Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach

The Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, a restored 1920’s beach house with a tea porch and view of the ocean

What do you do on a rainy day in Myrtle Beach? You visit an art museum! The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is nestled across from the sand dunes off of South Ocean Boulevard and features different exhibits throughout the year.

Kelly and I were accompanied by my 17 year-old son, seven year-old daughter, and her eight year-old friend (it can be a trip for all ages!).  This summer the museum features three exhibits:

Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams – Kelly’s and my favorite exhibit was the 72 black-and-white photographs determined to be the best images from Ansel Adams’ career that filled six galleries.  I marveled at the way Ansel Adams was able to capture the contrast of color in the trees and landscapes, all in shades of black and white!  We learned that he created the Zone System which is used in capturing the right exposure and light when photographing a scene.  This exhibit was accompanied by a looping video for more information.

Claire Farrell: A is for Art – This exhibit, and my 17 year-old son’s favorite, featured 26 monotypes, each an art-related subject that correlated to a letter in the alphabet.  Claire Farrell’s mixed media techniques included drawing and etching, a collage of digital images, and chine colle (which we had to look up the meaning of to find that it is a printmaking technique where an image is bonded to a heavier background and allows use of more delicate material).  These images portrayed a lot of Italian culture as well as musical instruments and even the author, Ernest Hemingway.

The Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum sign seen from the road

Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater – The last exhibit we visited was upstairs in four galleries, featuring 19 paintings commissioned by anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday. Each painting is accompanied by a story told by Aboriginal people about the origins of the Aborigine ancestral land.  The paintings depict various versions of stories about a serpent and a crater.  This exhibit was very colorful and almost playful and included a looping narrated video for more information.  It was my seven year-old daughter and her friend’s favorite exhibit.

This was the first art exhibit I had attended at the museum (my other visits were to attend the Chinese New Year festival) and I was really impressed with the amount of art and different culture I was exposed to during our 1.5 hour stroll through the various rooms/galleries.  I feel very lucky to have access to an art museum right here in Myrtle Beach!

The museum received the 2013 South Carolina Arts Commission Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Outstanding Arts Organization!  It offers a tea porch, an art resource library, and an art studio for classes offered throughout the year.  They also host summer art camps, teas, and festivals.  Check out the museum website for their current schedule.

Cost: Free (a $5 donation per person is suggested).  Memberships are also available.

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