West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Celebrates Fifth Year with Past and Current Member Shows, Silent Auction and GALA

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A GALA celebration will be held at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, from 5 until 10pm to acknowledge its fifth year of service to the arts community of Spartanburg. It features a Past Members Show and a Current Member’s Show that will open during Art Walk on Thursday, Mar. 19 and continue through Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. The public is invited to participate in a silent auction of works and services donated by current members and friends of WMAC.  The auction opens during Art Walk on the 19th and closes at 9pm during the GALA on March 21st. The GALA will also feature live entertainment all evening and a reception.

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Work bu Tipton Jones Boiter

Artists participating in Silent Auction include: Bailie, Jessica Barnes, Andrew Blanchard, Jeanne Brown, Brannon Carter, Robin Childers, Louisa Coburn, Deede Cohen, Jim Cullen, Dalia Delaneuz, Addam Duncan, Allison Gross, Susanne Gunter, Susan Hendley, Lois Ann Hesser, Mary Lou Hightower, Al Hofmann, Amy Holbein, Gary Huntoon, Geri Hurlbut, Carol Beth Icard, Imagine That, Tom Johnson, Tipton Jones-Boiter, Rosemary McLeod, Terry Murdock, Jane Nodine, Nancy O’Dell Keim, Teresa Prater, Allison Ratteree, Beth Regula, Dwight Rose, Patsy Simmons, Howard Solomon, Sylvia Spears, Carol Theiler, Tracey Timmons, Heiki Tonhaeuser, Brandi Tucker, Miriam Tucker, Doris Turner, Garry Turpin, Nancy Williamson, Kathy Wofford, Frances Young, and David Zacharias.

The West Main Artists Co-op was organized in the fall of 2009 and opened to the public in the spring of 2010. It is a non-profit all-inclusive arts center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Its primary mission is to provide affordable studio/working/performance space in a variety of affordable sizes and prices. WMAC’s website has information on studios, prices, and the application process.

WMAC is located in a 20,000 square foot building that was formerly the West Main Baptist Church. It is home to over 50 visual and performing artists. Its large auditorium, “The Venue”, formerly the church sanctuary, has recently been renovated into a beautiful space that may be rented for special occasions and features specially constructed movable walls that can be reconfigured in various ways for exhibition, performance or reception space. In addition to galleries and individual studio spaces, it houses common use areas, including a large pottery studio, printery, silk screen area, and workshop area.

The Past and Current Member Shows will feature paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts. Most of the Co-op’s current members will participate. Former co-op members who will participate include: Rebecca Savage, Gabrielle Garner, Ingeborg Haddox, Cindy Canty, Lauren Markley, Chip Walters, Frances Young, Garry Turpin, Stephen Stinson, Christopher Turner, Kate McAninch, Melinda Loxley, D.J. Morrison, Holly Williamson, Nikki Caulk, Nancy Owings, Larry Mauldin, Daphne Cuadrado, and Jasmine Sanders.

During Art Walk on Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, between 5 and 9pm various artists will present demonstrations. This is presented as a special treat, leading up to the excitement of the GALA on Mar. 21, 2015. Beth Regula will demonstrate the use of polymer clay and other mediums, Mary Lou Hightower will demonstrate mono printing using a gelli plate, Liz Welsh will demonstrate oil painting, and Allison Gross and Nancy Williamson will demonstrate throwing various forms on the potter’s wheel.

The West Main Artist Co-op is located just 8 blocks west of downtown’s Morgan Square at 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29301. The Co-op provides affordable studio and exhibition space for local artists. Locally made art, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts and more, is available in the galleries. Admission is free and open to the public; hours are Wed, 10am – 3pm, Thur. and Fri., 10am – 6pm, Third Thursdays till 9pm, Sat., 10am – 4pm, and by appointment. The Co-op also participates in Spartanburg’s Art Walk. During Art Walk, local galleries are open 5-9pm, the third Thursday of every month.

West Main Artists Co-op is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, supported in part by the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, 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 Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information please visit (www.westmainartists.org) or call 864/804-6501.

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