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Photography by Polly Gaillard and selections from Thomas Johnson’s
“Reading” Collection featured in Museum’s Autumn Showcases

 The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting two new exhibitions beginning September 6, 2014. Please join us to view, “Polly Gaillard: Framing Family” and “A World of Readers: Selections from the Thomas L. Johnson Collection”. Both exhibitions will continue through November 13.

A Reception to meet the Ms. Gaillard and Mr. Johnson will be held from
6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11.


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Polly Gaillard: Framing Family

  Through this exhibition Polly Gaillard asks, “What is family?” Webster’s defines family as “a group of people who are related to each other, a person's children, or a group of related people including people who lived in the past.” How does family define us? Do we really know these people we are related to; do we understand their struggles, their quirks and habits? Who are we within the most dynamic relationships of our lives?

   Polly Gaillard, now living in Greenville, SC, has taught photography classes and workshops for more than ten years. For the past four years, she has been a Lecturer of Art in Photography at Anderson University. In Summer 2013, Gaillard was faculty for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. In the summer of 2014 and 2012 she taught for the University of New Orleans in Prague, Czech Republic. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010. Polly has exhibited her fine art photographs nationally and has recently finished her first artist book, Pressure Points, with a forward by Jamie Lee Curtis. She recently exhibited her work at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. In January 2013, Polly's work is included in a fundraising exhibition entitled "My Aim Is True," in Santa Monica, CA, curated by Jamie Lee Curtis and also included work from Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, and William Eggleston. Polly's photographic skills traverse contemporary art, documentary, portrait and traditional photographic practices. 

   When asked about this current work, Gaillard said, “In this exhibition, Framing Family, I’ve chosen to explore family through images in different ways. I investigate my relationship with my daughter post-divorce, my aging parents, old family snapshots that I’ve reimagined through Photoshop and lastly, self-portraits (myself as part of family or as separate than family). The different styles of investigation through the camera – black and white, color, aluminum prints and lomography images are my method of relaying feelings and questions about the moment and connection and disconnection to family. It may be murky like memory, clear and colorful as a humorous moment or in black and white abstracted where the mood is difficult to define. I believe photographing people around me gives me a better understanding of relationships and humanity; in this case my family is the exploration. I want to study the struggles, the awkward moments and my connection and relationship to these specific individuals. It also may be an attempt to hold onto the moments and never let go of them via the photograph.”

   She continued, “I am interested in arresting time and memories that may be ordinary, painful, poignant, humorous and/or real. I am not interested in taking photographs that belong in the family album, ones that speak of the typical celebrated moments of smiles but ones that relate to the importance and significance of the ordinariness of our lives together. I also attempt to manipulate the idea of the memory of family photos. What happens when the family snapshot is changed, does it evoke a new memory? As far as my self-portraiture as part of the family unit, I aim to understand my place within these timeless connections, who I am with them and who am I independent of them?”  




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A World of Readers
Selections from the collection of Thomas L. Johnson


   Some four dozen pieces, chiefly fine-art works on paper—including watercolors, drawings, engravings, monoprints, lithographs, linocuts, and photographs—all depict persons (or other creatures) in the act of reading. The figure may be shown reading a book, newspaper, letter, map, or billboard. The venue may be a home, office, library or other public building, the street, the beach—or no particular place at all.

   Also represented in the exhibition are a number of three-dimensional works in wood or clay, such as North Carolina potter Ann Gleason’s tall statue of “The Poet”; and a modern wooden polychrome figure of a young boy reading a book, created by an anonymous Italian craftsman. Display cases will show samples of “readers” appearing on domestic objects used for decorative, utilitarian, or celebratory purposes. The motif appears on mass-produced or limited-edition plates, cups, bookends, pencil holders, paper weights, aquarium statuary, figurines, Christmas ornaments, and other household items.

   In addition to works by such nationally or internationally known artists as Robert L. Barnum, Bernard Brussell-Smith, Pierre Garcia-Fons, Ray Gloeckler, Barry Kite, Carl Kronberger, Eduard Kurzbauer, J. H. Schell, and Art Werger, the exhibition showcases those of a good number of well-known regional artists, including Jane Yarborough Creech, Daniel Cvammen, Bill Davis, Beth Regula, Sara Dame Setzer, Doris Turner, Suzanne Zoole, Joel Wilkinson, and Patti Wright.

   Spartanburg and Asheville resident Tom Johnson, retired librarian emeritus and English instructor from the University of South Carolina (Columbia), has long been interested in books and reading, as well as in the visual arts. He has collected both books and art for over half a century. For many years he was a member of the advisory board of the Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg, where he also served on the board of directors of the Spartanburg Art Museum. He continues to serve on the governing boards of Pickens County’s Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife and the statewide South Carolina Academy of Authors. He has edited and published several books, and as a printmaker currently maintains a studio at the West Main Co-op in Spartanburg.

   The inspiration for this show has come from Johnson’s experience as the curator for the exhibition PEOPLE READING: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DONALD AND PATRICIA ORESMAN, which was featured at the Spartanburg Art Museum in 2008 during its relocation to the Chapman Center there. The New York attorney and his wife, who may possess the world’s largest collection of fine art organized around the theme of “the reader”, loaned some sixty works of art from their Manhattan collection for the South Carolina showing. The exhibition went on to travel to art museums in Myrtle Beach and Hickory (North Carolina). 



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“Polly Gaillard: Framing Family” and “A World of Readers: Selections from the collection of Thomas L. Johnson” are sponsored in part by
Southern States 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.







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Exhibition Includes
Coming Soon World War I - A Centennial Remembrance
Dec 6–Feb 5: Sydney Cross: Printmaking

Works by Greg & Paul Flint


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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

Sept 25       Celebrate Fall With Art - Six Week Session with Instructor Jo Johnston. Thursdays, 10:00 – Noon - September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.
Oct 7 Autumn Art Classes for Children & Adults -  Six Week Sessions with Instructor Renee Gillespie.
Children's Studio Art (Ages 8-14 yrs) - Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm on October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 11 & 18. (No class November 4).
Adult Painting Class – Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm on October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 11 & 18. (No class November 4). 


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 2014 “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:


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. 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.