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Tryon Painters & Sculptors in Tryon, NC, Call for Entries for Open Juried Show – Deadline Sept. 10, 2018

August 13, 2018

As part of our celebration of 50 years as a gallery in Tryon, NC, the Tryon Painters & Sculptors and cosponsor, Partnership for Horses, are holding an open juried show that will be displayed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13, 2018. Artists age 18 and over may submit up to 2 pieces of 2D or 3D work. The works must be original, not previously shown at the TPS gallery, created in the past 2 years, appropriate to the theme, For the Love of Horses, and for sale.

Prizes include cash, gift certificates, and Viewers Choice Award, exceeding $1500. First prize will be $500, second prize is $350, and third prize is $250. Prizes will be announced at the show opening on Sept. 15 between 5 and 7pm.

This show will be juried by C. Allen Coleman, an artist, curator, and seasoned creative professional who has administered approximately two hundred exhibitions and has been involved in over four hundred exhibits, performances, and presentations. He has degrees in Art and Art Education from Brevard College and Appalachian State University with graduate and post-graduate work at New York Univeristy.

The work must be appropriately mounted for display with a maximum size of 40 inches. Member fee is $30 for first work, $20 for second. Nonmembers fee is $45 for first work, $25 for second. Attached are the complete guidelines and contract to read and sign and bring with you when you deliver your work.

Works must be delivered to the gallery Sunday, Sept. 9 between 1 and 4pm or Monday, Sept. 10 between 11am and 4pm. The judging will be held on Sept. 11. Works not selected for the show should be picked up Thursday, Sept. 13 between 11 and 4 p.m.

Guidelines for the Open Juried Show:

The theme of the show is For the Love of Horses. All 2-D and 3-D works must relate in some way to the theme (equestrian including such options as attire, farms, stables, barn life, pastoral scenes, country roads, horses, abstract interpretations, etc.) The curators have the right to deny a work that does not relate to the theme.

All works must be original, completed within the last two years, and not shown at the TPS Gallery previously

Paintings, drawings, and photography works must be no larger than 40 inches in any direction, including the frame. Water-based media and pastels must be under glass or Plexiglas.

No Not-for-Sale work will be accepted. Prices will not be changed after 4pm on the day paintings are received at the gallery.

Hanging works must be wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers.

Works may be photographed by TPS to use for promotion purposes.

All works should be labeled on the back with your name, telephone number, title, medium, and price

Opening night is Sept. 15 from 5 to 7pm. TPS will provide refreshments, but you may contribute either money or snacks or wine.

Pick up your artwork that was accepted for the show Saturday, Oct. 13 between 11am and 4pm or Sunday, Oct. 14 between 1 and 4pm. If you are not able to pick up at that time notify the curator by Oct. 1.

40% of the sale cost will go to TPS and 60% to the artist. Checks for artist sales will be mailed one week after the close of the show.

Membership fee is $40.

If you have questions contact Grace Lertora at 864/457-4055.


Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Calls for Participation in Art Trek 2018

July 28, 2018

Calling all “Last minute Lucys”! You know who you are! If you’re planning on participating in Art Trek 2018 as an artist with open studio or as a sponsor, we need your paperwork and payment ASAP!

The popular annual tour of studios will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-5pm. There will be a preview reception and silent auction Friday evening, Sept. 28 starting at 5pm, and a closing reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 12 at 5pm. The silent auction will close at 6pm and results will be announced.

Visit Upstairs Artspace online to download artist and sponsor applications at this link ( Let us hear back from you soon!

In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we’d like to welcome at least 40 artists to the tour, but we’re hoping for more! We like to see artists return year after year, but we’d also like to welcome new artists who have not participated before. Ann Gleason (e-mail at is heading up the organization of this year’s trek. A big thank you to her!

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Invites You to Tea & Conversation July 24, 2018

July 18, 2018

Bonnie Bardos, Pat Ferullo, Carol Beth Icard and Linda Hudgins have been living and working as artists in Tryon, Saluda and Landrum for many years.

These popular artists talk about the creative journey, sharing experiences designed to inspire. Guests may also enjoy their current exhibit, “Four Women/Four Journeys”.

