By Charles Warner
July 22, 2014
UNION — Local dignitaries, special guests and local supporters welcomed the return of the Union County Arts Council after its five-month closure to repair water damage in the gallery on Main Street. An estimated 120 people came to see UCAC’s new look and left the festivities with a new, or renewed, enthusiasm for the Arts Council’s mission to bring the best possible arts experience to Union.
Mayor Harold Thompson and County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair both spoke about the advantages of having a strong arts presence in town. Both agreed that the citizens of Union, and Union County, are very lucky to have access to the programs, exhibits and classes provided by UCAC.
Making the trip from Columbia for the event were special guests Ken May and Laurel Posey. May is the executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission and Posey is UCAC’s Arts Commission Coordinator. This was May’s first trip to Union and he commented that he was very impressed with UCAC, as well as the city of Union. Posey, who has worked closely with UCAC for over 10 years, noted the positive growth she has seen in the Arts Council in that time.
UCAC president Bennie Giles noted that, “None of this would have been possible without the generous help from City Council, County Council, the Timken Foundation and ‘gifts from the heart’ from our membership. Every donation, no matter how large or small, counted. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you have this kind of support in your community.”