Cayce Arts Guild’s (CAG) mission is to generate a vibrant arts district centered in Cayce for citizens of the midlands to learn about, participate in, and enjoy art.
With encouragement of Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, John and Venetia Sharpe rallied several artists who live and make art in the Cayce area. The group, in addition to the Sharpes, included Charles Hite, Skip Willits, Renea Eshleman, and Mayor Partin. With input from others in the community, the Sharpes incorporated Arts Initiative of the Midlands (AIM) as a non-profit organization.
The July 23, 2016, inaugural event was a one-day event on the grounds of Sharpe Creations on Frink Street.
In February 2017, the founders decided to abandon the AIM name and incorporate as Cayce Art Guild. The first rotating exhibit was established in March 2017, at Henry’s of Cayce, 2108 State Street, Cayce.
In an effort to move CAG forward, City of Cayce officials, under the direction of Mayor Partin, worked with Renea Eshleman to schedule a meeting with area artists. On July 24, twenty artists and others interested in the arts community plus Mayor Partin and several City staff members met at Swatch Graphics and discussed the organization and established a path to move forward.
Artists and representatives of art organizations and area businesses attended organizational meetings on August 28 and September 11, 2018, at the Cayce Fitness and Wellness Center. Officers were elected to move the organization forward.
In December of 2018, CAG both gained 501(c)(3) status and put on their first exhibition, the first-annual Holiday Market located at 1803 State Street.
What We Do
All members of the community who support our mission are welcome to join us. We welcome all creative arts media, which includes, but is certainly not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital media, creative writing, music, theatre, filmmaking, culinary arts, game and app design, and even home crafts such as knitting, crochet and scrapbooking. We hold general meetings on a regular basis where you can network with other members of the community and where you can learn more about your craft through our educational programming. We are currently planning on holding exhibitions where creators can sell their art, and you can also show off your creations through this site's Meet Our Artists page. We are open to new, creative ways to promote our mission, so if you have ideas of your own, we'd love to hear them.