In light of how the yuletide season starts about Nov. 1 across the Grand Strand, anyone who feels overloaded with that holiday feeling has several options for a respite from the rush and high gear of the season in the next couple of weeks other than hitting the beach or the nearest shopping mall.
Triple play of art
A trio of exhibits continues for a little more than two weeks, through Dec. 29, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.
“An Artist’s Eye: A Journey through Modern and Contemporary Art with Sigmund Abeles” and “Figuratively Speaking: The Art of Sigmund Abeles,” along with the national premiere of “Jonathan Green – The Artist as Servant-Leader: A Retrospective of Community Engagement” all reflect artists who have been repeat hits through the two floors of galleries through the museum’s 15 years.
Patricia Goodwin, executive director, said these exhibitions “showcase the high caliber of art that is available for viewing right here in Myrtle Beach,” and that the museum delights in presenting these “as our 15th anniversary year comes to a close.”
Goodwin said the holiday season bring a less active time at the museum, but that visitors – from the area and on vacation – would enjoy visiting the museum, especially “between Christmas and New Year’s.”
She also wanted to ensure everyone knew of the museum’s hours for the rest of the month, so in a nutshell, it’s closed Dec. 22-26, and Dec. 30-Jan. 1, but open Tuesdays-Sundays otherwise as usual.
Socialize at a movie
The city of Myrtle Beach has been playing free movies on Fridays for several years at the Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, near Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Grand Strand Campus.
The screen won’t go dark, either, the rest of this month, so these movies, all at 3 p.m. and almost all rated PG-13, might mark a nice way for adults and seniors to start a weekend early and socialize:
“The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron, plays on Friday; “The Three Stooges,” with Sean Hayes and rated PG, Dec. 21; and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” with Dame Judi Dench, Dec. 28.
Step back in time
The Horry County Museum, housed in a former post office building in Conway, takes everyone back to times before the founding of the United States, with various continuing exhibits on Southern culture and history, including one showcase about Peter Horry, an Army captain in the Revolutionary War and later a S.C. legislator.
Go outside for the museum’s L.W. Paul Living History Farm, on U.S. 701, at Harris Shortcut Road, about five miles north of downtown Conway, uses 17 acres to re-create life on a family farm in the first half of the 20th century.
Wildlife vistas inside
“Wild North Carolina Through the Artist’s Eyes,” the 2012 N.C. Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, continues for three more weeks through Jan. 5 at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C.
In the gallery’s first time as host for this show, about 40 artworks show a range of scenes from the regional N.C. landscape, including portrayals of flora and fauna in photographs, and oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings.
Sailing into history
The second major exhibit has just hit the water at the year-old S.C. Maritime Museum in Georgetown, sailing through winter.
On display in “1905: Georgetown’s Golden Year,” see 35 photographs, newspaper clips and other images capturing moments in Georgetown’s waterfront and downtown area from the port’s busiest year.
Photographs cover vessels including steamships and sailing craft, as well as scenes of Georgetown waterfront and the Centennial Celebration from December 1905, and its parade of boats and ships on the Sampit River and another grand procession on Front Street, all from a time when the lumbering industry reached its height in the area.
Susan Sanders, director of the museum, called the reception to this new exhibit opened Nov. 30 “very well.”
“People are amazed that all this was going on in the area, at the time,” she said.
Sanders said the whole story “revolves around how flourishing the economy was, and to see the celebration of the economic vitality of this area ... with parades and festivals.”
The gallery, which abuts a row of windows on the south side of Front Street, is decked out “in that festive nature” with banners like those used in 1905, she said, “so when you walk in, you feel like you’re walking into a celebration.”
Even the music playing on CD fits from that time.
“You wouldn’t believe how many people walk in,” Sanders said, “and say, ‘That’s Scott Joplin.’”