Artists set the scene

First Posted: 10:00 pm - June 15th, 2015 Updated: 10:00 pm - June 15th, 2015.

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Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Artist and Cheraw Arts Commission board member Robin Bersinger paints a still life portrait in the River’s Edge Restaurant.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Woodcarver Mike Jackson places markings for an eagle carving inside the Market Street Frame Shop.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Cheryl Postlewait continues working on a painting inside Market Street Gifts and Gallery.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Sculptor Neil McLendon is at work inside Expressions Art Gallery.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Patrons had the opportunity to see, purchase and even sample a variety of goat cheese and goat’s milk items from Fishing Creek Creamery inside Elaine’s Salon and Spa.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Brandon Parrish makes progress on a charcoal sketch in the Market Street Frame Shop.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Ceramic artist Grace Jennings gave participants the opportunity to paint their own pottery outside Wannamaker’s Drugs.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Wendy Woods paints a landscape inside Expressions Art Gallery.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Carl Sinkler serenades the downtown area by playing saxophone atop Market Hall.

Randy Garner |The Cheraw Chronicle Artists Barnie Slice, left, and Jim Norris paint inside the Market Street Frame Shop.

The Cheraw Arts Commission hosted its Art on Market event in downtown Cheraw on Thursday, June 11. The event was free and open to the public.

Art patrons and the general public had the opportunity to view, admire, purchase and watch the creation of art in many forms from several artists throughout the downtown area. Attendees had the opportunity to not only buy art, but create their own, and even purchase locally grown produce.

Several stores, restaurants and other businesses opened their doors to featured artists and displayed their work. These businesses were signified by colorful balloons outside.

“Everything has been very nice,” said painter Wendy Woods. “I love the atmosphere, I try to do this every year they have it.”

“This event is, to me the ultimate experience here at the gallery,” Woods added.

Robin Bersinger, a painter as well as a board member for the Cheraw Arts Commission, said she loves being an artist in a small community, and that being on the arts commission helps her keep in touch with what’s going on.

“The weather has held out.” said Bersinger. “We’ve got a lot of businesses participating in a nice close area here that’s walkable and you can hear the music out. That’s kind of fun. It’s kind of a surprise, you kind of walk from business to business, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

Kay Spears said she enjoyed the evening of art and entertainment.

“It’s a great thing for the Cheraw Arts Commission to put on,” said Spears. “Get people out to support local artists.”

Reach reporter Randy Garner at 843-537-5261 and follow him on Twitter @CherawChronicle.



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