WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire’s newest arts council now has an official name, according to Peggy Brickles, member of the council.
Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild, as they are now called, was officially voted on by the group during their meeting Feb. 17.
Although the group has only held several organizational meetings, Brickles said they are currently working on their handout for the community.
“It’s strictly informational to let people, not only in Whitmire, but anyone who might be interested in joining us,” Brickles said about the handout.
Brickles said they hope the handout will be ready in a few weeks, as their “computer guru” Linda Bullard was out of town.
The next event the Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild will be participating in is on Feb. 27 at Whitmire Community School. Martha Suber, assistant principal, has invited them to set up a display at the school’s talent show.
There will be no cash sales involved at the display, according to Brickles, but they will have paintings, craftsmanship items, and other items on display for the community to see.
At their next meeting, which will be held on March 4 at 7 p.m., the guild will be working on their placemat project, which is designing placemats which will be taken to the nearby women’s prison. Because of this, Brickles encourages those coming to the next meeting to have their pencils, pens and paint handy.
“Should be a fun time and that’s something we all like to do, have fun and enjoy each other’s company,” Brickles said.
Whitmire Community School’s art teacher, Lauren Woodward, has agreed to help the guild with the placemat project through her art classes, and Brickles said she seemed really interested in being involved, while encouraging them to get involved with the school through the arts.
Although no officers have officially been elected to the group, Brickles said they are consistently moving forward. She and Jackie Seymore, another member of the group, will be visiting the art council in Laurens County to gather more information for organizing.
Also announced at their meeting this week, was the TERA group’s knot tying classes that will be held next week in Whitmire. Brickles encouraged the guild members to participate if they were interested.
Jon Durham, with TERA said they would be sponsoring classes on knot tying and jewelry making on Feb. 24 and Feb. 27 from 7-8 p.m. They will be using 550 parachute cord and a new style of tactical cord, as well as teaching several different techniques for tying bracelets, necklaces, lanyards and FOBs.
The class will be taught over the two nights and will include all supplies, cord, buckles and hardware for making four different projects. Registration is $20 per person, which includes both nights. Class size is limited to 12 people according to Durham.
For more information on the project and to register, contact Durham at 271-6701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild meets at Rebecca’s Salon, located at 505 Church St. in Whitmire.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108.