Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Art is a family affair at Pickens County Museum

Posted 11/26/2011 11:35:00 AM

A batch of new exhibits at the Pickens County Museum celebrates three artistic families.

Look beside the pieces of art on display in the upcoming exhibit at the Pickens County Museum and you will see the same last name: Flowers. But the work runs the gamut from evocative, colorful expressions of nature to mixed media panels that seem to tell some mysterious story to cutting edge digital art.

No, this exhibit is not the work of one multi-talented artist; Flowers-Tom, Mark, Morgan: Three Generations of Art shows the individual genius of grandfather, father and son in this talented Upcountry family.

Tom Flowers, 83, spent 30 years as an art professor at Furman University and has received an avalanche of honors over the course of his career, including being chosen as one of the “100 Artists in 100 Years” celebration at the S.C. State Museum in 2000.

“I have a passion for life and nature, and I express it through my art,” Tom Flowers says.

Tom obviously passed that passion onto his son, Mark, who has exhibited his art throughout the U.S. and Europe while also engaging with his community as City Councilman, volunteer firefighter and Little League coach. In turn, Mark passed on a passion for the arts to his sons, Carson and Morgan, whose technologically fused artwork rounds out the exhibit.

Michael & Lynda Slattery: Drawings and Collage celebrates another artistic family. The Slatterys are poised to celebrate 25 years of marriage this year. Though both Michael and Lynda’s work includes drawing and collage, their styles and inspirations are wonderfully different. Michael’s work is largely black and white and inspired by WWII and images from surveillance cameras, while Lynda creates colorful, cubist carnivals with cut paper.

David & Denise Woodward-Detrich: Dragonflies, Polka-dots, Whirly Gigs and Other Unusual Suspects explores the work of two other artists who are sharing a life in the arts. Denise Woodward-Detrich is the Director of the Rudolph E. Lee Gallery at Clemson University and a potter who strives, in her work, to elevate practical, mundane objects into works of art. David Detrich is Head of the Sculpture Department at Clemson.

“I feel my work is most successful when it poses a question rather than presenting an editorial on a subject,” David Detrich says of his work.

All three exhibits run from Dec. 3-Feb. 9. On Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. join the artists at the museum for an opening night reception in their honor.

The Pickens County Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

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