UNION — There’s a lot that’s been going on at the Union County Arts Council and there’s a lot more that going to be going on there throughout the rest of the summer.
In April, the UCAC Art Gallery at 116 E. Main St., Union, hosted the UCAC Elementary Art Show. The show featured the work of elementary school students in kindergarten through the fifth grade. All of the county’s public and private schools were represented at the show.
A total of 70 works of art in different mediums were submitted to the show from all the elementary schools. The students produced works which they submitted to their art teachers who then selected those submitted to the show.
The first, second, and third place and Best in Show winners in the kindergarten-2nd grade and the 3rd-5th grade divisions each received a cash prize donated by Gestamp. The honorable mention winners each received art supplies donated by the UCAC.
In May, there was the Mommy & Me Tea Party, an afternoon of tea, cookies, and creativity for mothers and daughters who spent two hours at the Art Gallery working together to create their very own Tea Cup Flower Pot. Approximately 20 mothers and daughters took part in the event.
In June, there was the Camp Of Clay in which campers used clay to make face bowls and figurines.
It’s now July and that means Art Camp 2016 which will run July 11-15 and July 18-22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.
The first week will be for children in kindergarten through the second grade. Entitled “Artistic Science,” this week’s activities will include Rainbow Paper, Magnetic Slime, Crystal Letters, Exploding Paint, Egg Shell Geodes, and many more.
The second week will be for children in the third through the fifth grades. Entitled “Abstract Adventure,” this week’s activities will include Wall Art, Paint & Loom, 3D Project, Mason Jar Tea Lights, and many more.
The cost of the Art Camp is $40 per student per camp. The cost covers lunch which will be provided each day and all materials used in the art projects.
To register contact Amber Ivey at 864-429-2817 or www.facebook.com/UnionArts.
July will also see the beginning of “First Encounter,” an exhibit of the work of photographer George Ligon. The exhibit, which will run from July 8-Aug. 18, is the result of a 15-day safari Ligon took in Kenya. The purpose of the exhibit is to give the people of Union County the chance to have a “First Encounter” with the wildlife photographed by Ligon. Everyone is invited to visit what will be an extraordinary show.
A reception for Ligon will be held at the UCAC Art Gallery on Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m.
The following events and activities will also take place at the UCAC Art Gallery in July.
Painting with Coffee — Whether you are a beginner, or a lifelong artists join us every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.!
Jam at Lunch — Do you have lunch plans? Join us Thursday, July 7, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.! Enjoy the musical talents of local members of our community. Do you sing? Play? Feel free to join in!
Writers Group — Local Writers will meet Tuesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. This is open to everyone!
Toddler Time — Friday, July 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. will be all about the little ones! Any child 4 years old or younger is invited to join us! $10.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.