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This photo shows “Dionysus,” a bronze African elephant by Douglas Aja, among 47 works in the National Sculpture Society’s 84th annual Awards Exhibition, opening Saturday and going through Oct. 29, at Brookgreen Gardens, open 9:30 a.m. daily on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. It’s free to see with museum admission, which lasts seven days. Details at 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org, and nationalsculpture.org/exhibitions/84th-annual-awards-exhibition/.
This photo shows “Dionysus,” a bronze African elephant by Douglas Aja, among 47 works in the National Sculpture Society’s 84th annual Awards Exhibition, opening Saturday and going through Oct. 29, at Brookgreen Gardens, open 9:30 a.m. daily on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. It’s free to see with museum admission, which lasts seven days. Details at 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org, and nationalsculpture.org/exhibitions/84th-annual-awards-exhibition/. Courtesy photo

OPENING SATURDAY | 08.05

Brookgreen beams with national exhibit, final ‘cool’ evenings

Brookgreen Gardens is starting August in a busy fashion, and these amenities are all free with admission, which lasts seven days: $16 ages 13-64, $14 ages 65 and older, $8 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger:

▪ National Sculpture Society’s 84th annual Awards Exhibition, opening Saturday and going through Oct. 29, with 47 works (chosen from 233 entries). More details at nationalsculpture.org/exhibitions/84th-annual-awards-exhibition/.

▪ Home stretch for “Cool Summer Evenings,” with gardens open until 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, through Aug. 11, and concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays: Oracle Blue Aug. 4, Reggie Sullivan Band Aug. 9, and Tru Sol Aug. 11. Also, on Thursdays through Aug. 10: family games at 5 p.m., frog crafts and activities 5:30, and Ron Daise orating stories at 6:15 p.m.

▪ “Children Activity Days,” in “Energy Rocks” theme, for ages 4-12, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday-Monday, with such activities as gem mining stations and building a circuit, and Brookgreen’s animal ambassadors visiting at 11 a.m. on each of those days.

Brookgreen, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. More information at 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

SUNDAY | 08.06

Eight acts face off in ‘Muse on the Waccamaw’ finals

Eight performers will compete in the the finals for the Create! Conway “Muse on the Waccamaw” Songwriting Contest, for a grand prize of a hand-blown glass trophy from Conway Glass, a recording package from Southern Harmony Recording Studio in Florence, and a featured slot for Conway’s 12th annual Live Oaks Art & Music Festival, Oct. 7.

The list comprises Randall Hill, Amanda Miele, Soldiers of Fortune, and Philip Whittaker – who each won their respective preliminary rounds – and four wild-card entrants: Ennui, Charles Grace, Fritz Frye, and Craig Talbot.

See the single-elimination concert unfold at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Warehouse, 104 Laurel St, Conway. It’s free to see, and part of Create! Conway’s “Indie Market on Laurel,” noon-6 p.m. nearby at the roundabout fountain at the entrance to the Riverwalk at 104 Laurel St.

More contest details from Brian Roessler, by emailing brian_roessler_music@yahoo.com, and at 843-248-4527 or www.createconway.org.

MONDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 09.09

‘Take a Little Coast Home’ among Brunswick gallery exhibits

Both of these sites are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and free to see:

▪ “Take a Little Coast Home With You,” an exhibit of small coastal-themed paintings in various media through Sept. 9, with all works for sale designed for easy transport home, by 24 artists – Joseph Bardani, Freeman Beard, Irene Beard, Roseann Bellinger, Elaine Bigelow, Brenda Butka, Sue Coley, Ruth Cox, Nancy Guiry, Gary Halberstadt, Ann Lees, Ann Parks McCray, Phil Meade, Nancy Hughes Miller, Brooks Pearce, Mary Smith, Roger Tatum, Ortrud Tyler, Joyce Vollmer, Celia Wester, Linda Young, Rick Steingress and Cat Wondergem, and Ginny Lassiter, host gallery owner – at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash. 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

▪ Featured artists through Aug. 29 – JoAnn Norman and Greta Swaim – at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C.. 910-457-5450 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.

SUNDAY | 08.06

‘Feast Your Eyes’ co-curator leads docent tours

Take a docent tour with Karen Olson, one of the curators for “Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South,” an exhibit of 112 works by 60 artists that continues through Sept. 17 at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon P. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Tours are 2-3 p.m. Sunday, as well as Aug. 18 and 29, and Sept. 9, and free.

Also, in the “Food for Thought” lecture series, mostly 2-3:30 p.m. and mostly $10 each, with reservations required: “The Chefs and Their Farmers,” Aug. 9, with Heidi Vukov, Darren Smith and Joseph Bonaparte; “Sweet and Sassy Southern Cooking with Tour, Demonstrations and Tastings,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 16, with and at International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach, for $20; “Food for the Spirit,” Aug. 23, with the Rev. Joseph Tedesco, from Mepkin Abbey; and “To Cook a Mockingbird: Symbolic Foodways in Harper Lee’s Classic Southern Novel,” Sept. 13, with Daniel Turner.

Other exhibits this summer are “Feast Local: Brant Barrett Photography,” through Sept. 17, along with “Douglas Balentine: Beyond the Horizon,” a collection of the Charleston native’s drawings and paintings, through Sept. 10. The museum’s open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission.

Details at 843-238-2510 or myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

TUESDAYS | Through 08.29

‘Sand Bar Lecture Series’ covers such topics as honey bees

The Museum of Coastal Carolina stays in summer mode through Sept. 4, open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Museum admission – $9.50 ages 13-61, $8.50 ages 62 and older, $7.50 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger – also includes its weekly “Sand Bar Lecture Series,” 6 p.m. Tuesdays through August, with this lineup: “The Cuban Missile Crisis” Aug. 8, “Honey Bees Endangered” Aug. 15, “The Green Swamp” Aug. 22, and “Core Sounders” movie Aug. 29.

Also, on other days, take part in:

▪ “Touch Tank Feedings” – Help docents feed live animals, 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

▪ Ocean Reef Explorer and Gyotaku Fish Printing – Learn about marine animals, then make a fish print using a Japanese technique called Gyotaku, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

▪ “Spiny Lobsters” – Learn about their interesting features, habitat and life-cycle habits, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Find the museum at 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Details at 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.

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