honor at Anderson, SC’s Arts Magnet School, creating a lasting tribute to the creativity and imagination of young people.

Sculpture at Hanahan High School

Doster has been traveling and teaching all ages of students for nearly forty years, and his ability to inspire seems to grow with the numbers of classrooms he visits on an annual basis.

When Doster is not in schools, he is in his downtown Lancaster studio, producing conceptual designs for exhibition and competitions, as well as corporate commissions and collaborative public art projects. Recent national juried shows which accepted his works include Maria V. Howard Arts Center “57th National Multi-Media Juried Art Exhibition” in Rocky Mount, NC; “Art in Nature” at Greenwood Gardens and Studio Montclair in Montclair, NJ; and Beach Comber Art at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, MD.

Doster’s works were selected for “Palmetto Hands Exhibit” at North Charleston Arts Festival, where he received an honorable mention for a sculpture from the “Wind & Waves” series and his “Dancer” stainless steel sculpture was chosen for the “Palmetto Hands Traveling Show”.  Works were also selected by the SC Arts Foundation for sale at its recent SC Arts Gala Art Auction in Columbia SC. The monumental sculpture “Wind & Waves II”, which was exhibited in Lake City, SC for “Artfields 2014” is traveling to Graham, NC, where it has been selected for exhibit during “Willow Walk”, coming up in June 2014.

Sculpture at Historic Courthouse and County Judicial Corner

While Doster is somewhat of a “road warrior”, traveling from school to school and delivering works to galleries and museums, the evidence of his strong ties to his hometown of Lancaster, SC, are evident throughout the “Red Rose City”. His base of operations, Backstreet Studio/Gallery/Garden is housed in a row of five former pool halls and cafes a block and a half off Main Street. A few blocks over, early works from the 1970’s form a small sculpture park with a Ralph Waldrop Mural as the backdrop. Benches designed by fifth graders, under his instruction, grace Main Street, with steel rose-themed fencing completing the streetscape project that won a MASC award. A mammoth stainless steel sculpture inspired by Robert Mill’s famous palladium windows stands on the back lawn of the Historic Courthouse and County Judicial Corner. Red Rose Park on Main Street provides a perfect setting for large sculptures that await travel to locations outside the city and a visit to almost any school in the county provides evidence of Doster’s work with hometown students over the years.

To schedule a school residency, field trip to Backstreet, or downtown tour itinerary, contact Bob Doster at 803/285-9190, stop by the studio at 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster SC 29720, or visit (

Lancaster, SC, Artist, Bob Doster’s Works Accepted in Southeast Competitions!

March 15, 2014

Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s works have been traveling from state to state in the past few months and show no signs of slowing down, as the well-known artist’s works head to featured exhibits, public art showings, and competitions throughout the United States. Known for works from monumental sculpture to home décor, Doster has spent a great part of his career working with students in schools, camps, and special arts programs. As a result, the SC Arts Commission awarded him the state’s highest honor for his life-long commitment to arts in education, the Verner O’Neill Governor’s Award. The locations where Doster’s works are found offer parents and teachers opportunities to encourage students to visit and explore their own creativity.

Work on view at Charleston County Public Library, in Charleston, SC

Until April 1st, Doster’s “Wind & Waves” Series is featured at Saul Alexander Galleries of the Charleston County Public Library, in Charleston, SC, while the Arts Center of Clemson, SC, will exhibit Doster’s work from March 15 until April 28th for “Art in the Garden”. Two “Wind & Waves” sculptures have been accepted through an annual competition at University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA, while “Rising Star” will be installed at University of North Georgia in Gainesville, GA. Both open March 24 for the yearlong exhibits. Also in Georgia, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation selected one of Doster’s sculptures for its annual juried competition “Southworks”, which will run April 1-30, 2014.

Cary, NC, has contracted with Doster for exhibition of  a sculpture until January 2015 for “Sculpture in the Landscape” public art project. “Dancer” was accepted for the “9th Annual Sculpture Competition” by North Charleston Cultural Arts Center, in North Charleston, SC, and will be on exhibit for eleven months beginning April 2015. The highly competitive “Art Fields” completion in Lake City, SC, selected Doster’s work for exhibition beginning mid-April.

Coming in May, Doster has work going to Texas for the “Beaumont Art League National Competition” and to Martinsburg, WV, where works were selected for the Berkley Arts Council “Art & Earth Competition”. In January and February 2015, the City of North Charleston will host Doster’s works as the featured artist in its Meeting Street Gallery. Later in 2015, Doster will be featured artist at Lancaster County Council of the Arts Springs House Galleries.

Other places you will find Doster’s works publicly exhibited in SC and NC include Orangeburg’s I.P. Stanback Museum & Edisto Gardens, Cheraw’s Dizzy Gillespie Park, Lancaster’s Red Rose Park and USC-Lancaster, Spartanburg, SC’s USC Upstate, Greenville, SC’s Main Street, Anderson, SC’s Public Library, Jackson County Green Energy Park in Bakersville, NC, Arts Council of York County, SC, Artisans Center of SC in Walterboro, SC, Richburg, SC’s Olde English District Visitor Center & Artists Market, and many more. Doster’s works can be found in galleries and gift shops throughout the southeast and the artist’s website offers a list.

