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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.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Receives $750 from NBSC to Support Arts Fund

July 5, 2015


NBSC presented The Arts Partnership, a.k.a. Chapman Cultural Center, in Spartanburg, SC, with a $750 check on Monday, June 22, 2015, to support its United Arts Fund, which fosters the arts and culture in Spartanburg County.

Community Executive Fred G. Williams and Private Wealth Relationship Manager Jennifer Cash delivered NBSC’s contribution to the 2014-2015 United Arts Fund while surrounded by local artwork in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, one of the partner organizations that benefit from the Fund. Chapman Cultural Center’s President and CEO Jennifer Evins and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott were present to receive the check.

Senior Commercial Banker Fred G. Williams (far left) and Senior Vice President Jennifer C. Cash (second from right) of NBSC present the $750 check to President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins (second from left) and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott (far right) in the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

“Spartanburg is a community of giving and collaboration,” Parrott said. “When local businesses invest in what we do here at Chapman, they’re saying, ‘We support award-winning arts education for our children, the visual and performing arts, history, and science.’ They’re saying that arts are a great investment.”

“I think Spartanburg is a great place to live, work, and play,” Cash, who is an avid supporter and patron of the arts, said. “The Arts Partnership has so much to offer our community, and we are very lucky to have Chapman Cultural Center at the center.”

Chapman Cultural Center’s United Arts Fund fosters education, partnerships, economy, and entertainment in Spartanburg. The Fund supports arts education programs that reach more than 47,000 students in the county, provides more than $700,000 in operating support for partner organizations, boosts local economy by hosting 262,000 visitors annually and providing millions of dollars in economic impact, and engages citizens and visitors of all ages and backgrounds with cultural programming.

For more information on Chapman Cultural Center and how to support the arts, call 864/542-ARTS or visit (

NBSC has been a financial leader in South Carolina since 1905, providing quality customer service while practicing sound financial management. In 1994, NBSC joined Synovus Financial Corp. and in 2010 became a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus is one of the largest financial institutions in the Southeast, providing commercial and retail banking to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. NBSC has 39 branches in 16 counties and is dedicated to being an integral part of the community.

City of Spartanburg, SC, Selected as Recipient of up to $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies for Public Art Project

June 29, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the City of Spartanburg, SC, has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. The city’s project, “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” will highlight public safety and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement officers in Spartanburg, and will be developed and executed over the next 24 months.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of US cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for innovative temporary public art projects that address a civic issue, and demonstrate close collaboration between artists or arts organizations and city government. Proposals covered a range of issues, such as the revitalization of decayed downtown areas, underutilized waterfronts, and vacant neighborhoods. They also addressed social themes including neighborhood safety, environmental sustainability, and promoting city identity. More than 230 cities submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge, representing 68 million residents across the United States.

“We are ecstatic to have been selected,” Spartanburg Mayor Junie White said. “The Bloomberg Philanthropies grant will allow the City to partner with the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg to develop a truly special public art project that I know will inspire our citizens. I want to thank the Bloomberg Philanthropies for this display of belief in our project and our city.”

“Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” is a partnership among internationally recognized light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and City of Spartanburg departments and civic leadership. The project will use a collaborative, neighborhood-based art-making process to enhance community policing and public safety efforts aligned with the annual National Night Out program. Its artistic objective is to provide residents and visitors with unique and dramatic aesthetic experiences of light breaking free of a purely functional role, to redefine public spaces, reduce crime, re-energize neighborhoods, educate and foster greater pride of place.

By bringing site-specific art into Spartanburg neighborhoods where residents may feel isolated from traditional cultural assets, the project will foster greater understanding of both the artistic process and the transformative impact of public art. The project will eliminate barriers to engagement as residents become part of the artistic process and help translate ideas into works of art. By de-mystifying art and artists, the project will deepen Spartanburg citizens’ personal commitment to art and culture as a shared value.

