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SC Artisans Center celebrates Christmas in July Week

The front door of the SC Artisans Center prepared shoppers for the Christmas spirit with a festive wreath. Photos by Christie Slocum

The front door of the SC Artisans Center prepared shoppers for the Christmas spirit with a festive wreath. Photos by Christie Slocum

The SC Artisans Center is the official folk art and craft center for the entire state of South Carolina. It is conveniently located near the heart of the downtown shopping district. The center features the work of nearly three hundred artists. They have a little bit of everything on display and for sale. Paintings, jewelry, sweet grass baskets, blown glass, photographs and much more.

Historically, July is a very slow month in sales for the SC Artisans Center explained Gale Doggette, the center’s executive director. “The people who travel to shop in downtown Walterboro typically do not travel this time of year,” said Doggette. The typical tourist who shop at the SC Artisans Center and downtown area shops don’t tend to travel as much in the summer leaving the Artisans Center and other local businesses dependent upon local shoppers. Laurens Hall, administrator for the SC Artisans Center, came up with the idea of having Christmas in July. This past week the center was turned into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas décor, music and cookies! Anyone who purchased an item also received ten percent off of their total. The sale could only last one week because the center was the one giving the discount. Artists still received the same amount of profit as they would have had the sale been made any other time of the year.

“We are excited about how this had turned out. We have had some really good sales. Saturday we had a line of people waiting to check out. I think this July is going to be much better than those in the past and this is something we will consider doing again in the future,” said Doggette. Doggette wants everyone to know that the average sale at the SC Artisan Center is $21. Folks might think that it is an expensive art gallery but it has so many unique items to offer to everyone, even those on a budget.

It is also getting close to the time that the center will be accepting new artist. If you are interested you can watch their website at http://www.scartisancenter.com for information on how to submit artwork to be considered to be displayed in the SC Artisans Center. It does have to go thru a blind jury process to get past the first stage. This year three artist from North Carolina will be selecting artist during the first stage. If artist make it thru the first stage they will advance to the second stage of the competition where they will actually bring their work to be seen and touched. If they pass this stage they will be able to participate in the new artist reception later in the fall, which is always an exciting time for the artist and the SC Artisans Center.


Christie Slocum (545 Posts)