Arts

Florence County is overflowing with arts! You’ll find your fill of the arts here – whether you’re looking for arts festivals, locally crafted art pieces, exhibits, or live performances.

ArtFields epic Southern artfest is held in the spring each year in Lake City, and you can help to decide the winners of more than $140,000 in prizes. You’ll also find Lake City Community Theatre and Lake City Concert Series in Lake City. Arts International Festival coordinated by Francis Marion University is held in the spring, bringing unique performances and tasty ethnic cuisine to Florence.

Galleries and markets offer a wide range of hand-crafted items. Artists at work are The Earring Lady, Winter at Addie’s Baby, and Lynda English and Jackie Wukela at the Lynda English Studio.

Live performances are held regularly at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts CenterFlorence Little TheatreFlorence Center, and in local restaurants. Downtown Florence has Florence After Five, a monthly line-up of free outdoor concerts, and the Florence SymphonyMasterworks Choir, and Florence Men’s Choral Society also keep full schedules of performances.

9-11 by Alex Palkovich

9-11 by Alex Palkovich

Fragment #ES 76, a remnant of limestone from the US Pentagon which was damaged by a terrorist attack on 9-11-01, ...
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Addie's Baby Paint and Sip Studio

Addie’s Baby Paint and Sip Studio

Grab your friends and head to Addie's Baby for a fun-filled painting party!  No experience is necessary. This is NOT serious painting! ...
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Adele Kassab Art Gallery

Adele Kassab Art Gallery

The Adele Kassab Art Gallery is the primary department exhibition space in the Hyman Fine Arts Center. This gallery provides ...
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Alone with Memories by Alex Palkovich

Alone with Memories by Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich created Alone with Memories in honor of his parents who survived German concentration camps in WWII. He donated ...
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Artastic

Artastic

The Florence area is known for its vast offering of arts and handcrafted items. Exhibits rotate in the downtown restaurants, focusing on ...
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ArtFields

ArtFields

ArtFields, the South's most engaging art competition and festival, turns what was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural ...
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Artisan Outpost

Artisan Outpost

On the second Saturday of each month, you'll find artists and artisans at the Artisan Outpost in Johnsonville. Artisans range ...
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Arts in Lake City

Arts in Lake City

Arts in Lake City Lake City is a small town loaded to the brim with arts! In late April and ...
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Arts International

Arts International

Arts International offers a spectacular experience of art and culture with international performing artists, visual artists, exotic foods, cultural displays and the ...
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Beverly and Starr by Alex Palkovich

Beverly and Starr by Alex Palkovich

The creation of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center was spearheaded by two talented Florentine musicians: Beverly Hazelwood and ...
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Chenoweth - Halligan Studios

Chenoweth – Halligan Studios

Chenoweth - Halligan Studios is a working studio space, gallery and sculpture garden for artists Jan Chenoweth & Roger Halligan ...
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Cypress Festival

Cypress Festival

The Pamplico Cypress Festival is held annually in the month of September. This family event, held since 2005,  is sponsored ...
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Doug Smith Statue by Alex Palkovich

Doug Smith Statue by Alex Palkovich

The statue of Dr. Walter D. "Doug" Smith, founder of Francis Marion College (now University), stands at the portico where ...
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Downtown Events and Live Performances

Downtown Events and Live Performances

Florence is hopping, especially when Florence Downtown Development Corporation holds its monthly outdoor concerts - check them out on the first Friday and final ...
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Dr. Floyd Bust by Alex Palkovich

Dr. Floyd Bust by Alex Palkovich

The bust of Dr. Eddie Floyd by Alex Palkovich resides inside the the Florence County Library, the first large project ...
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Dr. Joe Stukes by Alex Palkovich

Dr. Joe Stukes by Alex Palkovich

The bust of Dr. Joe Stukes is located in the Joseph T. Stukes Meeting Room of the Drs. Bruce and ...
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Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery

Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery

The Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery is housed within the Florence County Library, and it doubles as a meeting space.  It's ...
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Dr. R. N. Beck by Alex Palkovich

