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

January 21, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 (www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com).

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

November 14, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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“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 (www.CFAC.us) or find the Center on Facebook.

Hub City Empty Bowls’ Soup Day Takes Place Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

November 6, 2013

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After five months of coordinating the making of more than 1,400 handmade pottery bowls – made mostly by the untrained yet very enthusiastic general public – Hub City Empty Bowls is ready to serve soup and raise money on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 11am to 7:30pm.

“Soup Day is upon us, and I think we are ready,” Nancy Williamson, the project’s co-coordinator, said. “We have the bowls, we have the soup, we have the music, and we have the need. Now all we need is for the people to come out on Saturday, Nov. 9, to Chapman Cultural Center and enjoy the experience of eating gourmet soup, fellowship, and the moral reward of knowing that for $15 many of the needy, poor and hungry citizens of our community will have their next meal.”

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All of the money raised at this annual event will go to TOTAL Ministries, a local charity that provides food to the community’s most impoverished citizens. Last year, Empty Bowls raised more than $12,000 for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.

Empty Bowls is a national social phenomenon where the potters in individual communities spearhead an effort to raise money for a local charity whose mission is to feed the hungry. With no oversight and little overhead, Carolina Clay Artists, an organization of local potters, organizes the event and coordinates several bowl-making sessions for the general public. Most of the bowls were made at the Spartanburg Art Museum School at Chapman Cultural Center and at West Main Artists Co-op, shaped by hand, rather than thrown on a wheel. The potters instruct the citizens on how to make the bowls, and the clay is provided at no charge. During the months of preparation, the bowls are painted and glazed.

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In addition, professional potters, Carolina Clay Artists members, and Spartanburg Art Museum students and teachers have donated soup bowls for the event. Spartanburg School District 7 has donated bowls that were made from start to finished bowls by their teachers, Spartanburg High pottery students, and Jessie Boyd’s Art Club. Interspersed in the offering of very basic bowls the public can find some treasures. “There’s the feeling of a treasure hunt to the event,” Williamson said. “People look for special bowls, some made by professionals and some made by little children.”

On Soup Day, all of the colorful and various size bowls are brought out. For a $15 donation, a citizen can pick out his or her favorite bowl and have it filled with the soup of his choice. This year, there are about 20 restaurants providing soup. In addition, bread and iced tea will be provided. There will be an ongoing silent auction in the midst of the bowls and soup. “Soup Day is the most amazing experience,” Williamson said. “It is always one of those feel-good experiences. You have such a grassroots atmosphere of handmade bowls, top-quality soup, live music, and the fellowship of kindred souls all coming together to make Spartanburg a better place to live.”

“I’ve bought several bowls over the years,” supporter Steve Wong said. “Soup Day is great fun, but for me the best part is getting to keep the bowl. It never fails that when I go to my kitchen cabinet for a bowl, I always choose one from Empty Bowls. It just means something special. It’s a reminder of how lucky I am to have food to put in my bowl.”

In addition to the bowls, soup, and live music, a new element is being introduced to the Hub City Empty Bowl experience: drum circles. There will be two drum circles: one starts at 11am; the other starts at 5pm. Both will happen outdoors in the Chapman Cultural Center plaza. The public is invited to join the communal drum circles by bringing whatever percussion instrument available and adding sound to the rhythms that will be lead by experienced drum circle enthusiasts.

“We think having drum circles will be a great new thing for Soup Day,” Williamson said. “It seems like a natural pairing, both being so basic and in touch with nature. I kind of think of the drums as calling people to come join in.”

It is by the very nature of the Empty Bowls phenomenon that the bowl making, Soup Day, and fundraising are accomplished by many people working together for a common cause. “So much credit must be given to Carolina Clay Artists,” Williamson said. “They are the heart and soul of this project and Empty Bowls in Spartanburg would not happen without them. They secure the clay, the locations, the instruction: They basically do all of the heavy lifting and spend their weekends glazing, painting, washing and just doing whatever needs to be done. Others who need to be recognized are Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artist Co-op, and donors Chris Williams of Clay-King and Steve and Joanne Metcalf.”

