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S.C. Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration

April Showers Art Party - RESCHEDULED for April 6


Important Note

The April Showers Art Party originally scheduled for April 5 was postponed due to severe weather in Columbia. The event has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at 701 Whaley – the same time and location. Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled event may request a refund by emailing Angela Brewbaker, abrewbaker@arts.sc.gov.


Much thought went into this decision, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The safety of our guests, artists, staff and vendors is our first priority.


Thank you for your understanding.


If you haven't yet purchased tickets, you can do so at the door.


The South Carolina Arts Foundation presents the April Showers Art Party, kicking off the South Carolina Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary Celebration.


Wednesday, April 6, 2017
7 p.m.
Grand Hall at 701 Whaley
701 Whaley Street
Columbia, S.C.


For 50 years, the Arts Commission has served as an umbrella for the development of the arts in South Carolina. April Showers will feature an art sale of umbrella-themed works by approximately 30 arts professionals, fabulous food and a dance party!


$75/person  |  'Fashion with a Flair' Attire

Cocktail Buffet  |  Open Bar  |  Complimentary Valet



  • Singin' in the Rain Opening Performance

    Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet

  • Artwork by Rob Shaw depicts a woman with an umbrella walking on a rainy street.
    Artwork by Kent Ambler depicts the months of the year represented by various birds.
    April Showers Invitational Art Sale


    Participating Artists

    as of March 22, 2017

    Angel Allen

    Kent Ambler

    Kristy Bishop

    Connie Brennan

    Patti Brady

    Louis Bruce

    Lou Chandler

    Jocelyn Chateauvert

    Jeff Donovan

    Linda Fantuzzo

    Diana Farfan

    Jo Ann Graham

    Mana Hewitt

    Ellen Kochansky

    Flavia Lovatelli

    Kathy Moore

    Marcelo Novo

    Tabitha Ott

    Rob Shaw

    Virginia Watson

    Lynette Youson

    It's raining umbrellas...

    Installed throughout the ceiling are umbrellas representing the 67 sites of the ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum) Project, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Students from 60 ABC schools have been invited to embellish the umbrellas, which will travel to schools around the state after the event.

  • April Showers Dance Party

    featuring the Finesse Band


April Showers is presented by the South Carolina Arts Foundation as a fundraiser supporting the arts education and arts development programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission.

April Showers Sponsors

As of March 31, 2017


Golden Artist Colors

MedProperties Holdings, LLC


BlueCross BlueShield of S.C
Fluor Corporation
Lake City Creative Alliance
MedProperties Holdings, LLC


Columbia Music Festival Association

ERA Wilder Realty


Lizard’s Thicket Restaurants

Marketing Performance

701 Whaley


Sysco Columbia

The InterTech Group

The Law Offices of Alex Thomas Postic

Jeffry C. Caswell


Blanchard Machinery Company

kaw Communications

Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America

Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Rogers, Lewis, Jackson, Mann & Quinn

Susie & Carroll Heyward


Capital Deployment, LLC

Titanic Alley

Brice & Reid Hipp

Bev & Bob Howard

Dr. Gail M. Morrison



It's Raining Umbrellas! The South Carolina Arts Foundation presents the April Showers Art Party. A Kick-Off Event Celebrating the South Carolina Arts Commission 50th Anniversary. Save the Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017. At 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, South Carolina.