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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, is Always Expanding

March 27, 2020

260 Churn Dash
Sponsor: UHQT
Quilter: Bessie May Conger Stribling (1868-1941)
Painters: Ravenel Elementary Students

This quilt block is based on a-top that is part of the Lake Hartwell Country’s (what used to be named Pendleton District Commission) artifact collection. Bessie May Conger Stribling (1868-1941) of Oconee County created it. She was the wife of J.P. Stribling and the father of David W. Stribling. This “wrench” or “churn dasher” quilt-top was assembled in the late 1930s but was never finished due to her declining health. She lived at the Stribling family farm, Walnut Hill, in the Richland community from 1891 until her death in 1951. The quilt was donated to the Lake Hartwell Country by Bessie Stribling’s granddaughter, Davy-Jo Stribling Ridge in 1994.

The hand painted panel was completed by students during the 2019 Artists on the Green Event (AOTG). Volunteers from the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail were on hand to share information about quilting and assist over 120 students with the painting. This event has been held annually at Ravenel Elementary since 1992 to celebrate the fine arts. AOTG was established by the art teacher at the time, Beverly Robinson. Each year, dozens of artists from the community come and demonstrate their talents to the students at Ravenel. Dancers, jewelry makers, choral groups, puppeteers, potters, quilt makers, painters, and actors are a few of the groups that perform each year. Some artists have demonstrated their talents to the school from the event’s inception!

The art teachers that have continued the tradition at Ravenel are Teena Hunt, Christy Garrett, and now Vince Gaulin.

261 Historic Crazy Quilt
Sponsors: Judy Goosen & UHQT
Site: Judge Mauldin’s office at the Hagood-Mauldin House
104 North Lewis Street, Pickens, SC 29671

When Judy Goosen purchased this crazy quilt years ago from Sandy Henderson, a friend with a really good “eye,” in Atlanta, GA, little did she think it would someday be reproduced as a barn quilt in Pickens, SC. Judy moved to the Cliffs subdivision in northern Pickens County a few years ago and when she discovered the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, she thought it would be a great way to memorialize her quilt, which was showing signs of age. The Pickens studio crew started looking for an appropriate site for the project. Ken Nabors and Wayne Kelly of the Pickens Historical Society identified the perfect location on the Judge’s Quarters of the Hagood-Mauldin House overlooking Legacy Square in downtown Pickens. An 8 x 8 size was suggested, and the UHQT funded half the project to supplement Judy’s contribution.

When Pickens District was divided into Oconee and Pickens Counties in 1868, the Hagood-Mauldin House was disassembled, each board and beam carefully numbered, and it was loaded onto wagons, moved from the original county seat of Pickens Court House and reconstructed at its present site in the “new” town of Pickens. Later, Judge Thomas J. Mauldin made additions to the house and added, just to the south of the house, a smaller Classical Revival style building, (now known as the Judge’s Quarters), that he used as a law office. This was built in 1904, near the time our unknown quilter was diligently embroidering her many quilt pieces together!

According to quilt historian, Laurel Horton, while this quilt of unknown origin, is most likely from late 19th or early 20th century, it includes, in addition to a variety of embroidery stitches and symbolic silhouettes, velour flowers, painted transfers, silk, velvet and taffeta fabrics. Sandy Henderson, a friend from whom Judy bought the quilt , says, “I bought it in a coal mining town in Madisonville, KY, from my friend Gigi Kesterson. Her business, Kesterson’s Antiques is in a building that was her parents’ neighborhood grocery store for many years. Lots of children bought candy there, remember those little grocery stores?”

Judy’s historic crazy quilt is the second block to grace the Hagood-Mauldin site, see also the Carpenter’s Wheel, #140 on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail website. Explore the Pickens County Historical website to learn more about Judge Mauldin and his wife, “Miss Queen” Hagood, who inherited the house from her father, James Earle.

