Archive for the ‘Greenville SC Visual Arts’ Category

Certus Saturday for Families at the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC – July 20, 2013

July 9, 2013


Even if the annual beach trip is already in the rearview mirror, it’s not too late to enjoy a road trip of sorts – all from the comfort of the Greenville County Museum of Art. The GCMA and Certus Bank invite families to explore the beauty of American landscape through music and hands-on art activities at the Museum’s second Certus Saturday on July 20, 2013, from 2 until 4pm.

Kids and their families are sure to enjoy live music by the duo Bluegrass Flash Mob, featuring Kenny Lambert and Trey Gibbs. Lambert, who holds the title of Georgia Mountain Fiddle Champion, has played with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and with such pop stars as Wynona Judd, Johnny Mathis, Marc Anthony, and Jump Little Children among others. Gibbs brings his English and Irish heritage to the team’s bluegrass sound. Playing both traditional and contemporary favorites on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, Bluegrass Flash Mob will bring the American spirit to life in the GCMA’s galleries.

A visit to the GCMA this summer wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the spectacular exhibition “Masterpieces of American Landscape from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston”. Visitors can join a tour with one of the Museum’s education specialists to hear some of the stories behind the paintings, or take a walk across the country (and across history) at their own pace. Inspired by the music and the art, budding artists and their families are invited to stop by the studio and express their own creativity through landscape.

Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984), “Mount Williamson from Manzanar, Sierra Nevada, California,” 1944.

Youngsters will discover how to capture the three-dimensional world on a flat surface by following a few simple tricks that landscape artists use. Artist Bruce Bunch will be on hand to demonstrate and offer suggestions and assistance for this exciting make and take landscape workshop.

Sponsored by a grant from Certus Bank, Certus Saturday is free, and open to the public.

For further info contact Paula Angermeier by calling 864/271-7570, ext. 1028 or e-mail to (

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Calls for Entries for Its Juried Small Works Show – Deadline Aug. 31, 2013

June 30, 2013


The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, is calling for entries for its “Artists Guild Gallery Juried Small Works Show”

Deadline for entries is Aug. 31, 2013

For details visit (

The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from Oct. 1 – 31, 2013, with a reception held on Oct. 4, from 6-9pm.

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville is located at 200 N. Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC. Hours of operation are Mon. thru Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further info call 864/239-3882 or visit (

Members of Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Hold Reception at Tablefields Market Kitchen – Mar. 22, 2013

March 19, 2013


The Tablefields Market Kitchen in Greenville, SC, announces a Meet the Artists Reception to be held on March 22, 2013, from 5-7pm. The community for an evening of food, fun and art. Taste the great local flavors of Tablefields Market Kitchen and meet the artists that are featured in the restaurant’s décor.

Four AGGG members have been selected to show their talents – pencil artist, Gerda Bowman; painter, Kathy DuBose; surrealist, Kevin Henderson; and photographer David Waldrop. This is a great event that supports both the local artists and restaurants in our community. It is a win-win night for everyone.

Tablefields Market Kitchen is the newest member of Cafe Enterprises, Inc. Tablefields is a fast-casual restaurant concept that focuses on seven key qualities – food, local sourcing, community, freshness, relaxation, authenticity and hospitality.

As a member of the Cafe Enterprises family, Tablefields will become a pillar in its local communities. In the past two years, Cafe Enterprises has raised more than $1.5 million for charities and community organizations and looks to continue these efforts through Tablefields’ community involvement. For more information, visit (

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville is a co-operative gallery located in the heart of Greenville on North Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC. Over twenty local artists are represented in the gallery along with various mediums including acrylic, mixed media, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, glass, woodwork and sculpture. One or more of the artists is in the gallery at all times, demonstrating throughout the day and always ready to discuss their art with visitors.

For further info call AGGG at 864/239-3882 or visit (

Make a Lunch Date with Museum & Gallery’s ArtBreak in Greenville, SC

January 19, 2013


Tired of the same old lunch routine day after day? Now’s your chance to spice things up with the Museum & Gallery’s ArtBreak, a fascinating lunchtime opportunity for Greenville-area professionals and retirees, at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. One Wednesday a month, enjoy a catered lunch at noon with a focused lecture by M&G staff members on relevant themes and subjects in art and art history. All lectures make specific connections and references to M&G’s own esteemed collection with ArtBreak.

