The Anderson Arts Center is gearing up for its 45th Annual Juried Show with several events happening in the next few weeks. This is one of the longest-running juried shows in the state of South Carolina.

Submissions of artwork are being accepted at the Arts Center March 19-21, and the team expects more than 350 pieces to be entered.

On Saturday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m., there is a Member’s Only Preview Party for Arts Center members to get a first look at all the work entered into the show. This also gives those individuals who are offering Purchase Awards an opportunity to decide which items they want to purchase before the entire collection is revealed to the general public.

Sunday, March 22, the public is invited to m.ART.ket from 1-4 p.m. at the Anderson Arts Center. Again, artwork entered into the Juried Show will be available for viewing and purchase.

Joseph Peragine, an artist and professor in drawing, painting and printmaking at Georgia State University, is the juror for the show. Of the hundreds of entries, he will narrow down the selection to around 175 for items that make it into the Juried Show. 

On Friday, April 3, artists and guests will be welcomed to an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. This will be the first reveal to the public of which entries were selected for the show. Artist awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Nearly $20,000 in awards will be presented to artists.

To become a member of the Anderson Arts Center or to be involved as a Purchase or Merit Award donor for the Juried Show, call 864.222.2787 or visit www.AndersonArts.org. You may also emailinfo@andersonarts.org.

The Anderson Arts Center is located at 110 Federal Street in Anderson.

Join us Saturday, March 21, in the Belton Recreation Department Gym (former Armory Building) from 10 am – 3 pm for the seventh annual Community-wide Craft and Rummage Sale.

“We are looking for all types of vendors,” said Alison Darby. “From people who want to sell their garage-sale type items to craft vendors and product line sellers, there is room for everyone.”

The gym is able to accommodate 40 or more vendors. Spots are available for rent, $20 per 10 x 10 space. 

We have about 10 more spaces left and especially need food vendors at this time,” said Darby. “Maybe a sports team or organization would like to raise some funds for its programs, and this would be a great venue to do that.” 

Anyone interested can go by Belton Feed and Seed, the News Chronicle Office, City Hall or the Belton Depot in Belton or McCall’s Produce in Honea Path to pick up an application, or visit BAMA’s Facebook page at Belton Area Museum Association. Deadline for application will be March 14.

All booth fees will be split between the Belton Recreation Department and the Belton Area Museum Association to benefit youth programs. Vendors keep all profits.

“If past events are any indication, we expect a huge crowd that day,” stated organizer Alison Darby.

For more information, please call Alison Darby at 864-958-5264 or the Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 864-338-7400.