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June 2013

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Offers Ag+Art Tour - June 22 & 23, 2013

Do you love fresh produce, artisan creations, and new experiences with friends and family? You are invited to visit Lancaster County’s agricultural and cultural sites for the first Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County on June 22 & 23, 2013. A partnership of Clemson Extension, Olde English District Tourism Commission, Lancaster Agribusiness Center, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, and See Lancaster SC, the two-day tour promises a peek into farm life, a walk in the past, and arts galore!

Save the dates of June 22, from 9am-5pm and June 23, from 1-5pm and pick up free passports at The Springs House, located at 201 West Gay Street in Lancaster, SC, to map your tour of twenty three sites, with restaurants along the way preparing locally-grown products. Schedules will also be provided to include times for special activities such as home tours and artist demonstrations at each location.

Art lovers will not want to miss either day of the tour with county-wide demonstrations, exhibits, and tours of working studios! Here’s a sampling of what you will find! Bailey’s Pottery Studio features works by folk artist Marvin Bailey while just across the road Elginwood Farms will host an “artisan market” with woodcraft, mixed media designs, photography, jewelry, floral design, pine straw baskets, handmade soaps amidst a myriad of down-on-the farm demonstrations.

Chastain’s Studio Lofts features original art by local and regional artists: painting, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, wood turnings, fiber arts, and painting and pottery demos. Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio will have collected works on exhibit which includes local to national artists with featured exhibits by nature photographer/ALS advocate Angelo Sciulli and folk art carved walking sticks by Arnette Majied, along with demonstrations by potters, black smith, and metal sculpting.

Gallery 102, Lancaster’s newest gallery features local and regional works from folk to fine art and will have painting, lapidary, and crochet demonstrations. Mahaffee’s Pottery Studio will have students working on their projects, raku and pottery wheel demos. #9 Lumber & Crafts, with a working sawmill features wood crafts and locally made crafts and products. Picture Perfect’s small gallery is large on talent with local artists work on exhibit and look for more artisans displaying and selling their wares at many sites along the tour!

Celebrate the past at stops like The Springs House - featuring the Red Rose Photography Exhibit, a local artists gift gallery, live music, and Benford Brewing beer & food pairings! Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church will have quilting guilds exhibit & demos, cemetery tours, and a hammered dulcimer player. The Ivey Place, Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm & Historic Craig House boast beautiful gardens, historic homes & buildings, hiking trails, and impressive art collections. Wade-Beckham House will have artisans on hand with everything from jewelry to photography.

Lancaster County Welcome Center & Museum has a wide range of works by local artists alongside historical exhibits that include wall drawings dating to the 1800’s. Andrew Jackson State Park will have traditional artists on hand, while the Native American Studies Center at USC-Lancaster, with the worlds largest collection of Catawba Native pottery, will have dance/drumming/flute/weaving/pottery demonstrations.

Enjoy a “taste” of the farm with stops at Heath Springs Farm Stand, Lancaster Agribusiness Center and Farm Stand, Lancaster Community Garden, Benford Brewing Company, Provisions by Sandy Creek Herb Company, Coker Ranch, Lancaster Farmers and Artisans Market, and Elginwood Farms where an old-fashioned farm festival is planned for Saturday, June 22.

The June 22 and 23 tour is free and all ages are welcomed. A special ticketed opening event will be held June 21 at high noon at The Ivey Place with farm music program with Susan Vinson Sherlock, a summer picnic by Alexander & Company Catering on the grounds, and historic home and garden tour. Tickets for the June 21 event should be purchased by June 16 at the Springs House in Lancaster, by phone at 803/289-1492, or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Visit Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County at (www.AgandArtTourLC.com) or (www.facebook.com/agarttour) to find event and contact information. We’ll be seeing you on the tour!

For further info contact Cherry Doster, Marketing and Development Manager, for the City of Lancaster by calling 803/289-1492, e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com) or visit (www.lancastercitysc.com).

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