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Sponsors: Rep. Wilkins
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Introduced in the House on January 15, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on January 15, 2004
Adopted by the General Assembly on January 15, 2004
Summary: Pearl Fryar
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/15/2004 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-297 1/15/2004 Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence SJ-29
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE PEARL FRYAR FOR HIS TALENTS AND SKILLS IN TOPIARY ART AND HIS DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY OF BISHOPVILLE AND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, it is with great pleasure that the South Carolina General Assembly recognizes those individuals who have used their talents to benefit the citizens of the Palmetto State and have dedicated their time and energy to teaching others those talents; and
Whereas, through his work in creating a whimsical topiary garden, Pearl Fryar has shaped not only the plants that he works with but also the minds of artists and students throughout the State, forming lasting relationships with each life he touches; and
Whereas, Pearl Fryar began sculpting his topiary creations several years before retiring from the former National Can Company and used his mathematical background and inherent creativity to shape growing plants into living works of Picasso-inspired art; and
Whereas, with his love for creative expression driving him, Mr. Fryar taught himself the art of topiary and set out to win the humble "Yard of the Month" award from his community in Bishopville, South Carolina, but his simple goal turned into an artistic masterpiece that has won him national acclaim; and
Whereas, not only is he passionate about his "living art," he is also very passionate about shaping the minds of young people and sharing his art and philosophy with underprivileged children; and
Whereas, his work has received recognition on the Discovery Channel, HGTV, and the Victory Garden, and articles have appeared in Southern Living, Veranda, and Fine Gardening; and
Whereas, parts of Mr. Fryar's work are on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the South Carolina State Museum, and at Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston, South Carolina, and will soon be displayed at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business; and
Whereas, through his classes and lectures on finding one's own creativity, Mr. Fryar teaches community members that everybody is creative in some way and it's just a matter of bringing that creativity out to the world; and
Whereas, with creativity, devotion, and vision, Pearl Fryar has created a lasting and beautiful garden that inspires individuals across the State of South Carolina to strive to achieve great things, just as Mr. Fryar has achieved in his own back yard. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, honors and recognizes Mr. Pearl Fryar for his talents and skills in topiary art and his dedication and commitment to the community of Bishopville and the State of South Carolina.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Mr. Fryar.
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