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Old 01-21-2014, 04:52 AM
 
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What are the ingredients that make a successful arts community? If there is a recipe, Lancaster S.C. is following it. Arts-related businesses are popping up and making a go of it in the historic downtown and throughout the County. While, like other cities, these businesses have come and gone over the years, but the artists, with spunk and drive, have not. Escaping overhead costs in the past, to keep creativity affordable, the likes of Betsy's Clay Caberet, Stevens Pottery, and others have opened studios and sell, teach classes, and invite visitors. Just a few include Mahaffee's Pottery, Stevens Pottery, Bailey's Pottery, and Custom Beads Studio. Two of the longest-running have been located in the city since the 1970's, with Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio shipping artwork internationally and Picture Perfect outlasting several framing galleries. More recent to the scene, Chastain's Studio Lofts offers rental studios and, along with newcomer Gallery 102, conduct classes and host art exhibits. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts has its home in a Historic Landmark, but more importantly is one of SC's oldest arts councils, with programs that became models for the state. Restored Historic Robert Mills Courthouse offers local artists works in the gift shop and a recently established museum, while a few blocks over another landmark was re-opened as The Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church. A non-profit is making strides in the restoration of an auditorium where the community playhouse holds productions between concerts and other performances. Bundy Auditorium boasts state-of-the-arts theatre necessities for big-name performances and local arts groups host free community programs almost weekly. The convenience of Lancaster to Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC, coupled with motivated landlords and building owners is attracting more artists to "take a leap of faith" and become established on the ground floor of an arts movement. What is missing? You tell us - it certainly is not a lack of talent.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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What are the ingredients that make a successful arts community? If there is a recipe, Lancaster S.C. is following it. Arts-related businesses are popping up and making a go of it in the historic downtown and throughout the County. While, like other cities, these businesses have come and gone over the years, but the artists, with spunk and drive, have not. Escaping overhead costs in the past, to keep creativity affordable, the likes of Betsy's Clay Caberet, Stevens Pottery, and others have opened studios and sell, teach classes, and invite visitors. Just a few include Mahaffee's Pottery, Stevens Pottery, Bailey's Pottery, and Custom Beads Studio. Two of the longest-running have been located in the city since the 1970's, with Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio shipping artwork internationally and Picture Perfect outlasting several framing galleries. More recent to the scene, Chastain's Studio Lofts offers rental studios and, along with newcomer Gallery 102, conduct classes and host art exhibits. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts has its home in a Historic Landmark, but more importantly is one of SC's oldest arts councils, with programs that became models for the state. Restored Historic Robert Mills Courthouse offers local artists works in the gift shop and a recently established museum, while a few blocks over another landmark was re-opened as The Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church. A non-profit is making strides in the restoration of an auditorium where the community playhouse holds productions between concerts and other performances. Bundy Auditorium boasts state-of-the-arts theatre necessities for big-name performances and local arts groups host free community programs almost weekly. The convenience of Lancaster to Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC, coupled with motivated landlords and building owners is attracting more artists to "take a leap of faith" and become established on the ground floor of an arts movement. What is missing? You tell us - it certainly is not a lack of talent.
Nice Post and thanks for sharing!

I first became aware of Lancaster's up and coming art scene after attending the 1st Annual Lancaster County Ag and Art Tour this past year (which I also highly recommend). It was definitely clear that there is a strong support for the arts in Lancaster.

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