Fort Mill Times

Celebration evolves into first art crawl

Jim MacArthur of Charlotte browses through artwork at Storm Dancer Studios.
Jim MacArthur of Charlotte browses through artwork at Storm Dancer Studios.

Georgia Harper-Ehrenberg was up until nearly 3 a.m. rearranging artwork at BacInTyme Coffee Café and making sure that everything was in place for the one year anniversary celebration last Saturday.

By 8 p.m. that evening, after nearly a full day of live music and activities at the café, Ehrenberg's voice was hoarse from talking, laughing and spending time with her customers, new and old.

Artists, including painter Caroline Harnish and jewelry maker Raquel Dills, gathered on the lawn at BacInTyme to display their work while inside the coffee shop, Ehrenberg displayed her usual eclectic mix of works from local and national artists.

Mary Jo Calvin of Tega Cay and Donna Mathews of Fort Mill were two of BacInTyme's regular customers that joined the celebration. Since BacInTyme opened last year, the pair have made it their regular meeting spot.

"I've been to coffee houses before, but nothing like this," said Mathews.

"The artwork, the jewelry. We don't miss a thing!"

The celebration at BacInTyme extended into downtown Fort Mill with live music from T.J. Petrino and Brad Tretola at the bandstand in Confederate Park and open house at two downtown art galleries, turning the evening into Fort Mill's first art crawl.

Storm Dancer Studios and the Art Mill both opened their doors Saturday evening to welcome artists and art enthusiasts as they made their way from BacInTyme to the studios on Main Street. Storm Dancer Studios held a wine tasting for guests, who were able to take in art work created by owner Storm Hamble.

At the Art Mill, all members of the Fort Mill Art Guild were invited to display their artwork. Pottery, paintings, sculptures and artwork made from Legos were part of the show, which drew both members and guests to the four-month old gallery.

Art Guild president Marcia Buike watched the crowd as visitors sipped wine and munched on appetizers while taking in artwork from local artists. On more than one occasion during the evening, she said, she heard someone remark on Fort Mill's new "nightlife."

While this was Fort Mill's first art crawl, it won't be its last. Buike plans to begin "Fourth Fridays in Fort Mill," on June 26, where art galleries, retailers and restaurants downtown will open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will have a French theme, Buike said, including French music playing along Main Street and French pastries available at Sugarface.

"I've heard it again and again tonight," Buike said. "People just love having something to go to downtown."

Top: Jim MacArthur of Charlotte browses through artwork at Storm Dancer Studios.

Above: Brad Tretola and T.J. Petrino perform in the bandstand at Confederate Park.

Left: Myles Ehrenberg, 4, plays on stone benches in an art installation on Main Street.