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 The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting three new exhibitions beginning December 4, 2014. Please join us to view, “Over There: A Pickens County Perspective on World War I” along with, “Sydney A. Cross: Prints” and “Mixed Media Work from Paul Flint & Greg Flint”. All three exhibitions will continue through February 5, 2015. 

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Over There: A Pickens County Perspective On World War I
A Centennial Remembrance Exhibition

 


   
  
This past summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is commemorating this event by presenting a special exhibit, “Over There: A Pickens County Perspective On World War I”, with artifacts reflecting America’s entry into the war in 1917 through the end of the war in 1918.

   The United States were drawn into the conflict in 1917 due to Germany’s reinstatement of her policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.  The fighting had been going on since 1914, and involved many European nations, but the U.S. had resisted entry for as long as possible.  When the declaration of war was made on April 6, 1917, the U.S. was woefully unprepared to fight and underwent a dramatic transformation, starting with a draft in order to expand the Army.  Spending on the Army and Navy soon followed, and the first 14,000 American troops landed on the European continent in June of 1917 for advanced training.

   “The centerpiece of this exhibit is a German machine gun, recently donated to the museum by Sheriff Rick Clark of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  It is a rare piece of military history, and we are proud to have made it a part of our collection”, said Dan Brennan who curated the exhibition. He continued, “This weapon, called an MG 08/15 was modified from an older design, and was meant to be a lighter and more portable version of the older MG 08.  It is a water-cooled and belt-fed machine gun, and could fire up to 600 rounds a minute.”

   Also on exhibit are examples of trench art made from French artillery shells, clothing and equipment, newspapers, and paper items from the home front including a series of letters from Liberty, SC native, Samuel Whitaker, who spent time in war.

   "The reason these particular letters were chosen was because they impart a very personal perspective," Brennan said. "He doesn't talk a whole lot about the war itself. He doesn't pick out any specific elements of the fighting or anything like that, but he was terribly homesick for his wife. They had just had a baby, and all he really wanted to do was get back home."

 

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Sydney A. Cross
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     Sydney A. Cross, teaches printmaking and art at Clemson University and was awarded the title of Distinguished Alumni Professor of Art. Always professionally active, she is past vice president and then President of the Southern Graphics Council, the largest printmaking society in North America. She has also been awarded residencies at Frans Masareel Graphic Center in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Virginia Center of Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, VA. She has given numerous panel presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums including the Southeastern College Art Association in Richmond, VA in 1999, Print Odyssey conference in Cortona Italy in 2001, and the 2003 National Association for Humanities Conference in Austin, Texas. As an artist she has participated in several important portfolio exchanges, including Suite X, Printer’s Almanac, Tempe Suite, Images 2010, and Drawn to Stone, a celebration of Two Hundred Years of Lithography.

    Her work can be found in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Fine Art , Antwerp, Belgium, and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to solo exhibitions, she has had work included in the 25th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL., Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Kenosha, WI, “Hand Pulled Prints III”, Stonemetal Press, San Antonio, TX, “Mixed Media” at the Slidell Cultural Center in Louisiana, Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, and the Irene Leach Memorial Exhibition, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA.

    When asked about this exhibition, Cross said, “This represents a slice of the work I have been engaged with over the past five years having to do with values, which is an overarching theme of my studio practice. It addresses my concerns for nature and all living beings, how we treat one another, and the values from which we operate.  Some methods for presenting these ideas use images of animals, news events, and media sources.”

    “The work with animals include research and sometimes documentation of information that is intended to point towards a wider understanding of the status of particular species and the effect our culture and politics have on them.” 

    She continued, “The newer work I have included here is generated from media sources covering current events, fashion, Art, and interior design.  I first create collages from these sources and then represent them in various hand print processes, sometimes adding text.  I find the translation into these processes facilitates a physical presence that the commercial printing cannot provide.”

    “Whether it is mashing up couture fashion alongside a slick add for fine art or a political ad placed next to a reproduction of unaffordable expensive jewelry, I cannot escape the commentaries inherent.  A critique is delivered through the added text or title.  Sometimes for the sake of levity I feel compelled to pair the collages with an image of wildlife.  I refer to this work as cultural strata.”
 

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Paul Flint & Greg Flint
Exhibition featuring the brothers’ mixed media work

 


     Greg Flint, a native of Greenville SC, has spent his life pursuing careers as both a visual artist and a teacher. He began studying art at the Fine Arts Center while in High School where he focused on drawing and painting as well as metalsmithing. He earned a BA in Studio Art from Furman University before going on to earn an MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University. He taught for two years in the art department at Oklahoma State University, but then returned to Greenville for a position teaching in the ARMES program at the Fine Arts Center. Greg has exhibited his work locally as well as in national and international shows. For the last thirteen years he has had a studio in The Artbomb studios in west Greenville.

     When asked about the work in this exhibition, Greg stated, “Ever since I took my first art history class, most of my artwork has involved examining the past and bringing it into the present in some form or fashion.  In some of my work I am using old photos from the civil war era and altering them using Adobe Photoshop. I enjoy putting these images into a new context to see how I might change the viewer’s perception of them. He continued, “In other pieces I am photographing places and objects from the past with modern equipment and once again altering them using Photoshop. My intent with these pieces is to give the impression that image is much older than it is. I like the anachronistic quality that comes from using up to date technology to create a timeless look.”

     After attending the Fine Arts Center for three years while in high school, Paul Flint graduated from Furman University in 1985 with a BA in studio arts. He has been pursuing his career in the visual arts, and has had numerous shows throughout the upstate He is an original member of the Artbomb Studio in Greenville SC. His work is currently carried by Art & light Gallery in Greenville and at Eclipse Gallery in Wilmington NC.

     When asked about this current work, Paul said, “This body of work deals with what purpose portraits serve once everyone who knows the sitter is gone.  When there is no one left who knows the stories that told the subject's life, the image becomes an object rather than a remembrance of a personality. My goal is to combine images that seem to tell a story, even though it is completely fictitious. The viewer is asked to put their own spin on the images, in whatever way suits them… But really this series has become an excuse to use the works of art I have always loved.

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These three exhibitions are sponsored in part by
South State Bank,
Pickens Savings & Loan
and 
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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EXHIBITIONS

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

MUSEUM ART CLASSES
HAGOOD MILLS EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Includes
 
February 28 –
March 26
Pickens County Youth Arts 2015: in recognition of “National Youth Arts” month as well as “National Music in our Schools” month, March is Pickens County Youth Arts Month. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History and the Schools of Pickens County will celebrate with an entertaining Visual Arts Exhibition, which will be on display beginning February 28 and continuing through March 26.
April – May A Look Back at the Carolina Blues: in conjunction with the Clemson Blues Festival: The Pickens County Museum, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, will host “A Look Back at the Carolina Blues”, on display during the months of April & May, 2015. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th, a special ‘Blues’ History’ presentation will be held at the museum in April (date TBA).
April 23 –
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.
June 25 –
August 20
Surfaces and Spaces: The Photographic Work of Cecelia Feld & 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 25 –
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 10 –
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”.

 

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Pre-registration is required for all classes and you may register on-line at
http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar,
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
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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 www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar to register or for more information.

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HAGOOD MILL EVENTS

 

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:

 

Dec 20: Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill
  2015 Schedule Coming Soon



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.