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Best in SC arts being honored

A “share” of art from the SCArts community support arts initiative.
A “share” of art from the SCArts community support arts initiative.

Wednesday is a big day for the arts community in South Carolina.

The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards, being presented in a ceremony at the State House, honor outstanding achievement in the arts. The awards are given yearly by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Donald Portnoy, USC Symphony’s conductor, is one of the recipients. Others include artist Aldwyth, who lives in Hilton Head Island, the city of Lancaster, the College of Charleston School of the Arts, Wells Fargo, and the Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School in Goose Creek. Terry L. Peterson of Kiawah Island will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.

State Sen. Robert Wesley Hayes of Rock Hill, founder and co-chair of South Carolina’s Senate Arts Caucus, will be presented with the McNair Award in a concert showcasing Verner Award winners and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The concert begins at 6:15 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St., with the South Carolina Arts Gala following at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley.

At the gala, more than 40 art works by South Carolina artists will be available for sale. You can also learn more about the new Community Supported ART (CSA) program in which you can purchase “shares” to receive a collection of works from new and emerging artists affiliated with the Clemson University initiative.

Gala tickets are $75 per person. For details, visit www.southcarolinaarts.com

Staff Reports