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Spartanburg, SC’s Cultural District Receives $2,500 Grant to Launch

November 30, 2015

Spartanburg, SC’s newly designated downtown Cultural District has received a $2,500 Elevate Upstate community vibrancy grant from Ten At The Top, a non-profit organization that fosters trust and collaboration through partnerships and cooperation that impacts economic vitality and quality of life across Upstate South Carolina.

The money will be used to implement temporary artwork that will introduce the Cultural District to the community and beyond. Spartanburg is the third city in South Carolina to receive a Cultural District designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission; it is the first in the Upstate. The four-square-block area is located in downtown Spartanburg, and it is a concentrated area with arts-related businesses, galleries, music venues, and public art.

“We are most grateful to Ten At The Top for this grant,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “This is one of the most exciting projects currently being pursued in Spartanburg. This is an opportunity for the arts to make a significant impact on the economic and social development of Spartanburg. We predict that more than one million people will see this artwork, and those people will be instrumental in letting the world know that Spartanburg believes in the power of creativity as a way to make our a community a better place to live and visit.”

Chapman Cultural Center made the application for the grant in partnership with Spartanburg Art Museum and the City of Spartanburg, and will be the coordinating agency for the District’s development during the next few months. The District is scheduled to be ready for public enjoyment in June 2016. The $2,500 grant will help fund the temporary public artwork that will launch the District. That artwork could manifest in many creative ways, but its primary purpose will be to let the public know where the District’s boundaries are.

Spartanburg’s downtown Cultural District was one of four Upstate projects to receive funding from Ten At The Top’s Elevate Upstate grant this year. The other projects were from Woodruff, Greenwood, and Greenville. There was a total of 26 applications for the 2015 grants from across the Upstate. Funding support for the grants is provided by Hughes Investments, an Upstate development company. Since 2013, a total of $43,000 has been awarded to 12 Upstate communities. The 2015 selections were made this past Thursday, Nov. 19.

In January, a Call For Artists will be issued, asking for artists to compete in the design of the temporary artwork. In February, the public will vote on the artists’ submissions. The artist will be picked in March, and fabrication and installation will begin in April and May. The official launch is planned for June. To keep costs down and to further identify with Spartanburg, the artists will be asked to make their designs using re-purposed materials readily available from Spartanburg’s manufacturing companies. The selected artwork will be on display for at least a year.

For more information about Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District, please call 864/542-2787.

University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Offer Exhibition Focused on Disabilities – Nov. 11, 2015

November 10, 2015


Disability Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Sparatanburg, SC, will present “PhotoVoice,” a unique exhibit featuring the voice and vision of people with disabilities, at 6pm, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

“PhotoVoice” is a grassroots method often used by groups that have been socially excluded. The exhibitors will share their experiences through art, photography and creative writing.

Six USC Upstate students and three faculty/staff members will focus on the voice and vision of people with disabilities, the challenges they face, and their unique gifts. Students presenting in the exhibit include: David Austin, Christina Burgess, JoAnna Jones, Sarah Montgomery, Miranda Tollison and Meredith Tucker. Faculty and staff exhibitors include: John Montemayor, Tawana Scott and Scott Smith.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Tawana Scott, program coordinator for Disability Services, at 864/503-5199 or e-mail to (

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Artists Going Live Fundraiser on Dec. 10, 2015, at Chapman Cultural Center

November 6, 2015


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, in Spartanburg, SC, will host its third annual “Artists Going Live” fundraiser Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the theater lobby at Chapman Cultural Center, from 6-9pm. The celebrity emcee will be Jamarcus Gaston, host of the television morning show Studio 62.

Monte Anthony working at the 2014 event

A view of the 2014 event

The evening will kick off with artists and celebrities creating works of art together, while patrons observe. The pieces will then be auctioned off that evening at 7:30pm. In addition, patrons will enjoy an open bar of beer and wine. Motte and Sons will be sponsoring an “Artini” bar, which is a vodka and cranberry drink. Also, there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres by Café Around the Corner, music by DJ Jay Gibert, and a silent auction of many items donated by regional artists and businesses.

“Not only is this a fun evening, it’s a very worthwhile event,” event spokesperson Brandi Dice said. “The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the guild, which helps to strengthen the arts in the community, provide arts education, monthly programs and venues for members to show their work”.

Some of the artists and celebrities participating are Monta Anthony, Kris Neely, Trey Finney, Bailie, Ann Richards Crenshaw, Susu Johnson, Carter and Lewis Smith, Lee Raines and Amy Zimmer. “This is a very important fundraiser for the Guild,” Dice said. “We are so glad to have Jamarcus as the emcee. He is a big supporter of the arts in the community. This is a unique opportunity to purchase locally made art by your friends and neighbors, and for a good cause.”

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased through Chapman Cultural Center’s box office, online at (, and ( or by calling the guild at 864/764-9568.

7 out of 9 Arts Education Awards Announced in South Carolina Go to the People in the Spartanburg, SC, Area

October 15, 2015

The South Carolina Art Education Association announces seven out of the nine statewide awards it made for 2015 were to education professionals in Spartanburg County, SC.

“For seven out of the nine statewide recipients for arts education awards to go to Spartanburg teachers, administrators, and leaders says a lot about the innovation and work being done in arts education in our community,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. Part of Chapman’s mission is to provide cultural leadership to the local community. “This is where the groundwork has been firmly established – in the elementary schools, middle schools, high schools; on the district level; and even in the colleges – to position Spartanburg for setting the standards of excellence for the rest of the state. Congratulations to these arts educators for leading the way, for utilizing the arts and humanities as tools for producing well rounded creative students and citizens ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Here is a list of the Spartanburg recipients:

• Ava Hughes, Arts Education Director for Chapman Cultural Center, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Dr. Deborah Smith Hoffman Mentor Award

• Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Museum Educator of the Year Award

• Cindy Riddle, Coordinator for the Visual and Performing Arts in Spartanburg School District One, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Administrator of the Year (Art Administrator) Award

• Sarah Warner, Visual Arts Educator at Pine Street School in Spartanburg School District Seven, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Promising Young Professional Award

• Elizabeth Walsh, Visual Arts Educator at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg School District Seven, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award

• Dr. Susanne Gunter, Chair of Department of Art and Design and the Coordinator of Art Education at Converse College, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Higher Education Level Award

• Jodi Wright, Principal of New Prospect Elementary School in Spartanburg School District One, is the recipient of the SC Art Education Association’s Outstanding Principal of the Year Award

The SC Art Education Association’s Awards Program objectives are to recognize excellence in the many outstanding individuals, programs, and supporters of art education in South Carolina; to focus professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators; to increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education; to set standards for quality art education and demonstrate achievement through recipients; and to provide tangible recognition of achievement, earn respect of colleagues, and enhance professional opportunities for SCAEA members.

These recipients, along with the other statewide winners, will be recognized at the SC Art Education Association’s Fall Conference in Beaufort, SC, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

For further info call SC Art Education Association, President-Elect, Catherine Campbell at 803/699-2750 x 72117.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Winners of “42nd Annual Juried Exhibition”

October 7, 2015


Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg hosted a reception for its “42nd Annual Juried Exhibition” on Sept. 18, 2015, when award winners for Best in Show, 2D Excellence, 3D Excellence, and People’s Choice were announced. The public had voted since the show’s opening at West Main Artists Co-Op, in Spartanburg, SC, on Sept. 1 to select the winner of People’s Choice Award. This year’s juror John Nolan, curator of the Bob Jones Museum, selected winners in the other categories. The show ends Oct. 9, 2015.

Sponsors of the 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition were Phifer Johnson Foundation, Bill and Wendy Mayrose, QS/1 Data Systems, SEW Euro Drive, Trustees of the Artists’ Guild, Budweiser of Spartanburg, Sophie’s Choice Catering, Costco, Walmart, The Fresh Market, City of Spartanburg, SC Arts Alliance, SC Arts Commission, West Main Artists Co-Op, and The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. Numerous volunteers were also crucial to the show’s success, as well as West Main Artists Co-Op for hosting.

Awards are as followed:

Best in Show – “Rooted” by Lewis Brown

Brown is a Spartanburg County artist using wood as the primary medium in creating organic abstract sculptures. A self-taught artist born in Spartanburg County, Brown has shown and sold Santa woodcarvings along the East Coast since 1987. Collectors of his work in Spartanburg will remember his “Santa Through the Ages” series that reflects the history and culture of Saint Nicholas. One of his first showings was held during Christmas 1988 in both galleries at the Spartanburg Evans Arts Center at what is now the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. While his wooden Santas were painted, his more recent sculptural work now incorporates clear finishes showing the natural wood. One theme for his new work reveals human actions negatively influencing the life of our planet. Brown’s reverence and love of trees is also reflected in his work. In the four years of creating his new work, he has won numerous awards: In 2015, he received a $1000 cash award in the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York City, and he exhibited at the Salmagundi Club on 5th Avenue in New York City where he won the Salmagundi Club Award for sculpture. Living on a small homestead in the wilds of Spartanburg County for 38 years, Brown and his wife Barbara have raised cows, goats, chickens, vegetables, and two wonderful daughters, Megan and Leah.

2-D Award of Excellence – “Exuberant, Exploding, Pulsating Dance of Creation” by Jim Creal

Spartanburg native Creal is a visual artist engaged in the creation of cohesive bodies of original work through select traditional fine art print processes. He creates landscapes, still-lifes and non-representational images through lithographic, etching and monotype print processes. His work, which has been exhibited in numerous solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions and recognized by many awards, is held in private, institutional, and corporate collections. In addition to creating his personal work, Creal teaches in the South Carolina Arts in Education Program.

In 1993, Creal started making and exhibiting a series of ink monotypes, primarily gestural abstractions. He emphasizes the spontaneity of the process, the fluidity of mark-making, and energetic motion. He works to create strong formal abstractions with elegant gestural movement. Sometimes, he features a simple gesture and at other times he creates elaborate, dense constructive gestures. In 2013, Creal initiated his South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project with a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Coastal Lithograph Project is dedicated to creating a lasting body of lithographic work that captures the mood, spirit, and rich diversity of South Carolina’s coastal habitats.

Creal has had a life rich in the variety of experience. He has degrees in philosophy (1975) and in geology (1981) from Washington and Lee University, and in fine arts (1992) from the University of Montana. Upon earning his philosophy degree he worked on a textile production line in South Carolina, as a mate on a dive boat in the Florida Keys, and as a structural welder in Nebraska. After he earned his subsequent geology degree he worked as a minerals exploration geologist in Ireland, Scotland, and Alaska. Since 1992, Creal has dedicated himself to working as a professional artist.

2D Award of Excellence – “Taking Stage” by Kate Thayer

As an artist, Thayer’s aim has always been that of “attempting to kindle in the viewer the same kind of emotional exhilaration that [she experiences] when [she is] seduced by a scene that asks to be brought to life in pastel or oils.” It is her passion to bring her skills and years of study to “personal interpretation of the beauty and mysteries of nature to those who encounter [her] paintings.” Thayer is a believer that art is our way of enhancing people’s lives. For Thayer, there is always a spiritual dimension in life that is best captured and perpetuated in art, especially in painting and what she considers its twin: poetry. Her work is akin to poetry in that they are “wordless encounters with the often stunning voices of nature – of its colors and forms – that we rarely notice.” Thayer aims to bring to the viewer what he or she may not have noticed to “raise our spirits to a higher level of being.” Her work attempts to surround audiences and beckons viewers to silently contemplate the various potential meanings.

3-D Award of Excellence – “Tea in Tipperary” by Cynthia Carden Gibson

Gibson has been a maker from childhood and showed a strong desire to design fashion early in life. She has worked as a photographer’s set stylist, food stylist, and as a visual merchandiser for a major jeweler. Gibson discovered pyrography in 2008 and, with study, has developed her own unique style of pyro-engraving. Cynthia’s love for fashion and design proves to be the “perfect inspiration” for her work. She is in high demand as a teacher and her pyro-engraving techniques are taught to students around the world. Her collaborative work has been published in many journals both nationally and internationally. Gibson’s work and the work of her highly acclaimed collaborators has garnered the attention of collectors and has been included in corporate and private collections worldwide.

3-D Award of Excellence – “Fly Away” by Tom Flowers

Flowers was born in Washington, DC. As a painter, he works with both mixed media and oils. He is well regarded as an art educator, filling the post of Art Department Chair at Furman University for thirty years between 1959 and 1989 when he retired. Earlier in his teaching career, he was Chairman of the Art Department at Ottawa University between 1956 and 1958, and a professor of sculpture at East Carolina University between 1958 and 1959. Flowers’s paintings have been exhibited widely between 1958 and the present. He participated in the 1965 18th Annual Guild of South Carolina Artists Exhibition and the 1969 11th Annual Southern Contemporary Artists Exhibition in Alabama. In 1988, Flowers was featured at the Asheville Art Museum. His awards include a prize for Art in Architecture issued by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1977, and a Best in Show Award at the Spring Art Exhibition in Lancaster, South Carolina, among others. Flowers is currently a member of the Guild of South Carolina Artists and the Greenville Artists Guild. He is co-owner of Liberty, South Carolina’s Tate Gallery. His works are in the permanent collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, and the Florence Museum.