Live music by…

• 11am – The Lovely Jodie
• noon – Fayssoux
• 1pm – Rich Nelson and the acoustic trio “176”
• 2pm – Anna V
• 3pm – The Windjammers
• 4pm – Frank Walker
• 5pm – Mark Miller
• 6pm – Matthew Knights

Soup & Other Food Provided by…

Soup…
Backporch, Basil’s Grille, Billy D’s, Blue Moon Catering, Chef Bill McClellan, SCC, Cribb’s Kitchen, Cuzina’s, Farmer’s Table, Garner’s, Gerhards, Holden’s Ranch, Ice Cream/Coffee Beans, LaTravena, Lime Leaf, Mon Amie, Movable Feasts & Spartanburg ARP Youth, Palmetto Palate, Terrace at Spartanburg Marriott, and Wild Aces.

Beverages and Bread…
Beacon Drive-In, Cakehead Bakery, Little River Roasting, Dutch Plate, Jimmy John’s, Longhorn, and Wade’s Southern Cooking.

For more information, please call Nancy Williamson at 864/621-2768.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Members to Paint as Patrons Watch – Nov. 1, 2013

October 22, 2013

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As part of a fundraiser for arts in education, members of Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will “paint live” as patrons watch on Friday, Nov. 1, 6-9pm, at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC.

“Getting to watch an artist at work is always a privilege,” former Guild President member Jane Frost said. “It gives the patron a special insight into the work, a special connection. It’s sort of thrilling.”

It is that special experience of seeing not one but several Guild members paint on canvases that Frost hopes will raise significant funds for arts education in Spartanburg. “We’ll have at least 10 artists at work that night, including Daniel Cromer, Dwight Rose, Scott Neely, Lalage Warrington, Jessica Barnes, Gesa Hueckel, Jeremy Kemp, Edith Hardaway, Kris Inman, and Judge Ray Eubanks,” said Frost. “In addition, we’ll have several other artists demonstrating how they create their work, such as Melissa Early making her bead art.”

The participating artists will work from 6 until 7:30pm, at which time the works will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. In addition, there will be a silent auction throughout the evening, all of the work by Guild members. “But the silent auction work will be sold blind,” Frost said. “Those artists will have signed their work on the back of the canvases, so that when a patron buys the art, he or she is buying it based on the work itself, not on who created it. That should be a new element of surprise.”

To attend “Artists Going Live” tickets are $35 each, and the evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, “Artinies” (a special mixed drink made just for this occasion), and live jazz. Tickets can be bought through Chapman’s ticket office by calling 843/542-ARTS or visit (www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org) or at the door.

“This is going to be a very unique event,” Frost said. “If you want to do something different, something very artsy, something very Spartanburg, something to help promote the arts in education, this is the event to attend. For 35 bucks, you’ll get art, entertainment, food, drink, and the satisfaction of knowing children will have art as part of their education.”

For more information, please call Frost at 864/357-4380.

Spartanburg, SC’s, Second Annual Cultural Arts Festival Set for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

October 22, 2013

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Spartanburg, SC’s, Cultural Arts Festival returns to Chapman Cultural Center this year for its second annual celebration of the arts and culture found in the region. On Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 11am-4pm, patrons of all ages and interests are invited to Zimmerli Plaza for non-stop entertainment. Musical performances and visual arts displays will be accompanied by restaurant vendors and children’s activities. Admission to this family-fun event is free for all.

The festival brings various elements of Spartanburg’s culture together for the whole family’s enjoyment: art, history, science, dance, music, drama, boundless creativity, and more. Chapman Cultural Center held the first annual Cultural Arts Festival last year as part of its fifth-year anniversary celebration, which was a huge success. Around 4,000 visitors relished in the fun in 2012. “The Cultural Arts Festival is a fantastic opportunity for Spartanburg to discover, experience, and celebrate our community’s creativity,” President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins said. “Coming together to experience our city’s cultural vibrancy is what makes Spartanburg truly sparkle.”

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Musicians scheduled to perform are Jeremy Willis (1:30 and 2:30pm), Vince Demor (11:30am and 12:30pm), Rohn Jewell (2 and 3pm), Travis Smith (1pm), and Nick Evangelista (noon and 1pm), as well as the band Snidely Sidewinder & the Unrepentant Uke Boys (3:30pm). The musicians will perform both on-stage and in the visual artist vendors’ area in the parking lot every 30 minutes to give patrons plenty of opportunity to be entertained. Artists will give live demonstrations of their craft and sell their wares. Several visual artists in attendance include artisan jeweller Linda-Marie Miller, potter Jim Cullen, mixed media watercolorist Tom Rickis, and upcycling sculptor Lou Webster, though many more plan to be present and more still are signing up.

