The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center is showcasing the works of students of all ages who participated in summer classes, workshops and Mingle Mondays.

During the month of August, the Lusty Gallery will be filled with artwork including watercolor and acrylic painting, mosaic stepping stones, pottery, woodcarvings and photographs, OCFAC Executive Director Vicki S. King said.

“We’re doing all of our classes that we did this summer,” King said. “(Art) from our children to our adults is all going to be upstairs on display.”

The works were created by students ranging from age 4 to 70, she said.

One of the mosaic stepping stones is particularly special. Depicting a rose and Orangeburg County within the state of South Carolina, the tile will be placed in a new children’s garden in memory of the late Orangeburg County Councilman Clyde Livingston “and his support of the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center,” King said.

“All the students helped pick the colors, and they all glued pieces on,” she said.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, bluegrass band Flatland Express will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public can enjoy an evening of traditional and non-traditional bluegrass and gospel music, with a hint of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The concert is free, but donations are welcome, King said. Refreshments will be provided.

“It’s just a good time for everybody just to come in and enjoy listening to the music,” King said.

Also, there will be a special solar eclipse lunch from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, she said.

“With the eclipse coming, we’ve done a special thing called ‘Total Eclipse of the heART,’ with the emphasis on the word ‘art,’” she said.

Lunch will be served, and certified eclipse glasses will be provided for viewing in front of the arts center.

“We’re going to have special entertainment while we’re waiting for the actual eclipse to happen,” King said. Brooke Rogers and Phillip Ford will be singing, and there will be “a few extra surprise guests will pop in and sing and play some instruments for us,” she said.

The event costs $10 per person, and reservations are required by Friday, Aug. 18.

“It’s kind of like our ‘Lunch on the Terrace’ that we do,” King said. “If the weather is nice and not too hot, we will actually eat lunch on the Terrace Gardens.”

King said the arts center will finish out the year featuring additional local artists.

Contact the writer: chuff@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5543.

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