Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Something To Look At: Art Central Limited at Summerville’s First Thursdays

Posted 4/10/2013 12:56:00 PM

Summerville has a very special way of celebrating itself. Beginning each March, the city throws itself a party in the historic district every third Thursday of the warmer months. Hutchison Square, located in the center of downtown, becomes a venue for various kinds of live entertainment while nearby restaurants take the opportunity to show off their best dishes in a festive outdoor dining atmosphere. Basically, it is a monthly party to enjoy the beautiful setting that Summerville has to offer.

This month the celebration is April 18, with the South Rail bluegrass band playing from 5-8 p.m. The Flowertown Players also perform at 6 p.m.

Third Thursdays are sponsored by Summerville D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement, and Management), a non-profit organization that focuses on “…preserving the historic identity, ensuring the economic vitality, and promoting a sense of community in the heart of Downtown Summerville.” The community organization promotes the event in order to put local businesses in the spotlight for visitors and residents.

As part of this celebration the Art Central Ltd. Fine Art Gallery sponsors an Art Walk on the town’s pedestrian mall known as Short Central. This area becomes a convivial atmosphere filled with the artistic wares of local artists and craftsmen. But don’t think you can only purchase the beautiful things offered at the Art Walk … the event has been known to feature classes in knitting, quilting and jewelry-making, as well!

This year a special touch will be added to the selection of arts and crafts. The Ark — Alzheimer’s Family Support Services will offer stained glass windows created by patients living with the disease.

Other participating galleries and vendors include:

* Art Central Ltd. Fine Art Gallery

* Four Green Fields Gallery and Gifts

* Downtown Crossing

* Sharon’s Sweetgrass Baskets

* Paintings by Jan Dalton

* Paintings by Cathy Rogers

* Photography by Michael Mulligan