FRAA offers professional development series for artists
The Florence Regional Arts Alliance introduces a series of professional development conversations for artists beginning on Monday, Sept. 12, in downtown Florence. Reynolds Williams of Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. will kick off the series and provide insight into current legal challenges facing the creative world.
An active local arts advocate, Williams worked his way through law school as a television producer and director and has continued that interest as an actor, director, and President of the Florence Little Theatre, winning the Best Actor Awards in 1982 and 1985. Currently he is chairman of the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” signature public art works.
On Sept. 19 Julie Snyder Mixon will be addressing the complexities of using words to enhance the work and career of an artist. Prior to teaching at Francis Marion University, Julie taught as an art instructor at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. for eight years. She received her masters of fine arts in photography from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. in December of 2004 and received a bachelor of fine arts in photography from Barton College in Wilson, N.C. in May of 2002.
Currently an assistant professor of photography at Francis Marion University, Julie specializes in alternative photographic processes and explores the combination of analog and digital photographic processes. Sept. 26 features the story of TThomas Arts, a new arts business and initiative in downtown Florence. Headed by Tiffany Thomas, the studio offers original art created by Tiffany and workshops that teach color theory and design.
Their goal is to not only sell art nationally online and through galleries and craft shows, but also to demonstrate to others how art can bridge communities and make the world a better place. Hear about the studio’s journey along with the steps taken and needed towards pursuing an arts business. The series will conclude with a panel discussion on Oct. 3 discussing marketing and social media in the arts world.
These conversations for artists of all forms will take place on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Waters Building in downtown Florence at 135 South Dargan Street. All are welcome. This series for artists is possible at no cost to participants due to the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank. The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a community-based local arts agency that serves the citizens of Florence County and the Pee Dee.
FRAA is committed to preserving, supporting and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County and the surrounding region. This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Florence Regional Arts Alliance at 843-407-3092 or email executive director Uschi Jeffcoat at director@florenceartsalliance. org.