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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.

Tryon, NC, Celebrates Sixth Annual Art Trek – June 27-29, 2014

June 13, 2014


Tryon, NC, is an “artsy” kind of town and never more so than on the annual Art Trek weekend, this year June 27-29, 2014. Sponsored by Tryon’s Upstairs Artspace, this year’s Trek promises a lively weekend for all as the whole town joins in the fun. A day of discovery and surprise awaits those who follow the mapped route through summer-green foothills to the studios of 24 of the areas most talented artists, and return to Tryon and surrounding towns to explore the vibrant shops, galleries and restaurants, many of which will offer art-themed specials.

The weekend begins with an opening reception and silent auction at the Upstairs gallery from 5-7:30pm, Friday June 27, with studio tours and in-town events, Saturday and Sunday.

Central to the weekend events, of course, are the artists themselves, whose studios will be open, Saturday June 28, 10am-5pm and Sunday June 29, noon to 5pm. In addition to seeing where and how these talented artists work, beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces can be purchased right on the spot.

This year’s artists include painters, encaustic artists, fiber artists, metal artists, potters, collage artists, mixed media artists, an acoustic guitar/ukulele artist, a wood carver and sculptors. In addition to the work in their studios, each artist will submit a representative piece for a silent auction installation at the Upstairs. These pieces will be on display for bidding beginning at the opening reception on June 27 until the closing reception on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Trekkers can pick up maps and begin their tours with a free continental breakfast at the Upstairs at 10am on June 28. Later they can break for other than cultural nourishment at one of the area’s popular restaurants offering exclusive Art Trek luncheon and dinner menus and specials.  Lavender Bistro and Saluda’s Green River Barbecue are excellent choices for the weary trekker in need of a break.  An afternoon stop at Walker O’Duggan’s Coffee and Ice cream Pub, newly located at the entrance to the town, should be added to the itinerary as well. What’s a summer road trip without ice cream?

Art Trek has been a staple of the summer art scene in Tryon since 2009. Art lovers and collectors from throughout western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina look forward to the opportunity each year to see some of the region’s most talented artists at work. Add to that this year, the town of Tryon has gone Art Trek crazy and you have a weekend destination to circle on your calendar.

A list of the participating artists and free maps to the open studios can be picked up at the Upstairs gallery and at local businesses in Tryon. The Upstairs is located at 49 South Trade Street in Tryon.

For additional information about Art Trek 2014 visit ( or call 828/859-2828.

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Names Tom Madison Gallery Director

May 6, 2014


The Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, gallery manager Tom Madison has been promoted to the new position of Gallery Director by the organization’s Executive Committee. Creation of the position is in line with the growth and direction of the 35-year-old organization, according to Harold Maass, chairman of the board.

“This is something we have planned to do for a while,” said Maass.  “To be an agile organization we need a gallery director who is free to make program and exhibit decisions without going through the executive committee or the full board. Tom’s background makes him uniquely qualified in this regard. Since his arrival in September, he has spearheaded and overseen the refurbishment of the physical space, reorganized the administrative function, brought forward a number of innovative exhibit design ideas and has lately taken on responsibility, along with artist Sophia Karen Dow, for managing this year’s Art Trek.”

Madison has been the Upstairs manager since September 2013. He has 22 years of gallery management and design experience and a certificate in museum and gallery lighting from the Smithsonian Institution. He studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served on the faculty as administrative manager of the university’s gallery. He  continues to take classes in sculpture and art history.

While Madison shies away from using the term “education,” he professes a commitment to engaging the community in conversation about art that will further the gallery’s role in the cultural life of the town. “My focus is on outreach to the community, to establish ongoing programs to familiarize the public with issues surrounding the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and to encourage conversation about those issues,” he says. He points to the increasingly popular Philosophy of Art class as one such example, as well as an upcoming film series on contemporary art and artists.  Madison says the gallery will also expand its “Walk and Talk series of visiting artist lectures and will implement a guided gallery tour by Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald of selected exhibits.

“I’d like to think of our motto as ‘Moving Forward’,” he says. “The gallery recently celebrated its 35th year and we’re looking ahead to continually building on that strong foundation for the next 35 and beyond.”

