Vernon Grant’s Winter Frolic is open in Rock Hill

November 26, 2013 

— Vernon Grant’s Winter Frolic: Santas, Snow and Scenes of Winter opened Friday at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St.

Renowned illustrator and creator of Kellogg’s Snap! Crackle! Pop!, Grant built his reputation on his signature gnomes, jolly Santas and his whimsical approach to illustration. Along with Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, this year’s ChristmasVille exhibit will feature skiers, snowmen and winter scenes that graced the covers of some of America’s most popular magazines of the times.

Born in Nebraska in 1902, Grant was the son of a blacksmith. Everything the Grants needed they made themselves. Young Vernon made some of his toys from clay from the riverbanks. These sculpted figures he modeled were forerunners of the colorful, winsome gnomes that would later launch his career as an illustrator.

Grant enjoyed drawing Santa Claus more than any other subject. Through hundreds of whimsical and memorable magazine covers, advertisements and card illustrations from the 1920s through the 1970s, he created a national treasure of holiday seasonal art.

More than 40 of Grant’s images are on display through Dec. 29 in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts.

There will be a free, public reception in honor of the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the center.

Exhibiting concurrently to Grant’s Winter Frolic is the York County High School Art Show, with awards sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild.

For more information, call 803-328-2787 or visit

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