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For Immediate Release on behalf of Avant Garde Center for the Arts.

Artisans Holiday Show -  Call to Artists and Vendors

Artisans, craftsmen, and holiday vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Artisans  Holiday Show in downtown Lancaster, SC.  The indoor show will be held at 212 S. Main Street on Saturday, December 5 from 10am – 4pm as part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour in partnership with non-profit agencies Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center & Artists Market.  This holiday market features handmade arts and crafts and holiday vendors. Participation fees start at $50 and applications may be obtained by calling 803-287-7853 or by email .  Vendor applications are online at or
by mail at P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.    

Summer Fun Arts & Sciences Camp

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is sponsoring it's annual Summer Fun Ar​ts & Sciences Camp in July for grades K-6.

The week of July 6th
Lancaster ​Camp at Covenant Baptist Church

The week of July 13th
Buford Camp at Taberacle United Methodist Church

The week of July 20th
Kershaw Camp at First Baptist Church - Kershaw

The week of July 27th
Indian Land Camp at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church

Early registration is $65 LCCA members; $80 non members. $25 late registration fee. Camp runs from 9am-12 noon each day and registration includes daily snacks, T-shirt, supplies. 

​A & S Camp Corporate Sponsors and supporting foundations: ​
Founders Federal Credit Union
City of Lancaster-See Lancaster
Comporium Communications
Wells Fargo
Wilson's Inc.
Nutr​amax Laboratories, lnc.
Springs Memorial Hospital
Cook Law Firm LLC
J. Marion Sims Foundation
​John T. Stevens Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation.

For more information or registration forms, contact the Lancaster County Council of the
Arts, 803-285-7451,


South Carolina Watermedia Society's 37th Annual juried Watermedia Exhibition

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is hosting the South Carolina Watermedia Society's 37th Annual juried Watermedia Exhibition in the Springs House Galleries for the month of June. This traveling exhibit features the works of many celebrated, talented artists primarily across the state of South Carolina, including : Constance McKeown (Rock Hill), Vickie Bailey Ebbers (Hilton Head), Xiao Xing Hu (Greenville), K. Wayne Thornley (Columbia), Carolyn Epperly (Charleston), Lori Solymosi (Pendleton), Maura Kenny (Pawleys Island).

The Springs House Galleries, 201 West Gay Street, downtown Lancaster, is open to the public from 9-5 Monday through Thursday and 9-3 on Friday and by appointment. For more information, please contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 803-285-7451, or



All classes are held at Mahaffee’s Studio, 2875 New Hope Road, Lancaster, SC 29720

Artsy Gourd Containers-Turn a large dried gourd into a “gourdeous” work of art. Use dremel tools, wood burning tools, leather dyes, varnish, etc. to create your own gourd container. At Mahaffee’s Pottery Studio July 15, 16, 20, 21, & 22 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. $40 fee includes material.

Clay Sculpture for Young Hands Workshop- Learn the properties of clay while creating duck pots, coiled pots, pinched pots and more. At Mahaffee’s Pottery Studio, July 14, 15, 16, 20 & 21; from 4pm-5pm, $40 fee includes clay and glazes (ages 5 & up).

Drawing and Painting Workshop- This workshop is designed for children ages 6-12. There will be tips and demonstrations to improve drawing skills. Also, a painting and a pastel will be completed by each participant by the end of the course. Mahaffee’s Painting Studio, July 14, 15, 16, 20 & 21; from 3pm-4pm, $40 fee includes material.

Potter’s Wheel Workshop- Students will develop potter wheel throwing techniques by leaning to wedge, center, and form vessels on the potter’s wheel. Students will receive plenty of demonstrations and practice, so that bowls and mugs can be completed by each student. This two week workshop will be taught July 13-16 and July 20-23; from 11am-12:45pm. $80 fee includes material for the two weeks.

Animal Portraits with Pastel- Learn Pastel techniques and focus on any animal of your choice…even your own pet. Bring a photo or go through my animal files. You will learn to grid sketch in proportion and blend with pastels, etc. 3 day workshop. $60 fee includes material (leather board and soft pastel usage) August 4, 6 & 7; from 5pm-6:30pm.

Raku hand-building Clay Workshop- This workshop is designed to teach clay  techniques such as coiling, modeling and slabbing and the history of Japanese hand built pots.  Students will Raku several of their pots. All other clay items produced will be fired the traditional way with dinner safe glaze. $120 fee will cover 25lbs of clay, glazes, firings and instructions. Class size is limited to ten (10). This workshop will meet November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and December 1st at Mahaffee’s Studio; from 5pm-7pm.

Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio Metal Workshops

Avant Garde Center for the Arts will host Metal Sculpture Workshops at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  Students will create, from their own designs, a choice of ornaments, bottle tree, or sculpture.  The one-day workshops will be held 9am-4pm on July 18, and September 19, 2015. Students should wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes, as they will design, cut, weld, and polish their artwork. Backstreet gallery, with a collection of works by artists worldwide on exhibit and outdoor sculpture garden will be open for touring. Pre-registration is required for each class and $100 per person covers all supplies and instruction. Plan to have lunch at a downtown restaurant or bring box lunch. Register by contacting Bob Doster at or 803-285-9190 or visit  Workshops are sponsored by Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a non-profit which exists to promote the value of arts and culture within communities, offers scholarships for all workshops. For scholarship information, email


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