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Hub City Empty Bowls Raises $22,500 to End Hunger in Spartanburg, SC

December 31, 2014

Hub City Empty Bowls recently donated an additional $14,100 to TOTAL Ministries, bringing the sum for 2014 to $22,500. The money was made one hand-made clay bowl at a time in an effort to eliminate hunger in the Spartanburg community.

“The community seems to have really embraced this event, coming out to make the bowls, then coming back for ‘Soup Day’ to buy the bowls,” Nancy Williamson, chair of Hub City Empty Bowls, said.

For months, Carolina Clay Artists, a group of local potters, encouraged other potters and the general public to make and donate bowls at bowl-making events held mostly at Chapman Cultural Center and West Main Artists Co-op. These unfinished bowls were then glazed, fired, and used on “Soup Day,” when for a $15 donation, patrons select a pottery bowl to keep and enjoy gourmet soup from some of the best restaurants in town. Each bowl required a $15 donation, and some patrons bought several.

Sponsors for 2014 included: Chris Williams of Clay King, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation, Action Printing, Wheresville Productions, and Carolina Clay Artists. Additionally, funds were received from individual donors to help pay for overhead expenses and for opening an account at Spartanburg County Foundation. This account provides Hub City Empty Bowls with a tax-exempt umbrella.

“We are just so grateful for every sponsor and donor who contributed,” Williamson said. “We had increased expenses this year, yet, we were able to pay all of our expenses, set up the fund with Spartanburg County Foundation, and increase the net donation to TOTAL Ministries by $4,000 over last year. Having the tax-exempt status helps us build our capacity to raise funds and improves our position to apply for larger grants and sponsorships for future years.”

The $22,500 (net) given to TOTAL Ministries is a record amount for Hub City Empty Bowls. In 2009, the donation to the Soup Kitchen was $10,000; in 2011, $6,000 to Mobile Meals; in January 2012, $6,677 to TOTAL Ministries; in November 2012, $12,000 to the Soup Kitchen; and in 2013, $18,593 to TOTAL Ministries. The goal was to make 1200 bowls for 2014; 1500 bowls were actually made.

Local restaurants and musicians contributed to the project’s success. Delicious gourmet soups, breads, and beverages were donated by local restaurants. These included: II Samuels, Andre Nguyen, Basil’s, Bull Hawg’s, Chef  Bill McClellan Catering Services, Cribb’s Catering, Cribb’s Kitchen, Farmer’s Table, Fatz (Pottery Road), Garner’s, Gerhard’s, Lime Leaf, Monsoon Noddle House, Moveable Feast, NuWay Restaurant and Lounge, Palmetto Palate, Renato’s, Sparks Fire Inspired Grille at Marriott, Sun King, Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, Willy Taco, Cakehead Bakery, Chick-fil-A, Little River Roasting Company, Long Horn’s, The Beacon, and Wade’s.

Mark Miller of Wheresville Productions recruited local musicians who donated their talents. Participants included Anna V, Fayssoux, Not Even Brothers, Grey Ally, Josie Pettit Band, and the Brianna Hamilton Band. Melisa Emkjer led drum circles that added to the grassroots environment.

TOTAL Ministries was the beneficiary of Hub City Empty Bowls for the second year in a row. Staff, volunteers, and board members from TOTAL Ministries participated in the bowl-making events, worked “Soup Day” and recruited the restaurants.

“The folks from TOTAL Ministries were with us every step of the way,” Williamson said. “We asked a lot of them, and they did not hesitate to work with us.”

“TOTAL Ministries is forever grateful to Hub City Empty Bowls for making us the beneficiary of their efforts,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of  TOTAL Ministries, said. “This money is already being put to good use… feeding Spartanburg citizens who would go hungry otherwise. Empty Bowls is a Godsend to us. We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

For folks who missed Soup Day, there is still a chance to purchase a pottery bowl made for Hub City Empty Bowl 2014. Mary and Gerhard Grommer at Gerhard’s Café in Spartanburg generously purchased most of the leftover bowls. Cups or bowls of Gerhard’s soups are available to be served in one of the “Empty Bowls” (just ask your server), and if a patron wants to keep the serving bowl, he or she need only pay an additional $2 charge. Gerhard’s will donate the money from bowl sales to TOTAL Ministries.

