Archive for the ‘Spartanburg SC Visual Arts’ Category

Hub City Empty Bowls Sets Schedule to Help Feed the Hungry in Spartanburg, SC

May 29, 2014


Hub City Empty Bowls 2014 is set to start making pottery bowls and money to feed needy Spartanburg, SC, citizens. There will be five bowl-making days that will lead up to Soup Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Chapman Cultural Center.

For the past five years, Hub City Empty Bowls has raised tens of thousands of dollars to feed local citizens by having the general public make clay bowls that were used on Soup Day. On Soup Day, the hundreds of colorful and handmade bowls are set out on display for the public’s choosing. For a $15 donation per bowl, the patron may enjoy unlimited gourmet soup donated by local restaurants at the community event that also features live music, a silent auction, and the fellowship of helping others. All of the money raised goes to an established charity that feeds local and needy citizens.

Last year, Empty Bowls raised a record amount of more than $20,000 and netted $18,600 that was given to TOTAL Ministries for its food pantry. The beneficiary of the funds raised this year will once again be TOTAL Ministries, a local non-profit charity that provides assistance for basic needs to Spartanburg County families who are facing financial crisis.

This year, all of the public bowl-making events will be held at either Spartanburg Art Museum School, located at Chapman Cultural Center, or West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. At these events, the public is invited to make handmade pottery bowls. No experience is necessary, and all materials, including instruction by Carolina Clay Artists, are free. The bowls are left to be glazed and fired, and eventually used on Soup Day. Organizers hope to have 1,400 bowls made this year. Here is the bowl-making schedule:

• June 14, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• June 19, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)
• July 19, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 16, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 21, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)

This year’s sponsoring partners are Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, and Chris Williams of

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, started in 1990 as a student art project in Michigan. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.

The Carolina Clay Artists are seeking sponsors and donations for Hub City Empty Bowls. Funds are needed for expenses. Donations are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to contribute should make checks payable to Spartanburg County Foundation with an indication that the gift is for the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund; mail checks to 424 E. Kennedy St, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

For sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about Hub City Empty Bowls 2014, please contact Nancy Williamson by calling 864/621-2768 or e-mail to (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Recipients of 2014 Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarships in the Arts

May 14, 2014


Two Woodruff High School students will each receive $1,000 scholarships to pursue the arts in college. Both visual artists who work in mixed media, Kelsey Bledsoe and Demi Waldron are the 2014 recipients of Chapman Cultural Center’s Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship.

The Center awards local seniors annually who wish to continue their education in the performing or visual arts. The qualifying criteria are character, financial need, and artistic potential. The scholarship’s namesake, Mary Wheeler Davis, was a Charleston native and wife of Dr. William Davis. A graduate of Columbia College, Davis made her home in Spartanburg and became a community leader with heavy involvement in the arts. The memorial scholarship program was established in 1989 by her family.

Kelsey Bledsoe, a 2014 graduate, plans to use the funds to double major in Art Education and Elementary Education at Converse College. Her resume features an impressive list of achievements, such as awards from the National Art Honor Society and recognition from SC Scholastics Art & Writing Awards. Ultimately, she wishes to remain local, “educating children and helping them strive to do great things.”

Demi Waldron, also a 2014 graduate, has plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall, working towards a BFA with a concentration in film and television. As winner of the Piedmont State Fair Photo Competition, two-time recipient of the Howel Art Purchase Award, Woodruff High School Art Student of the Year for 2013, and grantee of numerous other artistic accolades, Waldron aspires to bring her work to a larger audience. She eventually plans to work for a production company in a nearby metropolitan area, working to “positively impact the world.”

Diana Olencki, art teacher at Woodruff High School, has instructed both Bledsoe and Waldron and praised the pair as “outstanding” pupils who will be “tremendous” additions to their respective universities.

“I’d like to congratulate both Kelsey and Demi on behalf of Chapman Cultural Center and the entire arts community in Spartanburg,” Ava Hughes, Arts Education Director at Chapman Cultural Center, said. “We’re all very excited to see how they build upon their already impressive accomplishments. I know these funds will aid these young women in their pursuit of academic excellence, and I wish them all the best in their endeavors.”

The Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship will be continued for the 2014-15 school year, with applications accepted in early spring 2015. Students interested in pursuing higher education in the arts are encouraged to investigate the application process by contacting Hughes by calling 864/278-9693 or e-mail to (

Deadline for Community Grants from Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is May 23, 2014

May 13, 2014


The deadline to apply for a quarterly Community Grant from Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is Friday, May 23, 2014. Spartanburg County-based non-profit organizations and professional artists in need of financial support for cultural projects can apply for grants generally ranging from $500 to $1,000. Eligible projects should actively engage the performing, visual, musical, literary, or folk arts and occur between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, choose “Community Grants” under “The Arts Partnership” tab on (, then read the Quarterly Grant Program Guidelines ’14-’15 under “Links & Forms.”

Applicants must submit all completed forms by 5pm on the deadline date to ( The time required to plan, implement, and complete the proposed activity must fall within the applicable period; programming that has already begun by the grant deadline will not be considered. Notification of award is usually made within three weeks of application deadline.

The Community Grant Program is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC, is Calling for Entries for Its “2nd Annual Juried Exhibition” – deadline June 22, 2014

April 29, 2014


The Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC, is sponsoring the “2nd Annual Juried Exhibition” that will be on display from Aug. 12 – Oct. 24, 2014
The competition is open to all artists, ages 18 and over, professional or amateur, who reside in Spartanburg County (SC), Cherokee County (SC), Laurens County (SC), Union County (SC), Greenville County (SC), Rutherford County (NC), and Polk County (NC).


Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 2,500.00 will be presented in this year’s exhibition. Entries may be submitted digitally on our online submission form that will open May 1 and continue through June 22, 2014. Download the prospectus at this link (

Last year’s 1st place winner: Bryan Hiott, “Portrait of Isabella” Ambrotype – Wet Plate Collodion

There will be a reception and awards ceremony open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 7-9pm at the Headquarters Library in downtown Spartanburg. Live music and hors d’oeuvres will be provided during the reception.

For more information regarding this event contact Miranda Mims Sawyer at 864/285-9091 or e-mail to (

2014 Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship Applications Available in Spartanburg, SC – Deadline Apr. 4, 2014

March 31, 2014


Applications for the Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship are now being accepted by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. One or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Spartanburg students pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the visual or performing arts. The selection is based on character, financial need, and artistic potential. The scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts.

In addition to completing the application, the student must submit a resume; letters of recommendation; statements pertaining to career goals, scholarship use, and need; and support materials, such as writing samples, tapes, films videos, etc. The award is funded by the Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts, which was established in 1989 to honor the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. She was a community leader and involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations.

Applications for the 2014 scholarship are available from The Arts Partnership, c/o Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, by calling 864/278-9693, by e-mailing to (, or by downloading the forms at ( (search “scholarship”). Completed applications must be returned to The Arts Partnership office by 5pm, Friday, April 4, 2014.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, SC, Award Community Grants

March 19, 2014


The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (Chapman Cultural Center) in Spartanburg, SC, awarded $4,750 through its Community Grants program during the recent winter quarter to five local organizations that are promoting the cultural arts in Spartanburg. Annually, a total of about $12,000 is awarded to people or programs that are “actively engaged in the performing, visual, literary or folk arts.” Grants generally range from $500 to $1,000. The Grants panel is made up of local citizens.

Those who received these most recent grants are:

Hub City Farmers – Northside Community Garden and Mural, $750 – Project Assistance grant to promote cultural and geographic diversity through the creation of a mural and community garden

City of Spartanburg – Spring Fling, $1,000 – Project Assistance grant to bring 2 national artists to create 4 dimensional art for Spring Fling

Stone Soup – Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, $1,000 – Project Assistance grant to bring national and regional storytellers to Woodruff’s Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

Woodland Heights Elementary – Ocean Artsploration, $1,000 – Project Assistance grant to bring an artist-in-residence to help teach students about the ocean through the use of art

Carma – Music Camp, $1,000 – Project Assistance grant to execute a 2 day music and art festival at Music Camp in Spartanburg

Deadlines for Year 2014-2015 are as follows:
May 23, 2014 for grant period 7/1/14 to 6/30/15
Aug 22, 2014 for grant period 10/1/14 to 6/30/15
Nov 21, 2014 for grant period 1/1/15 to 6/30/15
Feb 20, 2015 for grant period 4/1/15 to 6/30/15

The next grant deadline is May 23, 2014 for the 2014-2015 year. To apply, please visit online at ( and search under “The Arts Partnership” and “Community Grants.”

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg’s Community Grants Program is supported in part by its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

For more information, please call 864/591-5600.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, to Host Special ArtMarket – Feb. 9, 2014

January 21, 2014


In recognition of Valentine’s Day, the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will sponsor a special indoor ArtMarket Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 1-5pm. Dozens of local artists will be selling their handmade creations, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and woodwork, many of which will be Valentine’s Day related. During the market, live musical entertainment will be provided. There is no admission to enter the ArtMarket.

