Art with a heart! Be inspired at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum, located across Springmaid Pier and minutes drive from Myrtle Beach State Park. Admission is free.
Museum building history
• In 1924 it is a resort house built for textile industry mogul Eugene Cannon in the Cabana section of Myrtle Beach.
It was later sold to Col. Elliot White Springs of Springs Industries and re-christened Springmaid Villa.
• In 1975, the Villa is sold again and was slated for demolition. To survive the building must be relocated.
It took 2 trucks, 3 days, and a team city employees, utility workers and every member of the Guild to bring the 150-tons building its current site (land donated by the Burroughs & Chapin Company)…
Spring 2011 Exhibits
• Robert Courtright: Collages, Collage Constructions and Masks 1953-2008
The Myrtle Beach Art Museum is one of only two venues in the state to showcase this world acclaimed, SC native artist. My 6 years old daughter was mesmerized by his masks, and especially by the “Mouth of Truth” Italian legend which inspired the artist (remember the scene from “Roman Holiday”, when Gregory Peck puts his arm in the sculpture’s mouth?)
• Steven Forbes-deSoule: Serendipity Raku
“North Carolina artist Steven Forbes-deSoule’s…has developed a distinct style of colorful, textured surfaces… American raku pottery is a unique and magical form where the glowing hot vessel or sculpture is pulled from the kiln and placed in combustibles in a metal container… The results are always serendipitous and the pieces are truly one of a kind. ”
We were delighted to visit the museum on the opening night and be able to talk with the artists. My daughter loved the raku pieces. She listen with interest to Mr. Forbes presentation and even made her own inquiry. That was a full hour of quiet, introspective time…a feat for my restless, non-stop talking girl. And we both enjoyed it!
More fun things to do with kids
• KidsArt on Saturdays – The museum offers workshops for children ages 5-12 to explore and create art. Classes are held September through April on select Saturdays. Reservations required. Check with the museum for details.
• Walk on the historic Springmaid pier (the longest in Myrtle Beach). Rest in the giant Adirondack chair, swing from the bench overlooking the ocean or wait for dolphins to swim by (usually around 11:30 in the morning and right before sunset).
$1 all day admission.
• Stroll the newest downtown attraction, the Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, from 2nd to 14th avenues.
Enjoy beautiful art with the kids in Myrtle Beach!
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