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Lexington Arts Scene 101

Posted by rhythmicsonline on August 3, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Man, I hate moving.  And right now, I am moving- ugh.  I suppose on the upside, I can purge all of the junk that accumulates when you have a husband, 3 kids & a dog! 

 

When I was a kid, my mother used to ransack my room, dumping out tons of my "paperwork" (i.e. notes from friends, pictures, etc), tossing out Barbies with no arms, My Little Ponies with matted hair, markers that were dried up- you know, all that junk.  I would watch her in horror as she mercilessly dumped my treasures in the trash.  Guess what- that madwoman is now me.  And yes mom, you were right.  I will admit however, I'm sneakier than my mom was- I do all of my purging when the kids are having their fun time with Nana!

 

But I digress.  Now that we are true residents of the great town of Lexington, I've taken to exploring some of the great places around.  I see stores I never knew existed, little parks that peak my interest, and places that I go home and Google just to find out what they're all about. 

 

Being the artsy sort of gal that I am, I've begun to really research the arts scene in Lexington, and I've been pleasantly surprised by what I've found!  Did you know we have a very active community theatre?  We also have a symphony orchestra, a choral society, and some awesome places to view & buy art!  I am thrilled, and I can't WAIT to get out there and experience what Lexington's arts scene has to offer!

 

I came across the Village Square Theatre's excellent website, where I found their 2010-11 season.  What a full & varied season!  I am so looking forward to seeing their productions!  From Beauty & the Beast (junior production) this fall, to It's A Wonderful Life in December (a classic!), to The Wizard of Oz & On Golden Pond in spring, I am pumped up!  An interesting side note- I actually played Chelsea in the Sumter Little Theatre version of On Golden Pond many moons ago- come in and let me know you read this in my blog & I'll give you a treat!  Do yourself a favor and check out their website: www.villagesquaretheatre.com

Hopefully I'll see you there!

 

I was also surprised to find the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra.  I had no idea!  Their website was very helpful- they are having a "Wine & Waltzes" program at Saluda Shoals on September 30, which I must attend!  How can I turn those two down?  Check them out at www.sclmso.org

 

Of course, my first love is singing- it's what I majored in when I was in college.  For years I've said I wanted to join a chorus, but between marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, raising children, starting & running a business, it's just been pushed further down my list.  BUT- after investigating Lexington's arts offerings, I have discovered the Lexington Choral Society!  Maybe you guys can come see me sing with them- tune in for more updates.  In the meantime, check out their season at www.lexcochoralsoc.org

 

As for visual art, my favorite local artist is Becky Blair, our own art teacher!  Becky is magnificently talented, and makes some of the most beautiful jewelry I've run across.  Her website, www.inspiraled.com has tons of great stuff.  If you want to buy me a gift, my favorite of her items are her "Asia Vu" pendants.  And here's a secret: if you ask Mrs. Becky reallllly nice, she'll do a custom necklace for you (and it can be ANY theme, not just Asian).  While you're checking out inspiraled, take a look at Mrs. Becky's collages as well.  She can customize those too and they are really neat.

 

I also discovered some really awesome work by local artists at Sandlapper Art.  Check out their website at www.sandlapperart.com.  I'm totally into the metal crabs!   I also found another site that showcases local art called The Art Spot in the Old Mill (I Heart The Old Mill!).  Check them out at www.artspotoldmill.com

 (Oh yeah, and while you're at the Old Mill, stop by Rainy Day Pal books- what a great little treasure trove of new and used books!  Annnnnnnd- drum roll please- you can consign your own used books there.  I'm in heaven).

 

As Lexington grows, it's need for an arts centre also grows.  There has been talk about building an arts centre in town for a while, but it needs your support.  To check out informatoin about the Lexington Arts Center, click on www.lexingtonartscenter.com .

 

Sadly,  there is no professional dance company based in Lexington.  Maybe that's where RPA can make a difference!  Look for more talk of professional dance companies in future blogs!

 

Happy Creating!

Mrs. Blake

 

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2 Comments

Reply Selena
11:34 AM on August 4, 2010 
Blake - Congrats on moving to Lexington. You may find some hidden treasures that I don't know about etiher. I will tell you that there is a restaurant on Main Street (Main Street Cafe) that is really nice. It isn't much to look at, but it is a nice "date night" place. If anything, I can tell you good places to eat!

Thanks for sharing!
Reply NELangley
10:43 AM on January 3, 2011 
Hi - Thanks for the mention of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra! I wanted to let you know that the website address for LMSO has been updated. It is now:

http://www.lmso.org/

We hope you are able to attend our concerts!