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Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Sept. 22, 2015

August 31, 2015

The Asheville Gallery of Art, located at 16 College Street in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The work of applicants must be submitted on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, for jurying on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is an artists’ cooperative which exhibits original, two-dimensional works by 30 member artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the gallery website ( Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current art resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. All work must be picked up between 2-5:30pm on Wednesday Sept. 23. The gallery will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to (

The Asheville Gallery of Art is located across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest established art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center Calls for Artists and Vendors to Participate in Artisans Holiday Show in Lancaster, SC

August 31, 2015

Artisans, craftsmen, and holiday vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Artisans Holiday Show in downtown Lancaster, SC.  The indoor show will be held at 212 S. Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am – 4pm as part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour in partnership with non-profit agencies Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center & Artists Market. This holiday market features handmade arts and crafts and holiday vendors. Participation fees start at $50 and applications may be obtained by calling 803/287-7853 or by e-mail at ( Vendor applications are online at the community calendar of ( or by mail at P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

The Artisans Holiday Market has been named a top 20 event for December 2015 by Southeast Tourism Society.  Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit arts agency which exists to provide opportunities to diverse neighborhoods.

Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, Presents Fleta Monaghan for Its Monthly Meeting – Sept. 12, 2015

August 31, 2015


The Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, will presents Fleta Monaghan, BFA, MaED, with “Abstract Painting-What Is It All About??” for its monthly meeting at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC, 28759, on Sept. 12, 2015, from 10am-noon.

Often we hear comments such as, “My kid could paint that!” when those unfamiliar with abstract art see work in museums or galleries.  So, what is it all about?  This discussion will touch on the development of the abstract genre since the 19th century and what is happening today.  Why is All art abstract, and what does abstraction have in common with more understood subjects such as landscapes and portraiture.  How can realist artist benefit from understanding the foundations of abstractions.  This talk will include a slide presentation and question and answer time.

Work by Fleta Monaghan

Monaghan is Founder and Director of River’s Edge Studio and 310 Art  Gallery.  This venue was founded in  2006, and is the oldest in the River Art District.  She has exhibited extensively and her art work is in collections worldwide.

She grew up on the west coast of Florida, on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. After traveling around the United States and living in San Francisco, Oregon and Virginia, she settled in Asheville, NC, in 1981.

“I have always been attracted to beautiful and historic places populated with interesting and artistically inclined people. After visiting Asheville briefly, I decided this was a perfect place to live and work. I love the thriving arts community, and enjoy working and teaching in a poetically timeworn 100 year old warehouse in the River Arts District of Asheville.

The oldest of seven children, she began painting in oils and pastels at an early age. Her earliest works still in existence are pastel copies of Bottecelli paintings, executed at age twelve.

“I have heard it said that an artist only has to look at the art work they created as a child to see the directions and themes that will resonate in their adult work. That is certainly true with me. I experimented with all kinds of materials as a kid – marbling paper with oil paint, making handmade paper, drawing and painting and creating costumes. I would read about some new technique or see some interesting art, and the next thing you knew I was trying it out. Naturally, most of my experimentation took place outside! In recent years I have been experimenting with oil and wax, oil pastels and painting with heated beeswax. These traditional materials involving beeswax are very old, and reinventing new ways to use materials has always been interesting to me,” says Monaghan.

“I am always seeking an essence of thought and feeling when I combine imagery with materials. There is an unbroken thread that weaves through all my work, no matter what materials I use or which techniques I employ. The Gulf of Mexico strongly influenced my visual, spiritual and philosophical senses as have the Mountains here in North Carolina.”

For further information contact Kitty Williams by calling 423/764-2911 or e-mail to (

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches New Volunteer Program

August 31, 2015


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, launches SECCA CONNECTors, an organization that supports the contemporary art center in daily functions, exhibitions, and special projects.

