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Making our Community a Better Place to Live and Work, by using art to fuel ideas  and innovation.
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. 

Lake Marion Artisans - Other Gallery Events
  • February 2017 - In honor of Black History Month, the Gallery hosted quilters from the Summerton Senior Center. An annual event, the exhibit of quilts, many with historical connotations, raised $700, to be used for fabric and other quilting necessities for the Center. 
  • May 2017 - Book Signing by Local Author Vicki Wilkerson
  • April 2017 - Featured Local Artist Brian Hacker. Sales of Brian's artwork go to the local non-profit organization - Preserving Summerton's History. Its goals include the beautification of the downtown area and the opening of a museum to showcase our historic town.

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 just 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

  • May 2017 -  Birdfest Music Festival XV
  • May 2017 -  Briggs v. Elliott Commemorative Celebration
  • May 2017 -  77th Annual Iris Festival at Swan Lake
  • June 2017 - Spring Fling Annual Summerton Community Car Show
  • October 2017 - Duckfest in Summerton
  • October 2017 - Annual Francis Marion 'Swamp Fox' Symposium
  • November 2017 - Summerton's Annual Christmas 'Open House'
  • February 2018 - Black History Month Quilt Show and African American Art Display.
  • April 2018 - Summerton Art Fundraiser and Block Party

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