During warm weather, Chapman sponsors ArtMarket every Sunday afternoon in the venue’s outdoor Zimmerli Plaza. The regular season is scheduled to resume on Sunday, Apr. 6. However, ArtMarket opens inside the theater lobby to accommodate special occasions, such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day. All of the art and crafts are made and sold by local artists, who keep all of the profits from their sales. The musicians scheduled for Feb. 9 are Daniel Z, a jazz musician who plays percussion, and vocalist Anna V.

For more information about ArtMarket, please call Melissa Earley at 864/278-9685.

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Presents an Exhibit of Works by Members of Its Board of Directors, on View in the Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, from Dec. 2 – 27, 2013

December 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: This came to us just a little late to fit it in our December 2013 issue, but here’s the info now.


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will showcase artwork from various members of its Board of Directors from Dec. 2 – 27, 2013. A reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6-8pm in the Guild Gallery. The Exhibit is free to the public and all are invited to attend the opening reception.

Exhibiting artists are: Ann Wenz, Claire Louka, Tina Gwata, Scott Quinn, Jim Shaver, Roy Smith, Tom Rickis, and Melissa Earley. A variety of artistic styles will be a part of the exhibit to include painting, wood turning, mixed media, and bead work. All of the artists will be present at the opening reception and will be available to speak with the public about their specific art work and style, as well as the Guild itself.

Work by Ann Wenz

Ann Wenz is a transplant from Michigan and has resided in Spartanburg since 1975. She is retired from Spartanburg Methodist College as Professor of Art. Her woven compositions are a result of a process that stems from materials, technology, environment, and other artists. The color and textures of various types of fibers often serve as inspiration. “Although I hope the viewer enjoys the finished product it is ultimately the process I enjoy.” Being juried into the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in 1976 was a wonderful way to meet other artists, exhibit work, and gain inspiration. Having served as past Vice-President and President, Wenz has seen the Guild grow in both membership and visibility while contributing to education and culture in Spartanburg. “Serving as a trustee is an honor.”

Work by Claire Louka

Claire Louka received a BFA in Fine Arts from Clemson University followed by an MAT in Art Education from Lander University. She has been a visual arts educator in public schools since 2006 and became a new Trustee for the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild in 2013. Louka hopes her experience and knowledge of art education will prove beneficial to the Guild’s efforts to support area artists and provide opportunities for the arts to grow in her community. A professional artist, Louka’s narrative paintings can be found in public and private art collections throughout the United States. The artist’s work is mostly inspired by the actions and thoughts of those around her and concentrates on moments connected to the human condition. Many of her themes spring from transient social interactions; her stylized figures are placed within a dreamlike scene and rendered with detached gestures and pensive facial expressions. The work featured in the “Board of Trustees Exhibit” leaves the viewer to speculate over the relationships, thoughts, and nature of each character and their motive for being in these familiar yet distorted surroundings.

Work by Scott Quinn

Scott Quinn is a local artist born and raised in Spartanburg. Quinn can’t remember when he wasn’t creating art. He has always wanted to connect with people through his work, creating opportunities to make viewers think. He has worked in many media and artistic genres, from sculpture, photography, oil, and gouache. “I aim to draw viewers into another world, away from their usual perceptual habitats”. Quinn says, “Sometimes it’s not even `seeing` it but the sensing of it that makes me want to paint something or create a new piece of art”. As a member of The Spartanburg Artists’ Guild and recently appointed as its Vice President, he hopes to serve as a conduit for art and creativity between himself, other guild members, and the community.

Work by Tinashe (Tina) Gwata

Tinashe (Tina) Gwata is originally from Zimbabwe in Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Lander University. “I love painting mixed media and photography.” Her mixed media art incorporates collage, acrylic paint and ink pen.

As the Guild seeks to increase its presence in the community and awareness of all that it offers, Executive Director Robin Els said “This is a great opportunity for the public and our local artists to meet the Board of Trustees, experience first-hand the professional artistic qualities that they bring to the Guild as artists, and hopefully learn something new about their own art and the Guild. I am thrilled that our Trustees are willing to share their incredible talent and experience with everyone, and look forward to the benefits to our local artists that this show will bring.”

The Guild Gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1 – 5pm. Our exhibits are always free to the public!

For further information contact Robin Els, Executive Director – Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg by calling 864/764-9568 or visit (

Much To Do at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, During ArtWalk – Nov. 21, 2013

November 14, 2013


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will have seven exhibits open for the public’s viewing pleasure on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk, which is a free event focused on art.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host a reception by Sue Zoole, who is currently exhibiting “Kitchen Chronicles: Paintings of the Foods We Love,” a collection of paintings that depict comfort foods often associated with the southern palette.

Work by Sue Zoole

Spartanburg Art Museum has three exhibits: “From ’Bourg To ’Burg,” a large and diverse collection of art by artists from Fribourg, Switzerland; “Vases, Vessels, Cutlery and Cloth,” selected still-life paintings of common but beautiful household items on loan from The (George Dean and SuSu) Johnson Collection; and the annual “SAM Art School Student-Faculty Art Exhibition” that showcases the work of both teachers and students.

Work by Olivier Zappelli of “From ’Bourg To ’Burg”.

In the Student Galleries, there is an extensive collection of work by students from Spartanburg School Districts 3 and 6.

Spartanburg Regional History Museum will have two exhibits: It will be opening night for its “A Spartanburg Christmas” exhibit that will include historical photographs of Spartanburg during the holidays and some of the James Buchanan Night Before Christmas dioramas that used to sit in Price’s storefront windows during the winter season; it will also continue to present its “Treasures from the Vault” exhibit that shines an historic spotlight on household items—furniture, dishes, art, etc.—found in the homes of Spartanburg in years gone by.

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center of Chesnee will have its satellite gallery in Chapman’s Green Room open, and Fred Mead, a glass artist from Danieltown, NC, will be on hand to give insights into his unique craft. The featured “Taste of Art” at this exhibit will be jambalaya.

In addition, several authors published in the essay collection “Hub City Christmas,” recently released by Hub City Press, will be on hand to sell books and sign copies.

ArtWalk is a citywide monthly event, where many local galleries and museums stay open late – 5-9pm – on the month’s third Thursday to give art lovers the opportunity to see what is new. All of the exhibits at Chapman are free and most include a wine-and-cheese type reception.

For more information, please call 864/542-2787.

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center Offers Silent Auction and Gala Honoring Joe and Nancy Ogle at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC – Nov. 14, 2013

November 6, 2013


The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center will host a Silent Auction and Gala in the Jennifer Evins Lobby of the Chapman Cultural Center theater in Spartanburg, SC, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, from 6:30-9pm. The event honors Joe and Nancy Ogle for their continuous commitment and contributions to the arts in Spartanburg County. The evening will feature an exhibit of exquisite European paintings, a silent auction, gourmet food and live entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple, and may be purchased online or at the Chapman Cultural Center Ticket Office.

“The gala is more than a just an event to raise funds for Carolina Foothills Artisan Center,” Executive Director of Carolina Foothills Artisan Center Laura Ballenger said. “It will be an evening for patrons and art lovers alike, as they witness and learn about all of the wonderful things we are doing in the Spartanburg community.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center Endowment Fund held at The Spartanburg County Foundation, which was established by an anonymous donor in August to assist the Center in successfully fulfilling its mission now and for many years to come. The anonymous $50,000 gift included a matching opportunity as an added effort to build a healthy endowment for the Center.

The Silent Auction will include impressionable items, elegant jewelry and artisan items, as well as signed sports memorabilia from the Carolina Panthers, University of South Carolina, and Clemson University. In addition, an autographed ZZ Top guitar and a few exotic trips will go home with some lucky ticket holders. The Gala will also feature live entertainment, exceptional Gullah cuisine by Cribbs Catering, and a private collection of 19th Century European Art.


“Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is growing, and we want the community to grow with us,” Ballenger said. “The Silent Auction and Gala honors Joe and Nancy Ogle, but it also honors each individual who supports the arts. We’re giving back to the Upstate on as many levels as we can.”

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, located in scenic downtown Chesnee, SC, is a partner organization of Chapman Cultural Center and houses a 2,000 square foot gallery space for exhibiting new works by nearly 100 local emerging and established artists and craftspeople of all disciplines. In addition to their main gallery space, CFAC also maintains a satellite gallery in The Green Room at Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg.

The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center Endowment Fund was established to provide ongoing financial support to CFAC so that it may successfully achieve its mission of developing the educational, artistic, cultural, and economic growth of the Upstate region of South Carolina by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens, and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of those artists.

For tickets to the Silent Auction and Gala, visit the Ticket Office at Chapman Cultural Center or call 864/542-ARTS. Visit the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center’s website for more information at ( or find the Center on Facebook.


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