Spearheaded by Nancy Peterson and Bonnie Poindexter, two active women in Winston-Salem’s arts community, the SECCA CONNECTors gives volunteers the opportunity to enjoy insider experiences, a chance to give back to the community, and to take part in Winston-Salem’s mission to be the City of the Arts and Innovation. With a variety of committees and responsibilities, including office support, exhibition support, education support, greeting, and gardening; there is something for everyone who is interested in joining.

“We are very excited ab­out the SECCA volunteer program. We look forwarding to assisting the staff and helping enhance the SECCA experience for the public,” said Nancy Peterson.

The first SECCA CONNECTor meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at 5:30pm in the living room of the historic Hanes House at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For more information about how you can become a SECCA CONNECTor please visit ( or contact Connie Schroeder by e-mail at (

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located on Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual Juried Exhibition – Deadline is Sept. 19, 2015

August 23, 2015

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is calling for entries for the “Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition”. The exhibit is open to Southeastern US artists, 18 years and older.

Registration deadline is Sept. 19, 2015.

Fee is $25 per entry, limited to (3) entries per person.

The theme is, “Wildlife: The Beauty, the Beast”

Best of Show receives featured exhibition at CFA in 2016. There are also additional awards.

Prospectus online at (

For further info call 704/541-0741 or e-mail to (

Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, Calls for Entries for Biennial Juried Exhibition – Deadline Nov. 2, 2015

August 20, 2015

The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, is currently holding a Call for Entries from North Carolina artists, 18 year old or older, for its Biennial Juried Exhibition that will be installed on February 6, 2015.

The entry deadline for artworks is November 2, 2015 with an application fee of $25 for upwards of 3 images submitted.

View of a previous exhibition.

The following link gives more specifics about the show and the application process: (

This year’s juror will be Theresa N. Hammond, Director and Curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC.

For further information call the Museum at 252/758-1946.

Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC, Calls for Artists Participation in A Very Merry Crafted Market! – Deadline Oct. 9, 2015

August 18, 2015

The Leland Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with the Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center, is looking for exciting, engaging arts and crafts for our holiday market: A Very Merry Crafted Market!, in Leland, NC. Do you have your wares ready to sell for the holiday crowds? The LCAC is ready for you!

A Very Merry Crafted Market is a two-day event on November 13th and 14th, 2015, run by our professional LCAC staff and FLCAC volunteers. What makes it different from all the other markets, especially for artists? We take care of ALL the hassle! That’s right, you drop off your creations and we set everything else up—including display, publicity, and sales. The LCAC understands that the holidays are an artist’s busiest time of year. Let us make it easier for you!

There’s no entry fee. Instead, the FLCAC retains 30% commission, with artists keeping 70% of sales. Friday, November 13th is a special ticketed preview party with food, drinks, music, and the opportunity to shop the market first! Artists are encouraged to attend the Preview Party (free of charge), to mix and mingle with guests and shoppers! Saturday, November 14th will be free and open to the public.

Interested in applying? Submissions are being accepted Aug. 17 – Oct. 9, 2015.

Review A Very Merry Crafted Market Guidelines and complete an application today!

All information can be found at (

ARTSPACE 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, is Calling for Entries for Its Second Annual “SMALL WORKS SHOW” – Deadline Nov. 17, 2015

August 14, 2015

The Second Annual “SMALL WORKS SHOW” will take place Nov. 19 – Dec. 19, 2015, at ARTSPACE 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

This show provides an exhibition opportunity for artists in the coastal Carolinas.

We welcome both established and emerging artists.

The Gallery is sponsoring the Small Works Show for the benefit of the artists and the local communities.  There is no entry fee for the show.  The gallery is waiving commissions on sales during the show and the artists will receive 100% of the proceeds of any sale.

This show has been organized to benefit artists and our patrons during the time of year when people are buying holiday gifts and artists are in need of cash.


The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older residing within 100 miles of our gallery space located at 506 37th Avenue, South, North Myrtle Beach, SC  29582

The Rules

Artists may submit up to three (3) entries total. Works may not exceed 12” (twelve inches) in any dimension, including frame.  This rule is strongly enforced.