2015 People’s Choice Award – “Dancing in the Light” by Amy Weaver

Weaver moved to Spartanburg in 1989, about 50 miles southwest of her home in rural North Carolina. With degrees in Medical Technology and Business Administration, her career was based in hospital laboratory settings. Painting began as a hobby in 2009. She started at the age of 55 with lots of books and YouTube videos for the first year, following up the next few years with courses at Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School and workshops in the Carolinas. While she continues to seek all avenues of learning in order to enlarge her understanding and expand her abilities, what has paid off the most is the daily sessions at her easel since her retirement.

“Painting is a way for me to reveal feelings about my favorite subject: nature. I love to mix and mingle colors on paper, capturing the dramatic and/or subtle effects to reveal light, shadow, textures, and forms. I strive for confident, enthusiastic brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless.”

For further information call Caitlin Boice, Executive Director, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg at 864/764-9568 or e-mail to (

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

September 15, 2015


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
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
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
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.

Work by Red Grooms

The Johnson Collection Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
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
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
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
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
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
“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.

Work by Carri Bass

Carri Bass Photography
169 East Main Street, Spartanburg
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.

ArtWalk Spinning This Fall With Free Bicycle Rentals in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 17, 2015

September 15, 2015

The Spartanburg Art Museum is collaborating with Partners for Active Living to breathe new life and excitement into ArtWalk this fall with a new community program called ArtCycle. The program kicks off Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.


Spartans who begin ArtWalk at Spartanburg Art Museum on this date will receive a wristband, a free BCycle rental, and an interactive map of Spartanburg’s downtown. The map will show area galleries that participate in ArtWalk as well as local bars and restaurants. This ArtCycle Map, which is only available at Spartanburg Art Museum, also includes a special punch card section.

“We kept hearing the same thing from locals during ArtWalk – ‘I love the idea of ArtWalk but the various galleries are too far apart to actually walk to’ – and that got us thinking,” says Mat Duncan, Coordinator of Community Development for Spartanburg Art Museum, “ArtWalk could be more fun on a bike – and it’d be even more fun with a delicious pint or meal from one of our great local bars and restaurants! So we asked Partners for Active Living to work with us to make that happen, and approached downtown businesses too.  The result of this collaboration is the ArtCycle program.”

On Sept. 17, participants in the new program will be able to rent a free BCycle at SAM and pedal to participating galleries.  At each gallery, they’ll receive one punch on their interactive map. When they collect at least five punches from five different galleries, they can take their map to a participating bar or restaurant and exchange it for a special offer or discount on food and drink. Participating bars and restaurants are listed and marked on the ArtCycle interactive map, as well as on the SAM website. Hub City Tap House, RJ Rockers, Delaney’s, Monsoon Noodle House, Hub Diggity, and The Coffee Bar, as well as many other downtown businesses, are participating in the program.

“The new ArtCycle is not only a fun new way to experience ArtWalk, it also provide an economic stimulus to the downtown area, and fulfills the Partners for Active Living’s vision of making Spartanburg more walking and bicycling-friendly,” says Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum.

“ArtWalk has the potential to really grow into a strong and active community wide event”, says Goddard. “We at SAM want to see that happen, and we think that programs like ArtCycle are one way of reaching that goal.” Spartanburg ArtCycle will take place in September, October and November during the fall ArtWalk nights, which are on the third Thursday of each month. (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19).

For more information please contact the Spartanburg Art Museum at 864/582-7616 or visit (

Hub City Empty Bowls to Feed the Public and the Needy in Spartanburg, SC, During Soup Day – Sept. 26, 2015

September 13, 2015

Hub City Empty Bowls’s 7th annual Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, from 11am-4pm, at Chapman Cultural Center, in Spartanburg, SC, with a goal to feed both the socially responsible public and the community’s most needy citizens.

On Soup Day, more than 1,500 handmade pottery bowls will be available for purchase-donations of $15 each. Participants will then enjoy unlimited gourmet soup provided by more than 20 local restaurants. In addition, the event will feature continuous live music, a silent auction, and drum circles through out the day. The money raised will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based non-profit agency that provides assistance to Spartanburg’s most needy citizens. Last year, Hub City Empty Bowls, which is spearheaded by Carolina Clay Artists, gave a record-breaking $22,500 to TOTAL Ministries.

