Elephant Ear Gallery marks 9th year with book signing, party


The Elephant Ear Gallery will celebrate its 9th anniversary on Thursday with a 3-to-5:30 p.m. reception and book signing by two area authors, Brenda Remmes and David Henry Lucas. The gallery is a cooperative of more than 23 members, artists and crafters who exhibit and sell their creations at the gallery.

Founding member Betty Reese said the "incredible creative co-op was formed in 2009 for the Sumter community artists to share their talents (and) has thrived and survived through community loyalty and member determination."

Among the items available for purchase are paintings, woodworking, fabric art, custom framing, jewelry, handmade soaps, painted furniture, antiques, colored glass and even fresh baked goods, Reese said.

In addition, a classroom allows members to teach their talents and skills; it is also available to be rented to non-members who wish to teach. Local author and publisher Sandy Richardson is now teaching the writing of fiction and nonfiction, and the gallery sponsors occasional free workshops.

During the anniversary celebration, Remmes will sign her latest book, "Mamie Sadie," and Lucas, known for his The Rice King Series, will also sign his most recent book. Remmes lives near Dabbs Crossroads, while Lucas resides near Bishopville. Their books will be available for purchase at the gallery.

The public is invited to attend the celebration, and refreshments will be served at the Elephant Ear Gallery, 672 Bultman Drive, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There is no charge for admission.