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December 2013

The Clay Pot in Florence, SC, Offers Works by L. Stephen Guyton

The Clay Pot in Florence, SC, is presenting The Last Picture Show, featuring works by Florence artist, L. Stephen Guyton, on view through Dec. 31, 2013.

Guyton is an internationally known artist distinguished for his flair for capturing the natural world as well as the landmarks that are nearest and dearest to our hearts.

As a child, Guyton found it easiest to express his thoughts through whimsical paintings and photography. A native of Florence, Guyton was raised in the traditions and culture of the Pee Dee. His family was bridge builders, restaurants owners and employees of the Atlantic Coast Line (now CSX and Amtrak).

In his youth Guyton met many travelers, including celebrities, writers, artists, and renowned personalities who emerged from the trains that once were the bustling heart of Florence. This love and pride for the history, places, and people of the Pee Dee gave inspiration to his vista of artwork.

Guyton is well known in the art community his volunteerism and in 1994, the Pee Dee Center asked Guyton if he would give his time and talents for a project that would benefit the residents of the center. It was the perfect fit as the project combined his love of community with his love of art.

That project, the annual Florence Christmas Ornament, depicts local icons, such as the FMU Performing Arts Center, William H. Johnson, The state dance “The Shag,” the Florence City “Police Badge” and the 2012 “Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church.” The entire Collection has been named by Florence’s mayors as the official Florence Christmas ornament.

Guyton works are in public and private collections in the US, Europe and Asia.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings or call 943/407-1646.

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