Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Museum of the Week – The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Posted 5/20/2011 12:18:00 PM

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, located in Camden, is an absolute hive of artistic activity. The center serves as an umbrella for all sorts of local art organization, and on any given day the place might be swirling with creative happenings from dance classes to teen improv camp to community concerts to live theater.

One of the best things about the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is the Basset Gallery, where you will find rotating exhibits of high-quality local art.

When I stopped by a few weeks ago I caught the tail end of an exhibit called "The Art of Recycling: A Catherine French Photography Exhibit." Now Camden is horse country, and Catherine French is best known for her talent at capturing the thrill and spectacle of the steeplechase on film. But this exhibit showed a different side of her work. In it, she captured the faces of people working in recycling in South Carolina and combined those photos with some works of art and jewelry actually made out of repurposed scrap material. Turning trash into a beautiful work of art is the ultimate in recycling!

Now, there’s a new exhibit on display at the gallery devoted the work of Kershaw County School District Art Teachers. These are elementary, middle and high school teachers who spend their days teaching Kershaw County students the basics of drawing, painting and pottery and bringing the joy of art into their lives. They also happen to be gifted artists in their own rights, and the high quality of their work in inspiring.

The Arts Center of Kershaw County is great at finding exhibits that not only are of local interest but that also showcase the wonderful artwork being created by people in the community.

The Basset Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is opened Monday- Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and admission is free. Click here for more information.