For further information visit (

Ag + Art Tour in SC, Calls for Artist Participation – Deadline March 30, 2020

March 10, 2020

The Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free farm tour featuring local artisans at every stop! The tour was founded in York County in 2012 and now includes 10 South Carolina counties participating on different weekends in May and June. The goal of the tour is to provide a venue to strengthen the connection between producers and consumers to stimulate local economic and community development.

All artisans must apply online at this link ( The deadline to apply is Monday, March 30, 2020.

* Artisans can participate in any county on any weekend.
* Artisans can participate in more than one county – they just need to submit a separate application for each county.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Downtown Art and Architecture Walking Tours

March 10, 2020

The schedule for the popular Downtown Art and Architecture Walking Tours from the Arts Council of Henderson County has been set for 2020. New this year are walking tours of the Historic West Side.

The 90-minute tours depart on Saturdays at 9am from in front of the Center for Art & Inspiration at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. All tours are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. The first tour of 2020 will be on March 21.

In addition to the popular Downtown tours, this year the Arts Council has added walks of the Historic West Side. These monthly tours will begin at the Henderson County Library at 301 Washington Street and depart on Wednesdays at 6pm. The first West Side Tour will be on May 20; all the Art and Architecture Walking Tour dates through October can be found at the Arts Council of Henderson County website ( or (

Tours are led by Arts Council board member Doug Gelbert who has created over 400 architectural tours in towns across the United States and Canada. He is co-author of “How About Them Apples? Be in the Know in Hendersonville” and teaches the architectural course, “What House Style Is That?” at Blue Ridge Community College.

Does your group want a private Tour? Contact the Arts Council to make arrangements. Can’t make the Tour but still want to know everything there is to know about art and architecture in Hendersonville? Pick up the book “Hiding in Plain Sight in Hendersonville” at the Center for Art & Inspiration.

As always, dogs are welcome to accompany their well-behaved owners on the Art and Architectural Walking Tours.

What does the Arts Council of Henderson County do? The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. This September the Arts Council will celebrate its seventh decade of presenting Art on Main, recognized as one of the 200 Best Shows in America for Fine Art & Design.

For additional information about the Arts Council and its Art and Architecture Walking Tours contact the Council by phone at 828/693-8504 or by e-mail at (

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Applications for Farm Tour Sites for 2020 June Tours – Deadline February 10, 2020

January 8, 2020

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in May and June 2020. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that cover a diverse spectrum of production including fruit and vegetable, livestock (protein, dairy, and/or fiber), on-farm distilleries/breweries, commodity crops, timber, and historical farming operations and farmers markets.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be on location at participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The June 2020 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1-5pm each weekend. Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Participating Counties
May 30 – 31
June 6 – 7
Kershaw, Newberry, Richland, York (East)
June 13 – 14
Chester, Chesterfield, Lexington
June 20 – 21
Fairfield, Lancaster
June 27 – 28

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at ( to learn more and apply.

The deadline to apply is Monday, February 10, 2020.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a partnership program led by a team from Clemson Extension. Each participating county has a planning committee consisting of representatives from organizations that are involved in agriculture, art, tourism, economic development, and beyond.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Participation in the Columbia Open Studios 2020 – Deadline Jan. 6, 2020

November 26, 2019

Columbia Open Studios is a self-guided, weekend-long, free tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including all of Richland and Lexington Counties. Visitors will explore the work + workspaces of local artists to learn about their materials, techniques and inspiration behind their pieces.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020, 11:59 pm

Event: Saturday, April 4, 10am-6pm & Sunday, April 5, noon-6pm

Preview Party with Pop-Up Exhibition: Thursday, April 2, 7-9pm

Fees: $50 for 701 CCA members or $100 for non-members, plus $25 deposit

For complete details visit (

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Participation for Haywood County Studio Artist Tour 2020 – Deadline Feb. 5, 2020

November 26, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites all Haywood County Studio Artists to participate in the annual Haywood County Studio Tour scheduled for June 27 & 28, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour is a two-day, self-guided, free event in which Haywood County artists open their studios to the public.

