The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to collaborate with the Florence County Museum and introduce a spring exhibition in the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery featuring the work of Mrs. Jen Ervin. Along the River traces the stories, heritage and landscape of a southern family’s experiences within the Pee Dee. The exhibition will run April 4 – June 10.
Mrs. Ervin specializes in film-based photography. Born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, the artist moved to Florence, South Carolina in her formative years. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University, and a BA in Fine Art from Francis Marion University. Originally a painter, Ervin became interested in photography during her graduate studies under the tutelage of Alston Purvis, former student of master photographer, Walker Evans.
Motherhood soon followed graduation, initiating a more personal exploration of photography as medium. She actively exhibits her work and has been published on Aint-Bad, Lenscratch, Don’t Take Pictures and Feature Shoot. Her Polaroids have been exhibited in galleries and museums alongside notable photographers such as William Christenberry, Sally Mann, William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Kathleen Robbins and Susan Worsham. Ervin currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and their three daughters. Her work may be explored at www.jenervin.com.
The Florence Regional Arts Alliance invites Florence County and its visitors to enjoy this series, which aims to tie current family history to the past. Mrs. Ervin will also conduct a gallery talk on May 11th at 11 am describing the exhibition. The talk is free and open to the public.
The Artist Reception for this exhibit will coincide with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance’s Arts Awards Presentations on May 10 in the Waters Building at 6pm. These prestigious awards annually recognize the important contributions that individuals, groups and businesses make to the cultural life of our community.This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and the support of First Reliance Bank.
The Florence County Museum Waters Gallery is located at 135 South Dargan Street. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge from Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm.