Myrtle Beach Art Museum And The Community Who Built it

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Visiting An Art Museum Of Southern Heritage

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a lovely museum in Myrtle Beach. It shares all forms of art with those who walk through the doors.

True to the traditions of southern hospitality and pride of their heritage it has a rich history and echos the spirit of community. Their programs, exhibits, and events offers to their community an opportunity for involvement and education in the arts.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum And The Community Who Built it
Barb and I visited the museum on International Women’s Day as invited guests. We were fortunate to view several female artists featured in their exhibit. The Franklin G. Buroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum has 11 galleries that change through out the year. A variety of art mediums including photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, collages and paintings enhance the walls as visitors stroll viewing the talent of each artist.

A Labor Of Love To Promote The Arts

The museum is named to recognize the founders of the Myrtle Beach Farms who donated the land needed to relocate the Springmaid Villa. This vintage summer home was a vacation retreat for two powerful textile industrial families, Eugene Cannon and Col. Elliot White Springs.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum And The Community Who Built it

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum does not charge admission. Donations are welcome which helps the museum to keep their free admission policy.

A welcoming staff member greets all who walk into the front door of the reception area and tells about the the museum’s history, exhibits and classes offered.

This small museum speaks volumes in the care and creativity that goes into each room. It came to no surprise to me in learning that it won the official Governor’s Awards for the Arts’ and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Outstanding Arts Organization.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum And The Community Who Built it

Unique from most museums visitors are welcome to have tea and dessert on the Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch. Guests may gaze from a panorama view of its windows while watching the ocean. We were fortunate enough to meet a local man who gave us more historical information about the museum and a building located at the edge of the property. He told us of Col. Springs having the small hotel built for his employees so they to could vacation there.

Opening on June of 1997 the museum was a joint effort of the community artists, art patrons, and business leaders. The museum has a wide variety of programs and activities to encourage the community to stay involved and always learning about the arts.

Tapping In To Your Inner Artist

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Expressing my inner artist at Myrtle Beach
Visitors get to tap into their own inner artist under a large shade tree on the property. Chalk boards with colored chalk inspire each guest to express them self which generates another gallery of those that visited and became a part of the family for a day.


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Grace Hodgin is an international clay sculptor, multi-medium artist and and vegan recipe developer creating scrumptious meals in a two room cottage at the edge of the Ocala National Forest. Well known in the community for her imagination and creativity, Grace uses her skill as an art instructor, public speaker and free lancer to inspire those around her that everyone has the gift of creativity and can be successful in creating a life filled with beauty and joy. Travel specialties are: Florida Travel, Historical Research and Back-road Travel Adventures.
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