Spartanburg, SC, ArtWalk Slated for Sept. 17, 2015

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Spartanburg, SC’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, from 5-9pm, and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk is the third Thursday of every month. Many of the art galleries and museums in and near downtown Spartanburg stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Many of them have wine-and-cheese type refreshments, receptions, and special programs. There is no cost to attend. The participating galleries are as follows:

Chapman Cultural Center
200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg
864/542-ARTS
(www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org)
Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works of art by students from Spartanburg County School Districts 4 and 7. This exhibit is open through Oct. 25 and is free for public viewing.

Spartanburg Art Museum
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864.582.7616
(www.SpartanburgArtMuseum.org)
SAM and Partners for Active Living join forces to present ArtCycle this fall during ArtWalk. Come to SAM to receive your official ArtCycle Map that lists galleries and venues open during ArtWalk. Rentals of BCycles at their locations throughout downtown are free or bring your own bicycle and pedal around town. Visit at least five or more venues, show your ArtCycle Map to get a punch on your punch card, then head to a variety of pubs and restaurants (also listed on the map) for exclusive ArtCycle specials and discounts. This is your last chance to see SAM’s summer exhibition “Pot Boiler” and enjoy some new hands-on activities in the museum.

ArtistsGuild Spartanburg
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864/764-9568
(www.ArtistsGuildOfSpartanburg.com)
ArtistsGuild Spartanburg will hold a public and free reception, 6-8 p.m., for its current themed exhibit that is a group exhibit by several artists who created works of art based on the concept of the board game chess.

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Work by Red Grooms

The Johnson Collection Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/594-5834
(www.TheJohnsonCollection.org)
TJC Gallery presents the third installment of “Art on Tap,” a celebration of creativity of both the liquid and visual variety. Gallery partner RJ Rockers Brewery will be mixing up a batch of limited-release beer to complement the collection’s new exhibition, “Uptown Funk/Downtown Art”. Special tasting glasses and tickets for taste samples will be offered for $5. Featuring works by Kenneth Noland,  Donald Sultan, Red Grooms, Ray Johnson, Thornton Dial, and Jack Youngerman Uptown Funk/Downtown Art explores the charismatic, expressive, and spirited side of modern Southern art. Far from defining a specific artistic movement or historical period, Uptown Funk/Downtown Art uses “funk” to describe the playful inquiries into artistic production with non-traditional materials and whimsical subject matter.

UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
864/583-4054
UPSTATE Gallery on Main will be open for ArtWalk showcasing the work of Shannon Rae Lindsey. This will be opening reception with light refreshments, and the artist will be present to discuss her work. Her work will be on display through Oct. 30. She is an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation with unconventional art materials and processes. Her work embodies order and disorder to manifest her understanding of entropy and utility. Lindsey currently resides in Columbia, SC, where she works at the University of South Carolina as the McMaster Gallery Director and Adjunct Instructor of Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional studio art courses.

Kiss The Frog Gallery
518 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/583-1309
(www.KissTheFrogGallery.com)
Jane Allen Nodine, international award-winning contemporary Spartanburg artist will be the featured artist for ArtWalk at Kiss the Frog Gallery. She will be available to meet and greet guests and discuss her works during a catered reception 5:30-9pm. In addition, she will have many works on special exhibit and for sale during ArtWalk. Dr. Nodine serves as Professor of Art at The University of South Carolina Upstate and Director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery and the Upstate Gallery on Main. She works in a variety of media and exhibits widely in the US and Europe. In addition to her numerous accomplishments and awards, she was named by the SC State Museum as one of the 100 Most Significant Artists in South Carolina during the 20th Century.

H & K Gallery
151 W. Main Street, Spartanburg
864/529-2262
(www.HandKgallery.com)
H&K Gallery is host “After Work Color Time” during ArtWalk. Go by for complimentary beer and wine and all the supplies you need to color the week’s stress away. The Gallery have pages of mandalas, crayons and colored pencils so you can discover the newest craze in the art world: adult coloring. Refreshments will be served 6-8pm. If you get hooked, Hub City Book Store will be selling adult coloring books for you to take the trend home with you!

Art Lounge
500 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6566
(www.ArtLounge1.com)
Oil painter Rodney Bogan and local jewelry designer Melinda Crowe of MLC Findings will have a show 6-9 p.m.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6501
(www.WestMainArtists.org)
“Selenophilia,” a group exhibition of new works by Spartanburg artists Teresa Prater, Beth Regula, Louisa Coburn, and Tracey Timmons, will open during ArtWalk.  This theme show will showcase jewelry, ceramics, mixed media materials on canvas and in sculptures, and both watercolor and oil paintings. “Selenophilia” means “loving the Moon and finding it soothingly captivating.”  In their diverse works, these four artists have explored their own relationships to the moon and moon-related mythology, literature, symbolism and popular culture. The opening reception for “Selenophilia” will be held 5-9pm. This exhibit will be up until Oct. 10.

The Venue at West Main
The “42nd Annual Juried Show” presented by Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is now open in The Venue at West Main. Forty-eight works of art were accepted into the juried show, representing artists from North and South Carolina. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, 6-8pm. This is the oldest juried show in the state. Show closes October 9, 2015.

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Work by Carri Bass

Carri Bass Photography
169 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/598-9880
(www.CarriBass.com)
Carri Bass Photography will be open for ArtWalk, featuring the photography of Frank O’Brien, who is a native of Greenvillian who has long appreciated the natural beauty on display throughout South Carolina and Western North Carolina. After years spent as a commercial real estate professional, he has begun a new hobby of capturing digital images of the area’s natural environment and of man-made structures both old and new. His photographs offer a fresh and unique perspective on familiar scenes and a view of others that can only be found off the beaten path.

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