Creativity comes in many forms. In South Carolina there are a lot of places and events where you can appreciate the arts and even get inspired to create some art of your own. Here are some places and events around the state that hopefully get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy!
1. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church - Columbia, SC
The Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Columbia occupies an entire city block. The iconography shown here was recently finished ahead of the church's designation as a cathedral in June 2015. Athens born Greek artisan George Kordis and his team of painters are credited with this stunning masterpiece.
Location: 1931 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201
2. Sweetgrass Basket Makers - Charleston's City Market
Basket weaving is a traditonal art form that's been part of the Charleston and Mount Pleasant culture for more than 300 years. The baskets are made from a soft, pliable, sweet smelling dried grass.
Location: 188 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401
3. Brookgreen Gardens - Murrells Inlet, SC
This coastal plantation treasure is a combinatin of art, history, botanical gardens and zoo. The collection of American sculptures are woven into the formal garden areas and fountains for an inspiration like no other the state has to offer.
Location: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
4. chART outdoor art project - Charleston, SC
Cleverly painted on the back side of buildings lining a major thoroughfare in Charleston, this mural is but one of many large scale art displays in this small alley. Bring the camera.
Location: 835 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
Find the service alley behind this location. There are several murals here as part of the chART project.
5. Spoleto Festival USA - Charleston, SC
Sixteen days of International Arts including Opera, Dance, Theate and Music - each Spring right here in the Palmetto State. Spoleto Festival USA always delivers spectacular opportunities for personal growth through art.
Location: Charleston - various locations
6. Poinsett Hotel - Greenville, SC
Located in Court Square in downtown Greenville, this statue of Joel Poinsett is lifesize and only one of many works of art in downtown Greenville. The Westin Poinsett Hotel was named for this gentleman. But he's probably more notable for bringing the plant we now call the "poinsettia" to the US from Mexico.
Location: 120 S Main St., Greenville, SC 29601
7. The Button King Museum - Bishopville, SC
Dalton Stevens is The Button King. He's put buttons on more things than you can imagine - and they're on display here.
Location: 55 Joe Dority Rd., Bishopville, SC 29010
8. Belmond Charleston Place Hotel courtyard - Charleston, SC
John W. Mills created this 9-foot bronze outside the main entrance to this hotel. The sculpture represents the role horses played in Charleston's history as well as its present.
Location: 205 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401
9. Sand Sculptures at the South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, SC
The SC State Fair trucks in 75,000 tons of sand every year for this exhibit. Watch as the piles transform into great creations like this one.
Location: 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29201
10. Artisphere Festival - Greenville, SC
This visual and performing arts festival is set to return again May 13-15, 2016.
Location: Downtown Greenville, SC
11. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - Charleston, SC
The main chapel (shown) of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston is truly a sight to behold. It's noted for the ornate stained glass, hand painted Stations of the Cross and its huge capacity to seat 720 people.
Location: 120 Broad St., Charleston, SC 29401
12. SC Festival of Flowers - Greenwood, SC
Larger than life topiary are the signature of this festival in Uptown Greenwood each June.
Location: Greenwood, SC.
13. Mushroom Mountain - Easley, SC
Mushroom Mountain is a great big organic mushroom farm that claims having "the greatest mushroom trail on the planet." They're everywhere, growing like paint daubs piling up on a canvas....
Location: 200 Finley Rd., Easley, SC 29642 - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY PLEASE email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What did you think of our suggestions? We’re sure there are also other places that inspire creativity too. What did we miss? Feel free to add other places in our comments below.