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West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Celebrates Fifth Year with Past and Current Member Shows, Silent Auction and GALA

March 6, 2015

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A GALA celebration will be held at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, from 5 until 10pm to acknowledge its fifth year of service to the arts community of Spartanburg. It features a Past Members Show and a Current Member’s Show that will open during Art Walk on Thursday, Mar. 19 and continue through Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. The public is invited to participate in a silent auction of works and services donated by current members and friends of WMAC.  The auction opens during Art Walk on the 19th and closes at 9pm during the GALA on March 21st. The GALA will also feature live entertainment all evening and a reception.

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Work bu Tipton Jones Boiter

Artists participating in Silent Auction include: Bailie, Jessica Barnes, Andrew Blanchard, Jeanne Brown, Brannon Carter, Robin Childers, Louisa Coburn, Deede Cohen, Jim Cullen, Dalia Delaneuz, Addam Duncan, Allison Gross, Susanne Gunter, Susan Hendley, Lois Ann Hesser, Mary Lou Hightower, Al Hofmann, Amy Holbein, Gary Huntoon, Geri Hurlbut, Carol Beth Icard, Imagine That, Tom Johnson, Tipton Jones-Boiter, Rosemary McLeod, Terry Murdock, Jane Nodine, Nancy O’Dell Keim, Teresa Prater, Allison Ratteree, Beth Regula, Dwight Rose, Patsy Simmons, Howard Solomon, Sylvia Spears, Carol Theiler, Tracey Timmons, Heiki Tonhaeuser, Brandi Tucker, Miriam Tucker, Doris Turner, Garry Turpin, Nancy Williamson, Kathy Wofford, Frances Young, and David Zacharias.

The West Main Artists Co-op was organized in the fall of 2009 and opened to the public in the spring of 2010. It is a non-profit all-inclusive arts center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Its primary mission is to provide affordable studio/working/performance space in a variety of affordable sizes and prices. WMAC’s website has information on studios, prices, and the application process.

WMAC is located in a 20,000 square foot building that was formerly the West Main Baptist Church. It is home to over 50 visual and performing artists. Its large auditorium, “The Venue”, formerly the church sanctuary, has recently been renovated into a beautiful space that may be rented for special occasions and features specially constructed movable walls that can be reconfigured in various ways for exhibition, performance or reception space. In addition to galleries and individual studio spaces, it houses common use areas, including a large pottery studio, printery, silk screen area, and workshop area.

The Past and Current Member Shows will feature paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts. Most of the Co-op’s current members will participate. Former co-op members who will participate include: Rebecca Savage, Gabrielle Garner, Ingeborg Haddox, Cindy Canty, Lauren Markley, Chip Walters, Frances Young, Garry Turpin, Stephen Stinson, Christopher Turner, Kate McAninch, Melinda Loxley, D.J. Morrison, Holly Williamson, Nikki Caulk, Nancy Owings, Larry Mauldin, Daphne Cuadrado, and Jasmine Sanders.

During Art Walk on Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, between 5 and 9pm various artists will present demonstrations. This is presented as a special treat, leading up to the excitement of the GALA on Mar. 21, 2015. Beth Regula will demonstrate the use of polymer clay and other mediums, Mary Lou Hightower will demonstrate mono printing using a gelli plate, Liz Welsh will demonstrate oil painting, and Allison Gross and Nancy Williamson will demonstrate throwing various forms on the potter’s wheel.

The West Main Artist Co-op is located just 8 blocks west of downtown’s Morgan Square at 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29301. The Co-op provides affordable studio and exhibition space for local artists. Locally made art, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts and more, is available in the galleries. Admission is free and open to the public; hours are Wed, 10am – 3pm, Thur. and Fri., 10am – 6pm, Third Thursdays till 9pm, Sat., 10am – 4pm, and by appointment. The Co-op also participates in Spartanburg’s Art Walk. During Art Walk, local galleries are open 5-9pm, the third Thursday of every month.

West Main Artists Co-op is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, supported in part by the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information please visit (www.westmainartists.org) or call 864/804-6501.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Awards Three Members

February 28, 2015

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Patrons of the visual arts in Spartanburg, SC, cast their votes on the current Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg exhibition of members’ works, and the top three winners were Carlton Mullinax, Susan Hopps, and Cleveland Gossett.

Respectively, they were awarded $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. The awards were made Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at a public reception, held during the city’s monthly ArtWalk, which is a public event when downtown art galleries and museums stay open until 9pm. This Members Exhibition was installed for February and will end Sunday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center is open for free public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm.

The People’s Choice awards were 1st place, Carlton Mullinax’s “The Saint & The Sinner”; 2nd place, Susan Hopps’s “Botany Bay Rd.”; and 3rd place, “Cleveland Gossett’s Faithful”.

