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February Issue 2011

Crooked Creek Park in Chapin, SC, Features Works by Founders of the Crooked Creek Art League

The Crooked Creek Park in Chapin, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Founding Members Art Exhibit, featuring works by Jennie Branham, Frances Burris and Michel McNinch, on view in the Artist Place Gallery, through Mar. 18, 2011.

Sixteen years ago three artists from Chapin began taking watercolor classes in the complex that was the Chapin Recreational Center now known as the Alternative Academy. As they became acquainted, the artists continued to meet and take additional classes. The sharing of ideas prompted the group to explore possibilities of an art league in the new Crooked Creek Park facility being built at that time. They began to invite other artists and those interested in the arts to join them and over a period of time this resulted in a Tuesday morning painting group, later known as the Crooked Creek Art League.

The original three artists were Jennie Branham, Frances Burris and Michel McNinch. As the group enlarged, an organization began to take shape. Many meetings and much time was spent on all of the elements of organization. A constitution and by-laws were drafted and submitted to become a 501-C3 organization. The group set up a bank account, post office box and began advertising. The first meeting was held at Crooked Creek Park September 1995. Ilona Royce Smithkin (internationally known New York artist and SCETV personality) was the first speaker.

Serving as the first officers were: Jennie Branham (president), Frances Burris (vice president), Michel McNinch (secretary), Deborah Chase (treasurer), Faye Meetze (membership and publicity), Cissie Cooper (parliamentarian and refreshments), and Ingrid Carson (exhibits and sales).

Sixteen years later the League continues to meet at Crooked Creek Park and is thriving as artists continue to enjoy the support and collegiality that the League gives each of its members. All visual artists are welcome and encouraged to participate in the League.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or visit (www.crookedcreekart.org).


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