ETV’s “Uncommon Folk” Spotlights SC Folk Artists

Columbia, SC – An 18th century artist once said, “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ETV’s new “Carolina Stories” documentary “Uncommon Folk” offers airtight evidence of this assertion in its March 10 statewide broadcast premiere.

Starting at 8 p.m., the hour-long program spotlights six self-taught South Carolina artists and their unique and sometimes quirky creations. From the “concrete city” architect to the Midlands’ “Chicken Man” to the Catawba Indian potter, the program takes a colorful look at the art and the artistic minds behind their masterpieces.

The artisans featured in the program include:

• L.C. Carson – Retired building contractor who created a sprawling “concrete city” in his backyard in Orangeburg. The magnum opus includes 33 replicas of buildings from ancient and modern times

• Johnnie Simmons – Acclaimed folk artist from St. Helena Island who uses paint, wood burning and the Gullah language to tell stories through his artwork

• Ernest Lee a.k.a “Chicken Man” – Nomadic Midlands artist most notably known for his “funky chicken” art

• Maxie McConnell Eades – Upstate woodworking artist known as the “Bowl Digger”

• Margaret Robbins – Traditional artist known for her all-natural, hand-sculpted Catawba pottery

• Sam Doyle – Renowned Lowcountry Gullah artist famous for immortalizing his Gullah heritage in his paintings

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, ETV and The South Carolina State Museum will host a sneak preview of “Uncommon Folk,” with several artisans present for the discussion and the preview. The documentary is presented in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit entitled Uncommon Folk: Folk Art from the South Carolina State Museum Collection which runs through Jan. 15, 2012 in the Lipscomb Art Gallery.

“For SCETV to work in conjunction with the S.C. State Museum on this project for our “Carolina Stories” series was ideal,” said ETV producer/director Lynn Cornfoot. “By sharing our resources, we were able to add a whole new dimension to both the film and exhibit, which we are excited to share with the people of South Carolina.”

The event is open to the public with price of museum admission.

For more information, please contact Dana McCullough at 803/737-3212, or at