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Vernon Grant's Santas

and works by Jill Pratzon
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC


November 28 - December 22, 2022


Thursday, December 1, 2022
5 - 7 PM

ChristmasVille Hours

Thursday, December 1

9 AM - 5 PM

Friday, December 2

9 AM  - 2 PM

Saturday, December 3

9 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, December 4

12 PM - 5 PM


Renowned illustrator and creator of Kellogg’s® Snap!® Crackle!® Pop!®, Vernon Grant built his reputation on his signature gnomes, jolly Santas and his whimsical approach to illustration. Along with Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, this year’s ChristmasVille exhibit will feature skiers, snowmen and winter scenes that graced the covers of some of America’s most popular magazines of the times.


Born in Nebraska in 1902, Vernon Grant was the son of a blacksmith with a pioneering spirit. Everything the Grants needed they made themselves. Young Vernon made some of his toys from clay from the riverbanks. These sculpted figures he modeled were forerunners of the colorful, winsome gnomes that would later launch his career as an illustrator.


Grant enjoyed drawing Santa Claus more than any other subject. Through hundreds of whimsical and memorable magazine covers, advertisements and card illustrations from the 1920s through the 1970s, he created a national treasure of holiday seasonal art.


Visit our galleries to capture the artistry of Vernon Grant and view his hallmark collection of Santa Claus, gnomes and scenes of the holiday season.

ChristmasVille at the Center for the Arts

  • See this year's Chairman’s Choice Santas, works by Jill Pratzon, People’s Choice winners (2009 - 2021), and the York County High Schools Art Show.

  • VOTE for your favorite Chairman’s Choice Santa, Gingerbread House, and Cardboard Ornament while visiting the galleries.

  • Santa Checking it Twice, I, the image selected as the People’s Choice in 2018, has been recreated in three dimensions by and New York-based artist Linda Kay. This life-size sculpture will be on display in the front window at the Center for the Arts throughout ChristmasVille. 

  • Santa's Workshop

  • Gingerbread House Contest Display

  • Ornament Contest - Cardboard Edition


Visit for complete details and for a schedule of all events.


York County High School Art Show

EXHIBITION | November 28 - December 22, 2022
RECEPTION | Thursday, December 1, 2022
5 - 7 PM

This annual high school art exhibition is open to all high school students in York County.
Cash prizes are awarded for Best of Show | In memory of Sandra Schug Stevens, Artist & Educator, and First, Second, and Third Places. Honorable Mentions are also awarded.
Catawba Ridge High School | Clover High School | Fort Mill High School
Nation Ford High School | Northwestern High School | Rock Hill High School
South Pointe High School | York Comprehensive High School

BEST OF SHOW, in memory of Sandra Schug Stevens, educator & artist | Reveries et Souvenirs by Emma Appleyard

Clover High School | Teacher: Olivia Chinnes

Medium: mixed media

FIRST PLACE | Bricks in DC by Haley Horner

Fort Mill High School | Teacher: Kelly Lucarelli

Medium: mixed media

SECOND PLACE | Torn Up by Zhijun He

Northwestern High School | Teacher: Sandy Queen

Medium: ballpoint pen

THIRD PLACE | Sacred Geometry by Olivia Deer

Fort Mill High School | Teacher: Margie O’Shea

Medium: ceramic

HONORABLE MENTION | Pushed Away by Alexandria Sinclair

Catawba Ridge High School | Teacher:  Brian Schauer

Medium: acrylic paint and colored pencil

HONORABLE MENTION | Frustration by Gia Wood

Northwestern High School | Teacher: Sandy Queen

Medium: graphite

HONORABLE MENTION | The Depart by James Hedrick

South Pointe High School | Teacher: Joana Suttle

Medium: photography

HONORABLE MENTION | Bouquet by Sara Lazaro

Nation Ford High School | Teacher: Alicia Cobler

Medium: embroidered cyanotype



M.C. Churchill-Nash | Dr. Bradley Sabelli | Debbie Whitsett

Sponsored by Catawba River Art Guild.
Coordinated and hosted by Arts Council of York County in partnership with Catawba River Art Guild.
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For private viewings, call

For inquiries, contact:
Michael Gentry
Gallery Manager

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