Entries must be ready for presentation.  Hanging work must be wired.  All work must be labeled with the artist’s name, contact information,  title of work, media, and price.  Works not for sale should be priced NFS, but must be valued for insurance purposes.  Works not properly labeled will not be accepted for exhibition.

Exhibiting artists must read and sign exhibition contract.

Works sold during the show must remain for the duration of the show and be available for the purchaser(s) on December 20 or 21, 2015 when the show has ended.

The Prizes

Easton Selby is our judge for this year’s exhibition.  Selby is a photographer who received a BFA from Delta State University in 2003 and his MFA from Clemson University in 2006.  He is Associate Professor of Art at Coastal Carolina University where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Visual Art.  He has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the United States, and his work is in several permanent and private collections. Selby’s work has been published in “Delta Magazine”, “Metropolis Magazine”, and “Canadian Art Magazine”. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for photography.  Selby resides in Conway, South Carolina.  Works selected by Selby will be awarded cash prizes as follows:

Best of Show  $300
Second Place  $200
Third Place  $100
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention

Also we recognize a “people’s choice” award winner, decided by voting at the gallery.  One vote per visitor to the exhibition.  The work with the most votes will be awarded:

People’s Choice  $200


Entries must be hand-delivered to the gallery on Monday, 11/16 or Tuesday, 11/17, from 11am-5pm.  The Gallery will not accept shipped entries.  It is acceptable for one person to deliver entries for others as long as the entries are properly prepared and labeled. All work must be picked up on 12/20 or 12/21, between 11am-5pm at the Gallery, 506 37th Ave., S., North Myrtle Beach, SC  29582

November 16 & 17    Works hand-delivered to  ARTSPACE 506  between the hours of 11am-5pm.

November 18             Gallery Closed for installation.

November 19             Opening Reception 6-9pm.

November 20            Judging of show.  Winners will be announced.

December 19             Final day for show.  “People’s Choice” winner will be announced.

December 20 & 21   Pick up work at ARTSPACE 506 between the hours of 11am-5pm.

For complete details visit (

Opening Reception

An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015 at ARTSPACE 506, 506 37th Avenue, South, North Myrtle Beach, SC from 6-9pm.  All are welcome.


Contact us at 843/273-0399 or e-mail to (info@artspace506,com).

Tri-State Sculptors 37th Annual Conference to be Held in Wilmington, NC – October 1-4, 2015

August 9, 2015


The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), in Wilmington, NC, are excited to host the 37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference. Located on the coast of North Carolina, Wilmington offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference. Installation artist Judy Pfaff, recipient of 2014 International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the weekend will be packed with panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions.

Tri-State has also partnered with the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County to feature work by Tri-State members in the Pedestrian Art series. Up to 24 works will be installed at various locations in Wilmington from April 2015 – October 2015 and will represent a wide range of artistic styles, themes and media.

Cape Fear Community College will host the “Tri-State Members Exhibit” at the Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery. The opening will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6-9pm.

Conference Coordinator Andi Steele said “This conference is open to anyone with an interest in sculpture and sculptural processes. We are offering numerous presentations, demos and round table discussions by Tri-State members on topics such as the business of art and a variety of sculptural processes. Five different sculpture exhibits and a wonderful keynote speaker round out the conference.”

Registration information can be found on the Tri-State webpage at (

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc. Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location.

Installation by Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the

37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 1:

3:30-5:30pm – Registration; UNCW Cultural Arts Building (CAB)

5:30-6:30pm – Gallery Reception for the exhibit, “Time, Movement, Balance & Space: Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran”; UNCW CAB Art Gallery

“37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Outdoor Members Exhibition”; UNCW Sculpture Yard

Friday, October 2:

8:30am-4:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Developing Art as a Business,” with Jim Gallucci. This presentation will cover how to get started and how to make a living, what you need to be thinking about along the way, and the entrepreneurial aspects of the art business. The 3 do’s and the 17 years that are involved in starting your art business.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Casting With Rock Salt,” with Brian Glaze. Casting with Rock Salt will show how you can melt store bought rock salt in a crucible style furnace. This is accomplished mainly in the same way that you would cast bronze or aluminum. With the use of a bronze style furnace it is possible to cast rock salt that melts around 1450°-1500° Fahrenheit. In a molten state, salt is a translucent orange color, which is quite dramatic! A limited number of participants will be able to cast with Brian. Molds must be pre-made. Based on the style and thickness of your mold and pattern, green and oil based sand molds are better to use. Investment and resin molds are possible, but at your own risk. Please contact Brian Glaze ( for more information and availability.

