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Lite Lunch with Clay Rice, Treasured Silhouette Artist

November 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Library Society as we host our very own local and internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning silhouette artist and children’s author, Clay Rice!

Cutting into the history of the artform of silhouetting, the presence of silhouetting in Charleston, the Lowcountry through the Rice family, and the future of the silhouetting artform, Rice will illustrate his experience and where his talent will take him from here. His creation of award winning children’s books with the signature “Rice silhouette flare” will show us how the family’s legacy advances through Clay’s works and books. 

This creative Lite Lunch presentation at 12pm on November 16th will be followed by Silhouetting in the Stacks from 2:00pm – 4:45pm on the same afternoon. Children, families, and silhouetting fans of all ages are welcome to use this SIGN UP LINK to reserve your time to get a personalized silhouette by Clay Rice himself. Taking home a memory, gift, or keepsake that can be treasured by all is the perfect end to this artistic day at CLS. *Payment will be made after your sitting. 

Tickets are $25 for CLS members and $35 for guests. Free for students by calling the number listed below and showing a valid ID at check in (please note: boxed lunch not included with free admittance).
To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912.
Order “When You Gave Me You” from Buxton Books in advance by clicking HERE.

About Clay Rice:
Clay Rice is described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion.” Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist” and traveled worldwide, sharing his mesmerizing cutouts with delighted customers. Each profile silhouette takes Clay about 1 minute and he estimates that in his 40-year career, he has cut over 900,000 silhouettes. Clay has written and illustrated 6 award-winning children’s books.

Silhouette cutting is a Rice family tradition spanning 3 generations and 2 artists. 

Books by Clay Rice:
The Lonely Shadow (2009)
Mama Let’s Make a Moon (2010)
Ants ‘N Uncles (2016)
The Stick (2014)
At the Stroke of Goodnight (2019)
When You Gave Me You (2021)


November 16, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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