We may not have the MoMA or the Guggenheim, but there is no lack of fine art, folk art and everything in between at Grand Strand galleries and museums. Summer is the perfect time to expand your cultural horizons.
PHOTO: (left) Sunset River Marketplace; (right) Southport Gallery Walks
Myrtle Beach First Friday Art Walks
Downtown Myrtle Beach
514 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 333-1212
This self-guided walking tour of eclectic gallery spaces is sponsored by Element Marketing, the first stop on the tour.
Downtown Southport First Friday Gallery Walks
Historic Southport, famous in a number of Hollywood movies, sponsors gallery visits throughout downtown from 5–7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Art in the Park
1400 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 446-3830
Sponsored by the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild and now its 46th year, this festival has some 60 artisans display and sell their creations in a beautiful outdoor setting. The next event will be June 23 & 24 from 10 a.m–4 p.m.
Ag + Art Tour
Held June 2 & 3, enjoy this self-guided tour of farms throughout Horry County with opportunities to buy fresh produce, see artisans in their element and hear folk and bluegrass music.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, (843) 238-2510
For 21 years this museum has curated works from international artists and locals alike, all held within a nearly 100-year-old beach house.
Seacoast Artists Guild & Gallery
The Market Common
3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, (843) 232-7009
More than 70 local artists’ works displayed in painting, fiber art, pottery, photography and more.
Sunset River Marketplace
10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, (910) 575-5999
Part art studio, frame shop and classroom, enjoy fine art and folk art from regional artisans in all disciplines.
Swamp Fox Gallery
5200 U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet
Fine art from Lowcountry, regional and international artists along with classes from beginner to advanced.
Cheryl Newby Gallery
11096 Ocean Highway, # 4, Pawleys Island
Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, this gallery offers authentic antique prints and maps along with paintings, sculpture and ceramics.
Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange
14363 Ocean Highway, #108, Pawleys Island, (843) 235-9600
A consignment gallery featuring the works of some 80 artisans, with rotating exhibits and specially featured artists.
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
Edwards Building 129 at Coastal Carolina University
133 Chanticleer Drive W., Conway
Dedicated to the education of visual artists and enjoyment of objects and images in society, this gallery at Coastal Carolina University is free and open to the public. Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. throughout June, but closed most of July.
Photos by Marta MaCcallum and courtesy of Sunset River Marketplace