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Continued: Cultural calendar

July 31 – Dec. 14 --- “A People of the Land: Lowcountry Portraits.” Vennie Deas-Moore has devoted much of her career to the exploration of vanishing traditions along the South Carolina coast. Her recent photographic essay of black-and-white photographs documents the fishing, timbering and farming industries of South Carolina’s Lowcountry through the portraiture of those who inhabit the waterways. As a native of McClellanville, she presents an “insider’s” unromantic view of places and people seldom seen. Her photographs present the connections between culture and work (third-floor lobby gallery).

McMaster Gallery

The McMaster Art Gallery is located in the department of art at the University of South Carolina, 1615 Senate Street. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends and all university holidays. For more information, contact gallery director Mana Hewitt at 803-777-7480 or mana@sc.edu.

Aug. 25 – Oct. 2 --- Bill Hosterman. An exhibition of prints by Bill Hosterman, assistant professor of art at Grand Valley University in Michigan. Prints represent a new body of intaglio works created over two years.

Oct. 12 – Nov. 19 --- Ceramics: Southeast. An invitational ceramics exhibition that celebrates contemporary ceramics from traditional pottery to non-traditional sculptural forms. December --- BFA & MFA Exhibitions. Weeklong exhibitions of works by graduating BFA and MFA candidates. Date to be announced.

Jan. 15 – Feb. 23 --- Jonathan Brilliant. Brilliant, a Columbia artist, gathers materials from his natural environment and uses them to execute a site-specific installation. In this version, the natural environment is a coffee shop, and the materials are the wooden coffee stir sticks. The resulting work is both ironic and labor intensive with a traditional craft-based sensibility.

April 21 --- 55th Annual ART Auction. The popular event will be held in the Campus Room of Capstone House beginning with a preview party at 6 p.m. followed by the auction at 7 p.m. The art will be on display beginning at 1 p.m. that day for public viewing. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

May --- BFA & MFA Exhibitions. Week-long exhibitions of works by graduating BFA and MFA candidates. Dates to be announced.

South Carolina Poetry Initiative

The University of South Carolina English department’s South Carolina Poetry Initiative is the state’s premier organization devoted to the art of writing, reading and hearing poetry. Many events and offerings are free. It is directed by English professor and poet Kwame Dawes. For more information on S.C. Poetry Initiative, contact Charlene Spearen or Carrie Young at 803-777-5492 or via e-mail at cmspeare@mailbox.sc.edu or mailto:cmspeare@mailbox.sc.edu or visit the Web site: www.cas.sc.edu/engl/poetry/.

Aug. 28 --- “How God Ends Us.” 6:30 p.m., Vista Studios Gallery 80808. The public is invited to a collection of poetry by De’Lana R. Dameron, a native of Columbia. The collection was the winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s 2009 South Carolina Book Prize (University of South Carolina Press, 2009). Free

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