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Pickens County Youth Arts 2014

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that Pickens County Youth Arts 2014 is in full swing. The March 1 reception at the Pickens County Museum was attended by more than 800 proud parents, grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, friends, and, of course, the talented young artists that created nearly 1,000 works of art that are on display at the museum through March 27.

    This year’s Pickens County Cultural Commission Awards include in the High School Division: 1st Place to Morgan Summerlin from Daniel High School for the ink & watercolor, “Robin Nest”; 2nd Place to Pickens High School’s Kyle McManis for the mixed media, “Past and Present”; 3rd Place honors went to Craig Stewart from Liberty High School for the fiber art piece, “Family Genes; and an Honorable Mention Award went to Easley High School’s Laurie Lemere for the watercolor, “Untitled Memorial”.

High School First Place 
Morgan Summerlin, “Robin Nest”, ink & watercolor, Daniel High School

High School Second Place  Kyle McManis, “Past and Present”, mixed media, Pickens High School

High School Third Place  
Craig Stewart, “Family Genes”, fiber art, Liberty High School
High School Honorable Mention    
Laurie Lemere, “Untitled Memorial”, watercolor, Easley High School

    Director’s Choice Certificates in the High School Division were presented to: Callie Durham, Erika Gibbon, Kay Lawrence and Savannah Oddo from Daniel High; Bria Cutrer, Audrey Dengler, Emily Moss and Emilie White from Easley High; Karson Brown, Tyler Chapman, Rebekah Davis and Holly Gillespie from Liberty High; and Anna Alexander, Alexis Day, Dakota Gamble and Brianna Miles from Pickens High.

    In the Middle School Division: 1st Place to Pickens Middle School’s Tyler Jackson for the graphite drawing, “The Crow”; 2nd Place to Noah Thomas from Liberty Middle School for the collage, “Bird on a Branch”; 3rd Place went to Dacusville Middle School’s Rebecca White for the pen & ink drawing, “Tiger Eye”. Honorable Mention Awards went to Lauren Lesley from R.H. Gettys Middle school for the colored pencil drawing, “Infinity”; and to Lou Thompson from R.C. Edwards Middle school for the graphite drawing, “Self Portrait”.

Middle School First Place 
Tyler Jackson, “The Crow”, graphite, Pickens Middle School

Middle School Second Place 
Noah Thomas, “Bird on a Branch”, collage, Liberty Middle School

Middle School Third Place 
Rebecca White, “Tiger Eye”, pen & ink, Dacusville Middle School

Middle School Honorable Mention Lauren Lesley, “Infinity”, colored pencil, Gettys Middle School

Middle School Honorable Mention Lou Thompson, “Self Portrait”, graphite, R.C. Edwards Middle School

    Directors Choice Certificates in the Middle School Division include: Faith Bentley, Lexi Mathis, and Walker Williams from Dacusville Middle School; Kayla Dickard, Gavin Gillespie, and Sam Ogle from R. C. Edwards Middle School; Savanna Dyer, Kenta Ogwa, and Kimi Rhodes from R. H. Gettys Middle School; Judith Martinez-Lopez, Clay Oliver, and Amy Owen from Liberty Middle School; and Maddie Gambrell, Maggie Jordan, and Caitlyn Murphy from Pickens Middle School.

    In the Elementary School Division all participating students were presented an Award of Participation by the Museum and the participating Schools.

   In addition to this always entertaining Visual Arts Exhibition featuring work from students in the art programs at all Pickens County schools which will be on display beginning March 1 and continuing through March 27, the Pickens County Museum will also host, on Thursday March 20, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, a very special “Evening of Music, Performance and Piggybanks” which will feature the creative talents of performing arts students in the School District of Pickens County.    The evening will be capped off with a life auction of artist created piggybanks.

   Sponsored by the Easley Junior Women’s Club, Project Piggy Bank is a way to get the entire community involved in art.  Piggy banks designed and decorated by local artists were displayed in area businesses during December. All monies collected in those banks go to provide scholarships for youth that would like to attend summer art camps and classes at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. Now those divine swine are on display at the museum so that you can enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund and acquire your favorite pig for your own collection. All bids must be in by 6:30 p.m. on March 20.

