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A celebration of S.C. craftsmanship

A mandolin made by Frank Sox of Lexington, S.C. Sox is one of several makers featured in “Carolina Makers,” the new art exhibition at the S.C. State Museum.
A mandolin made by Frank Sox of Lexington, S.C. Sox is one of several makers featured in “Carolina Makers,” the new art exhibition at the S.C. State Museum. S.C. State Museum

Buy local, right?

While many want to purchase items made by fine area artisans, it’s not always easy to see more than a few of those works displayed at one time.

But the S.C. State Museum, in Columbia, is about to open a new exhibit called “Carolina Makers” that showcases creations from top-notch crafters who build musical instruments or furniture, work in wood, metal or clothing, and so on. Everything from mandolins to baskets to bow-ties.

The exhibition, which opens April 18 at 301 Gervais St., explores the diversity of what is being made in South Carolina, and celebrates the native workmanship and the craft that’s behind such handmade objects.

The work of 25 artisans will be on display.

Programs and events planned to complement the exhibition include a farm-to-table dinner July 30 that features locally grown and sourced food and drinks prepared by S.C. chefs and bartenders, with live music by instrument makers featured in “Carolina Makers.”

Admission to the exhibition, which is up through Feb. 7 in the museum’s Lipscombe Gallery, is included in standard museum admission: $8.95, $7.95 for 62 and older; $6.95 for ages 3-12; 2 and younger, free.

Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

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