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Chapin Art Trail
A Community Art Project

Humming Along

Ruby DeLoach

Installed September 2021

Humming Along
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Artist's Statement 

Morning sunlight enters the Art Party Studio in Dutchman Shores in Chapin where painting allows me to fall into the face of a flower, to touch yesterday, to behold a landscape and briefly walk with my Creator.

About the Artwork

Humming Along is a 4 foot tall artistic trail marker with a sailboat on top. The metal form was created by Steven Reed and Shelly Fugua. The artistry on the marker was done by Ruby DeLoach.

Installed September 2021

About the Artist

Ruby was born with a natural love of and eye for art and was encouraged by a creative mother. Passionate feelings direct her brush in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums. After 40 years as an educator, Ruby retired, cleaned out her attic, added a dormer and created an art studio where she has written and illustrated three children's books (Earth Turns on Its Axis, and..., Growing Little Green Thumbs, Appalachian Mornings). The G.R.O.W! theme of Great Readings Open Worlds echoes through all her books. A forth book, Playing in the Dirt, is in progress.

A love for wildflowers was instilled growing up on a large farm on Blackstock Road, the site of a Revolutionary War Battle. While roaming wheat fields, forests and wading in creeks, her sister and cousins were treated to golden flowers of sunchokes and blue ragged robins, white lilies beside the creek, holly, dogwood and redbud trees in full splendor, turkey ferns, and Carolina sweetshrub. Touching yesterday is done when she recreates these images collected so long ago.

Scavenger Hunt Clue: 

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A Partnership Project by the Crooked Creek Art League and the Town of Chapin

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This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support in this grant comes from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

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This project was supported by a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation.

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