“This is one of Spartanburg’s most respected and enjoyable fundraisers,” Nancy Williamson, Empty Bowls’s chairwoman said. “It touches people in so many personal ways. It appeals to the creative community because of the pottery bowl-making. It appeals to shoppers who want unique handmade pottery for a great price. It appeals to foodies, who want all-you-can-eat gourmet soup. And it appeals to the socially responsible citizens who see this as a grassroots way to help make the world a better place. Plus it is a lot of fun on every level. What better way to spend a Saturday than coming together for a good cause, hearing great music, eating the best soups to be found in the city, banging on a drum, and taking home a few pottery bowls? The fellowship is amazing.”

For the past three months, Carolina Clay Artists led public bowl-making sessions in Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School and at West Main Artists Co-op. These have been free events, where anyone could make pottery bowls for Soup Day. The clay and professional instruction were free. Those bowls were then glazed and fired.

Come Saturday, Sept. 26, more than 1,500 colorful bowls of all shapes and sizes will be laid out in the lobby of Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. “When we open the doors, there is a bit of mad rush by some people to get first dibs,” Williamson said. “It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want primitive child-like bowls, we have them. If you want professional bowls, we have them. And we have everything in between, and some people get stacks of them for Christmas presents. It is an impressive sight to see all of the bowls laid out on as many tables as we can cram into the lobby.”

After you get your bowls, you are invited to eat all of the soup you want, provided by restaurants stationed around the room. “You are discouraged from eating out of the pottery bowls,” Williamson said. “They are clean but just not clean enough to eat out of until you take them home and wash them. We’ll have plenty of paper bowls to eat out of.” Also provided will be bread, tea, and water.

Throughout the day, various local musicians will provide continuous live music. There will also be a silent auction of donated items, many of which are pottery. Everyone is invited to participate in the drum circle.

“It is just a fun day,” Williamson said.

“It is a very important day for the community’s needy,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “When someone gives us $20,000, we know we can feed a lot people who need it. In Spartanburg County about 43,000 people each day are in danger of going hungry, many of whom are children and elderly. With the money that Hub City Empty Bowls raised last year, we fed nearly 10,000 people. That’s a pretty good dent in the problem. We cannot thank Hub City Empty Bowls enough.”

This year’s sponsors are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions.

The musicians will be Daniel Z, Fayssoux McLean and David Ezell, 2 Daves, mark Miller, Frank Walker, and drum circles led by Melisa Emkjer.

The restaurants and food providers will be Willy Taco, Fatz, Sun King, Cribbs Kitchen, Cribbs Catering, Gerhards, Farmer’s Table, Sparks Fire Inspired Grill, II Samuels, Palmetto Palate, Lime Leaf, Moveable Feasts, Renato’s, Basil’s, McClellan’s Urban Eatery, Andre Nguyen, Garner’s, NuWay, Wild Aces, Mon Amie, Southern BBQ, Episcopal Church of the Advent Young Adults, The Beacon, Cakehead Bakery, Little River Roasting Co., Long Horn’s, Chick-fil-A, and Wade’s.

This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission that receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

For more information, please contact Nancy Williamson at 864/621-2768 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.

Spartanburg, SC’s ArtWalk on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, to Showcase New Art

August 7, 2015

Spartanburg, SC’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Aug. 20, 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 or visit (
“Through the Lens Photography” — Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works by local photographer and retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Jimmy N. Gibson. Gibson became interested in photography during a guided tour of a Buddhist temple by a Korean soldier early in his military career. Throughout the years since then, Gibson has worked with many types of photography, with his favorites being MACRO, still, and portrait photography. Also visit Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

Spartanburg Art Museum
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864/582-7616 or visit (
“Pot Boiler” — is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. This varied and playful exhibition includes a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance based work that activates viewer participation. What appears to be an almost childlike innocence in imagery and objects has metaphorical undertones that resonate in our personal and collective imaginations.

Closing Reception: Jimmy Gibson — SAM will host a closing reception for a close friend of the museum, local artist Jimmy Gibson. Gibson’s exhibition “Through The Lens Photography” features a variety of photographic techniques and subjects, showcasing the talents of an accomplished artist.

