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Double Your Artistic Pleasure

By KaT Ford

The Bascom celebrates the busy summer season with a pair of illuminating exhibitions.

As the summer months roll in, The Bascom: A Center For The Visual Arts announces the opening of two new exhibitions, promising exciting and intriguing visual experiences for returning residents and guests of the Plateau.

In the main floor Bunzl Gallery, ”High Art of The Lowcountry” is the first in a multiyear series for The Bascom highlighting states throughout the Southeast, and will be open through September 15.

The coastal regions of South Carolina, and the surrounding estuaries and islands referred to as the Lowcountry, have been a source of inspiration for a diverse range of artists for over 200 years. This exhibition, curated by Shelley Burian, aims to present an overview of this rich and complex history of artistic production from the colonial period to the present day. Rare 18th century artworks, together with paintings and prints by prominent artists of the Charleston Renaissance and contemporary works by nationally-known artists, will be on display.

In the upper floor Loft Gallery, The Bascom is proud to present work by member artists in its 2019 Bascom Member Show, open through July 21.  ”Rhythm Systems: Nature and Geometry,” expresses artistic design and composition that is inspired, directly or indirectly, by the writings of Jay Hambidge on Dynamic Symmetry. In the past months The Bascom shared similarly themed social media posts and spring exhibition, ”Ebb and Flow, Bloom and Fade,” curated by Lisa Alembik, offering educational inspiration for member artists. Alembik, who also juried the 2019 Bascom Member Show, states that in ”Rhythm Systems: Nature and Geometry,” “Bascom members consider how their own systems of rhythm build the foundation of their artwork.”

The Bascom invites the community to the opening reception for both exhibitions on Friday, July 5, from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. The Bascom proudly offers free admission to all exhibition gallery spaces, open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday from noon to 5:00 P.M.

The Bascom would like to thank all those that make these exhibitions possible, including its 2019 Year-Round Exhibition Sponsors: Bel Canto, Cathy and Bob Fisher, Delta Air Lines, Ginger Kennedy and Kevin Naylor, Virginia and Mike Campbell, Chaparral Foundation, and Bobbie and Jon Golden. The Bascom would also like to thank its exhibit sponsors for ”High Art of The Lowcountry:” Gail and Tim Hughes, Nina and Frank Burke, Martha and Michael Dupuis; and ”Rhythm Systems: Nature and Geometry:” Ruthie Watts.

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