One good thing to come out of the pandemic is it left entrepreneur Vic Clark with a lot of time on his hands.
He and his wife Kelly own Culture Club Art Gallery in Winnsboro that features the works of local artists.
He began pulling out some of his own art collection recently and decided to add those to the gallery.
“I’ve got little of everything,” he says, including some originals and a few signed and numbered lithographs.
“Better than prints — you know they’ve been touched by the real artist,” he says.
Once he started gathering, he began acquiring other pieces.
“Vic got a little impulsive during Covid shut down and ordered a lot,” Kelly chimes in.
The pieces add a museum quality to the gallery with wall cards describing them, and they even have comfortable benches for people to sit and view the work.
“I felt like we wanted to take it to another level and help educate people about world-renowned artists. It’s a museum feel with an affordable price tag.”
The new pieces include art by famous artists including Bernard Buffet, Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, Peter Max, Marc Chagall, and Rene Magritte.
Culture Club Art Gallery opened in 2018 in a 100-year-old building that faces Market Street in downtown Winnsboro.
“We grew up in the Boy George era,” Vic says, noting Culture Club was the name of George’s band and the kind of vibe they wanted. “We wanted to bring artists together as a club to promote culture. Art brings people together. I’m praying Culture Club does that.”
The heart of the place, Vic says, is the local artists which include Willow Santarsiero, Eluria Holland, Nancy Beauchamp, Tom Rice, Carlos Owens, Dolores Wright, Donna Page, Valery Guignon, Efton Edwards, Kathryn McNally-Bora, Margit Iguchi, Tracy Hopkins, Sherry Callender, Polly Eckstrom, Dennis Howard, George D. Bowmer, III, and Herman Peace.
Some of the artists work on site, hold classes, and display their work for sale.
“It is designed to give them a place to call home with minimal costs to them,” Vic says.
There’s a bookstore in the building as well as a gift shop, working studio, and a conference area.
There’s also a children’s section which is Kelly’s passion and she loves welcoming them along with the artists and guests of all ages who join them.
“It’s very important for me to make it a place for anyone and everyone, a beautiful place for artists and people who appreciate it to gather.
They purposefully designed the new space so customers walk through the local art to get to the new side.
“We’re doing what we love,” Kelly says. “We love art. We love promoting artists. Artists are some of the best people on earth.”
Culture Club Art Gallery is located at 107 East Elm Street. They are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. It’s within steps of numerous restaurants, shops, and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Visit www.cultureclubgallery.com or call (903) 347-6036 for more information.