ArtBreak topics including the following:

Victorian Threads and M&G’s Collection (January 23): Come join M&G’s grant specialist, Blaine Welgraven, as he highlights the popular threads of morality and Shakespearean drama in pre-Victorian and Victorian England as represented through the popular artwork of those periods. In particular, the lecture will focus on the works of such distinguished 18th- and 19th-century artists and social influences as William Hogarth and Robert Smirke. (Hosted at M&G at Bob Jones University)

Northern Renaissance Masterworks in M&G’s Collection (February 6): Listen as M&G curator, John Nolan, details the history of M&G’s 15th- and 16th-century Northern Renaissance collection, including Flemish, Dutch, French, and Spanish works. As Nolan states, “M&G has long been acclaimed for the strength of its Baroque and Italian painting, but a recent major loan exhibition … has revealed the remarkable strength, depth, and significance of the museum’s Northern Renaissance holdings.” The presentation will carefully study the formation of M&G’s Northern Renaissance collection and share greater insight into some of its most significant works. (Hosted at M&G at Heritage Green)

Deciphering Symbolism in Old Master Painting (April 3): In this ArtBreak, the audience will learn to read and decipher some of the symbols of the past to identify universal themes in Old Master works. For centuries, art has remained a tool of communication for the literate and illiterate alike, with Old Master paintings a particularly rich study because of their heavy reliance on symbols and icons. Come enjoy this fascinating presentation as M&G’s director Erin Jones explores the deeper insights and meanings inherent in various Old Master paintings. (Hosted at M&G at Heritage Green)

Don’t waste the lunch hour – savor it while learning with M&G’s ArtBreak! It’s one lunchtime decision you won’t regret!

Cost is $5 for the lecture only or $12 including a boxed lunch.

For registration information, visit M&G online at ( or contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331.

Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, Offers Schedule of Sundays at 2 Events

December 28, 2012


The Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, will be offering special art related events every Sunday at 2pm. They have just announced their schedule for early 2013.

January 2013

Jan. 6 – Artists in Action – Join painter Anthony Conway in GCMA Studio 1 as he demonstrates favorite techniques and his own unique approach to oil painting.

Jan. 13 – American Legends: Taking a Second Look – Don’t miss this entertaining and informative program, presented by Greenville Chatauqua. Join Joe Thompson, visual arts chair for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and Rusty Godfrey, social studies chair for SCGSAH, for a look at such American legends as Susan B. Anthony, Davy Crockett, and Malcolm X. (Snow date January 20 at 2 pm).

Jan. 20 – Gallery Talk – Explore the world’s largest public collection of works by American watercolor master Andrew Wyeth right here in Greenville. GCMA docent John Bies will share insights and stories relating to some of Wyeth’s iconic paintings.

Jan. 27 – Family Art Adventure: Warm and Wooly – Taking inspiration from imagery in Andrew Wyeth’s winter scenes, fiber artist Deb Potter will lead a hands-on felting workshop in GCMA Studio 1.

February 2013

Feb. 3 – Sketching in the Galleries – Join us in the galleries to study and sketch from the exhibition “Here’s Your Freedom”. Pencils and sketchpads provided.

Feb. 10 – Gallery Talk – To mark the opening of the exhibition “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan,” Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, presents “The Art of the Wyeths.”

Feb. 17 – Befores & Afters – Whether rescuing artworks from devastating floods and fires or from the ravages of time, noted paper conservator Christine Young restores family heirlooms as well as museum treasures. Listen to her fascinating presentation on the art and science of paper conservation.

Feb. 24 – Artists in Action – Take a look at the amazing pots in the exhibition “David Drake: Potter and Poet of Edgefield District” and then join Upstate ceramicist Jay Owens to learn more about making beauty from clay and dirt.

All events are free and presented by Duke Energy

The Greenville County Museum of Art is located at 420 College Street in downtown Greenville, SC.

For further information call the Museum at 864/271-7570 or visit (

RIVERWORKS Gallery in Greenville, SC, Offers Fourth Annual Holiday Student Art Sale – Dec. 7 – 16, 2012

December 3, 2012

The Fourth Annual Holiday Student Art Sale showcases students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Greenville Technical College at Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC, from Dec. 7 – 16, 2012. An artist reception will be held on Dec. 7, from 6-9pm.

The sale features lively paintings, decorative ceramics, transporting photographs and engaging sculpture plus detailed drawings and prints. Celebrate the holidays with unique gifts for family, friends or yourself. This sale specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts and gifts for the hard-to-buy-for. Original, beautifully crafted, well-conceived artwork is priced to sell at the Fourth Annual Holiday Student Art Sale.

