Join the Friends of African American Art and Culture to explore local art and artists. Just one hour from Columbia, in Sumter, we will discover the worlds of visual art, theatre, horticulture and collecting.
Register early! This event is limited to 16 FAAAC Members.
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Throughout the day, we will visit:
Pearl FryarÂ’s Home and Topiary Garden
Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Fryar and his garden are internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe.
Karen Watson, Sumter Gallery of Art
Karen Watson, gallery director, hosts a discussion the SCGAÂ’s current exhibition, Â“Sumter Collects II.Â” Collectors with works from their collections in the show join us for a conversation about the joys of collecting.
Gerard Williams, co-founder of AFRICOBRA
With the birth of the 1960s Black Arts Movement, many African-American artists began to turn their craft to address themes of Black pride, self-determination, and Black culture. Emerging from this movement was an artistsÂ’ collective called AFRICOBRA. Gerald Williams describes their mission as Â“to encapsulate the quintessential features of African-American consciousness and world view as reflected in real time 1968 terms.Â”
Eric Bultman, The Sumter Little Theatre
Mr. Bultman, executive director of the SLT, divides his time between managing an ambitious season of plays, teaching at the SLT and acting and directing for the USC theatre department. After we enjoy a dress rehearsal, he joins us for a conversation on theatre and the African American experience.
Harriett Green of the SC Arts Commission will facilitate conversations between artists and FAAAC members for the day, providing background and promoting discussion.
Transportation not included; FAAAC encourages and will facilitate car pooling.
Deadline: Reservations and payment by Friday, April 6.
To register, or for more information, contact Preach Jacobs at 803.343.2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.