There’s something about the end of January that is just sort of, well, blah. The holidays are over, school and work are back in session, sales are over, the weather’s not great, and it takes work not to fall into the mid-winter doldrums. BUT…spring is coming!
Open year-round, the Swan Lake Visitors Center is pleased to be able to offer a variety of merchandise that brings a reminder of Sumter’s glorious springs and lazy summers. Ranging in price from fifty-cent postcards on up, we have something to lift anyone’s spirits!
The Visitor’s Center is proud to be an outlet for merchandise from sculptor Grainger McKoy’s recent show at the prestigious High Museum of Art in Atlanta. From September 2011 until earlier this month, more than 600,000 visitors viewed the critically acclaimed exhibit. If you were unable to make the trip, you can still pick up a bit of the exhibit right here at home, starting at very reasonable prices. At $20, the 2012 Grainger McKoy Calendar is a bargain, featuring sixteen high-resolution images of McKoy’s work to take you through the months of the coming year. We also have 100% silk neckties and scarves in stock, featuring the feather motif made famous by the artist’s jewelry collection (also available locally at Galloway & Moseley on Bultman Drive).
Most of all, we are delighted to offer for sale a version of the renowned Recovery sculpture for your very own. The Recovery Study is almost eight inches tall, crafted in bronze, with each piece signed and numbered by the artist. It reproduces in faithful detail every feather shaft of the fourteen-foot masterpiece that was installed in 2010 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Available by special order only, the study sells for $880.00—a fabulous deal when compared to the price of McKoy’s commissioned works! As an additional bonus, members of the Friends of Swan Lake who purchase the item here are entitled to a 10% discount! If you aren’t a member of the Friends, this would be a great time to check into this organization, which has done a great deal for the park over the last few years and was instrumental in bringing the McKoy sculpture here.
If you have not seen the Recovery sculpture in its full glory, why not plan a trip to Swan Lake Iris Gardens this spring? The towering wing, surrounded by black water, cypress trees and (in late May) blooming Japanese irises, is a scene of breathtaking beauty that’s well worth the trip (and of course, admission is free!).
For a look at the variety of gifts and souvenirs available at the Swan Lake Visitors Center, located at 822 West Liberty Street in Sumter, please check us out online here. Our hours are M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We look forward to welcoming spring 2012…and you!