RIVERWORKS is the downtown gallery of The Department of Visual and Performing Arts of Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River at Art Crossing in downtown Greenville. Hours are: 1-5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

For more information on this exhibition or directions to RIVERWORKS Gallery, call 864/271-0679 or visit ( and click on RIVERWORKS or visit us on Facebook at Visual and Performing Arts at Greenville Tech.

Outsider Arts sc is Calling for Artists/Artisans to Participate in the 2nd Annual Holiday Market and Fundraiser at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC – Nov. 17, 2012

October 4, 2012

Outsider Arts sc is hosting the 2nd Annual Holiday Market and Fundraiser at The Handlebar, located at 304 E. Stone Avenue in Greenville, SC. The Holiday Market and Fundraiser (this year to benefit Meals on Wheels-Greenville) runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Outsider Arts sc is a grass roots community of artists and artisans dedicated to community outreach and quality arts. The 2011 Holiday Market featured 25 local artists and this year’s event is expanding and will feature many returning artists along with some exciting up and coming artists and performance artists.

All local artists and craftsman are welcome to participate. Applications are available online at ( or by contacting Stephanie at 864/569-4821.




Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery in Greenville, SC, Unveils Acquisition of Rare Medieval Ivory

October 3, 2012

The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (M&G), in Greenville, SC, is pleased to announce its first significant art purchase since 1997—a 14th century French Carved Ivory diptych panel called, “The Trinity”. Purchased in November 2011, the ivory arrived in spring of 2012 and marks the fruition of M&G’s strategic goal to reenter the arts market and address areas of development within the collection.

The ivory’s provenance can be traced to the collections of two key figures in the French art history: Victor Prosper Martin Le Roy, a noted art-collector, and his son-in-law, Jean-Joseph Marquet de Vasselot, a 20th-century French art historian, curator of the Musée de Louvre, and director of the Musée de Cluny. Together, these men established a collection with “one of the most prestigious French provenances possible in the field of medieval works of art” (Christie’s Publication). Largely hidden from public view for three generations, the collection of Marquet de Vasselot recently returned to prominence with the November 2011 sale of these medieval works by Christie’s fine arts auction house.

M&G’s interest in the ivory stemmed from a focused strategy developed by director Erin Jones and curator John Nolan to make targeted art purchases that would strengthen the medieval portion of M&G’s collections. M&G’s curator, John Nolan, carefully studied the list of available items, and settled upon the ivory as the best choice to fulfill M&G’s interests; however, questions about the actual origin of work led him to seek additional scholarship. He consulted Dr. Charles Little, Curator of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who personally examined the ivory in Paris, France. Dr. Little reported that the work was genuine and probably originated from the north of France or the Low Countries of the late 14th-15th century.

With new scholarship firmly supporting the ivory’s authenticity as a medieval work and the needed funding support, M&G was able to make the purchase. Director, Erin Jones relates the importance of the occasion, “We’re thrilled to introduce this beautiful, delicate work to the collection and our guests, and we’re so grateful for the vision and the generosity of the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation to encourage M&G’s growth in this way! Without the ongoing generosity of donors, M&G would not be able to pursue acquisitions or be able to share the collection with our community.”

Now celebrating over 60 years of serving the Upstate, M&G’s internationally respected collection of European Old Master paintings is viewed by thousands of visitors each year. M&G collected these works during the early 1950s and 1960s when the market was flooded with such unwanted art, allowing the collection to grow quickly from humble beginnings to the over 400 paintings and hundreds of period pieces it features today. As M&G curator John Nolan notes, “Dr. Jones established a reputation for perceiving value in the undervalued when it came to Old Master paintings. Now, we too have been able to acquire a wonderful object, not particularly valued by the market, but from one of the most important medieval collectors in the 20th century and have done so with the endorsement of one of the strongest authorities in the medieval field.”

To commemorate this special occasion, the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University is hosting an evening lecture by Metropolitan Museum of Art curator, Dr. Charles Little, and a reception on Thursday evening, Oct. 4 at 7pm. Registration to attend is requested.

For additional information about this new addition and the lecture and unveiling reception, please contact the museum at 864/770-1331 or RSVP at (




Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Holds Annual Collectible or Curiosity? Event – Sept. 29, 2012

September 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered what valuable antiques you may have in your house? On Sept. 29, 2012, come find out at Collectible or Curiosity?, one of Greenville, SC’s most unique and enjoyable annual events, hosted by the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. Residents and visitors from across the Southeast are invited to come and have professional antiques specialists appraise furniture, pottery, porcelain, arts and general antique items. Held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9am to 5pm, this event promises to provide all attendees with helpful, authoritative advice and assessment on the art works, antiques, and even curiosities they bring to M&G.

