Arts Talk Luncheon Celebrates the Art and Agriculture of York County, SC

May 13, 2014

The Arts Council of York County kicks off the York County 2014 Ag + Art Tour with an Arts Talk Luncheon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.  Ag + Art Tour, scheduled for June 21-22 is a free, self-guided tour of South Carolina's Catawba Region's Farms featuring local artisans and farmer's markets.  This weekend-long tour expands to 4 counties this year and brings another layer of tourism to the region.


The kick off luncheon features two guest speakers: Martha File, founder of and lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, speaking about and the National Barn Trail Program and Lindsay Stuber, Programs Manager of The White Home in Rock Hill, sharing a presentation on Victory Gardens and their impact on the White family during World War I and World War II.


Luncheon tickets ($15) include a box lunch, beverage and dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 803-328-2787. Please RSVP by Friday, June 13.  Immediately following the luncheon, Martha File will conduct a hands-on Quilt-block Workshop from 1 – 4 PM in the Courtroom.  Admission to the workshop is $15. Please RSVP by Friday, June 13.  Advance payment is required. All workshop materials will be furnished. Please bring a cover-up apron for painting.


The quilt workshop will focus on the creation of two, new, permanent, 4’x4’ wooden quilt blocks. The workshop leader will provide instruction and guidance as participants paint the new blocks which will be installed at the Center for the Arts and at a participating farm-site on the Ag + Art Tour of York County.


Martha File holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Born in Aiken, she spent most of her summers in the Low Country of South Carolina. Throughout her career, File has assisted to develop and manage a wide spectrum of educational and service programs, spending much of her time focusing on educational tourism through the promotion of local artists and points of interest. She currently serves as the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and supports the development of the Barn Quilt Trail throughout South Carolina. The Arts Council of York County became a member of the Barn Quilt Trail two years ago after launching an effort to provide permanent wooden barn quilts to identify participating farms on the Ag + Art Tour. The goal is to build several quilts each year until all tour sites have been marked.


Lindsay Stuber serves as archivist, collections manager, exhibit designer, and program specialist for The White Home.  She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and began working with Historic Rock Hill in January 2013, after working for the Charleston Museum.



Luncheon | $15

Barn Quilt Workshop | $15


Purchase ONLINE | Tickets Page

Purchase BY PHONE | 803-2328-2787

Purchase IN PERSON | Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC


The Arts Council received grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and from York Electric Cooperative to help fund the quilt project.  Ag + Art Tour was developed in York County in 2011 by Clemson Extension of York County, the Arts Council of York County, the Olde English District Tourism Commission, the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Culture & Heritage Museums. Now occurring in York, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Chester Counties, the Ag + Art Tour, is a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and traditional arts and music. York County’s tour is partially funded by the York County Hospitality Tax, AgSouth, Clemson University and Rock Hill Accommodations Tax.


For more information on the Ag + Art Tour, please visit

For more information on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, visit

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