Spartanburg’s 21 neighborhood associations will be invited to submit a letter of interest to the City of Spartanburg as a demonstration of their interest in participating and their commitment to contributing to the collaborative process. Their application will outline their case for a light installation in their neighborhood and present the project team that will work with Mr. Redl and the other project partners. The intent is to select five neighborhoods that represent a diverse cross-section of Spartanburg’s residents and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Public Art Challenge grant will cover development, execution and project-related expenditures but will not fund 100 percent of project costs. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters.

Cities of all sizes applied to the Public Art Challenge. Nearly half of the 237 submissions were from cities with populations fewer than 100,000 residents; 38 percent had populations between 100,000 and 500,000; and 13 percent of the applicant cities had more than 500,000 residents. A variety of artistic disciplines were represented amongst the applications: 61% of the proposed public art projects involved visual art, 19 percent combined multiple disciplines, 17 percent featured digital media, and three percent focused on the performing arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies narrowed the application to 12 finalists, including Spartanburg, in February.

Submissions were evaluated on a number of factors, including their potential viability as dynamic public art projects, their impact on civic issues, and capacity to establish or strengthen public-private partnerships. More information about the Public Art Challenge can be found on (

More information about “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” can be found on (, and more more information about artist Erwin Redl can be found on (

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit ( or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2015 Hub City Empty Bowls Kicks Off June 18, 2015, in Spartanburg, SC

June 7, 2015

Hub City Empty Bowls is now gearing up for its 2015 bowl-making sessions and Soup Day, which are a fundraiser to help feed hungry people in Spartanburg, SC. The first two bowl-making sessions will be Thursday, June 18, during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op, 6-8:30pm, and Saturday, June 20, 10am-noon and 1-3pm, at Spartanburg Art Museum’s (SAM) Art School at Chapman Cultural Center. The money raised through the public’s making of handmade pottery bowls will be donated to TOTAL Ministries, a charity dedicated to feeding local citizens who don’t have enough to eat. Hub City Empty Bowls is a project of Carolina Clay Artists.

Empty Bowls is an international fundraising project that has taken root in many communities as a grassroots effort to feed local and needy citizens. Over the course of a few months, citizens are invited to make handmade pottery bowls at no cost. Bowl-making sessions are always fun and family oriented events. Those bowls are then professionally glazed and fired. At the end of the project, the public is invited to Soup Day, where citizens may pick out the bowls of their choice for a $15 donation each and then enjoy unlimited soup that is donated by local restaurants. Other activities on Soup Day include live music, silent auctions, drum circles, and fellowship. Hub City Empty Bowls’ Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 11am-4pm, at Chapman Cultural Center.

The other bowl-making sessions will be July 18, 10 

am-noon and 1-3pm, at Chapman Cultural Center; Aug. 20, 6-8:30pm, during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Aug. 22, 10am-noon and 1-3pm at Chapman Cultural Center. All supplies and instruction are provided by Carolina Clay Artists. The public need only bring enthusiasm, creativity, hands willing to get dirty, and a canned food donation for TOTAL Ministries.

This is the seventh year that Carolina Clay Artists has sponsored Hub City Empty Bowls. Last year, the recipient of the funds was TOTAL Ministries, and the record-breaking net donation was $22,500. “Empty Bowls has become one of Spartanburg’s most favorite and most inclusive fundraising events,” Chairman Nancy Williamson said. “I think the keys to the success are the grassroots approach – making sure the money we raise gets to the people who need it, the public’s opportunity to make pottery bowls, and the accessibility of Soup Day. Where else can you donate $15 and get a nice pottery bowl to keep, all the gourmet soup you can eat, listen to live music, and socialize with like-minded people? It’s just a good deal; a win-win for everyone.”

“TOTAL Ministries is forever grateful to Hub City Empty Bowls for choosing us as the recipient of its labors,” the agency’s Executive Director Traci Kennedy said. “They have recognized a huge need, and we are so glad they believe in our work to help feed the community’s hungry. In Spartanburg County, 15 percent, or about 42,980 people, are in danger of not having enough to eat on a daily basis. The problem is especially bad for children and the elderly. Of all the people who ask TOTAL Ministries for help, 83 percent have a critical need for food. With the money we received last year from Empty Bowls, we were able to feed 4,687 people. All we can say is ‘Thank you!’”