M&G’s specialists are some of the finest in the Southeast with strong reputations in their fields of expertise. This year’s line-up of antique appraisers include:

Greg Peters: The owner and lead auctioneer of Golden Memories Auction Company in Mountain City, GA, Greg brings 30-plus years of experience in approximating the value of general antiques, with specialties in American period furniture and southern pottery. Greg has conducted thousands of appraisals and is a multi-state licensed and bonded auctioneer.

Dawn Corley: Affectionately known as “The Charleston Silver Lady,” Dawn is a nationally-recognized appraisal expert in the fields of estate jewelry and silver. Dawn recently provided invaluable assistance in assessing jewelry recovered from the USS Hunley, a Civil War-era submarine recovered from Charleston harbor.

Andy van Dam: A private fine arts dealer from Camden, SC, Andy is an esteemed expert in the fields of European painting, Japanese and Chinese art, and silver pieces, with more than 40 years of experience in the appraisal business.

M&G is thrilled to offer Upstate residents and guests from across the Southeast this special opportunity to learn about the history and value of their various collectibles and curiosities! The pre-registration fee is $15 per item (maximum of 3 items), includes admission for one patron and is available until September 26. Admission for additional guests is $5 per person. Regular registration after September 26 is $18 per item (maximum of 3 items) and $5 per additional guest.

For additional information and registration details for this event and others hosted by M&G please visit M&G’s website at ( or contact the Events Coordinator at 864/770-1331.




View Priceless Russian Treasures with Buy-One Get-One Free Days at M&G at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC

July 30, 2012

During the month of August, the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, SC. offers a fabulous Buy-One Get-One free (BOGO) deal for all visitors to Rublev to Fabergé: The Journey of Russian Art and Culture to America. For the price of one admission, you and your guest can study closely some of the most lavish of Russia’s artistic treasures and ancient icons, including works once owned by the Romanov Tsars and Fabergé objects on loan from the prestigious Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC. This special offer is good every Sunday in August during regular hours, 2–5pm.

M&G’s Rublev to Fabergé exhibit features several pieces from the Hillwood Museum’s world-famous collection of Russian imperial art. The Hillwood Museum was founded by American collector and Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. M&G is honored to feature three objects from Hillwood’s collection in its current exhibition, including two works produced by the noted firm of Fabergé. Foremost among these works is the icon entitled The Finding of the True Cross. The True Cross dates from the 19th century, and according to M&G curator John Nolan, represents “an elegant example of Western style, which pervaded the production of icons in the 19th and 20th centuries and peaked during the reign of the last Tsar.”

Also on loan from the Hillwood Museum as part of M&G’s current display is the beautifully crafted icon, “Christ Pantocrator”, which literally translated is “Christ Ruler of All.” The Pantocrator was a highly popular icon in the Eastern Orthodox Church and has become one of the most commonly recognized symbols of Christ as a mild, yet all-powerful judge of humanity. It is believed to be the only item Post ever purchased from well-known American businessman and Russian art dealer, Armand Hammer.

Another opulent feature of the exhibit, the breathtaking icon “The Baptism of Our Lord”, can trace its provenance through Post’s third husband Joseph E. Davies, the second ambassador to the Soviet Union (1937-1938). Together, Davies and Post represented the last wave of American buyers in Stalin’s Russia before all Soviet art sales ceased in 1939. While serving as ambassador, Davies specifically purchased numerous religious icons from the Soviet government to preserve “some . . .of these beautiful things of the religious life of old Russia.”

Not all items featured in M&G’s Rublev to Fabergé exhibit are of a strictly liturgical or religious nature; some focus strongly on the familial life of the last Tsar of Imperial Russia, Nicholas II. One such example is a Rectangular Photograph Frame, produced by the firm of Fabergé for the Romanov family. By the end of the 19th century, the new medium of photography was in heavy demand, and this in turn created a desire for fine picture frames in which to house them. The photograph itself features the Romanov family and numerous relatives in an informal garden setting, which according to Nolan, creates an environment in which the frame itself becomes “a treasured family heirloom and…helps humanize the object beyond its fine art status.”

Please join us for this rare and fantastic opportunity—a chance to see the treasures of Imperial Russia for a bargain price—at M&G’s Buy-One Get-One Free Days during all Sundays in August! Open hours on Sunday are 2–5 p.m.

For additional information and details about upcoming events, tours, and admission prices, contact M&G at 864/770-1331, or check the website at (





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