Works by Bob Doster

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street, has been featured in “Southern Living”, SCETV, “Sandlapper”, and many other media resources. Tour groups, field trips, and adventurers will enjoy the art collections, sculpture garden, and eclectic atmosphere of the “art compound” housed in a row of 1940’s buildings that are former pool halls and cafes. For more information, visit (

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster’s Works Traveling the Carolinas and Shown on SCETV

December 31, 2013

Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s works will be hitting the road in the coming months, headed to locations far and near. The well-known artist’s works have been accepted for exhibit, public art showings, and competitions throughout the Carolinas, and can be seen on SCETV on Jan. 9 at 7:30pm.  Known for works from monumental sculpture to home décor, Doster has spent a great part of his more than fifty years of creating working with students in schools, camps, and special arts programs. The designs created by students dot the landscape throughout the Carolinas and beyond, nearly as numerous as Doster’s own designs. For that reason, the list of locations where Doster’s works will be found may be of interest to parents and teachers who would like to be sure students have a chance to visit.

Work from “Dancer” Series

Until Jan. 31, 2014, works from Doster’s “Southern Cross” Series are at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, for the “Civil Rights: Then, Now, and When?” exhibit. An 8’ sculpture from “Wind & Waves Series” has been removed from Lancaster, SC’s, Red Rose Park, headed to Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, for “Contemporary South”, an exhibit that will be on view until Jan. 30, 2014. The second sculpture that has stood at Red Rose Park is on its way to Cary, NC, for a yearlong public art exhibit “Sculpture in the Landscape”. Red Rose Park will have two new works installed that will remain indefinitely. One of Doster’s works from his “Dancer” series was accepted in the national juried competition, Schwa, which recognizes excellence in craft and fine art. Pitt County Art Council at Emerge in Greenville, NC, is hosting the exhibit that ends Jan. 31, 2014.

When the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition open in Charleston, SC, on Feb. 14, 2014, Doster’s works will be found among the many artists who exhibit during this annual event. Special designs featuring SC and other wildlife will be featured for the three-day show. Beginning Mar. 1, 2014, new works by Doster will be the featured exhibit at Charleston’s Saul Alexander Gallery of the Charleston County Library, located on Calhoun Street.

While Doster is represented in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the Southeast, he will be working with Lancaster County School District students in January and February to create public art banners that are displayed on Main Street, Lancaster beginning in Mar., 2014.

“Summer Wind”

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, Gallery, and Garden are located in the heart of Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street, and when he is not on the road conducting student residencies or delivering to exhibitions, Doster gladly welcomes visitors. Tour groups, field trips, and adventurers will love the art collections on exhibit, the enclosed garden, and the eclectic atmosphere of the “art compound” housed in a row of 1940’s buildings that were pool halls and cafes “back in the day”.

For more information, contact: Bob Doster by e-mail at (, call 803/285-9190 or visit (

Support the Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, and Win a Bob Doster Sculpture

December 10, 2012


A six feet tall version of Bob Doster’s popular stainless steel palmetto tree sculpture will be awarded on February 2, 2012, to the first prize winner of the annual Gala Fundraiser.  A limited number of $100 tickets are available at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts galleries at 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC, or from any member of the LCCA Board of Directors. Second and Third Prizes will be awarded and are yet to be announced – past year’s included weekend vacations, artwork, and gift certificates.


This annual fundraiser ensures the non-profit agency’s abilities to continue to provide arts and educational opportunities for Lancaster County, many of which are free to the public.

Doster is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works can be found in galleries, museums, and collections worldwide (

For information or to purchase tickets by phone or online, contact Debbie Jaillette at 803/285-7451 or  e-mail to (

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Gallery in Lancaster, SC, Offers Holiday Open House – Dec. 4, 2010

November 28, 2010

Drop by Bob Doster’s Backstreet Gallery, located at 217 East Gay Street in Lancaster, SC, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, from 11am-5pm and find “artsy” gifts for everyone on your list. Annual Holiday Open House features artwork by local artists, live music, & refreshments.

Work by Bob Doster

Featured works of art include Will Lambert’s folk art paintings, John Matheson’s wood Tikis, alongside Irene Tison’s Gullah style creations. Metal sculptor Bob Doster’s works include new collectible ornaments & his ever-popular stainless steel palmettos in a variety of sizes.

You can try your hand at creating your own stainless steel ornaments while helping to support  educational arts programs. Artist Bob Doster will help you turn your designs into collectible ornaments with proceeds to benefit non-profit Avant Garde Center for the Arts’ youth programs. Local musician & instructor Johnathan Anderson will perform old-time folk tunes on the banjo beginning at 3pm and holiday refreshments will be provided.

Backstreet Gallery also features “Spider Lily” books for sale to benefit Katawba Valley Land Trust, and works of art by a host of local artists. The open house is free of charge.

For more information, contact Cherry Doster at 803/285-9190 or visit (