Each exhibits in galleries and museums in the Southeast, New England and Southwest; and are in many private collections, including those of local residents.

Please join them Tuesday, July 24, at 4:30pm, at Upstairs Artspace, to hear their stories and insights about the artist’s life!

Tea, wine spritzers & petite finger food to be served. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Upstairs Artspace is supported by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and Mary F. Kessler Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.

For further info call 828/859-2828 or e-mail to (

Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, Calls for Entries for Spring Celebration of Craft Juried Show – Deadline Apr. 21, 2016

March 21, 2016


Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, is extending an invitation for entries into our juried show. This exhibit is open to all members, friends and artists, 18 and older, who work in 2-D or 3-D featuring clay, jewelry, wood, fiber, collage, glass, or metal.  Artists should select their best pieces to submit.

Entries must be hand delivered with application and jurying fees between Apr. 18 – 21, 2016. The entries will be juried on Apr. 25, with artists being notified of acceptance on Apr. 26.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 artists. Winners will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, Apr. 29, between 6-8pm.

The jurors are Ruthie Cohen and Doug Dacey, both members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

The exhibit will open in the Gallery at Tryon Arts & Crafts School on Friday, Apr. 29, with a reception from 6-8pm and will run through June 3, 2016.

Download an entry form at (

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, NC 28782

For further information call 828/859-8323 or visit (

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Invites You to a Fundraiser – The Underground! – June 26, 2015

June 8, 2015

A sensational new venue in Tryon, NC, will soon have its grand opening along with a fundraising event for the Upstairs Artspace. 

On June 26th from 7-9pm, there will be a live auction of fine art by nationally recognized and award-winning artists from the collections of Upstairs supporters. Guests will be regaled with music, theater, and an opportunity to create a collaborative, permanently-installed artwork dedicated to the inauguration of The Underground space.

Prepare to be surprised by the incredible assortment of programs, performances, and community art happenings that will be offered on the gallery’s lower level.

While enjoying the performances, patrons will also wine and dine on scrumptious cuisine provided by local caterers, restaurants, and vineyards.

For info about tickets or the event call 828-859-2828 or visit (

Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, Calls for Entries for “Celebrate Earth” Show – Deadline Apr. 14, 2015

March 18, 2015


Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, would like to extend an invitation for entries into a show devoted to pieces in any medium with the focus on celebrating Earth Day or nature in general. This show is open to all members, friends and artists who work in these areas. Entries might include plant pots, wood or garden spirits, garden stakes, bee or honey related items, garden art, recycled art, etc.

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. The Tryon Arts and Crafts School commission is 40% of the sale price with 60% going to the artists. Checks for the sold items will be mailed to artists in June, 2015.

Artwork drop-off dates: Apr. 6-14, 2015, 10am to 4pm.

Show runs April 17 to May 22

Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 2015, from 6-8pm

Honey and Herb Garden Tea, Saturday, April 25,
$15/person – by reservation

Download the prospectus and entry form at this link.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, NC.

For further information call 828/859-8323 or visit (

Millard and Company at The Tryon Depot, in Tryon, NC, Features Works by Grace Lertora and Carol Beth Icard

March 6, 2015

“External/Internal”, an exhibition of paintings and collages by Grace Lertora and Carol Beth Icard opens on Mar. 25, 2015, at Millard & Company at The Tryon Depot, in Tryon, NC. A reception will be Apr. 10, 2015, from 5-7pm.  Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Mon.-Fri.  The exhibition closes on Apr. 29, 2015.

Work by Grace Lertora

Grace Lertora will be exhibiting acrylic paintings and collage ranging from still life and landscape to abstract mixed media. She states, “I am Argentine, American, and bilingual; inquisitive, spiritual, creative and energetic. As a well-traveled observer and participant in several cultures, my interests and insights have sparked work from realistic to abstract, sensitive to surreal, and oil paint to a myriad of methods and mediums. Painting is a personal journey into the inner spirit.”

Work by Carol Beth Icard

Carol Beth Icard is exhibiting her oil and cold wax paintings. Her painting process has evolved from interpretive realism to introspective abstraction. “Each time I begin a new painting I enter the process with a burgeoning sense of trust in the outcome. I have my familiar companions, of course…my vocabulary of line, form and color, developed over the years from my response to the world around me.    Open to discovery and surprise, I search for a balance between deliberate choices, intuitive marks and happenstance.”

