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Posted on: September 15, 2022

New Grand Strand art trail features two Surfside Beach murals

Mural, lady in hat, surfside beach south carolina

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (Sept. 15, 2022) - A new Grand Strand area art trail, features two murals located in the Town of Surfside Beach. 

Visit Myrtle Beach recently launched its Arts & Gallery Trail, showcasing more than 100 attractions, studios, murals, sculptures and more from around the Grand Strand. It offers guests a new way to explore the area's unique communities, including Surfside Beach. 

Partnering with the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and The Arts Grand Strand, the trail gives visitors a look at hidden gems and popular staples like Surfside Beach's "Hat Lady" mural. Painted by local muralist Tommy Simpson in 2009, the “Hat Lady” is a colorful throwback to beach days past featuring a subject with retro beach attire and sporting an old-school postcard look.

Also featured on the art trail is Neal and Pam's new "Wave" mural. A local’s favorite, Neal and Pam's, has been in business since 1985. Completed in March 2022 by Pawleys Island-based Asher Cheyenne Robinson, the restaurant now features a massively colorful mural depicting a wave, a bicycle and a palmetto tree. It’s become an instant hit with visitors and locals alike.

“We are so proud to work with local artists and arts organizations throughout our community to help bring the Myrtle Beach Arts & Gallery Trail to life,” said Karen Riordan, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Myrtle Beach Arts & Gallery Trail will inspire people to explore our ever-evolving destination and dynamic community at The Beach and beyond.”

The trail stretches from Little River and North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island – stopping in many of Myrtle Beach’s lesser-known areas, such as historic downtown Conway, the quaint “Little Golden Town” of Aynor and the newly-minted Arts & Innovation District – along the way. To participate, guests can sign up for a free digital pass and check-in to stops to earn points. Points can be redeemed for a variety of prizes, including prints from local artists, t-shirts and even a trip to The Beach.

“There are so many passionate artists in the Myrtle Beach area, and it’s an honor to help share their stories and promote their work through the Arts & Gallery Trail,” explained Patricia Goodwin, executive director of the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. “I hope visitors and residents alike take time to explore the trail, learn more about the stories of our local artists and experience the diverse arts community Myrtle Beach has to offer.” 

For more information on the Myrtle Beach Arts & Gallery Trail, please visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/artstrail.

Mural, lady in hat, surfside beach south carolina"Hat Lady"The Wave Mural at Neal and Pams"Wave"


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