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On this page are many of the recent projects, activities and events conducted by the Lake Marion Artisans for the town of Summerton and the local communities around beautiful Lake Marion, SC.  All of our projects are funded by sales of our work (artists donate a portion of each sale to our non-profit Art Gallery) and by the generous donations from our community.

We greatly appreciate the many tax-deductable donations from supporters that help us fund our operations and a variety of local community projects. You can mail your contribution to the Lake Marion Artisans, PO Box 541, Sumerton, SC 29148 - or you can now donate using PayPal.

Our largest community project to date was the Summerton Health Fair, held July 29, 2017, from 10 am-2 pm at the Old Historic Scotts Branch High School. Sponsored by Clarendon One Resource Center, Hope Health, Walmart Vision Center and Lake Marion Artisans and many others, the Health Fair offered health screenings, educational materials and community resources for members of Summerton and the surrounding community. Over 100 adults and children attended the Fair, taking advantage of free health and vision screening. Some 25 organizations were represented, with 40 exhibitors attending. 

This project was made possible not only by the participating organizations, but also by the fine Summerton businesses who contributed financially so that we were able to cover the expenses incurred. Thanks to our Summerton Partners!!

This year's Health Fair is coming up the first weekend in October-  Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 1:00. Our plan is to schedule the Summerton Health Fair for the first weekend in October each year! We plan this event for Saturday for the convenience of those who must work Monday through Friday and are unable to attend other public service events.

Hope Health will again co-sponsor this event with us and will be providing blood pressure checks, body mass index, and as well, cholesterol tests for those who have fasted (not eaten since midnight). This year we are adding hearing tests by Sumter Hearing Associates, and CVS Pharmacy from Manning will be giving flu shots- free to Medicare patients and at a nominal charge to others. 

Lake Marion Artisans - Community Projects

  • The Lake Marion Artisans recently established a free 'Book Exchange' program. Visit the gallery, browse the art on display, and borrow a good book.
  • The Lake Marion Artisans Gallery has now installed and activated Internet WiFi service for the staff and gallery customers.
  • The Lake Marion Artisans traditionally grants an Arts Scholarship to a senior from the local community each year. This Scholarship and/or Summer Internship is available to participants in all types of art, from the visual arts to computer graphics, dance, music, and writing.

Summerton & Santee Cooper Country - Other Community Events

  • February 2018 - Black History Month Quilt Show & Art Show
  • April 2018 - Summerton Art Fundraiser and Block Party
  • April 2018 - ArtFields, Lake City, SC
  • May 2018 -  Birdfest Music Festival XV
  • May 2018 -  Briggs v. Elliott Commemorative Celebration
  • May 2018 -  77th Annual Iris Festival at Swan Lake
  • June 2018 - Spring Fling Annual Summerton Community Car Show
  • September 2018 - Gourd Arts & Crafts Showcase by members of Cypress Gourd Patch of Sumter
  • October 2018 - Duckfest in Summerton
  • October 2018 - Summerton Health Fair
  • October 2018 - Annual Francis Marion 'Swamp Fox' Symposium
  • November 2018 - Summerton's Annual Christmas 'Open House'

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans and farmer's markets. For more detail, visit the SC Ag + Art Tour web site.

If you would like to suggest new material or links to be added to this web site, please email lakemarionartisans3@gmail.com

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