Art Museum Exhibit Offers Intimate Look at Local Art Collectors’ Passion

For the passionate collector, art is far more than something beautiful to put on the wall. Each piece comes with a story: where and when it was purchased, perhaps an event or occasion the item commemorates. Possibly there was the thrill of the hunt: to find a work by a particular artist or with a special subject.

Mark Catesby, A Great Beast – Bison Americanus, ca. 1731-1743, hand-colored engraving, 24″ x 21″, collection of David and Christy Holliday Douglas

In its new exhibition, Grand Strand Collects, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents more than 200 works of art varying from ancient Egyptian artifacts and historical prints to modern and contemporary sculpture and paintings, on loan from 49 private Grand Strand collections. The exhibit opens Thursday, September 28, and runs through December 14.  Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.  Docent tours will be offered during the run of the exhibition.  Please check the museum’s website for details.

Paula B. Holtzclaw, Mountain Apples, 2005, oil on board, 15.5″ x 19.5″, anonymous

A previous Collects-themed exhibition, Myrtle Beach Collects, was exhibited in early 2005, featuring 152 works. Many of the collectors who contributed pieces to the earlier show returned to participate in this current exhibition, which also includes both two- and three-dimensional works in a wide range of media.
In addition to seeing the art, visitors will enjoy reading the accompanying labels that tell the story of how the artworks were acquired as well as their personal significance to their owners. Art Museum Curator Liz Miller met personally with each of the collectors to carefully document the provenance and background of each piece.
“Artists’ livelihoods depend on the passion of their patrons and it is up to us to keep the arts alive,” said Museum Executive Director Patricia Goodwin. “Grand Strand Collects reminds us that art is for everyone.”
Appearing concurrently with this exhibit is Jocelyn Châteauvert: The South Carolina Arts Commission Turns 50.  Châteauvert, a fellow artist of the Arts Commission, will present one of her extraordinary site-specific installation projects; the exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Commission.
Admission to the Art Museum is free at all times but donations are welcome. For information, call 843-238-2510.
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