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Art by Night Illuminates Brookgreen Gardens After Dark

Summer nights on and around Pawleys Island are always extraordinary, but an exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens will add even more beauty to Southern nights on the coast.

Brookgreen Gardens, the world-renowned sculpture garden located in Murrells Inlet, just north of Pawleys Island, is once again showcasing an after-hours lighted art exhibition series titled “Summer Light: Art by Night.” The exhibit will light up the gardens on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through Aug. 24. Gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.

This nighttime exhibit is produced by the same team responsible for Brookgreens’ most-popular exhibit, “Nights of a Thousand Candles,” the holiday-inspired event that runs November through early January. (Photo courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens)

“This is the perfect opportunity for guests to immerse themselves and be mesmerized by the stunning landscapes, sculptures, and gardens that Brookgreen has to offer, in a whole new light,” said Page Kiniry, Brookgreen’s president and CEO.

Multiple installations throughout the sculpture garden feature a variety of techniques that light up the Gardens. It was created by Brookgreen’s Public Exhibits Production and Logistics team. It’s the same team that designs Brookgreens’ most-popular exhibit, the holiday-inspired “Nights of a Thousand Candles.”

Various bands will perform live music each night throughout the summer. They will include If Birds Could Fly, Three Day Weekend, City Lights, Festive Brass, Paul Grimshaw Band, The Accelerators, LIz Kelley Trio, Elderly Brothers, Vocal Edition, Sauvocado, 100 Grand Band, Javier Jazz Trio, Craig Sorrells Project, Stirling Bridge, Miracle Max and the Pet Monsters, Sea-Cruz, The Reggie Sullivan Band, Mystic Vibrations, Paperwork, and Bullfrog.

A variety of food and beverage options will be available during Summer Light: Art by Night. Austin’s Harvest Restaurant will be open. Make reservations here! Also, Brookgreen Gardens’ Old Kitchen will serve snacks and refreshments and a variety of food trucks will be there each night.

Featuring multiple lighted art installations, the exhibit allows people to immerse themselves in lights. (Photo courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens)

Brookgreen Gardens is located at 1931 Brookgreen Drive just off U.S. Highway 17 (also known as Ocean Highway) on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, south of Myrtle Beach and north of Charleston.

Tickets for “Summer Lights” are $25 per night for adult members and $14 for children members. For non-members, tickets are $30 for adults and $17 for children. Children under 3 are free. For tickets, click here, or call 1-844-271-3410. Regular admission tickets do not include access to the “Summer Lights” event.

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is home to the largest and most significant collection of American Figurative Sculpture in the United States and continues as a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

“This is another spectacular event created by Brookgreen Gardens that visitors to the Hammock Coast will undoubtedly love this summer,” said Clayton Stairs, tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the event series, visit or call 843-235-6000.

— By Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development, Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce