Elaine Bigelow is the first artist whose works will be displayed in the “Art at The Gilmore” gallery, with more artists to follow. The gallery, located on the mezzanine level of the theater lobby, is open throughout the day as well as during evening show hours, and pieces are available for purchase directly at the theater.
The gallery is an idea that Calvin Gilmore has intended to realize for some time. “It’s really a natural addition to what we do here. We have been in the visual arts business for 25 years and this is just an enhancement to the art and culture that our patrons have come to expect from us,” Gilmore commented.
Elaine Bigelow, the first artist chosen for the gallery, was raised on a farm in upstate New York but has made her home in the Myrtle Beach area for many years. Encouraged by her grandmother, a porcelain painter, Bigelow began painting at the age of 4 and was teaching by age 14. She later went on to receive her BA in Art Education. Although she enjoys working in watercolor and acrylic, her main medium is oil. Because of a strong emotional response to the effects of light in, on and around objects, Elaine’s style is considered representational; she leaves the viewer completely absorbed in the mood of each scene by capturing and rendering a special moment in time. Many of her works are seascapes, from Calabash to Murrells Inlet. Bigelow’s paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and world.
“Art at The Gilmore” is located in the upstairs lobby of the Gilmore Auditorium and is open Monday through Saturday 9am – 9pm, Sunday 1pm–6pm, and through the end of the show on any performance nights. For questions regarding sales and operating hours please call 913-4000.
The Carolina Opry is now in its 25th Silver Anniversary season and has for 24 years been thrilling the hundreds of thousands of visitors who pass through its doors each year. The award-winning show blends two hours of high-energy music, comedy and dance that will leave you on the edge of your seat! Highly acclaimed by The New York Times, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, The Carolina Opry is the only show to win every major South Carolina tourism award and the only show to be voted the #1 show for 24 years straight.
Its sister show, Good Vibrations, offers a trip through the sights and sounds of the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties, and has been a hit with visitors since it opened three years ago.