As a new year begins, Richland Library is arranging a musical tribute to celebrate the work of its outgoing artist-in-residence while illustrating the skills of its incoming artist-in-residence. Join the library from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 at its Main location (1431 Assembly Street) for Songwriter’s Showcase: Artist-in-Residence Musical Finale.
The performance gives people a chance to show off what they have learned throughout Wendell Culbreath’s (aka THE Dubber’s) many songwriting workshops since he started as artist-in-residence in September 2017. Over the last four months, Culbreath, known for his one-man-band guitar style, has worked with the community and local artists to share his talents and passion for songwriting and music. Accompanying Culbreath are singers and songwriters Kendra Ford of Columbia, Riyen Roots of Asheville and Zach Fowler of Rock Hill.
In addition, Maria Fabrizio, Richland Library’s next artist-in-residence, plans to be painting live during the performance. Fabrizio, an illustrator and designer who strives to make art that is accessible, emotional, thoughtful and neutral, has dabbed in work with NPR, Vox, the University of South Carolina and Writer’s Digest. She is scheduled to host weekly office hours during her time as artist-in-residence, which extends through May 2018.
Initially developed in September 2016, the concept behind Richland Library’s artist-in-residence is to connect the community with local, working artists and to provide creative and educational opportunities to local residents in a way that supports cultural and artistic exchange.
If the community would like to take a closer look at Fabrizio’s work, it is on display until February 3, 2018 in the Richland Library Gallery (1431 Assembly Street). The new exhibit – titled One Sloth, Some Sadness and a Few Happy Things – features more than 25 pieces and covers subject matter, ranging from sloths to death, politics, science and religion.