Soup Day 2015 is already scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at Chapman Cultural Center. Bowl-making events will start in the summer.

For further info call 864/278-9698 or e-mail to (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, to Host Holiday ArtMarket – Dec. 20, 2014

December 10, 2014


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will host a holiday ArtMarket Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, from 11am-4pm, in the lobby of its theater. Admission is free to buy locally handcrafted arts and crafts from dozens of artists.

“If you’re still Christmas shopping and you don’t want to get caught up in the last-minute madness of mass produced goods, come to our ArtMarket. Everything will be handmade, locally made, and uniquely creative,” project spearhead Melissa Earley said. “In addition to having a great selection of gifts, we will also have some live demonstrations and refreshments. It should make for a very nice and somewhat laid-back shopping experience.” Shoppers can expect the selections to include stained glass, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, furniture, scarves, and wreaths.

Among the vendors will be chainmaille jeweler Labweorc, Brian Swift Woodworking, photographer Blaine K. Owens, producer of home and body products Blessed Necessities, artisan jeweler Rosemary McLeod, and Orijin Tea.

Work by Rosemary McLeod

In addition to shopping at the ArtMarket, patrons can also enjoy the museums and galleries, which are free with the exception of a small admission fee to Spartanburg Science Center.

“If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this will be the perfect opportunity to shop stress-free and then take a little time to enjoy the exhibits in Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries,” Earley said. “Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy shopping during the holidays, but this will be one of those times when shopping is a pleasure.”

For more information, please call 864/542-ARTS.

Artists’ Guild Of Spartanburg, SC, Receives Grant From SC Arts Commission

November 22, 2014


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, has been awarded $5,998 by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2015 fiscal year. This support will allow the organization to partake in more community outreach and positively affect those who are not typically involved in the arts. More specifically, the money will be used to help the Guild host an annual juried show for local schools and have an artist-in-residence who will teach in various schools in Spartanburg.

With the help of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and Carolina Alliance Bank, the Guild meets its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds benefit the community by visiting the Guild’s Gallery at the opening receptions that take place monthly, as well as ArtWalk, Guild socials, and demonstration nights. The Guild Gallery is located in Chapman Cultural Center at 200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg, SC. It is open daily.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is a state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg serves as a resource for the visual arts in the Spartanburg community by promoting, fostering, and cultivating knowledge of the visual arts, and for local artists. It strives to provide enrichment and artistic education for its members and the community thereby encouraging a growing appreciation, understanding, and love of art among the citizens of Spartanburg and surrounding counties.

For further information call Caitlin Boice, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg at 864/764-9568.

USC Upstate Professor Bridget Kirkland Presents at Southeastern College Art Conference, in Sarasota, FL – Oct. 8-11, 2014

October 7, 2014


The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce that Bridget Kirkland will present a paper entitled, “Whaddya Say Jim, Time and Memory in Slices,” during the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference in Sarasota, FL, Oct. 8-11, 2014.

Kirkland’s paper will be presented during the themed session, “Reinventing Memory.”

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kirkland is a part-time professor of graphic design at USC Upstate and serves as a faculty design mentor for the STUDIO, a student-run design firm housed in the incubator at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Kirkland also serves an adjunct professor at Converse College. She is a digital artist at Bridget Kirkland Design and serves as the art director for a college-themed app scheduled for release in summer 2015.

For further info call Carolyn Farr Shanesy at 864/503-7419.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Announces 2014 Winners of “41st Annual Juried Show”

September 30, 2014


Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, in Spartanburg, SC, hosted the opening reception for its “41st Annual Juried Show” on Sept. 6, 2014, at the Spartanburg Art Museum to announce winners in Best in Show, 2-D Award of Excellence, and 3-D Award of Excellence. Juried by Scott Belville, nationally exhibited painter and University of Georgia professor of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the show featured the best of North and South Carolina artists. Winners of the various awards received a total of $4000 in cash prizes.

Sponsors of the exhibition include Phifer-Johnson Foundation, Bill and Wendy Mayrose, Carolina Alliance Bank, QS/1 Data Systems, Trustees of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Ted and Mary Smith, and Spartanburg Art Museum.

The awards are as follows:

Best in Show:
“Chink in Maria’s Shield” by Vivianne Carey

2-D Awards of Excellence:
“Local Chicken” by Jim Carson
“Two-Faced Beauty” by Sarouth Deam

2-D Honorable Mention:
“Preying Mantises” by Susan Hopps
“Out of Tara’s Garden” by Jean Souther Jones
“Edo Influence 4″ by Christina Laurel
“Stay Out” by Scott Quinn
“Time & Intent” by Aimee Wise

3-D Awards of Excellence:
“Nepenthes” by Lewis Brown
“Crown” by Hal Taylor

3-D Honorable Mention:
“Sky Rising” by Tom Flowers
“The Nest” by Donna Minor
“The Timekeeper” by Lou Webster

2014 People’s Choice Award:
“Stay Out” by Scott Quinn

For further info contact Caitlin Boice, Interim Executive Director, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg by calling 864/764-9568 or e-mail to (

FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, SC – Oct. 2 – 4, 2014

September 6, 2014

Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, SC, comes to life the first weekend in October (Oct. 2-4) as over 200 re-enactors, storytellers and artisans transform the 1765 homestead into a living colonial village. The weekend begins with lantern-lit tours of the grounds on Friday, from 6-9pm. Reservations are required to participate in Lantern Tours, and space is limited so reserve today!

The event continues on Saturday and Sunday with music, dancing, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, basketry, candle dipping, and much more! Historic re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1780 raid on the Plantation will also take place on Saturday and Sunday and are not to be missed!

FestiFall is part of an Upstate Revolutionary War week presented in partnership with Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and more!

Visit ( for more information about these revolutionary events!

Admission: Friday Lantern Tours – $5/person, reservations required. Saturday & Sunday – $10/Ages 18+; $5/Ages 5-17; SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket.

For more information contact Julius Dargan by calling 864/596-3501 or e-mail to (

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Receives National Support from the American Alliance of Museums

August 30, 2014


This fall, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) Spartanburg, SC, will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “This is tremendous news for SAM,” Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director, said. “I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish.”

The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards.

For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums to strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards. The IMLS-funded MAP grants provide $4,000 worth of consultative resources and services. “What these means specifically for SAM is a year of access to an online community with years of expertise rooted in national best practices, peer reviews, free webinars, national recognition, and a site visit, all designed to emphasize strategic planning and ensuring operations and resource alignment with our evolving mission,” Goddard said. “This process will involve the staff and Board of Directors as we increase our knowledge together and improve our operations and build capacity for all of core components.”

This is a pivotal time for Spartanburg Art Museum. The Board of Directors just welcomed several new members, Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, the current Board President is excited for SAM’s future. “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages experience art in non-traditional ways,” Nixon recently wrote in a SAM website blog post.

Goddard has been with SAM for almost a year now and said, “with the contributions of our existing board members and the addition of these strong community minded members, SAM is moving forward with new sense of purpose, vision and understanding of what it means to function as a relevant cultural institution in the 21st century. And now with the assistance of such strong national organizations, like the American Alliance of Museums, we seem to gaining deep traction in moving our mission forward.”

SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes, and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during afterschool hours with its COLORS program.

For more information, please visit ( or call 864/582-7616.

1Spark Festival of Entrepreneurship and the Arts to Ignite Creativity and Innovation Takes Place in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 6, 2014

August 27, 2014


Spartanburg, SC, is a place of ideas, shining bright with creative and entrepreneurial spirit. On Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, from 11am-5pm, the public is invited to participate in a free outdoor festival that will celebrate these two powerful forces that make the moniker “Sparkle City” ever so true.


1Spark, a festival where creativity and innovation collide, will feature Spartanburg’s “makers” — visual artists, performers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and more — with entertainment and demonstrations, as well as local food and drinks. The event will take place between the campuses of Chapman Cultural Center and “The George” — home of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate — an almost literal collision of creativity and innovation.

