McKissick Museum to hold ĎArt & Soul fundraiser
The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will hold its annual “Art & Soul in Old Shandon” fundraiser and reception Saturday, April 30, from 4:30 – 8 p.m. in the historic garden and studio of Pat and Judy Hubbard, located in the Old Shandon neighborhood.
Tickets are $40 for museum members and $55 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. Tickets, which are tax deductable, can be purchased by visiting the museum or calling 803-777-7251.
Rudy Mancke, USC’s naturalist-in-residence, will give formal talks/tours at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. He will discuss the flora, fauna and other wonders of nature found in and around this Columbia garden and share what he discovers in the surprising urban oasis. Refreshments of the season will be served.
For 34 years, the Hubbards have developed this site, located in one of Columbia’s original suburbs. Now on the Historic Register, the garden preserves the relationship South Carolinians had with outdoor spaces in an earlier era. The Hubbard garden features mature camellia trees, American boxwoods, azaleas, pomegranates, crinum lilies and masses of aspidistra in a structured courtyard.
In addition to touring the gardens, guests will have the opportunity to purchase artwork. The event will feature the work of two well-established South Carolina native artists, Judy Hubbard and Jeri Burdick, and the photographic artist Robert Clark.
Judy Hubbard’s work takes several forms. She uses the traditional batik waxing tools and fiber reactive dyes to create painted silk hangings and framed works. Her work has been shown throughout South Carolina and has been among the collections of the South Carolina State Art Collection, Columbia Museum of Art, Westinghouse of South Carolina and the Hilton Hotel in Laguna Beach, Calif., as well as numerous private collections.
Jeri Burdick is a professional visual artist from Eutawville who has established a strong base of support in all regions of the state and has had gallery representation throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to print making and paintings, she works primarily with clay bowls, cups and other pieces for daily use. Burdick was a recipient of a South Carolina Crafts Association fellowship, and the South Carolina State Museum has purchased her work for its permanent collection.
Robert Clark, an established photographic artist for more than 30 years, has been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Newsweek and Smithsonian. He is president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.
The garden tour is one of two annual events held by the Museum’s Advisory Council to raise funds to support acquisitions and public programs for the museum.