August 2013 Grand Strand Artists of the Month

August 2013 Grand Strand Visual & Performing Artists of the Month

Popular vote determines the selection of the Grand Strand Artist of the Month each month for both categories: visual artist and performing artist. Voting for the August 2013 Grand Strand Artist of the Month began Friday, August 9, 2013 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Persons were requested to cast one vote for each category, one time per day during the voting period.

Thank you to those who took the time to vote for the August 2013 Grand Strand Artists of the Month. Your support of the arts in the Myrtle Beach area, and your support of these very talented artists makes a difference. With a plethora of talent all around us, Grand Strand Arts and the Grand Strand Artist of the Month series exist to continually develop an environment that fosters an appreciation for the arts as well as generating opportunities to help local artists in the Grand Strand community.

Grand Strand Arts is pleased to announce the August 2013 Grand Strand Artists of the Month:

August 2013 Grand Strand Visual Artist of the Month:

Sam Prock III



Originally from New York, Sam Prock III moved to Myrtle Beach in 2010. He began taking art in high school, focusing on drawing and airbrushing. Growing up around custom show and race vehicles, Sam sought to use those skills for custom car painting. He went on to custom paint racing carts, restore classic cars and build custom hot rods. About a year ago, Sam began focusing more of his time on abstract painting. Here are some examples of Sam’s work:

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August 2013 Grand Strand Performing Artist of the Month:




From the ashes of several bands, Greg Griste, Chip Harrelson, AJ Rownd, and Chad Shepherd formed Sapphire in 2012. All four musicians are multi-instrumentalists from the east coast, and the band is currently based out of Myrtle Beach. A full length album is scheduled to be released this coming fall.

Listen to Sapphire here


For the second year of the Grand Strand Artist of the Month series, Grand Strand Arts continues to promote the arts and those creating art in the Myrtle Beach area by featuring local visual artists with the new addition of featuring local performing artists as well. Starting in January 2013 and running all year long, the series features a local Horry or Georgetown County visual artist as well as a local performing artist every month as the Grand Strand Artist of the Month. If you would like to be considered as a featured visual or performing artist for the 2013 Grand Strand Artist of the Month series or if you would like to nominate an artist, please send an email to [email protected] for more information.