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McCormick: McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK)

Melissa Billey, Project Manager – melissa.a.billey@gmail.com

June 25, 2018

MCCORMICK — The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK) has so much to offer to everyone young and old alike.  From programs and camps to exhibitions and classes, this is the place for art.  The MACK’s mission:  provide art, culture, and education to the region.  And yes, the MACK does just that.  I was given a tour recently of the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah and was given a wonderful history and insight to not only what they do, but also where they are housed. 

The building that houses the MACK was the Hotel Keturah built by 1900.  The first Hotel Keturah burned, and a second Hotel Keturah was constructed in 1910.  Mr. W. J. Conner built and managed this hotel that accommodated travelers and train passengers.  He named both of the hotels after his wife, Keturah, who also helped to manage them.  The downstairs of the building showcases art in a gallery and accommodates a gift shop and some offices.  The upstairs of the once hotel utilizes the guest rooms for artists to work in and give lessons.  Another space housed upstairs is for the young art students to come and enjoy the art programs and art camps.  The amount of creativity that comes from these young artists as they learn and create here at the MACK is absolutely wonderful.  It opens doors to so much more from these students learning to express themselves in art.  The MACK even displays the art that is created by these young students during an exhibition twice a year.  During the other times of year, you will find different exhibits from other artists.  The MACK also works with the local school district to bring art into the classrooms.  This joint effort helps keep art alive.

The MACK is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and support.  The MACK is a wonderful community asset and a great organization to donate to.  They have many levels of support for donations.  Your support will help the MACK achieve their vision to be the catalyst of cultural development for McCormick County.  Please contact the MACK or visit their website for more information on donor levels and how your support will continue to assist a great community organization.

The MACK is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00AM until 4:00PM and closed on Sunday.  For more information, feel free to visit their website at http://mccormickarts.org/home/.  They also have a Facebook page that you can visit in addition to their website at https://www.facebook.com/McCormickArtsMACK/.

 

McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK), May 22, 2018.

McCormick: Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery

Melissa Billey, Project Manager – melissa.a.billey@gmail.com

June 5, 2018

MCCORMICK — The Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery is not only home to antiques and works of art, the building that everything is housed in is a historical antique and a work of art in itself.  The Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery is located at 118 South Main Street, McCormick, South Carolina 29835.  The owner, Shaaron Kohl, gave me a tour and the history of the building when I visited her shop recently.  The antiques and art that are for sale are amazing; and the building is amazing too.  The shop used to be the local five-and-dime store back in the day.  It was rebuilt in 1910 after a fire, and Shaaron Kohl is only the fourth owner of this building.  It still has the original freight elevator in the back of the building that uses the old counterweight system to haul loads to the second floor.  The freight elevator is a great piece of history in a great gift shop. 

The Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery has 25-30 vendors that offer a wide assortment of items located on the first floor.  With everything to choose from, you are sure to find that unique gift or item.  On the second floor of the Red Rooster, Shaaron has the Art Gallery.  It is truly an amazing area.  The second floor of the building has its own character that lends to the local and regional art that is being shown and sold there.  She has some wonderful pieces of art which are all housed in a very unique space.  Shaaron has art that is as equally one of a kind as the area that it is being shown and sold in.  You can find everything from paintings, to three dimensional paper art, painted pottery, and sculptures.  Even though they are downstairs, she has some beautiful locally hand woven baskets that are a work of art in themselves.

The Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00AM until 5:00PM and closed on Sunday.  For updates and additional information, feel free to visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RedRoosterEmporiumAndArtGallery/. 

 

Inside the Red Rooster Emporium and Art Gallery, May 22, 2018.