To participate, the studio must be in Haywood County. Artists may choose to open their Haywood County studio or to join with another studio host. The HCAC will act as a liaison between artists needing a host site and studios that have space for additional artists. The artist/studio application and Policies for Participation may be found on the Haywood County Arts Council website or pick up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. E-mail completed forms to ( or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786.

The deadline for the completed studio tour application is Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour Exhibit Opening Reception is on Friday, June 5, 2020.

For more information about HCAC programs and events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at (

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to promote artists, art education, and innovation in art. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Announces the Winner of our Haywood County Open Studio Tour Logo Contest

October 30, 2019

The logo design was chosen by a panel of professional artists and the winning logo designer is Deb Parmele of Canton, NC. Deb Parmele is an HCAC artist member, art glass bead maker, and jewelry artist. The new Haywood County Studio Tour logo, designed by Deb, features a NC brown bear.

The 2020 Haywood County Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for June 27 and 28, 2020, from 10am to 5pm both days. The free, two-day self-guided tour will allow participants to visit approximately 30 working artist studios. Haywood County has a vibrant community of artists who have chosen to live and work in Western North Carolina, making it one of the premier destinations for visitors. During the studio tour, everyone will have a chance to explore Haywood County and experience the diverse artistic talent within our community. Participating artists work in diverse media, including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, mixed-media, sculpture, and two-dimensional applications.

The late June dates were chosen with the hope of ensuring good weather for the tour. Additional information regarding artist participants, locations where maps will be available and participating artist preview reception at the HCAC Gallery on Main Street will be forth coming. Please mark your calendar now for an interesting and enjoyable outing in Haywood County June 27th and 28th, 2020. Plan to pack a picnic for your adventure or stop by one of Haywood County’s wonderful restaurants.

For further info call 82/452-0593 or visit (

2019 Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Scheduled for Oct. 11-13, in the Lake Norman, NC, Area

September 18, 2019

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular and eagerly anticipated cultural event in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. The tour is open to the public, and there is no charge for the event.  It’s an opportunity for the public to see local artists’ working environment and chat with them about their process. One of a kind art can be purchased directly from the artists! Our goal is to promote a quality, fine art event, and ensuring visitors unique works of art that they won’t find everywhere else.

The 2019 tour will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 10am to 6pm, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon until 4pm.

We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view. Mediums include wood, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, leatherwork, etc. For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have multiple artists. All studios are located on the Brawley peninsula, starting at McKendree Road, and continuing beyond The Point. Banners and signs will be posted leading to participating locations.

For more information about the artists and locations visit (

Latest Additions to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Pickens County, SC

September 18, 2019

#253 Noon Day Lilies
Sponsors: Kent & Dean Dockins Dykes
Quilter: unknown
Location: Easley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

This beautiful quilt was created between 1840 and 1850. The quilt was passed down through the Clayton M. Dockins family. It belonged to Annie Dean Boatwright Dockins, who was a native of Pickens County, SC. Its maker was most likely a relative of Mrs. Dockins. Annie was the daughter of Benjamin Holder, a well-known circuit rider minister who established many rural churches in the area. She married Clayton M. Dockins, Sr., a native of Rabun County, GA who was a career US Army master Sargent Major. He was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and was also a decorated veteran of WWI. After retiring from the army, Clayton returned to Easley and became the paymaster for the mills in Pelzer, Easley and Pickens.

The Easley Chamber of Commerce was established in 1935 and is the voice of business that promotes an ideal business environment, which encourages growth and community development with a concern for the people by continuously improving the quality of life in the greater Easley area.

As the Visitors Center, they provide tourism and newcomer information about Easley, as well as the surrounding areas of Pickens County and Upstate South Carolina. Whether you are a visitor, resident or Chamber business member, you are encouraged to utilize their website to explore what the Easley area and our Chamber have to offer.

#255 Journey
Sponsor: Josh Burgess
Quilter: Lynn Brill, creator of quilt; Autumn Compass
Location: 117 McWhorter Road Easley, SC

Josh Burgess and his daughter Madison, moved to Easley in June of 2014 from Newton, NC. They bought an abandoned farm, complete with house and barn, that sits on 12 acres, and proceeded to remodel. The farmhouse was completed first, and then they took on the remodel of the old barn. Knowing that the remodel would revolve around a barn quilt, they began their journey to find the perfect barn quilt design.

Lynn Brill of Anderson had just recently commissioned a square based on her quilt, “Autumn Compass,” and kindly agreed for Josh to borrow the pattern. Lynn has been quilting since the 1970s, when she found a pattern for a sampler quilt in “McCall’s” magazine and just couldn’t resist trying her hand at quilting!

#256 Ashley’s Journey
Sponsors: Alan and Ellie Elzerman
Quilter: Ellie Elzerman
Location: Elzerman home at 128 Morgan Drive, Central, SC

“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Ashley who loved purple, so much so, she even named her cat Purple. Conceptually, I envisioned this contemporary quilt to represent Ashley’s educational journey, a journey illustrating perseverance leading to success. Ashley’s educational path was rarely a straight line. She pieced together many experiences to move through our education system. At each stage of the journey, including college, graduate school, veterinary school, and finally residency, she searched varied paths with her goal in mind. This quilt is made to honor her journey.”

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Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Extends Deadline to Sign up for ArtTrek 2019 to Aug. 15, 2019

August 7, 2019

The Upstairs Artspace, a contemporary art gallery in Tryon, NC, is extending the registration deadline for artists to participate in its annual ArtTrek Foothills Open Studios event to Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The previous deadline was July 31.

“This has been such a hectic summer, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for artists who might want to participate in this year’s studio tour,” Board President John Walters said. “The new deadline to sign-up is Thursday, Aug. 15.”

ArtTrek is an annual open-studios touring event that allows the general public to get an inside look at how and where artists make their creative works. The participating artists have samples of their work in the gallery, and the visiting patrons are encouraged to also visit the artists’ studios throughout the community.

The gallery exhibition will be held Oct. 4-18, and tours will be held for two days, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, Oct. 6, noon to 5pm. The opening reception and silent auction of participating artists’ works will be Friday, Oct. 4, 5-7:30pm.

There is no cost for patrons to enjoy the exhibit or take the tour. They are encouraged to start their tour at the gallery in downtown Tryon on Saturday, Oct. 5, with coffee and refreshments 9-11am or on Sunday, Oct. 6, 10am to noon. Patrons will be given a map to the artists’ studios, as well as other helpful and insightful information about the artists.

The closing reception and last day of the exhibition will be Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm, at which time artwork in the silent auction will be awarded to the highest bidders.

“Last year, we had 31 participating artists from Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, Mill Spring, and Landrum,” Walters said. “Everyone had such a great time, seeing the artwork at the gallery and then driving from studio to studio to meet the artists and actually see where the work is done. This is something that art lovers in the region look forward to each year. They make a day of it, visiting this gallery; the artists’ studios; and taking in the fall scenery, eating at our restaurants, and visiting our towns. It is showcase event for Upstairs Artspace, as well as the Foothills community.”

Foothills artists who have studios within easy driving distance of Tryon and who want to participate can get complete details and register at the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Or, visit online at (

Founded in 1978, Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery in downtown Tryon at 49 S. Trade St. It exhibits two- and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, particularly in the Carolinas, as well as artists nationally and globally. It is supported by public and private donations, sales of art, grants, and fund-raising events. Upstairs Artspace is supported in part by the Polk County Community Foundation, the Mary F. Kessler Fund, and public and private donations.