On February 27, the Anderson Arts Center will open its annual Youth Art Month exhibit. Students from elementary, middle and high school grade levels from public, private and home school associations participate in this juried art show.

More than 600 entries are typically submitted, and approximately 35 students receive awards for their work. First, second and third place award recipients cash prizes and several honorable mention ribbons are presented.

In addition to the awards presented by the juror, approximately 50 pieces of artwork are selected for an extended exhibition at AnMed Health, in the Gallery Cafe at McDougald Funeral Home, and our newest extended exhibit partner, Tri County Technical College – Anderson campus.

The opening reception and awards ceremony is Sunday, Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

In addition to the Youth Art Month exhibition, students of T.L. Hanna’s art department will present a Wearable Art Exhibition on Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m. This exhibition will be presented at the Anderson Arts Center, and tickets are required. Tickets are only $10 per person (children under 5 are free), and may be purchased at the TL Hanna front office or on the school’s website.

Along with the student artwork, a district-wide teacher show is on display in the Atrium Gallery. Art teachers from all five public school districts are invited to participate, and this exhibit opens with a gallery reception on Thursday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30

Youth Art Month is made possible by generous community supporters. This year’s exhibition is sponsored by Anderson Pediatric Dentistry, AnMed Health, McDougald Funeral Home and Tri County Technical College. The Arts Center’s address is 110 Federal Street in Anderson.




Birmingham, Ala. — In celebration of the upcoming Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, a new update is now available for Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the video game. With the Lake Hartwell Venue DLC, players can compete on the same waters as 55 of the world’s best anglers as well as try out the Classic three-round final in Career Mode, enjoy new challenges and more.

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 is available in a 2022 Bassmaster Classic update bundle for new players which includes the game and the Lake Hartwell DLC for a discounted price.

Competing in the iconic Bassmaster Classic is a dream of every aspiring angler. While only a select few will compete March 4-6, 2022 on Lake Hartwell, now any player can enjoy the thrill of competition and fight their way to an in-game championship with the new Lake Hartwell DLC, which was built to recreate the experience as closely as possible, including matching water temperatures, depths and fish behavior. The dynamic time of day system sets the perfect mood for a Classic competition, altering lighting and shadows across the lake for a more immersive experience.

“Dovetail Games got off to a great start with Bassmaster Fishing 2022, and their passion for bass fishing is present throughout the game,” said B.A.S.S. Vice President of Tournaments Chris Bowes. “We are excited to see how they bring the Bassmaster Classic to life for gamers and bass fishing fans and help people experience the joys of big bass fishing however they can.”

The update also includes support for the Bassmaster Classic three-round tournament structure and adds new “Legendary” named fish for players to track and catch.

Alongside the Lake Hartwell addition, Dovetail Games, which developed and published Bassmaster Fishing 2022, announced that it has signed a long-term license renewal with B.A.S.S. as the exclusive partner for video games.

“We’re committed to delivering a fantastic sports fishing experience for our players,” said Jon Rissik, CEO of Dovetail Games. “Today’s announcement is a testament to that commitment and we are thrilled to continue working with our fantastic partners at B.A.S.S.”

The Lake Hartwell Venue DLC is available for purchase on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam, with a limited-time discount ending March 3 on Steam and March 17 on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

About Dovetail Games
Dovetail Games was launched in 2013. Previously trading as RailSimulator.com Ltd, the business launched in 2009 initially producing and marketing the PC game Train Simulator. Today, Dovetail Games is responsible for developing train and fishing simulation games for PC and leading consoles. http://www.dovetailgames.com.

About B.A.S.S. 
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


Media Contacts:

Scott Fry or Marc Bianchi, ONE PR Studio for Dovetail Games in North America, 510-893-3271, DovetailGames@oneprstudio.com

Emily Harley, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, 205-313-0945 (o), 205-253-1114 (c), eharley@bassmaster.com

Avid anglers and fans of competitive fishing are in for a treat at the 2022 Bassmaster Classic as Strike King and Lew’s bring some of the sport’s most knowledgeable pro anglers to the stage for an evening of entertainment and education. The 2022 Classic Pro Night will be in Anderson, SC at the Anderson Civic Center starting at 6pm Tuesday, March 1st.

