Archive for the ‘Greenville SC Visual Arts’ Category

Museum and Gallery in Greenville, SC, Hosts Annual Appraisal Event and Participates in Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! – Sept. 26, 2015

September 13, 2015


Any fans of the “Antique Road Show” will enjoy getting a taste of local and live antique appraisals at the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery’s 16th annual Collectible or Curiosity? event on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, from 9am to 5pm. From now up through the event day, those interested in receiving a verbal appraisal on their antiques can register up to three items.

“We have had some interesting items come through over the years,” said Amy Basinger, events & marketing coordinator for M&G. “You never know what you are going to see; we have had everything from a Tiffany fork that had belonged to a Titanic survivor to a set of dueling pistols from the War of 1812.”


Appraisals are available for general antiques, fine art, pottery, china, porcelain, silver, jewelry and books. Stations with regional experts will be set up throughout the M&G galleries according to appraisal specialty.

— Dawn Corley, “The Charleston Silver Lady”: silver, jewelry, porcelain and china
—Stan Shelley, owner of Shelley’s Jewelry and Auction Gallery: books and general antiques
—Joette Humphrey, auction manager at Shelley’s Auction Gallery.: general antiques
—Laura Crocket, fine arts specialist at Brunk Auctions in Asheville, NC: fine art

In addition to their appraisal, registered guests receive free admission to explore the 30 galleries of European Old Master paintings housed at M&G. Those who make their appointment before Sept. 23 receive a discount off the regular price of $18 per item.

To schedule an appraisal appointment, visit ( or call 864/770-1331.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 26, M&G will be participating in Smithsonian magazine’s national Museum Day Live! Guests with a Museum Day Live! ticket receive free admission for up to two people per household to enjoy one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Master paintings in the country! Museum Day Live! tickets can be obtained by visiting (

Community Day at Greenville Center for the Creative Arts in Greenville, SC – Aug. 23, 2015

August 12, 2015

The Greenville Center for the Creative Arts (GCCA), a newly launched Greenville, SC-area non-profit dedicated to enriching the local community through art, is rallying area and GCCA artists in support of a beloved fixture in the Village of West Greenville community – acclaimed food truck Ribs ‘N Such.


Less than 4 months old, the GCCA is using one of its first major events to bring its mission statement to life by organizing efforts to use art to directly benefit the surrounding community. In conjunction with a GCCA open house combining demonstrations, food and fun, the GCCA’s August 23, 2015, from 1-5pm, Community Day will gather celebrated artists from the GCCA and Village of West Greenville in support of one of the community’s favorite BBQ restaurants/food trucks, Ribs ‘N Such.

As evidence of the popularity of Ribs ‘N Such with the surrounding community, led by Dumah Morgan and GCCA artists will be joined by artists from the Village of West Greenville to provide James Hester’s food truck with a completely unique and utterly unforgettable hand-drawn paint job. The design will be reflective of signature elements in the Village, his church community and his specialty, Texas style BBQ.

Participating sponsors include: Clinkscales Chevrolet, Dumah Morgan, Devobal, Pinstripers Original, Village Grind, Lily Pottery, Village of West Greenville, Clemson Visual Arts-Greenville, Community Journals, and GCCA.

If you’d like more information about Community Day at GCCA, please call Cherington Shucker, Executive Director at 646/825-1859 or e-mail to (

Bob Jones University’s Museum & Gallery Offers Free Admittance with M&G’s Community Day – Mar. 26, 2015

March 19, 2015


On Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, to say thank you to the Greenville, SC, Community, the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University offers patrons and visitors free admission to both museum locations through regular open hours. Open hours for M&G’s Wade Hampton location are from 2–5pm and from 10am–5pm at M&G’s Heritage Green location in downtown Greenville, SC.

“M&G is grateful to be an integral part of our South Carolina communities now more than 60 years,” notes M&G director Erin R. Jones. “We love sharing the Collection with students of all ages as expressed through affordability and accessibility of the educational services, outreaches, and unique exhibitions we offer. Community Day is just one more way of showing our appreciation and letting the Collection be enjoyed by everyone.”


At M&G’s Wade Hampton location on the campus of Bob Jones University, guests will have the opportunity to experience one of America’s finest European Old Master collections—completely free of charge! Featuring 30 galleries full of over 400 paintings, M&G at Bob Jones University offers visitors a unique, expansive view of differing cultures throughout history. In addition, guests can enjoy the new loan exhibition, “The Golden Age of Painting in the Low Countries”—a vivid look at seventeenth-century genre painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. These Dutch artists were known for new and daring themes, some of which included interiors, maritime scenes, and peasant life.  Finally, M&G at Bob Jones University offers a kid’s Easter Scavenger Hunt and self-guided strolling tour, entitled “The Easter Story in Art”, where select masterworks portray specific moments within the Easter narrative.

M&G’s downtown location at the Heritage Green campus will also be open free of charge to all guests. Currently, this location features the acclaimed exhibition “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative”, which on the first floor recreates the spectrum of nineteenth-century Victorian culture through artifacts and technology—from the issue of the stinking Thames to the elitist Athenaeum Club! On the second floor, patrons of all ages will enjoy the spectacular world of Dickens’ imagination, with diverse vignettes and media presentations of Dickensian characters representing the best and worst of the Victorian era and the challenges and meaningful links to us today.

