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Museum Art Classes

At the Hagood Mill


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The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that, in recognition of “National Youth Arts” month as well as “National Music in our Schools” month, March is again, Pickens County Youth Arts Month. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History and the Schools of Pickens County will celebrate with a reception for Parents and Students on Saturday March 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

     For the safety and comfort of our visitors, the reception is broken into three categories. We encourage family to visit during the time frame most appropriate for your child. Elementary Schools will be celebrating from 10:00 a.m. until noon. A special “thank you” presentation to elementary schools will occur at 11:30 a.m. Middle Schools will be the highlight from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with a Middle Schools Award Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. High School kudos will cap off the day from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. with the High School Awards Ceremony taking place at 2:30 p.m.


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     In addition to the always entertaining Visual Arts Exhibition, which will be on display beginning February 28 and continuing through March 26, the School District of Pickens County will be hosting a selection of other exhibits, concerts and performances taking place at a variety of locations throughout March. As the many schools sponsoring events are too numerous to add here, please do contact your child’s school for more programming information.

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Pickens County Youth Arts 2015 is sponsored in part by
South State Bank,
Pickens Savings & Loan
Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens.
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.







To download a copy of the Upcoming Event click HERE

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 15 – May 30 Blues Through the Artist’s Eye: in conjunction with the Clemson Blues Festival: The Pickens County Museum, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, will host “Blues Through the Artist’s Eye”, on display during the months of April & May, 2015, and co-organized by Brian S.  Kelley, photographer and author of, Mac Arnold: Plate Full of Blues. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th.
April 25 –
June 11
Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried SC Artists Exhibition: The exhibition resulting from a competition open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina will remain on view until June 11, 2015. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina. Click HERE for the Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition Prospectus
June 27 –
August 20
Surfaces and Spaces: Photographs by Cecelia Feld and Bruce Schlein: Highlighting a shared interest in what people write on pavements, walls and fences; acts of mark making the images will focus on how we engage with our environment and how light sources transform that scene. Originally from New York City, Cecelia Feld now resides in Dallas, TX. Bruce Schlein, a retired pathologist originally from Linden, NJ, now resides in Greenville, SC.
June 27 –
August 20
Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics: Beginning June 25th, 2015, the Pickens County Museum of Art & History will play host to a very special exhibition. Celebrating both tradition and contemporary innovation in one of the oldest, ongoing ceramic traditions in the world, Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics focuses on the works of 11 contemporary Cherokee potters. Organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum. Ancient Forms, Modern Minds is sponsored in part by RTCAR, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina State University and the Judy Appleton Memorial Fund. The exhibition, on loan to the Pickens County Museum, continues through August 20th, 2015.
September 12 –
November 12
Shifting Plates II: an Upstate Printmakers Atelier: This second Upstate South Carolina Printmakers Atelier is portfolio of original prints in a variety of print media including lithography, intaglio, relief, screen-print and collograph. This connected group of upstate artists began as a print exchange between fellow printmakers but quickly grew into an atelier of committed individuals representing some of the prominent printmakers in South Carolina and demonstrates inventive and masterful handling of a variety of print media.
Dec. 5, 2015 – Feb 11, 2016 Water Media by Jo Ann Taylor: a Virginian by birth and a South Carolinian by choice, Jo Ann Taylor now resides in the Dacusville area of Pickens County. A signature member of the International Louisiana Watercolor Society and many others, she says that Plein Air Painting is one of her joys but that every day she paints in the studio using her “Mind’s Eye”.


