Besides being the perfect kickoff for the long Labor Day weekend, the First Thursdays Art Market at The Shops at Sea Pines Center on Sept. 2 also marks the first anniversary of the festive monthly outdoor event, showcasing some of the finest artists of the Lowcountry.

The First Thursdays Art Market, held from 4 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, has come a long way this year – from its humble beginnings with less than a dozen painters and photographers, who were just happy to be outdoors after being quarantined for several months (and still creating lots of art)!

Since that time, the market has added jewelry makers, potters and sculptors, as well as artists who work in wood, prism cut steel, glass, clay, encaustic wax, and mixed media. New exhibitors are added each month, many of whom do demos or paint live during the event.

Visitors to the market can see the exhibits, talk with the artists, and relax in the newly renovated plaza at The Shops at Sea Pines Center while they enjoy live music, featuring local favorites La Bodega, Mike Kavanaugh, and Jazz Corner duo Davey Masteller and Charlie Curtis. Of course, shopping and dining in the center’s locally owned stores and restaurants should be on the agenda, too.

For a festive, fun and fabulous evening, visit the First Thursdays Art Market at the Shops at Sea Pines Center. For more information, visit