“Spartanburg is already known throughout the region as a vibrant arts community, and nationwide as a pro-business community,” Jennifer Evins, President/CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “What better way to celebrate two of our most valuable assets than to combine them into a single concept and event?”

Artists, entrepreneurs, and inventors will have booths in the Chapman Cultural Center parking lot and along North Liberty Street to showcase their crafts and concepts. Inventors, start-up businesses, and budding entrepreneurs will be set up alongside painters, woodworkers, bakers, photographers, potters, and other visual artists whose works are locally handmade.

“In business, creativity is necessary to survive and thrive,” Dr. Frank Rudisill, Dean of The Johnson College of Business and Economics, said. “The ability to use resources in creative ways is what propels many companies to be forerunners in innovation. 1Spark is a wonderful way to ignite collaboration and generate new ideas in Spartanburg.”

Several vendors have already signed on to be present: master kitemaker Chuck Holmes, Orijin Tea, CORE Health Centers, Freda Lark Photography, Harmonic Jewel metalsmithing jeweler, ahoyDOC Inc., and novelist Andrew F. Rickis. Others are signing up daily to join in the festivities.

“Our goals are to celebrate all things entrepreneurial and creative about Spartanburg… to ignite new creativity and innovation by connecting people and ideas… to create the kind of city that we want by providing a festival for people to share ideas,” Evins said. “It will be a dynamic setting in the heart of our city.”

While at the festival, attendees will enjoy hearing musicians perform on stage of the amphitheatre at The George, watching entrepreneurs give demos, seeing artisans showcase their artistic process, and engaging in creativity challenges. Attendees will also vote for their favorite artist, entrepreneur, and inventor.

Jeff Boeh, Campus Manager of The Iron Yard, the downtown business accelerator, emphasizes the importance of exposure to local start-up businesses. “Our hope is that the public will walk away from 1Spark with a newly ignited interest in and appreciation of the creativity and innovation involved in starting a business in Spartanburg. To that goal, several entrepreneurs and start-ups will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas, plans, and — ultimately — their products and services.”

Attendees to the festival will be able to use the businesses’ demos as inspiration in creativity challenges. Presented with real-world problems, several festival goers will be asked to generate solutions using provided materials. The activity will not only give citizens a renewed appreciation of entrepreneurship, but generate ideas on how to improve the community at-large.

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will help patrons generate ideas on how to improve the community as well with a public art project. Drawing inspiration from modern installation artist Candy Chang, SAM will facilitate a simple, fun, and interactive experience titled “More of What?” The activity offers individuals of all ages an opportunity to reflect and share ideas about how to nurture a stronger, more creative community in Spartanburg.

“As cultural stewards, we have a responsibility to address the needs of our community,” Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of SAM, said. “Businesses do the same; they address need. And as a whole, Spartanburg can achieve that by putting our ideas together.”

Growler Haus, a recently established craft beer business and bar downtown, will be on tap to provide a biergarten (or “beer garden”)–an open area for adults to enjoy local brews.

Florida-based chalk artists and entrepreneurs will also be present. Shane Mesmer of Eye Candy Grafix in West Palm Beach will be joined by artists David Lepore, Hector Diaz, and Lee Mobley in conducting a unique work of chalk art on Chapman Cultural Center’s campus. The four-person project will span two days, beginning early Friday morning and coming to completion during the span of the festival. Lepore specializes in black and white; Diaz is a 3D chalk expert; and Mobley is a “chalker” who operates 337 Designs, a custom artwork and design company.

Other visual and performing arts will entertain audiences throughout the festival as well. Musicians include Anna V, Neil Lee Griffin, Jeremy Willis, Sean Gaskell, Daniel Z, Nick Evangelista, Rohn Jewell, Barleycove, Paul Bowman, and Mark Miller. Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will feature a cellist at 11:30am, and professional dancers from Ballet Spartanburg will take the stage at 1:30pm. To complement the creativity and innovation, local food trucks will be located between Chapman Cultural Center and The George to provide great local cuisine.

