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Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach Celebrates 15 years

What: “I (Heart) Art” – the 15th anniversary yearlong celebration of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Museum
Where: Various locations, including the museum at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. (across from Springmaid Pier), Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
For more information: Call 843-238-2510 or go to IHeartArt.org.

Museum’s Anniversary Celebration Showcases the Heart of Art

Art embraces all people, but all people don’t embrace art.

During the 15th anniversary of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, the people pumping life into the events celebrating the occasion hope to make art irresistible and lovable to folks not feeling its purpose, promise, passion and power. The anniversary, called “Year of Art,” has a theme that echoes the collective sentiment of the museum’s friends and fans – “I (Heart) Art.”

“The whole idea of the 15th anniversary is not only to celebrate the museum but also to increase new membership through new events so people who may have never been to the art museum will come to see what it’s all about,” said Lineta Pritchard, chair of the “I (Heart) Art celebration.

“The museum is much more than paintings hanging on the walls.”

The yearlong celebration of the 15th anniversary was announced in January. One of the first events, held in February, was the “I (Heart) Art” Collector’s Party, which allowed novice and longtime art collectors to purchase original works of art at rock-bottom prices. Another event called “Marching to the Arts Beat” was a March presentation of nearly 80 works created by children.

Each month, the celebration highlights aspects of art’s diverse character in ways fresh and familiar, fun and fascinating. September is being dubbed “A Tribute to Fine Art and Fabulous Dining.” The month is dedicated to exploring the culinary terrain of Horry County. Food presented at participating area restaurants are entrees inspired by Japanese cuisine and culture, including the museum’s current exhibition titled “Kimono: Art, Fashion and Society.”

“We have kimonos and a lot of prints that relate to kimonos on loan to us from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla.,” said Karen Olson, the museum’s special project coordinator.

“It was owned by a Japanese man [George Sukeji Morikami] who came [to America] as an indentured servant. He acquired farmland and left it to [Palm Beach County] for the construction of the gardens and museum.”

The exhibit, which opened June 8, will close Sept. 25. Restaurants are featuring the Asian-inspired meals for the entire month of September. 

For example, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, at 3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, is serving miso-glazed grouper entrée (with sticky soy rice, benne spinach and pea-tendril salad), and The Melting Pot, at 5001 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, is presenting an “I (Heart) Art” three-course fondue dinner, Sunday through Thursday, that includes certified angus sirloin, marinated chicken, peppered filet mignon, white shrimp, coldwater lobster tail and mushroom sacchetti (pasta pouches stuffed with mushroom). The Croissants dinner is $25, and the three-course Melting Pot entrée is $36. Go to IHeartArt.org to see all the menus and prices.

Another event is “Saki & Sushi Tasting,” sponsored by Sparks Toyota and Yamato. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the museum. Tickets are $20 each. Call the museum at 843-238-2510 to make reservations.

“Our whole thrust of the celebration is to let people know what a great institution the museum is,” Pritchard said. “And people are discovering it because of the anniversary celebration, and they are saying, ‘This is fabulous.’’’

One of the events scheduled in October that can certainly perk up interest among those not digging art now is “Art to Wear: A Wearable Art Runway Show and Competition,” being held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 2001 Nightclub on 920 Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

“Models will be wearing fashion created by artists,” said Gina Trimarco Cligrow, the event’s committee chair and mistress of ceremony. “We will have some interesting things…including dresses made from Capri Sun juice pouches. Art is in the eye of the beholder and what they think art is.”

Participating area artists and designers include Diana Canaday, Patricia Chipps, Richie Spencer and Katherine Parris.

“I think people should check out the show because it is going to be unique,” Trimarco Cligrow said. “We are doing fashion based on art. We have great talent in this community, and we want to promote that.”

The anniversary celebration will culminate Jan. 12, 2013, with the finale event called “Great Gatsby Affair,” being held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach. Folks will enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring themed-lounges filled with jazz, vaudeville, ragtime and other music genres.

Call the museum at 843-238-2510 for ticket and sponsorship prices.

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