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Clover launches art gallery

The town of Clover hosted a grand opening for its community art gallery Friday with an exhibit featuring the work of children and adults.

Angie Yelvington Clinton is the York resident who proposed the gallery. She has also volunteered to schedule the exhibits at the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., and said she’s received a lot of interest.

“Tons of emails,” said Clinton, a 1966 Clover High School graduate who previously scheduled art exhibits at Rock Hill’s City Hall Rotunda. “I’ve already booked the gallery through October.”

Clinton said some of the interest came from Clover-area artists, but she plans to draw work from artists across York County and perhaps beyond.

“It’s not just Clover,” she said. “I’ve had an inquiry from Tennessee.”

The first exhibit features the work of seven contemporary adult artists, including Pam Holland, Anita Moses, Shanna Stanton, Randy Cikowski, Kathleen Blomstrom, M.C. Curchill-Nash and Mike A. Marr Sr.

The unveil also includes works by five Clover school district students. They are Autumn Huskey, Sydney Moses, Ashton Caldwell, Scarlet Austin-Jones and Keaton Huskey.

More than 100 people attended Friday’s opening, and Clinton said several of the student artists sold their work to buyers they had never met.

Clinton, who proposed the idea of the community art gallery to the Clover Town Council last year, is an artist, a professional photographer and lifelong art aficionado who has worked closely with the Arts Council of York County.

She said the mission of the gallery is to connect artists within the community – and all over the Metrolina area – and to showcase their artwork, with a special focus on student work.

The gallery, which is presently limited to two-dimensional art, was launched with a $500 grant from the arts council for materials and food for Friday’s opening reception.

Clinton said she hopes to be able to obtain another grant later to purchase shelves or cubes that would allow the display of pottery and other three-dimensional works.

Clinton said the present exhibit will continue through January, and the art center will feature an array of new artists’ works each month.