ROCK HILL, SC: For the third year in a row, the Rock Hill’s arts community is joining with downtown businesses to host “Art Party” in South Carolina’s first state-recognized cultural district. From November 1-17, a collection of local and regional artists will be showcased at locations that include historic buildings, shops, cafés and offices throughout Old Town Rock Hill, SC. The Art Party weekend event will take place Thursday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 17.

Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of our Juried Competition. Artists Chris Smith Evans, Foozhan Kashkooli and Dominique Verechia Bunce served as jurors for this year’s juried exhibition and competition. Original works of art will be available for purchase throughout old town studios, galleries and businesses. Meanwhile, entertaining, engaging & educational events will be taking place throughout the weekend.

Thursday night, November 15th will open with an art auction organized by the Winthrop University Union of Student Artists in the Courtroom of the Gettys Art Center. Friday evening November 16th will feature Competitive Portrait Drawing at the Art’s Council, a series of short films shown at the Left Bank of Amelie’s, Rock Hill(downstairs) and a performance presented by Sinergismo called “See Not For Looking” in the Gettys Center Courtroom. This weekend of art-centered events will culminate on Saturday night, November 17th with “Shindig,” a dinner party featuring poet Susan Ludvigson, music by Kelly Jo Ramirez – of Phat Lip and a Mexican-Southern Fusion meal prepared by Gil Gonzalez and Jeff Cozzens. Shindig will be in the courtroom of the Gettys Art Center.

Friday and Saturday will feature the Studio & Gallery Stroll, which is open studios and art exhibitions at various studios, galleries, business and public locations in Old Town Rock Hill, SC. There will be a variety of seminars and workshops on Saturday featuring topics related to the arts—like film-making, photography, felting, journal-making, etc.—led by local artists.

Participating organizations and businesses include Met Contemporary, Winthrop University Galleries, Gallery 5, Legal Remedy, Dust-Off Brewery, Knowledge Perk, The White Home, Bike Town, Joe’s Video Games, Vinyet Architecture, Rock Hill Brewery, Friends Books on Main, The Newsstand, Main Street Bottle Shop, Five & Dine, Technology Incubator, Amélie’s – Left Bank, Style-Recycled, Winthrop University Union of Student Artists, the Arts Council of York County and Friday Arts Project.


Friday Arts Project’s vision is that Beauty exists where Truth and Goodness meet Mystery. It is an Arts collective curating conversation and fostering craft to call forth a fully human community. Friday Arts Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit:



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Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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