“We’re about entrepreneurship. We’re about art. We’re about education. We’re about ideas,” Evins said. “1Spark will be a great way to encourage innovation and creativity by bringing the arts and businesses together.”

Major partners in the festival include Chapman Cultural Center, USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, The Iron Yard, Growler Haus, and Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please call 864/542-2787.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is Putting Out a Call for Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Inventors for #1Spark! Taking Place Sept. 6, 2014

August 6, 2014


The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is calling all creative and entrepreneurial people – such as, but not limited to, artists, inventors, business start-ups, craftsmen, and food vendors – to attend its #1Spark! festival Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in downtown Spartanburg.

#1Spark! – where creativity and innovation collide – is a festival of ideas – bringing together all the creative forces of the community, especially those associated with business and the arts. The goal is to ignite creativity and innovation by connecting people and ideas. Chapman Cultural Center is seeking artists, entrepreneurs or inventors, who are looking for opportunities to interact with the public or who desire feedback from potential customers in a low-risk environment in product/service development.

Jennifer Evins, Chapman’s President/CEO, said: “Spartanburg is already known throughout the region as a vibrant arts community. We are known nationwide as a pro-business community. What better way to celebrate two of our most valuable assets than to combine them into a single concept and event? It will be a unique experience, and one that I’m sure the general public will find informative, creative, and fun”

To be a creator (entrepreneur, artist or inventor) and to have a booth to demonstrate and/or sell goods or services is a simple application process and a $30 fee. To apply, please call 864/591-5604 or e-mail to (

The outdoor festival will start at 11am and end at 5pm, between Chapman Cultural Center and “The George,” along North Liberty Street. Major partners in the festival include USC Upstate’s The George (the Johnson College of Business and Economics) and the Iron Yard, the downtown business accelerator.

“We are about entrepreneurship. We’re about art. We’re about education. We’re about ideas.  What better way to encourage innovation and creativity than to bring arts and business together,” Evins said.

Public Meetings to Identify Cultural Resources and Creative People in Spartanburg County, SC

July 9, 2014


Chapman Cultural Center is leading a county wide effort called “Culture Counts” to identify and map all cultural resources, creative industries, and creative people living and working in Spartanburg County, SC. A comprehensive identification of the communities’ cultural resources is the first step in any planning process. Public meetings will be held in several communities in the County in July, August, and September to gather data from citizens on what cultural resources exist.


The public is invited to attend meetings in their communities held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Timken Community Center in Cowpens; Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Woodruff City Hall; Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Campobello Gramling Elementary School; Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at James F. Byrnes Fine Arts Center in District 5; Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs; and Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg, SC.

There will be two meetings each day, one at 11am and the other at 6:30pm. Both will last one hour. Scheduled activities will encourage collaboration and allow attendees to network.

The public meetings will provide an in-depth description of the project, allow citizens to discuss what resources exist, and engage participants in a creative activity. Refreshments will also be served.

Counting cultural resources will allow Spartanburg County to build community, use culture as an economic driver, identify public resources, and prepare for cultural planning. What makes Chapman Cultural Center’s “Culture Counts” project unique is that it includes a census-like count of creative people in addition to facilities, organizations, and businesses in the arts, culture, and creativity. This census will help engage talented people throughout Spartanburg County.

Those who cannot attend may visit Chapman Cultural Center for a physical survey or complete the survey online at (

“Every community in Spartanburg County has its own rich cultural heritage,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “By meeting with citizens throughout the County, we hope to identify previously unknown resources, people, and activities. We want those communities to know that everyone’s culture counts, and that Spartanburg has a lot to offer.”

The process will also use federal standards to map the locations of all non-profit and for-profit arts-related businesses. Spartanburg County has not completed a cultural inventory or census of creative people since 1993 during the last cultural plan.

Successful communities in the United States and abroad have used their creative and cultural resources to their economic benefit. Once Spartanburg’s data has been collected, it will be used to grow economy, increase tourism and hospitality revenues, and celebrate “quality of place.”

“Everyone’s voice counts,” Evins said. “Together, we can identify what we have and work together to use our cultural resources and engage our creative people to the betterment of Spartanburg and all of our citizens.”

Attendance at these public meetings is free. Citizens of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.


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