Live music and art vendors will be accompanied by performances of Spartanburg Repertory Company (11am), Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (1:30-3pm), Ballet Spartanburg (noon), and Iconik Realm (3pm). Last year over 200 people participated in a surprise dance flash mob, orchestrated by Susan Woodham. The spontaneous group will surprise and engage all guests again this year. To be a part of the dance call Woodham at 864/921-2507 or send her an e-mail to (SusanCWoodham@gmail.com). Other visual and performing artists who would like to participate should contact Melissa Earley at mEarley@SpartanArts.org or 864/278-9685 to join.

Local gourmet food will be available to give patrons a taste of Spartanburg’s great local restaurants. Sparks: Fire Inspired Grille of the Spartanburg Marriott will be joined by The Farmer’s Table, Good-To-Go Mobile Kitchen, Cuzina Grill, and Kesha’s Mobile Truck. Beer will be on tap as well. Restaurant vendors who would like to be a part of the festivities should contact Sandi Dupre by e-mail at (sDupre@SpartanArts.org) or call 864/591-5600.

In addition, children’s activities are planned to make the Cultural Arts Festival fun for all ages. Professional teaching artists from the Spartanburg Art Museum will be on hand to help kids make Japanese straw paintings. At last year’s festival, children painted the trees in the plaza and participated in a wealth of various events.

“Spartanburg’s Cultural Arts Festival is a growing and permanent public event on Upstate South Carolina’s calendar,” Evins said. “It is all about celebrating who we are as creative citizens of this region. It’s about celebrating all the local things that make us unique in the world at large. Join us for a fun and free Saturday in downtown Spartanburg.”

For more information on Spartanburg’s Second Annual Cultural Arts Festival, call 864/542-ARTS, check out the Facebook Events page, or visit the official webpage at (ChapmanCulturalCenter.org/Cultural-Arts-Festival.php).

ArtWalk Spartanburg Returns Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Spartanburg, SC

October 14, 2013

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ArtWalk, the self-guided tour of Spartanburg, SC’s artistic community, occurs the third Thursday of every month, 5-9pm. Many museums and galleries in downtown Spartanburg are open late, providing wine-and-cheese type refreshments in addition to free public viewing. Maps are available at most locations for patrons’ convenience. During the coming ArtWalk, Thursday, Oct. 17, Chapman Cultural Center has plenty to offer, including some new attractions.

Adding value and entertainment to the evening, Chapman will provide a free concert by a local musician in Zimmerli Plaza, 5:30-8pm. Beer will be sold to compliment the refreshments that can be found inside the museums and galleries. Carolina Foothills Artisan Center plans to have samples of Gullah cuisine from a Charleston-based chef inside its satellite gallery and gift shop in the Green Room lounge. Grits and other products will be on sale as part of the tasting demo. Upstairs in Spartanburg Regional History Museum, an original painting of the historic Anderson Mill will be on display. The piece by Spartanburg-based artist Garry Turpin is being debuted by the Tyger River Foundation.

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Work by Ann Stoddard

Several gorgeous exhibits will be on display in the various galleries and museums as well. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery recently unveiled “Water Maps” by Ann Stoddard. Her works surround the viewer with the peaceful presence of water through abstract sculptural oil paintings using the blue spectrum. Spartanburg Art Museum will boast “Siblings”, a collaboration of three artistic siblings from the Spartanburg area: photographer Ben Nixon, collage artist John Nixon, and nonrepresentational acrylic painter Page Davis. Artwork by students in Spartanburg School Districts 3 and 6 will line the walls of the Student Galleries in the East Wing Moseley Building, while Artists’ Guild student member Morgan Faucett displays her work in the Student Galleries of the West Wing Montgomery Building.

Visit the other participating art venues around town to see what is new as well. Carri Bass Photography, Spartanburg Public Library, TJC Gallery, and the Hub-Bub Showroom are all located in the Central Downtown/Morgan Square area. On East Main, check out Gallery East, The Art Lounge, and Wet Paint Syndrome. The West Main Artists’ Co-op and Carolina Gallery, both located on the West Main side, are open as well.

For more information on the details of the upcoming ArtWalk, call Chapman Cultural Center at 864/542-2787.