Fans will welcome one of the most recognizable and successful names in the sport, the Bass Fishing Hall of Famer and Lew’s Pro Hank Parker. The retired pro angler and host of TV Show Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine holds the distinction of being the first competitor to win the Grand Slam of Bass Fishing, which includes a B.A.S.S. qualifying event, the Classic, the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title, and the Super B.A.S.S. Tournament. Parker has finished “in the money” in an amazing 76% of the tournaments of his B.A.S.S. career. Aside from his illustrious competitive career, Parker is renowned for being one of the most familiar and effective educators in fishing.

Strike King and Lew’s pro Mark Zona will bring to the podium a wealth of knowledge that he has built in fifteen years of commentating B.A.S.S. events. Zona will take questions on his favorite gear and techniques in the entertaining manner fans have come to expect from the legendary fishing sensation and host of TV Show Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show.

Bassmaster Classic Champion and Lew’s Pro David Fritts also takes the stage to discuss his approach to high-pressure tournaments and the gear that propelled him to the 1993 Classic victory on Logan Martin Lake. The North Carolina pro is renowned for his versatility on the water and his ability to communicate key styles to fishing fans.

Finally, Strike King and Lew’s welcome a newcomer to the field of Bassmaster Elite Series Champions, Indiana pro Bill Lowen. The sixteen-year veteran of competitive angling, who has spent a decade on the pro circuit and built an impressive seven top-five B.A.S.S. finishes, will share with anglers the technique that put him in the winner’s circle during the 2021 season.

Outside of invaluable knowledge and advice from some of the biggest names in the industry, Strike King and Lew’s have much more planned for attendees. Fans and anglers will be given the chance to win Strike King and Lew’s gear and a host of exceptional prizes! Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from some of the best in the business along with some great giveaways.

Local Contact:
Neil Paul, Executive Director
Visit Anderson

The Anderson Arts Center is hosting an Art Slam creative competition on Friday, March 4, 5-9 p.m.


Art Slam will feature a live competition among 12 artists. Each artists will be given a “mystery box” of supplies and must create a piece of art on the spot.


“Much like the television show ‘Chopped,’ which is a cooking competition, Art Slam will follow a similar concept. The artists won’t know what materials they have to work with until they open their box,” said April Cameron, executive director of the Arts Center. “They may also have an opportunity to grab some ‘wild card’ items to use, if they get lucky,” she said.


The artists will be given a two-hour time frame to complete their work (6-8 p.m.). It will be judged, and the winner will be awarded with the opportunity to have a solo exhibit in a community location.


In addition to the live art competition, performing artists will help entertain guests. Poetry readings, musicians, singers and other entertainers will perform during the event.


Shoppers will want to attend Art Slam as well, because an artisan vendor market will be open to the public from 5-9 p.m. And, children are welcome to attend and take part in the special youth art activities.


Plan on having dinner while at the event, because there will be a food truck and cash bar as well.


The Arts Center is now accepting applications for both visual artists and vendors. The applications can be found on the Arts Center’s Facebook page under Events.


The Anderson Arts Center is celebrating its 50th year of providing cultural experiences to the community. It has set both financial and awareness goals for this exciting year. Many special events to engage the community are planned, as well as the regularly scheduled exhibits.


The organization is also seeking to go into the next 50 years debt-free and is working to raise enough funds to pay off the renovation debt, which is just shy of $50,000. With an overall goal of $100,000, additional donations will help to establish a building fund for ongoing upkeep and continued improvements of the renovated warehouse. There is a special 50 Year Donation Drive page on the website (www.AndersonArts.org) with more information.



As part of the Anderson International Festival German Fest, the Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA) invites the public to attend the upcoming Night for the Museum annual fundraiser and auction.


On Thursday evening, March 24, the center section will be transformed into a German wunderbar beirhaus with amazing cuisine and drinks being served to all patrons.


This biennial fundraiser, entitled Sie Frolich (Be Merry),  benefits the museum’s programming and sustainability projects.


Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. BAMA board members are selling tickets or people may call 338-7400 to reserve their tickets.


“The museum has become an integral part of our cultural and educational landscape, but we need money to sustain our projects and events and keep them free to the public,” said Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director.


“That’s why this every other year fundraiser is such an important event,” she added.


Sponsorships and auction items are being sought now.


“Please contact the museum at 864-338-7400 if you would like to be a sponsor or promote your business by donating one of your products or services,” Burden added.


The Belton Area Museum Association is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities can learn about and experience our area’s history and culture.  Museum admission is free.