11:30am-12:30pm – “Hand in Hand: Digital Technologies and Traditional Stone Carving Methods in Sculpture”. Kathryn Cook, BFA in Sculpture, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro, independent artist; Felicia Dean, Academic Professional and Director of Digital Fabrication, Department of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina Greensboro; and Patricia Wasserboehr, Associate Professor in Sculpture and Drawing, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro. Digital fabrication technologies have been available to artists since the 1990’s and are increasingly available for widespread utilization across the globe. The ways in which sculptors conceive, develop, and produce sculpture are significantly altered by the use of 3D computer software, scanners, printers, and CNC milling. In this presentation, designers and sculptors will explore their recent studio practices as residents with the Digital Stone Project (DSP) in Gramolazzo, Italy, the access to the onsite CNC Milling machine that rough cut their models in marble, and where they finished them using traditional hand carving techniques. Each presenter will speak about their sculpture, 3D digital processes, and their learning experiences with the DSP.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “Paper Casting,” with Matthew Egan & Heather Muise. Handmade paper is a versatile, lightweight and strong material that can be used in a variety of ways including casting, mold making and as a textural surface element. This demonstration will show how to create paper from a variety of natural materials and how to use handmade paper and additives that aid in sheet formation, strength and variation to create three-dimensional forms. Tamping wet paper made of malleable fibers over dimensional objects such as plaster molds will be discussed and demonstrated. Everyone is invited to try their hand at papermaking.

2-3pm – “Chasing Stones and the Scholarly Pursuit,” with Matt Amante, Pitt Community College Fine Arts Professor, Tri-State Sculptors President. This presentation will cover Chinese Scholars’ Rocks and how their aesthetic criteria impacted my sculpture. This lecture chronicles how an obscure concept I came across in an art history course shaped my aesthetics, provided a topic for my thesis, and lead me to Asia for 40 days in pursuit of finding these objects.

3:15-4:15pm – “20 Low Cost or Free Ways to Promote Your Art,” with Melissa Walker, Artist and Marketing Director, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Take your art career to the next level with these easy, yet important ways to promote your art. Most are either free or very low cost and bring professionalism to your career that is needed is today’s competitive art market. Start with just one or try them all!

6-9pm – Gallery Reception for the “37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Members Exhibition”; CFCC Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery.

Saturday, October 3:

8:30am-12:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Panel Discussion: How They Are Doing It”. Panelists will discuss the various ways they make a living as sculptors.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Basic Blacksmithing and Forge Design,” with Justin Vorhis. This demonstration will be an introduction to the ideas and concept of forging steel. It will cover building a simple forge, types of fuel, and basic forging techniques. Anyone who would like to participate will have the opportunity to forge. Handouts with information for building a forge and what makes a good anvil will be available.

10:15am-11:15pm – “The Making of the Wilmington Fallen Firefighter Memorial,” with Ed Walker, Artist and Owner, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Follow along as Ed takes you through all the steps required to create a project of this magnitude. Starting with the idea, visualized as a 3-D animation flyby and using that as a proposal to the committee, the process is started. The next step is creating the model, scanning and enlarging to create a foam armature for the final clay surface. From there the traditional bronze casting process continues, but there is so much more. Dealing with the committee, fundraising ideas, arranging with contractors, including cement contractors, crane operators, lighting installation, construction delays and more! It is worth all the work once the final piece is unveiled. There was even a ride in a fire truck!

