Great events planned for the coming year at the Pickens County Museum

PICKENS — As 2016 winds down, the staff of the Pickens County Museum of Art and History are hard at work getting their calendar lined up for 2017.

From January through March, the museum looks forward to inviting bowl turner Warren Carpenter and the Full Moon Artists Group to the museum for an exhibit highlighting unique bowls, pottery, whimsical pet portraiture and more.

Another new exhibit opening in January will feature comic illustrators Gregbo Watson, Mitch Rogers, Anthony Summey and Mel Rivera. Colorful and vibrant, brash and dynamic, this artwork is sure to inspire the comic book heroes in all of us. Gregbo will also be offering three one-day artist workshops and a book signing.

April will be quite busy for the museum since it will be hosting Youth Arts Month. This year, the museum will be highlighting all of the school district’s finest artwork after judging takes place in March. This promises to be the museum’s best Youth Arts Month yet. Rounding out the month of April will be the award winners from the annual Clemson Blues Fest poster art contest. Entry forms for the contest can be found at Get a great artistic idea on canvas and enter — you just might win.

A very special history exhibit will open in May at the museum — “The Way We Worked,” part of the Smithsonian Institution/Museum on Main Street project, examines the history and heritage of the American worker. Come see guest speakers talking about the CCC, textile mills and modern technology in the 21st century. For more information, see

June ushers in a great new exhibit — the South Carolina Water Media Society’s collection of watercolor artwork collected from 75 of the best watercolorists in the state.

The museum will finish off 2017 with the Juried Art Show, with artists’ drop-offs beginning in September. Judging will take place shortly afterwards, and the exhibit will open at the beginning of October. The museum will offer many art classes in 2017.

Renee Gillespie is offering a brand-new round of art classes and workshops for Winter 2017, which are sure to challenge and inspire everyone to bring out their best and most creative selves for the new year. All classes and workshops are $88 per person, or $78 for museum members.

Classes are in session for six weeks, and workshops meet for one day.

Adult Painting Class: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jsan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7.

Children’s Painting Class: Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7.

Beginning Drawing Class: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 9, 16.

Children’s Clay Class: Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 9, 16.

Copying The Masters Drawing And Painting Techniques: Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m., Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 9, 16.

Paper Marbling Workshop: Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Introduction To Papercutting And Fraktur Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.