On January 15, 2015, The Florence County Museum will open a new adjunct art gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street. The new gallery space, formerly the old Waters Furniture building, conveniently neighbors the new museum facility on Cheves Street that opened October of 2014. The Trustees of the Florence Museum are proud to present the 2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition as the inaugural exhibit for the new Waters Gallery. Works by regional artists will be on exhibit in the Waters Gallery from January 15, 2015 to March 29, 2015. An opening reception will be held Thursday evening, January 15, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Thanks to this year’s sponsor, Chic-fil-A, the reception will be free of charge and open to the public.


The Pee Dee Regional Art Competition showcases contemporary art (created within the last two years) by artists located in the Pee Dee region. The works on exhibit were selected by Judge, Lese Corrigan, from a total of 172 submissions. Charleston native, Lese Corrigan, is the owner and operator of Corrigan Gallery, located on Queen Street in Charleston, SC. As a working artist, Corrigan has been a long-time supporter of Charleston artists and an active participant in the Southern Art scene. You can learn more about Lese Corrigan at her website, corrigangallery.com. A first place cash award of $1000 will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday evening, January 15, 2015. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250. The People’s Choice Award winner, which will be voted upon by attendees of the opening reception, will receive $150.