For further information, please contact Caitlin Boice by e-mail at (artistsguild@spartanarts.org), or call 864/764-9568.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Hosts Four Galleries During ArtWalk – Feb. 19, 2015

February 11, 2015

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Four galleries and museums at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will be open for the public’s enjoyment during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, from 5-9pm. ArtWalk is a free community event on the third Thursday of each month when downtown’s art galleries and museums stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Most venues have receptions, opportunity to meet artists, and refreshments.

At Chapman, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Students Galleries will all be open, making Chapman one of the most collective venues in the city.

At SAM, two new exhibitions will be on display. “From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason” is a collection of paintings on loan from The Johnson Collection. Thomason developed the gritty Ashcan School aesthetic as a student in New York into a distinctive regionalist style that captured the color and culture of Appalachia. “Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads by Juylan Davis” is a collection of contemporary oil paintings that offer viewers glimpses into haunting narratives that depict the region’s history, as well as present day culture. Both exhibitions will be on view through April 19, 2015. Normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm. There is no admission charge.

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will have a reception and awards ceremony, 6-9pm, for its current exhibit, the “Guild Members Show”. Artists in this exhibit include Eduardo Sandry, Eula La Croix, Bridget Kirkland, Lou Webster, David Allio, Pat Kabore, Pam Stevens, Susan Seiber, Aimee Wise, Rebekah Dove, Jona Darwin, Doris Turner, Rick Orr, Patty Orr, Cleveland Gosset, Chris Harris, Elizabeth Bagwell, Stacy Beville, Betsy Skipper, Charles Redback, Scott Quinn, Anne Stewart, and Susan Hopps. Until ArtWalk, the public is invited to visit the gallery to vote on their favorite pieces of work. Awards will be made during ArtWalk at which time some of the artists will be on hand to meet and greet. The Guild Gallery is free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will also highlight member Melissa Earley during a “Demo Night” presentation in the Callie & John Rainey Conference Room, from 6-8pm. Earley will discuss her process and inspiration for doing bead art, and guests are encouraged to bring their own materials to create their own work.

Student Galleries in the first- and second-floor hallways of the Carlos Dupré Moseley Building will showcase the work of students from Spartanburg County School Districts 1 and 5. There are dozens of drawings, paintings, and mixed-media works of art from students of all ages. As part of its ongoing and extensive arts education program, Chapman Cultural Center has student art on display continuously, rotating about every one and a half months. Normal viewing hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 1-5pm. It is free for public viewing.

Spartanburg Regional History Museum will present its “Civil War to Civil Rights” exhibit, highlighting stories of the fight for African-American freedom and equality in Spartanburg. Step inside a model slave ship, witness efforts to desegregate schools, and be inspired by community leaders. This exhibit will end Feb. 28. Normal viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm. Admission is free.

For further info contact Steve Wong, Marketing Director, Chapman Cultural Center by calling 864/278-9698or e-mail to (sWong@SpartanArts.org).

Spartanburg Art Museum Rocks the Boat in Spartanburg, SC – Jan. 26, 2015

January 22, 2015

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Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), in Spartanburg, SC, is throwing a farewell party for its current exhibition “Memory Ship” on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 5-7pm. Rock the Boat isn’t just any party; it’s an evening filled with all things ship- and memory-related — from some of your favorite games to a hand-crafted trivia game created by SAM staff, free pizza, and a cash bar.

“Rock the Boat was an idea that came out of some marketing research completed by a Wofford intern last fall,” Executive Director of SAM Elizabeth Goddard said. “College students and young professionals are the future members of cultural institutions like museums. Our programming and events need to attract and retain their interests.” In a survey completed this fall by 75 college students, 70 percent said they would come to a community event, and 60 percent said they would attend a special event. In contrast on about 22 percent said they would come to the art museum for a gallery talk.

The events and programs cultural institutions offer this age group have changed dramatically over the past decade.  Many midsize and larger museums reach out and provide relevant and fun programming that is both informal but also inspiring and educational. The Art Institute in Chicago (as well as The High Museum in Atlanta) has the Evening Associates group that meets monthly to socialize and take in new exhibitions. “We certainly hope that our museum can begin to fulfill the social needs of our growing young professional population, as well as area college students.  We hope to become a destination for socializing and networking,” Goddard said.

Rock the Boat is on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, from 5-7pm and includes a cash bar, free pizza, games, and a team-oriented trivia challenge with great local prizes.  Admission is free.

For more information, please visit (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org) or call 864/582-7616.

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 (sWong@SpartanArts.org).

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

December 10, 2014

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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.

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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

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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 (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com) 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

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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

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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 (cBoice@SpartanArts.org).

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 (http://rev-war-weekend.com/) 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 (julius.dargan@spartanburghistory.org).


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