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S.C. State Parks to offer arts programs in 2019

Photography, painting to be offered throughout year

In 2019, state parks in South Carolina will offer programming that combines art, culture, heritage and ranger-guided recreational excursions to some of the state's most beautiful and significant settings. Many of the events in the series are hours-long or overnight premium experiences and can be found at www.SCParkStore.com as their registration deadlines approach. A Winter Nature Photography Workshop with renowned photographer Robert Rommel, for example, will be held Jan. 11-14 at Santee State Park. Participants will spend an entire weekend studying the art, creativity and technical aspects of nature photography, concentrating on landscape, wildlife and up-close shots. Other programs involve yoga, painting, paddling and 5K running. People who are interested in these exceptional experiences should check www.SCParkStore.com often throughout the year for registration details. You can also mark your calendars for arts programs on these dates:
  • Indigo painting at Santee State Park on March 3. The event also will be held:
    • March 19 and Sept. 17 at Devils Fork
    • Oct. 8 back at Santee
  • Watercolor journaling at Santee State Park on March 10-12
  • Watercolor painting with Amelia at Santee State Park on April 14-16
Non-arts programs include:
  • 5K runs at Sadlers Creek (Feb. 23), Hickory Knob (March 16), Huntington Beach (April 6) and Sesquicentennial (May 11).
  • Yoga in the Park with Cheryl Mason at Santee State Park on April 7-9. This weekend event also will be held Oct. 27-29 at Table Rock State Park.
  • Kayak with a Ranger at Colleton State Park on the fourth Fridays of every month beginning March 22 and ending Oct. 25.
  • Kayak with a Ranger at Givhans Ferry State Park on the first Fridays of every month beginning April 5 and ending Nov. 1.
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding with a Ranger at Table Rock State Park on the third Friday of every month beginning May 17 and ending Oct. 18.
Fees for these premium programs range from $35 for a single-day event to $225 for an event that covers an entire weekend. Details, including when and how to register, any available discounts and how to book lodging, can be found at www.SCParkStore.com.

SC State Parks invites artist-in-residence applications

State Parks Artist in ResidenceStay in a South Carolina State Park cabin for a week in exchange for a piece of original artwork inspired by your stay! The South Carolina State Park Service’s Artist-In-Residence program is open to painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, weavers and other artists whose work can portray the natural and cultural resources found at state parks. The program is open to South Carolina and non-South Carolina residents. Application deadline is Oct. 31. The South Carolina State Park Service will provide the use of a cabin to selected participants for a one-week period. In return, the participating artists will donate an original work representative of their stay at their selected park within 90 days of their residency. The original work will be displayed in the cabins and other facilities throughout the park. The finished artwork should reflect a part of the artist’s residing park for present and future generations. A jury of state park representatives will select the artists. The Artist-In-Residence program is open to all art forms, but those that manipulate or disturb the park’s resources or utilize materials from endangered or threatened species will be excluded. Collecting materials from state park property is not permitted. Complete details and application instructions are available online.