Grace Lertora was born in Buenos Aires to a Diplomatic family, she has lived in Argentina, England and the US.  She attended American University and graduated with a BFA from Maryland University. She has been an instructor in painting, drawing and Spanish, co-founded a Buddhist Hermitage and had painting excursions to Italy, Spain and Greece, as well as all over the Southeastern US.

Carol Beth Icard is a Massachusetts native, and has lived in Landrum, SC, for 13 years. Since 1996 she has visited Italy 12 times and considers it to be her muse.

For further information about the facility, Millard & Company – The Tryon Depot is located at 22 Depot St., Tryon, NC, visit ( or call 828/859-7001.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, Offers “Celebrate the Arts” – Oct. 25, 2014

October 14, 2014


The Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, is excited to announce that seven local arts organizations will be joining us on site for the big “Celebrate the Arts” event on Saturday, Oct., 25, 2014. Each organization will be talking about who they are and what they do in the Tryon community, and most of the organizations will be providing a small performance or an opportunity to meet local artists or authors.

We are looking forward to a full day of artists selling their work, local authors signing books, poets reading from their work, musicians performing, and great BBQ and chili provided by Foothills BBQ.

We look forward to seeing you! The festival will run from 10am to 5pm on Oct. 25, 2014, at Tryon Arts & Crafts School, located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, NC.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School teaches hands-on classes and workshops in pottery, jewelry, weaving and fiber arts, blacksmithing, glass, lapidary, woodworking, and more. To promote the extraordinary artisans and craftspersons in the Appalachian foothills, we host special exhibitions in the Exhibition Gallery, maintain a permanent Heritage Collection, and sponsor festivals on our park-like grounds at Harmon Field on the banks of the North Pacolet River in Tryon, North Carolina. Tryon Arts and Crafts School was established in 1960 as a key part of the grassroots movement that led to the development of Tryon as an artists’ colony. Our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is supported by membership dues and donations. Members enjoy access to open studios and discounted classes. We invite you to join our friendly, stimulating, and enriching community by taking classes and workshops, browsing our galleries, spending time in our studios, shopping in our gift shop, and getting to know more about arts and crafts in the Tryon region.

For further info call 828/859-8323 or visit (

Tryon Gallery Trots Return to Tryon, NC – Oct. 25, 2014

September 22, 2014


The Tryon Gallery Trots return this October 25th, 2014! Join us as we celebrate our wonderful downtown Tryon, NC, with artist receptions, new shops and restaurants to enjoy, free entertainment and great fun for the whole family! Expect a wide variety of art by some of our areas top artists, as well as unique merchandise, live music, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments in a festive and fun atmosphere as visitors “trot” with friends up, down, and all around the town.

Live entertainment will be located in the center of town at the newly completed St. Luke’s Plaza. Join us in welcoming The Riyen Roots Duo featuring Kenny Dore (, an original rock, soul, and blues group from Asheville NC. Riyen Roots is taking the blues genre to a new place, with unique rhythms, truly original song stylings, and vocals that have been compared to the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Warren Haynes, and even Tom Waits. Local favorite juggler extraordinaire, Kevin Bradley will be delighting Trotters with his amazingly talented moves throughout the evening. And the very popular horse drawn carriage rides will return as well!

In honor of the upcoming Tryon Beer Fest on November 8th, La Bouteille Wine & Beer Boutique will sponsor a “Craft Beer Bottle Cap Art Contest”. All original artwork entries must be turned in by October 24th. Artwork will be on display at La’Bouteille and the winning entries will be judged by the Tryon Beer Fest Committee and announced at the end of the Trot at 8pm. First place wins 2 Tryon Beer Fest tickets with oyster roasts, two Tryon Beer Fest shirts, and a $50 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. 2nd place wins 2 Beer Fest tickets and a $25 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. Contact Shelly at La’Bouteille for entry forms, or more information.

Skyuka Fine Art proudly presents “Gary Cooley-7 Days in Provence”. Join Mr. Cooley as he shares works from his recent trip abroad where he was inspired by local vineyards and orchards that dot the countryside of Provence. An opening reception with live music, complimentary wine and snacks will be offered.