As we enter this spring season, take advantage of this fantastic offer from M&G—a chance to tour both museum sites completely free of charge!

For more information about M&G’s Community Day, please contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331.

Bob Jones University’s M&G Museum in Greenville, SC, Presents Rare Look at the Historic and Rare Benjamin West Collection – Mar. 19, 2015

March 16, 2015


On Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, M&G Curator John Nolan will present a lecture to residents of Greenville, SC, and the Upstate, highlighting the seven monumental paintings by American ex-patriate Benjamin West on display in the War Memorial Chapel at Bob Jones University. As part of M&G’s Art in Focus Series, Nolan’s lecture will trace West’s career from a farm in Pennsylvania to his ascent to the very peak of English artistic society as a painter to the King of England. The lecture is free, open to the general public, and will be hosted from 5:30-6:30pm.

This rare and significant collection in America has a surprising story—both the artist Benjamin West and the paintings, which were part of a planned series (called “Revealed Religion”) commissioned by King George III of Revolutionary War fame, played lead roles in the development of American and English eighteenth-century painting.

“Isaiah’s Lips Anointed with Fire”, Benjamin West, P.R.A. From the Bob Jones University Collection.

Dr. Alfred Scharf, well-known art historian, has exclaimed the historical importance of these works and expressed that “these pictures probably form the most outstanding series of religious paintings in eighteenth-century England.” Nolan will help his audience understand the proper historical context of these amazing historical works, while also highlighting the causes that forced the “Revealed Religion” project to a halt before it could be completed.

Through John Nolan’s lecture, every one attending—no matter their interests or background—will have an exclusive, limited opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of a true and rare American treasure: The “Revealed Religion” series by Benjamin West. Come delve into a rich selection of American and British history!

For directions to location or additional information about upcoming events, tours, and admission prices, contact the Museum & Gallery at 864/770-1331, or check the website at (

Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, Offers Victorian Christmas Drop-In – Dec. 13, 2014

December 11, 2014


Guests and patrons of the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green are invited to a special holiday event in downtown Greenville, SC. M&G’s Victorian Christmas Drop-in is hosted on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 1-5pm and is free with general admission (adults: $5, seniors (65+): $4, students: $3, and children 12 and under are free). This special event includes Victorian treats, a craft for kids, a Christmas Scavenger Hunt for kids of all ages, a holiday sale in the Gift Shop, and excerpts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Storyteller Tim Lowry will perform some of Dickens’ most notable characters and best-loved portions from A Christmas Carol. Lowry has performed in well over 5,000 schools and been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the North Carolina Storytelling Festival, and the Patchwork Storytelling Festival. Families from across the Upstate are invited to enjoy the season through this festive Christmas event.

For additional information about this event or M&G general events, please contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331, or visit (

M&G at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Prepares for Annual Appraisal Event and Smithsonian Museum Day!

September 18, 2014


M&G at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, will be hosting its annual Collectible or Curiosity?: An Antique Appraisal Event, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 9am-5pm. This event offers attendees the unique opportunity to have their antiques and memorabilia examined by first-rate appraisers for a modest fee. This year’s line-up includes such respected field experts as:

Dawn Corley: Known as the “Charleston Silver Lady,” Dawn is a nationally recognized silver specialist and fine jewelry expert. During the raising of the USS Hunley from Charleston harbor, Dawn’s more than 25-years of expertise and experience proved invaluable as she assessed and appraised jewelry recovered from the sunken vessel.

Greg Peters: As the owner and lead auctioneer at Golden Memories Auction, located in Mountain City, Georgia, Greg brings over 40 years of experience to examining and appraising antiques across a range of diverse fields. Greg is a multi-state licensed and bonded auctioneer, with thousands of antiques appraised, and also enjoys participating in yearly museum “road shows.”

Ted Tzavaras and Marie Kowalik: The co-owners of Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia, bring a collective 45 years of evaluating and appraising the very finest in American and Continental art, as well as 18th and 19th century European furniture and porcelain.

Michael Crocker: As co-curator of the Folk Pottery Museum northeast Georgia, Michael brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of pottery techniques and history. A new feature this year, Michael will present a special lecture at 1pm about collecting pottery in M&G’s Exhibition Gallery. Appraisal guests are welcome to attend.

M&G is pleased to be able to partner with such accomplished appraisers, all while offering their services to M&G via this accessible, affordable Upstate event: Collectible or Curiosity? Fees for this event are $10 per item for members, or $15 per item for non-members (up to 3 items) when they register before Sept. 24, 2014. Registration after the 24th is $18 per item (up to 3 items) for guests.

For additional information about Collectible or Curiosity?, please visit M&G’s website at (

In addition, M&G is excited to partner with over 1400 museums and cultural venues nationwide in the Smithsonian Museum Day program, hosted Saturday, Sept. 27! Guests will enjoy free admission by presenting a Museum Day ticket at either M&G location. Guests who want to claim their free ticket should visit ( The ticket covers general admission for one guest, but does not apply to special events.

