Feature Articles

April 2013

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Fran Gardner and Carolyn Moore Atkinson

The Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, will present Serendipity, featuring works by Fran Gardner and Carolyn Moore Atkinson, on view from Apr. 4 through May 24, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 4, from 5:30-7pm. This opening is sponsored by Stifel Nicolaus.

Atkinson says after the two mixed media artists were introduced to each other and shared their views on art; they were pleasantly surprised to observe that their artwork complimented each other’s. These women who have totally different styles, when put together, join to create a unified form, texture, and color, hence Serendipity.

Gardner explains “Each part of itself, must be its own composition, yet when combined with other elements they create this community, interacting each with the other, inviting us to join the conversation.” Her quote encompasses the entirety of Gardner and Atkinson’s pieces. Together, they create a beautiful composition.

Atkinson, a lover of all things art, finds great symbolism in a butterfly, a constantly changing creature that grows, sometimes gets stuck for a little, but soon after begins to fly. Her artwork represents this metaphor and together with Gardner, they are able to soar.

Similar to each other, they both have a passion for art and studied it from a young age. Atkinson was brought up around art with her grandmother being an artist and her mother encouraging art on their afternoon get-a ways as a child. She took private art lessons all throughout high school, attended Converse College for two years while concentrating in painting, and received her degree in Commercial Art Marketing and Production from Appalachian State University. While Gardner, earned her BFA from Columbia College, received her MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University, and is now a professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Black Creek Arts is excited to welcome Fran Gardner and Carolyn Moore Atkinson and their works of art in Serendipity.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County. BCAC’s offices are housed in a state of the art 10,000 square foot facility on West College Avenue in Hartsville, SC. BCAC offers a variety of programs including art classes of all styles, after-school activities, pre-school aged programs, private music lessons, and various types of gallery exhibits. BCAC also offers assistance with arts management, funding, education, and program coordination to arts and cultural organizations in Darlington County.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 843/332-6234 or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org).


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