Myrtle Beach Museum celebrates 15th anniversary
February 7, 2012 by Mark
On Saturday February 4th, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina celebrated its 15th anniversary with special events and exhibitions. The Museum used printing services to print flyers and posters inform the public about the celebration and invite the community to attend it.
The celebration included a ceremony that focused on art displays which highlight the culture of Myrtle Beach with various art the people can wear, drawings and musical art. The services coordinator of the museum, Casey Church, said that the primary goal of the celebration was to make the public more aware of events and exhibits that the museum has and of the art community in general so that people will seek out the culture and want to visit not only the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum but other art organizations in the area as well. As examples of this, the celebration event was closed with a chanting prayer from a group of Tibetan monks and the museum has an initiative called “I Heart Art” that teaches the community by means of various art forms about life in Myrtle Beach.
The Museum itself was initially conceived in 1974 by a group of visionaries in Myrtle that consisted of art patrons, business leaders, private citizens and cultural enthusiasts and opened to the public in June 1997. The building in which the Museum is housed dates back to 1924 when it was built by Eugene Cannon, a textile industry leader. It changed hands several times and was slated for demolition in 1975. Christened the Springmaid Villa, the building was supported by a campaign to save it lead by Gaye Sanders Fisher, the President of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild. It survived due to an effort to move it from its initial location to another location eight miles south.