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Impressive masterworks
Don't miss out on your chance to see 55 paintings and drawings by well-known Impressionist artists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoire, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley. The Columbia Museum of Art's latest exhibition, Impressionism from Monet to Matisse also has a few academic pieces. Curator Will Smith Says, "This is a show full of artistic richness where one may meditate for hours on why painting continues to fire our imaginations."



Topiary whimsy
Pearl Fryar crafts masterpieces of a different kind right in his yard. No paint necessary, just a gas-powered hedge trimmer. Fryar cuts trees and shrubs into whimsical art of all shapes and sizes and wows avid gardeners and visitors from around the country. Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden in Bishopville is open year round Tuesday through Saturday. Tours of the three-acre topiary garden are free, but donations are always welcome.



Nature's art
Hike through gorgeous gorges at Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve in Pickens County. Along the way, you'll find a steep mountain gorge with old growth hemlock, dramatic rock cliffs, rare ferns and a stream filled with rainbow trout. This natural wonder is a great catch for outdoorsmen and anglers. The view is beautiful all along the 1.4-mile trail through the 374-acre preserve. Plan your trip to this Upstate wilderness.

SC Vacation Guide
Request your FREE copy of the 2013 South Carolina vacation guide or browse the digital version. It's "just right" for vacation planning!

State House Tours
FREE guided tours of the South Carolina State House are offered the first Saturday of each month. Tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

BBQ Cook-off
Calling all backyard barbecue warriors for the Commissioner's Cup State BBQ Cook Off at the SC State Farmers Market, March 22-23. Sign up!

Carolina Cup
Gallop over to the Springdale Race Course for the Carolina Cup in Camden. Whether you like tailgating, socializing or horseracing – it's here.

Vote Beaufort
Beaufort is in the running for Coastal Living magazine's "America's Happiest Seaside Town" distinction. Cast your vote now through Feb. 28.
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