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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) honors Meryl Weber, a local mosaic artist and retired educator, as the third recipient of the Artist in Residence Program. Weber will take residence in the Museum’s dedicated Art Room for three months to conduct hands-on workshops, weekly drop-in classes and informal demonstrations for Lowcountry children and their families. Meeting Street Academy, a local Title One School, will also meet with Weber for weekly workshops.

As a retired Art Teacher and Arts Coordinator for Berkeley County School District, Weber is very excited about getting to interact and create with children again. She plans to create a large scale mosaic installation for the Museum that visitors and members are welcome to contribute to over the next three months. Weber will also be leading small take home projects and activities for children of all ages to participate in as well.

Before coming to CML, Weber worked in the school system for more than thirty years: teaching art, writing curriculum guides for visual arts and creating standards guides for Language Arts and Math. In previous years she has also been affiliated with the South Carolina Alliance for the Arts, South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA), Network of Visual and Performing Arts Schools and on the Education Committee for the Gibbes Museum of Art. Weber has been honored with several outstanding awards such as the SCAEA Administration/Supervision Art Educator of the Year, Crayola Lesson Plan Award, SCAEA Distinguished Service to SC Art Education Association Award and the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program which she was provided a study trip to Japan. The Children’s Museum is very proud to welcome her as the 2012 Artist in Residence.

This project was funded in part by John M. Dunnan Galleries, Gilchrist/Bissell Wealth Management Group of Morgan Keegan, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

PREVIOUS ARTISTS

2013:  Gahyun Kim
2012:  Meryl Webber
2011: Conrad Guevara
2010: Jennifer Van Winkle

ORIGIN OF THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 

Anne Darby Parker has been an artist all her life.  It was her imaginative vision and passion for arts education that founded the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry and will continue to inspire children and families for years to come. She is a native of Charleston, SC and resides on Sullivan’s Island with her husband and three children.  Anne’s first exposure to the arts was through the lens of a camera where she found capturing the human spirit to be her passion.  After years of photography, Anne made the transition from the camera to the paint brush.  Her oil paintings reflect her deep Southern Lowcountry roots.  Her photographs and works of art have been exhibited throughout South Carolina and Washington, DC. In addition to being CML Founder and Board Member, Parker is also a member of the Sullivan’s Island Plein Air Painters, the Charleston Artist Guild and is on the Board of the SC Arts Foundation.