Friday, July 5, 2013

3Rivers Now (free lecture about the rivers) and 3Rivers Art add cultural dimensions to 3Rivers Music Festival

Most of us care about our natural resources and enjoy the rivers, so thought you’d want to know about this free public forum at Richland Library Main 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 – about an hour. Bostick Auditorium.
Five civic experts on the rivers – from Cayce Historical Museum, Congaree National Park, DNR, the Congaree River Keeper, and River Alliance will each speak for about 11 minutes. Will be sort of a State of the Rivers.  Free materials to pick up as you leave.

Behind the speakers on a big screen, art inspired by the 3Rivers will be showing on a loop. Appearance of these works calls attention to 3Rivers Art, also a cultural expansion of 3Rivers Music Festival, Saturday, July 13 in The Vista.

Paintings with the 3rivers as subject matter will be on view in selected shop windows within the festival vicinity to give festival goers a visual dimension to accompany the musical notes.

River Runner, 905 Gervais Street, will showcase watercolors by Stephen Chesley, painted in plein air in Congaree National Park. The two pieces set up on easels near the front window are from a series of eight.

Carlisle and Associates at 1015 Gervais is the location for a large-scale acrylic of the Gervais Street Bridge by Lucinda Howe.  The artist’s painting of the same bridge, different views, are posted on her website,
Regions Bank, 1010 Gervais Street, has given Michael Story’s river scenes a vantage point for festival week.

Existing Vista galleries close to the festival site also are highlighting paintings inspired by the rivers.

City Art, 1224 Lincoln, is currently showing new works by Claire Farrell including one of her most popular landscapes, “Congaree Swamp.”
And, Ed Shmunes' "Wooded Gervais" is also at City Art.
If Art, 1223 Lincoln Street, is displaying in its window river pieces by Mary Benz Gilkerson for festival week.

Carol Saunders Gallery, 922 Gervais Street, where work by fine art photographer Russell Jeffcoat is on view, is singling out Jeffcoat’s “Congaree Morning” for this event.

Nonnah’s, 730 Gervais, is featuring Gervais Street Bridge works by Jenifer Edwards and Ingrid Carson – painted in very different styles.

Beyond the festival perimeter, Havens Gallery, 1616 Gervais Street, also is featuring art with river themes. New works by Rob Shaw, Steven Whetstone and Van Martin are among the river scenes.
Information on how to contact the participating artists will be attached to individual pieces of art.

For more information, contact Rachel Haynie,



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