Sit a spell on the painted benches around Beaufort’s Cultural District and immerse yourself in some amazing local art & history.
Working to integrate art into public spaces, promote creative economy and create a visual sense of the community – Beaufort’s new Art Benches have been built, designed, painted and installed throughout our downtown Cultural Arts District.
Six partner organizations were asked to work with local artists to create a design that would reflect their organization’s mission, identity, and place in the community. Each unique piece utilizes a variety of mediums including acrylic and oil paint, spray paint, oil pastels, wood, digital artwork & more.
The bench project organized by the Beaufort Cultural Arts District Board (CDAB), began about a year-and-a-half-ago along with LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, whose carpenters built each 4-foot long bench.
Each bench had a special visit this past week by the South Carolina Arts Commission, who conducted a Canvass of the People workshop at USCB Center for the Arts. This program is ongoing and continues to beautify our community.
So next time you’re downtown and have a few minutes…take a stroll through Beaufort’s Cultural Arts District and enjoy the beauty and practicality of these one-of-a-kind Art Benches.
Find them around town…
Sponsor: Santa Elena History Center
Artists: Frank Anson, Tom Van Steenbergh, Sandy Dimke, Lynne Darling
Theme: Beaufort’s earliest history and heritage
Location: Courtyard at Bay and Bladen streets
Sponsor: Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce
Artist: Omar Patterson
Theme: Lowcountry Dreaming
Location: Corner of Bladen and Duke streets
Sponsor: Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity
Artist: Linda Silk Sviland
Theme: Seeking to put God’s love into action
Location: Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
Sponsor: University of South Carolina Beaufort
Artists: Mary Ann Ford and John Rodriguez; master builder Greg Rawls
Theme: Beaufort College – Rich Heritage of Education
Location: Entrance to Center for the Arts, Carteret Street
Sponsor: Beaufort Digital Corridor
Artists: Jess O’Brien, Aaron Miller, Shawn Hill, Shelley Barratt, Brian Canada
Location: Corner of Carteret and North streets
Sponsor: National Reconstruction Era National Park
Artist: Ginger Wareham, Owner & Creative Director of EatStayPlayBeaufort & PickleJuice
Theme: United when the impossible suddenly became possible
Location: Beaufort Arsenal Courtyard, Craven Street