Awesome view #Sumter! #SwanLakeIrisGarde

Awesome view #Sumter! #SwanLakeIrisGardens #discoverSC #sctweets #arialphotography #quadcopter http://ow.ly/i/63lCk http://ow.ly/yxeSO

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Christmas in June? The 2014 #PoinsettiaF

Christmas in June? The 2014 #PoinsettiaFestival is just around the corner. In hopes to get a full schedule of #Christmas holiday events to share with the #Sumter community, we need your help! Send us your event ASAP @ http://ow.ly/yr2cs http://ow.ly/i/61soW

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Have you checked out #Sumter Trolley Tou

Have you checked out #Sumter Trolley Tours yet? Upcoming… Salem/Black River and Dingle’s Mill http://ow.ly/xWhLH

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Frame and Frequency: Challenging New Exhibit Coming to Gallery 135

In the midst of end-of-school/beginning-of-summer/oh-gosh-it’s-getting-hot, and everything else that accompanies this time of year—well, here’s something a bit different. A lot different, actually.

In 1963, former commercial illustrator Andy Warhol began pointing his 16mm film camera at whomever walked in the door of his New York studio, The Factory. Since Warholthat time, video has become an integral part of many forms, such as installation and performance art, and a powerful medium in its own right. Artistic barriers crumbled as the stillness of sculptures and paintings came up against the immediacy of the new form—the first truly “new” artistic medium in centuries.

Over the last five decades, the rise in news coverage that brings world events into our living rooms in real time, changes to Hollywood codes that have led to ever-more daring and experimental cinema, the proliferation of cable television, MTV, video games, and nearly countless other influences, our lives are now virtually saturated by moving onscreen images. Nearly everyone you know probably has a YouTube channel, and our mobile phones can capture live action to share with thousands at the click of a button. The Museum of Modern Art provides a fairly detailed explanation of the phenomenon on its website here.

As part of its ongoing challenge “to engage community members of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of the visual arts,” the Sumter County Cultural Commission presents the first exhibition from the South to South International Video Art Exchange Program — “Frame & Frequency” at Gallery 135, located at Patriot Hall on Haynsworth Street.  Co-curated by Sumter County Gallery of Art curator Frank McCauley, along with Liliana Hernandez and Victor Muñoz, the exhibition, opening on June 6, highlights the work of twelve international artists—from Bogotá to Medellín, Colombia (i.e., “South” America to “South” Carolina—get it?), from Canada to California, and of course, New York City—whose new media, experimental film and video works explore contemporary visual culture. The “intimate panorama” encompasses the variety and breadth of video art today, including themes such as video as a medium, documentation of a performance, and more.

Gallery-0614According to a press release from the Sumter County Cultural Commission, “while video art is a relatively recent development in art history, it allows for a unique and wholly different experience from other mediums such as painting and sculpture, etc. The durational nature of video art requires a longer commitment of time on the part of the viewer in order to render an aesthetic judgment, but hopefully also a more immersive experience as well.”

“Frame & Frequency” is proudly presented by the Sumter County Cultural Commission, in collaboration with the Sumter County Gallery of Art, Bivouac Projects, and PLECTO Galleria de Arte. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the exhibit will remain in place through July 18th. Admission is FREE, and the public is invited. Patriot Hall Performing Arts Center, at 135 Haynsworth Street, is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call Patriot Hall at (803) 436-2260.

Even for people who aren’t usually interested in galleries or museums, this groundbreaking event promises to be an extraordinary experience. For some, it will be a revelation. From others, it may elicit a shake of the head and a puzzled, “Um, what was that?” For all, it is bound to inspire thought. And this much, you can count on—it won’t be boring! Join the artists and their works, and check it out!

by Colette Daniels

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#Sumter #MemorialDay (May 26) activities

#Sumter #MemorialDay (May 26) activities… #Veteran’s Ceremony, #FishFry and #Military Museum tours http://ow.ly/xezOf

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Almost Summer? Microbrew Festival This Weekend!!!

Are you ready for the good news, or shall I break the good news first? Either way, microbrew-festival-02it’s a definite win! The recent streak of clear, summer-like days (only without the humidity) is forecast to last at least through Friday evening—although if you still have a touch of spring fever, don’t worry, because the milder temperatures will be back next week.

And now for the good news, if you think you can handle it: it’s time for the Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival! Tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m., downtown’s Main Street will be open for celebration: dancing, feasting, and a chance to sample more than 35 microbrew beers, along with a home brew competition and a variety of food and beverages for sale at Rotary Centennial Plaza (corner of S. Main and E. Liberty Streets).

The event is hosted by Sumter Senior Services, with proceeds going to support Meals on Wheels and other health/wellness programming.  Tickets are still available for advance purchase ($25 each) until 1 p.m. on May 9, can be picked up at 119 South Sumter Street until 4 p.m., following which they will be available at the event for $30.  A commemorative event T-shirt will also be available for purchase. For more information, please call (803) 773-5508 or visit www.sumtermicrobrewfestival.org.  The festival opens on Friday night, May 9, 2013 at 6 p.m., and will also feature live music from POWER, with Terence Lonon.

So get out your dancing shoes, and look forward to tipping a cool one in preparation for the Sumter summer nights still to come!

microbrew-festival-01by Colette Daniels

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Tickets Still Available for 2014 Sumter Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Retired Captain, United States Marine Corps…pastor…actor…motivational speaker—what a resume! And that’s just scratching the surface of Ken Bevel, this year’s keynote speaker at the annual Sumter Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to be Bevel-01held this Thursday, May 1.

Bevel, who serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, is indeed a man of many talents; he was even name-checked in a positive TIME magazine review of the 2008 movie, Fireproof . He has also appeared in Courageous (2011).

A limited number of tickets are still available for event, which will take place on May 1, 2014 at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street. Breakfast will be served beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the program commencing at 7:30. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and available at the Swan Lake Visitors Center and the Olive Tree Christian Bookstore on Bultman Drive.

2014-National-Day-of-PrayerThe theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice United in Prayer.” In addition to the breakfast, an observance will be held on the steps of the historic Sumter County Courthouse (141 Main Street) at 12 noon. This event, hosted by the Sumter Ministerial Association, is FREE and open to the public.

 

For more information, please contact Chris Moore at (803) 774-8665 or visit the local event website at www.sumterprays.com. 

by Colette Daniels

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