Dr. R. N. Beck by Alex Palkovich

Dr. R. N. Beck has become a permanent resident of downtown Florence, with a statue of him assisting a young ...
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Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library

Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library

The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library was constructed in 2003 through the assistance of Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation.  The Foundation constructed public libraries in each of the county's municipalities. The library provides ...
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Eagle No. 2 by Alex Palkovich

Eagle No. 2 by Alex Palkovich

The second casting of the Eagle which tops the Eagle Obelisk at Florence Veterans Park can be viewed at eye ...
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Eagle Obelisk by Alex Palkovich

Eagle Obelisk by Alex Palkovich

The center memorial of the Florence Veterans Park is the three-pillar obelisk with eagle. It was co-designed by Alex Palkovich ...
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Eastern SC Heritage Region

Eastern SC Heritage Region

The Eastern South Carolina Heritage Region highlights the Pee Dee region and coastal areas of the state, and features lots of stops ...
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Events and Live Performances in Lake City

Events and Live Performances in Lake City

Lake City is a small town with big things happening!  In the spring, ArtFields brings artists and artwork for the largest art competition ...
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Florence Center

Florence Center

Conveniently located at the intersections of I-95 and I-20, the Florence Center, an SMG-managed facility is the hub for entertainment ...
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Florence Little Theatre

Florence Little Theatre

The Florence Little Theatre is a community theater, performing plays and musicals with local talent, of which there is plenty!  The ...
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Florence Men's Choral Society

Florence Men’s Choral Society

The Florence Men's Choral Society is an all male group that performs traditional and contemporary music arranged for male voices. The choir has ...
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Florence Symphony Orchestra

Florence Symphony Orchestra

The Florence Symphony Orchestra holds at least 5 concerts per year, and one Holiday Pops concert. They have recently performed ...
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Fountain of Tears by Alex Palkovich

Fountain of Tears by Alex Palkovich

Serving as the backdrop to Alone with Memories, 124 stainless steel tears cover the 60’ x 10’ wall. It was ...
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Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center's schedule is filled with top-level entertainment ranging from Broadway musicals to Florence Symphony Orchestra. The exterior ...
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Free in Downtown Florence

Free in Downtown Florence

The day before your next paycheck? We've still got a lot for you to do in downtown Florence! Watch Big Bleu ...
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Galleries and Markets

Galleries and Markets

Florence County is filled with markets and galleries featuring locally-made artwork, handicrafts and functional products. The Artisan Outpost in Johnsonville is held on ...
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General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich - Florence Library

General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich – Florence Library

A half-scale statue of General Francis Marion on his horse is located in the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Florence ...
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General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich - Johnsonville

General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich – Johnsonville

Alex Palkovich's statue of Francis Marion marks the location where General Francis Marion, also known as the Swamp Fox, took ...
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General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich - Lake City Library

General Francis Marion by Alex Palkovich – Lake City Library

A half-scale statue of General Francis Marion on his horse is located in the Lake City Public Library. A similar ...
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Home Safe by Alex Palkovich

Home Safe by Alex Palkovich

Home Safe sculpture by Alex Palkovich denotes the emotional reunion of military personnel with their families. This sculpture originally included ...
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Huey by Alex Palkovich

Huey by Alex Palkovich

The statue of Huey Cooper sits in the same spot that Huey occupied for years on end.  Huey, who said ...
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Hyman Fine Arts Center at FMU

Hyman Fine Arts Center at FMU

The Peter D. Hyman Fine Arts Center houses Francis Marion's visual arts programs, including ceramics, photography, painting, and visual communications / graphics. In addition ...
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I'm Tall by Alex Palkovich

I’m Tall by Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich's I'm Tall sculpture is in the permanent collection at Brookgreen Gardens in the Dorothy P. Pearce Garden Room ...
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Jack Dowis Bust by Alex Palkovich

Jack Dowis Bust by Alex Palkovich

Alex Palkovich's bust of Jack Dowis can be found in the Drs. Bruce and Lee Florence County Library in the ...
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Jones-Carter Gallery