This year, the bowl-making sessions are being grouped into three months, June, July, and August, with four of the sessions being within two days of each other and two being held during ArtWalk. All sessions will be held at either West Main Artists Co-Op or SAM’s Art School at Chapman Cultural Center. “I think part of our success is because of the close ties we have with the arts community. Spartanburg Art Museum and West Main Artists Co-op have generously opened their ceramic studios for our use and they both donate glazes and kiln firing. We could not offer the public bowl-making sessions without them.” Williamson said. “Plus, Chapman Cultural Center is the perfect venue for Soup Day. The large lobby and the outdoor plaza all make for a nice place for people to congregate.”

This year’s sponsors of Hub City Empty Bowls are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-Op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions. “We always need sponsors,” Williamson said. “If anyone wants to help or if any business wants to contribute, please contact me.”

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please contact Williamson at 864/621-2768. More information can be found online at ( The project can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Proceeds from this event will be directed to the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund, a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food security, and to raise funds to help local organizations fight hunger. This year’s beneficiary organization is TOTAL Ministries.

USC Upstate Student Interns at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

May 28, 2015


La’Quasha Dixon, a senior at USC Upstate, is a student intern in the Marketing Department at Chapman Cultural Center for the summer 2015. A native of Camden, SC, she is using this internship to gain real world experience, while accumulating academic credit that will be applied towards her college graduation. With four years of college behind her, she has one more fall semester before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications, focusing in mass media.

Chapman Cultural Center is a non-profit organization that promotes the arts, science, and history of Spartanburg.

Dixon is currently a resident of Spartanburg but is most recently from Columbia, SC, where she found her interest in the arts. With her cognate being Women in Music, she will be able to apply her education to her internship. She hopes to get insight into the production of the arts and how she can apply it to her career goal of becoming an entertainment publicist. This internship will be a great addition to Dixon’s resume and a step in the right direction towards her career goals.

Dixon can be reached at 803.351-1461 or by e-mail at (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Art Scholarships Awarded to Two Local Students

May 23, 2015


Two high school students, both planning to major in art next year when they go to college, have been awarded $1,000 by The Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts. They are Kaleb Michael Dill of Landrum, SC. and Thaddeus John Troxell of Boiling Springs, SC. This annual scholarship program is administered by Chapman Cultural Center, and the fund is held by The Spartanburg County Foundation.

Each year, one or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. The selection is based on the character, financial need, and artistic potential. Also, the scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts. This scholarship was established in 1989 to honor the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. She was a local community leader and involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations.

Work by Kaleb Michael Dill

Dill is currently a senior at Landrum High School, and he plans to attend College of Charleston, next year to major in studio art with a concentration in photography. Eventually, he hopes to open his own photography business in Spartanburg. Dill’s accomplishments include a first-place in the Spartanburg Soil and Water Conservation photography competition for the past three years, and participation in various exhibits in the Upstate, Western North Carolina, and statewide South Carolina. In addition, one of his photographs will be published this fall in “Photographer’s Forum Magazine”, showcasing national high school and college students photography. Other exhibitions he has been a part of include the Wofford College Sandor Teszler Library Glendale Shoals Photography Gallery, the SC Wildlife Harry Hampton Photography Gallery, the “Focus on Youth Juried Show” at Chapman Cultural Center, “Upstate High School Art Exhibit” at Greenville Technical College, “Evening of Excellence” at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Milliken Art Gallery, and the “Congressional Art Show”. This year Dill received the Spartanburg District One Milliken Art Award.