 Museum Programs

April 16     The Chattooga River- A Natural and Cultural History - A Program by Laura Ann Garren. Join us hear author Laura Ann Garren talk about her book “The Chattooga River: A Natural & Cultural History”. Ms. Garren will cover a wide variety of topics about the river, including its unique biodiversity, cultural history, and its current use as a whitewater rafting and hiking destination. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium







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

March 5:
Draw, Paint, Create - Art Classes with Jo Johnston  – Thursdays, 10-12 on March 5, 12, 1, 26, April 2 and 9
Beginning March 11: Introduction to Pastels with Erin Cronin-Webb - Wednesdays from 11 – 1 on  March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15
March 14: Exploring Watercolor – The Next Step: With award-winning Instructor, Dale Cochran - 9 to 4 on Saturday, March 14






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, drop by the museum, or visit 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 2015 “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS”. One and all are invited to join us at the historic Hagood Mill on the third Saturdays 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:


March 21           “KidsFest” -  Kids, come join the skiffle band with professional performer "Buffalo Barfield". Parents & G'parents, bring your kids & grand kids for a fun & friendly "hands-on hoedown" during the "Jug Band Jam!" There will be a workshop for children where they will be able to build their own "old-time" musical instrument,(ie. kazoo, canjo bass, spoons, jug) and then have the chance to play it with the skiffle band during "Buffalo's Jug Band Jam!!"  The kids love making music with Buffalo Barfield.
 April 11 Hagood Mill is proud to open the Clemson BluesFest concert series by showcasing a true bluesman of great historical note, Andy Cohen. Andy celebrates and represents the Piedmont Blues heritage of South Carolina greats such as Rev. Gary Davis(Laurens County), Pink Anderson(Spartanburg), and Josh White(Greenville) plus many more. Join with Andy at Hagood Mill to kick off this fast growing South Carolina festival, the Clemson BluesFest.
April 18: Celebration of our Hagood Mill Volunteers: With music and folk dance we honor the many wonderful volunteers that make Hagood Mill happen.
May 16: Armed Forces Celebration: Visit Hagood Mill to honor our men in uniform past and present. You'll be treated to educational displays from our own Revolutionary soldier and military history buff, Ken Nabors, Civil War soldiers in uniform, explosive rifles & artillery discharges, and also more modern military arms & vehicles. Of course there will be the usual old time music and revelry.
June 20: Singer/Songwriter Day at the Mill: The upstate of South Carolina is blessed with many talented and original songwriters who are creating the folk music of tomorrow. This our day to salute these wonderfully creative musicians. Come, bring a chair and enjoy food and music.
July 18: Banjo Extravaganza with National Champion Banjoist Charles Wood. Charles is a veteran showman with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, two tours in Austria and Germany with The Lonesome Road Band, teaching at the Munich Germany Banjo Camp in Oct '09 and various regional and national Bluegrass festivals.
August 15:           “Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Jubilee”: In August Hagood Mill salutes our religious heritage with old camp meeting songs, shaped note hymns, and traditional gospel from both Black and White traditions in our area. From the little white mountain churches to the large mega churches of today, these ancient melodies probe deep into the heart of the native folk as well as our many transplanted friends.
Sept 19: Annual South Carolina Olde Time Fiddling' Championship: As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.  On September third Saturday vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as it becomes the host for the annual South Carolina State Fiddling Championship. Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina champion. ($5.00 parking fee)
Oct 17: Hagood Mill Annual “Storytelling Festival”: As part of our “Music in the Mountains” series, the celebration of tradition will continue on this day at the “Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival.” The hills around the old mill will echo with the whispers, howls ‘n hollers of some of the Southeast’s best storytellers sharing bits about all sorts of folks, funnies, cultures and places.
Nov 21: Selugadu: A Native American Celebration - celebrate our Native American influences. A number of groups from Catawba to Cherokee are represented, including individuals born and raised here as well as those who have more recently made South Carolina their home. ($5.00 Parking Fee)
Dec 19: “Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas” -  Deep in the Appalachian soul reverbs the lilting melodies of the Celts; the Irish, the Scots, and the Scotch- Irish ancestors of Blue Ridge Mountain folk. These melodies joined with African American frolic rhythms of the slave folk as early as the 1700's to eventually create the well known Bluegrass and Old Time mountain music prevalent in the Southeast today. We celebrate this music heritage and the memory of Ed Harrison, an Irish Uillean pipes & banjo player that brought this music to 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. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00, to tour the buildings and grounds. 

For additional information please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or the Pickens County Department of Tourism Development at (864) 898-5585.