Vernon Grant’s A Christmas Wish Opens at the Center for the Arts

ROCK HILL, SC – The exhibition, Vernon Grant's A Christmas Wish opens on November 22, 2018 at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, along with his whimsical gnomes, and published scenes of winter will be on exhibit in the Dalton and Perimeter Galleries through December 30, 2018. There will be a free, public reception in honor of the exhibit on Thursday, November 28, 2018 from 5:30–7:00 PM at the Center for the Arts.

Step into the galleries and experience the joyful and delightful art of illustrator Vernon Grant. Through his crisp, imaginative characterizations of Santa Claus and scenes of the season, Vernon Grant created a national treasure of holiday art that continues to inspire and delight audiences today.

Illustrator Vernon Grant is known for his ability to imagine and to create colorful and unique works of art. Armed with a paintbrush in hand and an idea in mind, Grant quickly brought playful thoughts to life as illustrations for all to enjoy. His gift of storytelling through art captured the attention of advertisers, companies and publishers. Grant’s illustrations appeared in print on the covers of national magazines, advertising products, greeting cards and children’s books from the 1920s through the 1970s.

NEW IN 2018

Santa Remembers Everyone, the image selected as the People’s Choice in 2017, has been recreated in three dimensions by artist Ashley Beard, art teacher at South Pointe High School, and New York-based artist Linda Kay. This life-size sculpture will be on display in the front window at the Center for the Arts throughout the 2018 A Christmas Wish exhibit.

ChristmasVille at the Center for the Arts

Only at the Center for the Arts during ChristmasVille in Old Town Rock Hill, visitors can vote for their favorite Chairman’s Choice Santa. The winning image is named the 2018 People’s Choice and becomes the featured image for ChristmasVille 2019. Visit the ChristmasVilleRockHill.com website for complete details and for a schedule of all events.


York County High School Art Show

Also at the Center for the Arts, the York County High School Art Show is on exhibition in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. Coordinated by the Arts Council of York County and the Catawba River Art Guild, awards are sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at (803)328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

Image: Santa Remembers Everyone by Vernon Grant

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