11:30am-12:30pm – “Patinas,” with Hanna Jabran. Hanna will demonstrate the application of various patina chemicals to bronze and aluminum. The processes demonstrated will be cold and hot patina application. Cold patina is a term used for special chemicals applied at room temperature, fumed, brushed or dipped. Cold patina takes approximately 24 hours or more to show results and usually are opaque colors and chalky. Hot Patina is applied with heat from a torch, where the metal is heated to approximately 200 degrees. The patina can be applied by airbrush, stippling or sponging. Hot patina is more controlled and can be layered to the desired color and opaque quality. After the application, the patina can be preserved by applying a coating of wax or a clear coat or lacquer.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “The Self-Built Propane Fired Melting Furnace,” with Carl Billingsley. This will be a demonstration of Carl’s self-built, reverbatory-type, propane fired  melting furnace. This furnace is designed so that it can be run using only a propane weedburner or similar type of self-contained portable burner (gravity fed Oil-burner, etc.). The system is designed to pour directly into molds that are brought to the furnace. This system avoids the necessity, expense and safety issues of commercial crucibles. No tongs, poring shanks, etc. are required. Perhaps the greatest advantage of this system, aside from not handling fragile crucibles full of hot metal, is that it can be operated single-handed. Although the system can be arranged to melt bronze, he will demonstrate aluminum casting for the conference. Bring a small ready to pour mold and aluminum if you’ve got it!

2-3pm – “Movement, Meditation & Making: Integrating Contemplative Practices,” with Maria Borghoff, Artist, Yoga Teacher. Movement, meditation and art making are all forms of contemplative practice that provide a unique set of tools for the individual to tap into an infinite source of creativity. Whether a contemplative practice is intended for personal health or growth, knowledge or spirituality, utilizing the tools of both ancient and modern practices can support any creative endeavor. This presentation will discuss the neurobiological effects of movement, meditation, and mindfulness and how these practices shape the brain, particularly for the creative process.

3:15-4:15pm – “History of Tri-State,” with Jim Gallucci. Learn how and why Tri-State was started, who the initial people involved were, and why we stay together. What the artistic climate was in the region at that time and how it has changed. What the future holds for Tri-State.

4:30-6:30pm – Judy Pfaff, Keynote address

7pm-Until – “Gathering of Sculptors,” at Hampton Inn. Come join us for dinner and conversation. You must purchase a ticket in advance to eat.

Sunday, October 4:

9am-11am – Business Meeting

For further information call Melissa Walker at 336/873-8291, e-mail to ( or visit (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, to Host 1Spark! – Sept. 5, 2015

August 8, 2015


The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is staged to host 1Spark!, a free public festival featuring artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, from 11am-5pm, on North Liberty Street between its campus and USC Upstate’s The George Dean Johnson, Jr. School of Business and Economics.

Businesses across the globe recognize creativity as key to innovation, and Spartanburg continues to step up the challenge. 1Spark! is one way the community continues looking toward the future, bringing together artisans, inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs to showcase what Spartanburg has to offer.


Tapped as “where creativity and innovation collide,” 1Spark! features dozens of regional artists who display their work and techniques alongside entrepreneurs and makers who share ideas, start-ups, and new companies to the area.

“You can’t have innovation without first having a spark of creativity,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said, “and Spartanburg is full of both. New businesses are sprouting up all the time to serve the needs of our community, and artists are always creating new works that challenge our way of thinking. It’s a perfect matchup.”

At the inaugural festival in 2014, numerous partnerships formed between businesses and artists, helping regional artisans turn their work into creative enterprise and helping businesses build creative solutions to their products and services.

In addition to visiting artists’ and entrepreneurs’ booths, patrons also participate in creativity challenges, witness live 3D chalk art, experience a beer garden, enjoy live music and eat from a host of regional food trucks.

Artists, businesses, and food trucks that want to participate in the festival must complete the application and pay the $30 fee. The application can be found on Chapman Cultural Center’s website by searching “1Spark 2015.” Vendors may pay in check, card, or cash.

For more information, visit ( or call 864/542-ARTS.


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