The corner of S.C. highways of 321 and 34 near Winnsboro seems an unlikely place for an art landscape. But indeed, it is home to the Painted Picket, a whimsical studio run by artist Christy Buchanan. The property includes a restored rustic cabin next to Buchanan’s house, a bottle house and folk garden.
The shop carries painted furniture, artwork, wall and floor coverings, and other items. She said she uses a lot of recycled products to come up with her art.
“People will bring me stuff that they just leave on my doorstep,” she said. “So you’ll never know what I’ll create.
Among the signatures on her property is a 10 x 10 structure with bottles that Buchanan has collected or received as gifts.
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“The Painted Picket is a place where you can just enjoy yourself,” said Buchanan, who also teaches architecture at Midlands Technical College. “There are no rules here.”
If you go
Hours: Most Friday and Saturday afternoons. Other times by appointment (803) 718-5303. Buchanan does local art shows so “its best to call before you come,” she said.
Location: 1450 Newberry Road, Winnsboro, at S.C. highways 321 and 34.
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