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Reserve your ticket for the South Carolina Arts Gala!

Would you like your very own Pearl Fryar topiary for your garden? How about a sculpture by Mac Boggs, or a painting by Ethel Brody or Mary Whyte? These Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards for the Arts recipients are just four of the artists whose works will be for sale at the 2013 South Carolina Arts Gala on May 1. Alice Ballard Pod 2Presented by the South Carolina Arts Foundation, the gala is a perfect time to chat with the artists or add to your personal art collection while benefiting the arts in schools and communities around the state. All proceeds from the gala and the art auction and sale are used for the South Carolina Arts Commission's arts education and arts development programs. Last year, the S.C. Arts Foundation contributed more than $55,000 to bolster programs such as artist fellowships, arts education and artist training throughout the state.

  • What: South Carolina Arts Gala, featuring an art auction and sale of original artworks by some of the Palmetto State's most recognized artists, including functional and non-functional craft, paintings and sculpture.
  • When: May 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley in Columbia
  • Why: to support the arts statewide, recognize the recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts and enjoy a fabulous party!
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online with a credit card or check, or by calling (803) 734.8696. Reserve yours today! Read more and see the list of participating artists. Image: Alice Ballard, Pod 2, white earthenware & terra sig, 11.5 x 11 x 7; one example of art work in the auction and sale.  

South Carolina Arts Commission announces Verner Award recipients

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board announces the 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. This year’s recipients:

“Again this year we have an outstanding, diverse group of Verner Award winners,” said S.C. Arts Commission Board Chairman Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes. “These exceptional individuals and organizations illustrate the true depth of the arts community in our state. We are grateful for their passion, their contributions and their commitment to serving as ambassadors and standard-bearers for the arts. They are certainly worthy of this highest honor.” Awards will be presented at a Statehouse ceremony tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 2. The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 1. The gala is a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.