If you’ve ever wanted to ask a painter or sculptor the source of his or her inspiration, you’ll have your chance on Saturday, March 7, at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual Art Day.
Starting at 10 am, artists of every ilk will be on hand to talk about their works, including printmaker Gene Speer, ceramist Virginia Scotchie and plein air painters – those who paint landscapes outdoors, using the scene as their inspiration – from the group About Face.
In addition, several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, Building a Universe , will be on hand to discuss this diverse 15-artist exhibition that reflects the concept of the universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.
Demonstrations of pottery, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and painting by South Carolina artists will be ongoing throughout the day and you’ll also have the rare opportunity to explore the museum’s art storage areas, which include more than 4,000 works of art dating from 1590 to current day.
But Art Day isn’t all about looking at art. “Creation Stations” set up around the building will let you try your hand at a number of various mediums; at the opposite end of the spectrum, artist Jonathan Brilliant is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by participating in the breakdown of his massive piece of installation are, which is made of 50,000 coffee stirrers, all held together by tension.
You can take home a piece of art, too: a number of watercolorist Guy Lipscomb’s paintings will be on sale, all to benefit the State Museum Foundation.
For more information about Art Day, visit scmuseum.org.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State