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Chapin Art Trail
A Community Art Project

Small Town Charm

Nicki Peeples

Installed September 2023

Small Town Charm
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Artist's Statement 

Chapin is known for being the “Capital of Lake Murray” and there is no denying that it is a huge part of our town. The lake offers many activities including fishing and boating, water skiing and kayaking. Its shorelines are full of our homes, our friend's homes, restaurants and local hot spots. When it comes to lake living, it’s always in season and always prevalent in our community.

While traveling, I’ve seen many murals scattered around in small towns and large cities. Usually they are painted to highlight the unique qualities that make the specific area special. I felt Chapin needed one of its own. My design was to showcase all the features of Lake Murray. The wildlife, the incredible sunsets, the landmarks and recreational activities are all a part of the vision. The photo opportunities on each end of the mural were painted so that the viewers could actually interact with the artwork. I named the artwork “Small Town Charm”. There’s a simple and yet charming way about life in Chapin. No matter how much the town continues to grow, I think that is a constant theme that has never changed.

About the Artwork

“Small Town Charm” is a large mural painted across the entire side of a building in downtown Chapin. It was painted in very durable high quality and weather resistant water based paint. The design and finish were both done by artist Nicki Peeples.

About the Artist

Born on the coast and raised in the midlands, Nicki developed a love for art at a very young age. The beach is still her favorite place and She visits there as often as possible. It’s almost like going home in a sense. Chapin, SC has such a special place in her heart, it is where She now lives with her husband and two children. She Draws inspiration from landscapes,florals, people, and animals. The everyday surroundings. Nicki hopes to portray a balance between loose abstraction and subtle realism by combining light and shadows and intriguing color combinations.

You can find pieces of Nicki’s artwork and prints throughout the United States. Ranging from sophisticated gallery settings to small boutiques and stores across the county. Locally, you can find her work at Palmetto fine arts in Chapin, High Noon in Ballentine and The Gallery in Newberry.

Shop prints and products through and also, as well as her website

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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