Panache Boutique is pleased to showcase the works of local artist Verlie Murphy. Visitors will be offered refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as they enjoy the artwork and view their new fall collection.

The Book Shelf will serve wine and cheese as they show off new children’s books and toys, the latest best sellers, and have a gift certificate drawing.

Thompson Garden Gallery invites you to join them around their fire pit during their reception for “Hold Your Horses”, which highlights an eclectic mix of local and regional artists’ and artisans’ take on all things equestrian. Owner Erin Thompson will also display her own spin on this theme with her fall and feast decorations.

The Upstairs Artspace offers their trio of exhibits that opens on October 11th; “Four Makers, Four Materials”, wood, steel glass and clay sculptures by Mark Garner, Cory Williams, Hayden Wilson, and David Zachariais. And “Ursual Gullow: Self Exam”, a year’s worth of self-portraits created daily. And downstairs at the Upstairs: “Shifting Plates II”, recent work by 15 printmakers.

The Depot at Millard & Company hosts “The Thursday Painters”; a group of six women who have been getting together to explore watercolor for more than four years. Initially they met in a weekly class at Isothermal Community College, but more recently they have been meeting at Tryon artist Patricia Cole-Ferullo’s studio. Please join the artists, Judy Farr, Patty Hall, Gerda Hook, Susan Hopps, Harriet Spencer, Joan Feagan and Patricia Cole-Ferullo for light refreshments during their reception from 5-7pm at The Depot.

Vines and Stuff showcases their new fall inventory as well as an exhibit of North Carolina Pottery and wood art.

Join Saluda Forge up on their hill for a marshmallow roast over a fire pit.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors continues their exhibit featuring Ann Gleason and Jim Shackelford, and offers a light reception in celebration of the Trot.

Tryon Arts & Crafts School hosts “Celebrate the Arts” during the day, 10am-5pm. Join them for a full day of arts activities with local organizations such as the Lanier Library, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, Tryon Little Theater, and the Upstairs Artspace. Enjoy activities like poetry readings and blacksmithing or pottery demonstrations then come join us in downtown Tryon at 5pm when the Trot begins.

Tryon, the friendliest town in the South, is a thriving artisan community with a strong equestrian tradition and a nationally known tourism. Many more businesses, restaurants and organizations participate in the Trots, and open their doors for a full downtown Tryon experience.

Find Tryon Gallery Trot on Facebook or e-mail to ( for more info.

Keith Spencer Takes Part in the Sixth Annual Art Trek Tryon – June 28 & 29, 2014

June 24, 2014


This is Spencer’s sixth year to participate in this popular art event and his studio will be open on Saturday, June 28 from 10am to 3:30pm and Sunday, June 29, noon to 5pm. To start the weekend off right, there is an opening reception for the gallery exhibition part of the event, at the Upstairs Artspace on Friday evening, June 27, from 5 to 7:30pm. The gallery exhibit will showcase a representative piece of art from each of the participating 24 local artists, so please come out for that if you can manage…the openings are always fun! This year for the first time, there is a corresponding silent auction of many of the artists’ works, so there will be bargains to be had!

Work by Keith Spencer

On Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday morning at 11am you are invited to enjoy coffee and refreshments at Upstairs Artspace, where you will be able to get maps and helpful tips, before visiting the artists’ studios.

Spencer’s studio is still at 175 Glenwalden Lane, Tryon, NC, but only the studio itself will be open this year, not the whole house. Don’t worry, there will be signs. He will have artworks for sale, but please don’t ever feel obligated to make a purchase. He’d just like to open the studio to you for a visit. An Art Trek map may be viewed and printed at ( by clicking on the Art Trek link at the top of the page.

*Please note, Spencer also has a solo exhibit with an opening reception at the Pickens County Museum of Art, in Pickens, SC, on Saturday night. There are 32 pieces of his most recent works in that show and you are more than welcome to join him there. In order to make it to that opening reception on time he will need to leave his studio early on Saturday…say around 3:30. Michael Brodeur (Furman University Head of the Art Department) is having a corresponding solo show in the second gallery and they will share the reception area that night.