The Palmetto Bank Completes $250,000 Pledge to Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC

October 4, 2013

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The Palmetto Bank of South Carolina has recently completed its $250,000 endowment pledge to Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) in Spartanburg, SC, for the perpetuation of its nearly 800-piece permanent art collection. The pledge was made six years ago in honor of Les and Betty McMillan.

Les McMillan is a respected and honored patron of arts in Spartanburg, having served on the Board of Trustees for Spartanburg Art’s Council for many years and the Spartanburg Art Museum Board of Trustees. Also, he was on the local Palmetto Bank Advisory Board for many years. He is a retired architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith. It was through McMillan’s service that the endowment was secured.

“On behalf of SAM and the entire art community in Spartanburg, we are literally forever grateful to The Palmetto Bank for its generous support,” SAM Board of Trustees President Chris Kennedy said. “It is through gifts such as this that the visual arts in Spartanburg are guaranteed a home now and for the years to come.” Newly welcomed Executive Director of SAM Elizabeth Goddard added, “The preservation and growth of our collection would not be possible without the incredibly generous support of benefactors such as Palmetto Bank. Its support is a true gift to our community that offers ample opportunities for the public to see and learn about the diverse works of art created by our region’s most beloved fine artists.”

The Palmetto Bank Endowed Permanent Collection is a central element at SAM, with the museum’s most-noted piece of art—Robert Henri’s painting “The Lady with the Red Hair”—hanging in the museum’s entrance. Other works of art have come from accomplished artists from around the world. SAM has continuous art exhibits at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, and the artists range from those with world acclaim, such as Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, to artists based in the nation, The South, South Carolina, and the Upstate. It also has an extensive teaching program and outreach program known as COLORS that provides art exposure to disadvantaged inner-city children.

“The Palmetto Bank has a solid history of supporting the arts throughout South Carolina,” Rob Hrubala, Senior Vice President at The Palmetto Bank in Spartanburg, said. “We believe the arts add value to a community and the return on investment can be measured in both dollars and quality of life. Spartanburg Art Museum’s permanent collection is a fine example of building a worthy and notable program that ensures the visual arts’ importance in the fabric of life for Spartanburg’s citizens.”

In 2007, The Palmetto Bank received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award by the SC Arts Commission. The award is given annually to arts organizations, patrons, artists and businesses that exhibit leadership and innovation in their arts contributions. For nearly 40 years, The Bank has been supporting South Carolina artists by building a collection of more than 100 pieces of fine art. This Corporate Collection, showcasing 36 of South Carolina’s most talented artists, is featured prominently in The Bank’s Greenville headquarters. The Bank, a significant patron of the arts, spreads its support across many different community organizations, including the Greenville Symphony, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville County Museum of Art, Anderson County Arts Center, and the Arts Council of Greenwood County – Emerald Triangle Project. These major contributions—and countless others— illustrate how The Palmetto Bank has established its name as a leader in the Palmetto state art community.

For more information, please call SAM at 864/582-7616.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Ann Stoddard

October 3, 2013

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The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, is presenting “Water Maps”, featuring a collection of abstract sculptural oil paintings by Ann Stoddard, on view at the Chapman Cultural Center, through Oct. 28, 2013.

Oil and water, it is said, do not mix, but in her series of “Water Maps”, Stoddard uses the blue spectrum in her oils to create images that surround the viewer with the peaceful presence that is the nature of water itself. Stoddard’s interest in textiles and nature has inspired her work throughout her career. In an excerpt from her artist’s statement, she said, “my work is inspired by the beauty, change and tension within nature and natural phenomena.

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“Water Maps” paintings are explorations using a rich palette of blue oil paints applied on manipulated linen canvases. “These ‘Water Maps’ were originally inspired by the idea of paper maps and their awkwardness,” says Stoddard. “Humorous in thought and application, these painterly and whimsical shaped canvases saturated in blues evoke a sobering and peaceful presence as if we were surrounded by the very nature of water itself.”

A Spartanburg native, Stoddard studied Art Studio at Converse College and holds the BFA from the University of South Carolina and the MFA in sculpture and printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited across the nation including exhibits in cities such as NYC, LA, Boston, Atlanta and internationally in cities located in Germany, India, Austria, China. Her work is held in numerous collections throughout the world. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Wofford College and part time curator at Presbyterian College.

This project is in partial support of by The Arts Partnership of Spartanburg.

For further information call 864/764-9568 or visit (www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com).


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