   A selection of other exhibits, concerts and performances will take place at a variety of locations throughout March. As the many schools are sponsoring events too numerous to add here, please do contact your child’s school for programming information.


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“Pickens County Youth Arts 2014” is sponsored in part by
Pickens Savings & Loan
South Carolina Bank & Trust
Earth Design
Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Gardens
A very special thank you goes to the
Easley Junior Women's Club
for their sponsorship of our kick-off reception and for the Project Piggybank Fundraiser
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The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963.




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Upcoming Events at the Museum
The Pickens County Cultural Commission meets at 6:00 p.m.
on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Museum.













Exhibition Includes

April 26–June 12:
“35th Annual Juried SC Artists Exhibition” - Opening reception and awards ceremonies April 26, 5:00–8:00 p.m. Contact museum for entry information & prospectus.
Jun 28–Aug 14:
Michael Brodeur: Paintings – a ten-year survey

Keith Spencer: the Painted Landscape

Highlights from the Pickens County Collection
Sept 6–Nov 13: “The World of Readers: The Tom Johnson Art Collection”

The subject is reading: Highlights from the Pickens County Collection

Polly Gaillard’s Photography
Dec 6–Feb 5: Sydney Cross: Printmaking

Works by Greg & Paul Flint


 Museum Programs

More Announcements Coming Soon



Pre-registration is required for all classes and you may register on-line at,
in person, or by calling the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963

The museum offers a variety of six-week studio classes and Workshops
Click here for a roster of current or upcoming sessions

April 12:            “SUMINIGASHI & SUMI-E” Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Liz Smith-Cox Educational Studio. Class size is minimum 4 students, maximum 8 and is designed for adults (18 years + ): Suminigashi marbles paper by “floating Ink” – a process that originated in 12th Century  Japan; Sumi-e uses bamboo-handled brushes with sumi (ink) to create deceptively simple paintings. Learn about Japanese papers and Asian art forms from instructor Christina Laurel. Materials provided. Tuition for this class is only $80 ($70 for museum members). Pre-registration is required and tuition must be paid by April 10.
May 24: “GRAPHITE EXPANDED” Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Liz Smith-Cox Educational Studio. Class size is minimum 4 students, maximum 8 and is designed for adults (18 years +): Delve into your personal style by expanding upon traditional mark- making techniques with instructor Christina Laurel. Learn to use the grid system, how to apply powdered and water-soluble graphite, and draw with technical pens. Then, combine graphite and pen to create a mixed-media drawing. Bring an 8x10 black and white printout of a photograph of a favorite face, landscape, or still life. Other materials provided. Tuition for this class is only $80 ($70 for museum members). Pre-registration is required and tuition must be paid by May 22.



All classes will be held in the Liz Smith Cox Educational Studio (unless otherwise noted). Pre-registration is required for ALL classes & workshops. Please call (864) 898-5963, or drop by the museum, to register or for more information.








The Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center
138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens SC 29671
(864) 898-2936

The Hagood Mill is pleased to continue our 2014 “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS” programs. We invite one and all to join us at the historic Hagood Mill on the third Saturday of every month for a day of MILLING, MUSIC & MEMORIES AT THE HISTORIC HAGOOD MILL, including tours, concerts, demonstrations, living history presentations and seasonal thematic activities. Upcoming events include:


Apr 12:
“Roots of the Carolina Blues” with Hunter Holmes. A prelude to the Clemson Blues Festival

Apr 19:

A Day of Milling Music & Memories
May 17: Hagood Mill’s Armed Forces Day Celebration - with Armed Forces themed exhibits and demonstrations, milling, music. memories and much more. 10:00 – 4:00.
Jun 21: Hagood Mill’s “Celebration of Eddie Lee Bolt” – A life Well Lived
Jul 19: Hagood Mill’s Ol’ Summertime Medicine Show
Aug 16: Hagood Mill’s Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue
Sept 20: Pickens County’s Eighteenth Annual Ole Time Fiddler’s Convention with the Third Annual South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – 10:00 – 4:00 Outdoor Stage: Competition and prizes for old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, stringband and open categories. Winner of fiddle competition crowned South Carolina State Champion
Oct 18: Thirteenth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival
Nov 15:        Selugadu VIII: A Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill
Dec 20: Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill

The Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

For additional information please contact the Pickens County Department of Tourism Development at (864) 898-5585.