New exhibit at Aiken Center for the Arts to open March 31 | Entertainment

New exhibits at the Aiken Center for the Arts will take visitors on a visual exploration of South Carolina, and capture the energy and essence of spring.

Artwork in the main gallery will explores both places and perspectives of artists from across the state. Titled, “The Places We Belong: South Carolina Explored,” the exhibit brings together artwork created by two groups of artists from around the state. 

The Upcountry Fiber Artists, a group of six textile artists from across the Upstate specialize in quilt-like artwork. These artists will share their Carolina experiences through an exhibition titled “Carolina Mountains to the Shore” in the main gallery.

The Carolinas have a beautiful and diverse landscape, abundant with natural resources. Whether in the Upcountry, central hills and plains, or Lowcountry, each region provides opportunities for recreation, exploration and geological inspiration. Yet the landscape also reveals moments from our history and helps tell the stories that define our heritage. The adventurous use of fabric, surface design and stitching create exciting and innovative works that share each artist’s unique and individual Carolina experience with the viewer.

Alongside the Upcountry Fiber Artists, the National Association of Women Artists SC Chapter will be exhibiting an array of artwork through a group exhibition titled “Spring Fusion: Renew and Reinvent.” This exhibit captures the energy of spring, not only in the revival and rebirth in nature, but in the rejuvenation of artists.

Like Mother Nature, artists are constantly recreating every time they pick up their creative tools. NAWA artists represent all areas of the visual arts. Fifty works, by 27 NAWA S.C. Chapter artists, will be on exhibit in a variety of mediums – oil, acrylic, pastel, egg tempera and mixed media to photography, print-making, sculpture and fiber art.

The Aiken Center for the Arts is a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing arts experiences for all ages.

The exhibits will be on display March 31 through May 5. The Aiken Center for the Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located at 122 Laurens St. S.W. 

For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org

Robert G. Mull

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