“Putt It Together” — HUB-BUB and Spartanburg Art Museum are teaming up! Make a wacky putter out of improvised materials! Gather up some quirky items and bring them to SAM 5-7pm during ArtWalk to create your own putter, or make one beforehand for more time to enjoy some delicious refreshments. Supplies are limited so stop by early! Then register for the Putt-It-Together Tournament to compete for the ultimate prize at a Tournament at Sparkle City Mini Putt. (Homemade putters only.)  Besides the grand prize, prizes for Most Elegant Putter, Least Functional Putter, and Most Creative putter will be awarded. This do-it-yourself putter workshop is free. The tournament is free for SAM members and $3 for non-members.  Both events are family friendly.

Work by Kate Thayer

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864/764-9568 or visit (
“Textures in Colors” — Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is hosting Carol Funke and Kate Thayer in the Guild Gallery this month. There will be a food-and-drink reception during ArtWalk, 5-8pm. Funke’s textured handmade papers and pigment dyes has an exciting, interesting feast for patrons’ eyes. Thayer, using pastels and oils, thinks of her paintings as poems – wordless encounters with stunning voices of nature – in its colors and forms.

The Johnson Collection Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/594-5834 or visit (”
“Coming Home” — This exhibition features a selection of works from The Johnson Collection that serve as powerful visual representations of the concept of home. Paintings by artists such as Alfred Hutty, Harrison Cady, William Halsey, Gilbert Gaul, and Rudolph Ingerle, among others, conjure memories of one’s own travels leading to a place of comforting familiarity, evoking a sense of peace that is at once palpable and profound.

UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
Bridget Kirkland, artist and graphic designer, continues her exhibit in August and will discuss her work during ArtWalk. Reception 5 to 8pm. Kirkland uses her design and photography skills to create work that “recalls memories and interprets through image design.” Also, see selected works by Andy Warhol and Beatrice Riese from the permanent collection.

Kiss The Frog Gallery
518 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/583-1309 or visit (
First Anniversary Party — Kiss the Frog Gallery will celebrate its first-year anniversary with a glamorous, Hollywood, VIP, red-carpet theme during ArtWalk. The three-day celebration will continue Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-3pm, featuring the works of numerous nationally award-winning artists from the Southeast whose works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pottery, sculptures, and photography. Of special interests will be handcrafted jewelry by Betty Holland and Rose Marie, and estate jewelry. A preview of Christmas will also be on display. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails will be served.

Refuel Wine Bar
129 N. Spring Street, Spartanburg
864/529-7892 or visit (
Scott Neely’s work will be on display. Drink and dinner specials will be available during the ArtWalk.

Steve Langley

H & K Gallery
151 W. Main Street, Spartanburg
864/529-2262 or visit (
Steve Langley, a regional bubble artist, will be at H&K Gallery for ArtWalk. He will perform an artistic presentation, creating bubble sculptures, putting bubbles inside bubbles, and putting people inside of bubbles.

Art Lounge
500 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6566 or visit (
Fused Glass Show — Camille Corn and Shelley Sperka became friends while taking fused glass art classes at Tryon Arts and Crafts. Their styles are very different but both love the process of fusing. They work together a great deal at art markets, working on projects and now, having their first art show together. By day, Sperka works in the library at her alma mater, Wofford College. Corn works in marketing and advertising at QS/1.

West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6501 or visit (
“4th Annual Artist Invitational” — This show opens during ArtWalk and runs through Sept. 12. Seventeen local artists were invited to join co-op members in exploring the theme “It’s Alien to Me.” There will be an opening reception with live music by “The Collective Mind.” Invited artists include: Bailie, Stacy Battle, Pam Stevens, Pat Kabore, Carrie Caldwell, Norman Williamson, Shannon Patrick, Alice Kay Mcmillan, Eula La Croix, Thomas Koenig, Alice Smith, Jeremy Kemp, Katee Hargraves, Logan Lockett, Sterling Jackson, Judy Martin and Amanda King. Co-op artists include Beth Regula, Jeanne Brown, Patty Wright, Annette Giaco and several others. The artists will be present to discuss their interpretation of the theme.

Also, Free Pottery Bowl-Making Session — West Main Artists Co-op and the Carolina Clay Artists will host a bowl-making session for the Hub City Empty Bowls 6 until 8:30 p.m. Clay and instruction will be provided free of charge. The bowls made will be used at a fundraiser — Soup Day — at Chapman Cultural Center on Sept. 26.


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