Come See Famous Victorian Artists at M&G at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, by Aug. 10, 2014

July 30, 2014

Since opening August 2013, M&G’s “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative” exhibition has thrilled thousands with its colorful characters, interactive vignettes, and beautiful displays of period-antiques and works of art. However, two of the most acclaimed works within the exhibition, Elizabeth Gardner’s “La Confidance” and Edwin Landseer’s “The Falconer,” will be returning soon to their respective museums in Athens, GA, and Philadelphia, PA. Plan to visit M&G at Heritage Green by Aug. 10, 2014, to see these masterful works right here in Greenville, before they return home for good!


Painted in 1880, Elizabeth Gardner’s “La Confidance” is featured in the Withdrawing Room vignette, a display highlighting the Victorian woman’s domestic and social roles within nineteenth-century England. After leaving her native New Hampshire in 1864, Gardner’s abilities blossomed in Paris, France, and she became the first American female painter to display work at the Paris Salon exhibition. Viewers will quickly see why “La Confidance” is a Victorian favorite, with its charmingly intimate scene of two female friends sweetly sharing secrets, all set against a backdrop of idyllic security and innocent friendship—reminiscent of Jane Austen’s country settings in Pride and Prejudice.

If Gardner’s “La Confidance” represents the ideal of Victorian femininity, Edwin Landseer’s “The Falconer” portrays the quintessential nineteenth-century male. As art critic Christopher Wood notes of the Victorian gentleman, he was “a keen hunting man … professional, disciplined, and autocratic.” Located within the Athenaeum vignette, Landseer’s “Falconer” allows the viewer to understand a cultured and restricted Victorian world open only to those men of the highest birth and best breeding.

M&G is delighted to host this truly unique and accessible exhibition to the guests and residents of Greenville and the Upstate at M&G at Heritage Green. Make your plans to see this fascinating examination of the life, times, and influence of the one-and-only Charles Dickens. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children 12 and under attend free and can enjoy an exhibition scavenger hunt and children’s learning center.

For more information about this exhibition and the paintings and events to come, please contact the Museum & Gallery, at 864/770-1331 or visit M&G’s website at (

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Call for Entries for AGGG Small Works Exhibition – Deadline August 29, 2014

July 13, 2014


The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, located at 200 N. Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC, is calling all artists 18 years and older to submit works for the “AGGG Small Works Exhibition”.

Only original works of art not shown previously in an AGGG show and created within the last two years are eligible. These 2-D works may be in any medium including photography. Winners will receive $2,000 in cash awards. Greenville, SC, paper collage artist, Judy Verhoeven will be our guest juror for this year’s exhibition.

Selected works will be eligible to be displayed and sold in the gallery for the month of October.

$35 Entry Fee per two images
Deadline to submit images 9 p.m., August 29, 2014.
Notified of acceptance Monday, September 15, 2014
Deliver framed work(s) no later than 6pm, Friday, September 26, 2014.

Please visit our website for more information ( or call 864 /239-3882.

The Village of West Greenville, SC, Introduces New Weekly Saturday Market – Beginning June 21, 2014

June 12, 2014

A weekly artisan and farmers market has a home in The Village of West Greenville, SC. Formerly known as the Pendleton Street Arts District, The Village has re-identified with a community-centric approach to art, eats and music. As this shift has taken root in the area, The Village has seen huge growth. The announcement of the Saturday-morning Market is the latest regular event to make the calendar, with its official grand opening scheduled for this Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Open on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm, the market is located on Pendleton Street just across from the Clemson Visual Arts Center @ Greenville. Vendors vary, but typically include arts, antiques and vintage dealers, along with produce and seafood providers and a small army of food trucks. Recent vendors and artists have included ASADA, Circa, The Snopes Family Band, and art and antiques by The West End Girlz, MaliasMark, Westwind Tie Dye and more.

In June, Mill Village Farms with Good To Go Market joins the market; this not-for-profit organization works with Greenville’s mill communities to grow food for local communities, as well as provide employment opportunities for neighborhood youth. Their mobile market visits The Village from 11:30am – 1:30pm, bringing seasonal varieties of locally grown produce.

The Market was conceptualized by local artists as a way to serve the Pendleton and larger Greenville communities.

For more information or to request a vendor space, please contact Teresa Slack, organizer, by e-mail at (

Hampton III Gallery will Present Sculpture Works by Carl Blair in Downtown Greenville, SC – June 12-14, 2014

June 7, 2014

The Hampton III Gallery, located in Taylors, SC, will present an exhibit and sale of sculptural works by Carl Blair, June 12 – 14, 2014, in downtown Greenville, SC, at 550 S. Main Street, Suite 200 (Behind the Michelin Store).

“Escape From the Chain Gang”, 2008  (polychromed wood)

Hours: Thursday, June 12, from noon-5pm; Friday, June 13, from noon-8pm; and Saturday, June 14, from 10am-8pm.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales will go to support Friends of the Greenville Zoo.

For further information call 864/268-2771, e-mail to ( or visit (


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