Jones-Carter Gallery

The Jones-Carter Gallery is located in the heart of the downtown historic district of Lake City. The Smithsonian-qualified exhibition space shows ...
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Lake City Community Chorale

Lake City Community Chorale

The Lake City Community Chorale, directed by Erick J. Figueres, was established in 2014 to offer talented local musicians the opportunity ...
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Lake City Community Theatre

Lake City Community Theatre

The Lake City Community Theatre was formed in 1989, for the express purpose of providing and exposing the Lake City area to ...
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Lake City Concert Series

Lake City Concert Series

Lake City is home to many arts venues and events throughout the year. One such event is the Lake City ...
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Legends Comics

Legends Comics

Legends Comics, established 1983, is the oldest Comic Book Store in South Carolina. They are a Comic Book & Collectible ...
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Live Performances

Live Performances

You'll find live performances throughout Florence County on weekends. Check out the schedule at Victors restaurant, the William H. Johnson ...
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Local Artists' Studios

Local Artists’ Studios

Florence is amazingly artsy. Artists from near and far have chosen Florence as their home. The Earring Lady, Barb Mellen can ...
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Lynda English Studio Gallery

Lynda English Studio Gallery

Lynda English Studio Gallery is home to artists Lynda English and Jackie Wukela, and the gallery showcases the work of many other local artists. They offer ...
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Map of Alex Palkovich Sculpture Trail

Map of Alex Palkovich Sculpture Trail

Renowned sculptor Alex Palkovich made Florence his home from 1998 until 2015, first as Global MRI Manufacturing Manager for GE ...
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Masterworks Choir

Masterworks Choir

Masterworks Choir annually performs choral concerts of classical music at Central United Methodist Church and other facilities such as the ...
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Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a dynamic garden spanning 50 acres near Lake City. The garden setting is informal and inviting, ...
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Nick Zeigler by Alex Palkovich

Nick Zeigler by Alex Palkovich

Nick Zeigler by Alex Palkovich The portrait sculpture of Nick Zeigler was created by Alex Palkovich for the opening of ...
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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is an annual festival held in Downtown Florence. The festival has 2 stages of live entertainment, lots of food & ...
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Olio Studio

Olio Studio

Olio Studio is a place where you can find your artistic side and learn a multitude of different art forms ...
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On the Way to Market by Alex Palkovich

On the Way to Market by Alex Palkovich

On the Way to Market by Alex Palkovich won the People’s Choice Award in a Brookgreen Gardens Competition. Palkovich had ...
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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

Florence is rich in cultural heritage - whether you're looking for agricultural experiences, arts in action, culinary delights, or African-American ...
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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s ...
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Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival

Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival

The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival originated in 2006 as the Pee Dee Fiction Festival, the brainchild of Francis Marion University ...
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SC Button Museum

SC Button Museum

The Button Museum stands in honor of Dalton Stevens, who played songs on a button-covered guitar while wearing a button-covered ...
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SC Pecan Festival

SC Pecan Festival

The SC Pecan Festival is held in downtown Florence on the first Saturday in November. It features pecan culinary competitions, Bike ...
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Senator Leatherman Bust by Alex Palkovich

Senator Leatherman Bust by Alex Palkovich

The bust of Senator Hugh Leatherman was commissioned by Francis Marion University for the opening of the Performing Arts Center ...
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Sower by Alex Palkovich

Sower by Alex Palkovich

While statues of sowers are somewhat common, most, if not all, are workers. Alex Palkovich created a religious sower to ...
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TRAX Visual Art Center

TRAX Visual Art Center

TRAX Visual Arts Center encompasses 5,00 square feet of gallery space and sculpture garden. Exhibits feature various artists, many of ...
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University Place Gallery

University Place Gallery

University Place Gallery is a visual art gallery on the first floor of the newly renovated Rainwater Building in downtown ...
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William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson

Florence native William H. Johnson is best known for his powerful folk style that brings to life the African-American community of ...
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William H. Johnson by Alex Palkovich

William H. Johnson by Alex Palkovich

The sculpture depicting Florentine painter William H. Johnson stands at the entrance to the Roy Adams Breezeway in downtown Florence ...
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