Work by Thaddeus John Troxell

Troxell is currently a senior at Boiling Spring High School and plans to major in either illustration or graphic design. He will also be attending Winthrop University with hope of transferring to Savannah College of Art and Design his sophomore year. His mediums so far have been pencil, digital, ceramics, and screen-printing. He would like to design movie posters or album covers of his favorite musical artists. His work has been seen in the “Boiling Springs High School Literary Magazine” and at Gallery East in Spartanburg. This summer he is the Graphics Manager for local Fine Arts Day Camp at Converse College and his work includes managing the camp’s social media sites. His private art teacher is Bailie of Spartanburg. He has also participated in live theatre, marching band, symphonic band, and will join the open mic club and radio station at Winthrop.

“Both of these young men are exceptional in their creativity,” Chapman’s Arts Education Director Ava Hughes said. “In looking at their work, I know they will go far in their careers, and it is my hope that this scholarship will make their educational journeys a little more secure. I believe Mary Wheeler Davis would be very proud to know she is being a part of these young men’s success.”

Applications to this scholarship program come due in April each year. For more information, please contact Hughes at 864/278-9693.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, SC, Receives National Grant to Build Creativity Spots on Northside

May 11, 2015

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (TAP) has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to design, site, and construct artlets in the city’s Northside neighborhood in Spartanburg, SC.

Artlets are public structures designed to encourage people to be creative in their community. Conceived as public places with a platform approximately eight to ten feet in diameter and supporting a moveable vertical fence approximately six feet high, they were created during the development of the Northside Community-Creative-Cultural Arts Master Plan in 2014.  “The Northside artlets will be permanent, innovative, and replicable markers of connectivity and shared space for impromptu creativity sited throughout the community. Artlets are where residents make music, read, escape, converse, teach, draw, and share; magnets for increasing cultural exchange,” TAP President Jennifer Evins said. These artlets will be sited throughout the Northside; each will accommodate one to 10 people at a time.

“Visually and functionally derived from the neighborhood ‘front porch,’ these physical punctuations of community life will be designed, prototyped, and sited in Northside,” Evins said. “This project develops woodworking and design skills for residents, opportunities to learn urban planning strategies, and creates neighborhood portals for artistic enjoyment and appreciation.”

Currently, the City of Spartanburg is embarking an extensive redevelopment plan to revitalize Northside. TAP is leading the effort to include the arts in the redevelopment plans, using the arts as a means for  social and economic change in the neighborhood.

From June 2015 to May 2016, design and siting of four artlets will be directed by artist Tom Shields and Art-Force, a nonprofit organization that will manage the project. Northside residents designated as “Voyagers” will help refine artlet locations identified in the Northside Master Plan, contribute to their design aesthetic, learn woodworking skills through artist apprenticeships, and participate in community evaluation for permanent sites and design refinements, Evins said. Public spaces will be revitalized through these design activities for site-specific installations, or art created only to exist in one specific space. New partnerships will be facilitated and supported by TAP, including art students at Wofford College, The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, and Spartanburg Community College. The project will transform the landscape of Northside by emphasizing community values and traditions in innovative three-dimensional forms, she said.

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across the United States to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. This grant to TAP is in the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said. “Funding these new projects like the one from The Arts Partnership represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“As an artist who finds social responsibility and connectivity with a broad audience as important as historic and intellectual artistic dialog, I am incredibly excited to be part of the Northside Artlets project,” Tom Shields said about his enthusiasm for establishing a woodworking studio in Northside and working with the community to conceive, design, prototype, and install the artlets. “Art is something that should extend beyond the gallery, museum, and classroom and engage every member of our society through personal daily interactions. Working with community members on the design, prototyping, construction, and installation of these artlets will allow us to create public arts spaces, which are exactly what I feel art is intended to be; by the people for the people.

“The carpenter in me is also enormously excited to share my knowledge of tools, materials, and building techniques through the establishment of a woodworking studio in the Northside community,” Shields said. “Twenty years of woodworking experience has shown me how empowering the skills of a builder/maker can be. Whether you are crafting a gift for a friend, repairing an old chair, or building a house, all of these things remind us of the power of our own hands, and skilled hands working together can accomplish anything.”

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