Madison relocated to Tryon from Asheville, NC, in 2013. “The Upstairs Artspace was one of the main reasons I relocated to Tryon,” he says. “I thought that a town that supported a gallery like this as well as other great organizations like the Tryon Fine Arts Center and the Lanier Library was a town in which I would be proud to live. In my role with the Upstairs I will do my best to honor and contribute to the growth of the community’s strong cultural history.”

The Upstairs Artspace has a 36-year history of showing art that is experimental, challenging and always of the highest caliber. The gallery offers programs as stimulating and diverse as the art it exhibits, including the upcoming “Philosophy of Art” course taught by Dr. Fitzgerald, and the annual “Art Trek” that combines studio tours of local artists with gallery activities. Weeklong Art Trek activities will begin the weekend of June 27, 2014.

For information about the events go to ( The gallery, at 49 South Trade Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 5pm.

Tryon Gallery Trot in Tryon, NC, Takes Place – Oct. 12, 2013

September 30, 2013


The final Tryon Gallery Trot of 2013 is upon us! Visit downtown Tryon, NC, for: street performances, live music, carriage rides, and of course plenty of art! Join us on Oct. 12, 2013, from 5-8pm for a night to remember!  Thanks to the Polk County Community Foundation for a grant from the Mary Kessler Fund, we are proud to offer local rock band ‘Loaded Toad’ performing at the new St. Luke’s Plaza. Local musician and singer Ian Harrod will stroll up and down downtown singing and playing guitar acoustically. Artist/performer Sam Lovelace and her lovely assistant Angie will delight Trotters with quick hand drawn portrait sketches. Carolina Carriage horse rides return. All entertainment is free to visitors! Support your local downtown and come participate in this family friendly event.

Other highlights to include:

New smaller works by Linda Hudgins will be on display at New View Realty along with many fall scenes by Jim Shackelford. Back by popular demand is the display of the Celebration of Holland Brady’s work.

Patricia Cole-Ferullo and Dom Ferullo have been busy in their Art Studio at the top of Pacolet Street, creating all new mixed media, watercolor, and acrylic fine art with a flair for the final Trot.

Skyuka Fine Art is pleased to announce ‘Recent Works’ by Richard Christian Nelson. With his ‘Plein Air Painters of the Southeast’ group (PAPSE), Nelson enjoyed their annual painting trek, this year to Boothbay, ME, and painted many seascapes. Nelson’s Still Life paintings, recent visits to Charleston, Florida, and Cashiers also round this fresh body of work. His recent ‘Top 10’ award from the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition for “Luke at 15” will also be on display.

The Depot Room at Millard and Company will showcase two artists for the last Trot of the season. Susan Hopps and Grace Lertora will delight with their colorful canvases. Hopps is fascinated by transparent colors as they mix and mingle on paper and the play of light on shapes. Watercolor is her medium. Lertora chooses to express her vision using acrylics and her bold choices of color. These two artists are a nice complement to each other and should make for a vibrant exhibit.

Thompson’s Garden Gallery and Outdoor Living presents 3 featured artists for October. Jackie McAbee, a former educator in Western NC,  captures the beauty of nature in acrylics, usually baby animals, birds, cows, plants and flowers. Matt Cable, a Hendersonville artist, focuses on contemporary reflections of nature using acrylic on canvas and salvaged wood, mixed media applications and jewelry. Patricia Roshaven is both a photographer and painter, who uses the camera as a travel companion, documenting light and shadow. Her paintings do not depend on technique or thought of a final image, but on “painting in the wild”. Please join us to usher in Fall in the Thermal Belt and meet these three talented artists.

Tryon Fine Arts Center will host a table near the entertainment to sell tickets for upcoming performances, t-shirts, and offer information about their coming events.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will host an opening reception for their ‘Members’ Only Show’, open to all members and all mediums. Join them to see these new works and enjoy refreshments.

Vines & Stuff invites Tryon watercolor artist Kim Attwooll to give a spontaneous watercolor demonstration where visitors can also enjoy samples of special holiday gourmet treats. Attwooll is an accomplished local artist who enjoys sharing some of the things she has learned during her many years of watercolor art.

The Book Shelf, Green River Gallery, The 1906 Pine Crest Inn, Upstairs Artspace, and Terra on Trade (relocated next to the new Ruby Slipper restaurant at St. Luke’s Plaza) all open their doors and welcome Trotters with new art, merchandise and refreshments. Join us for this final Trot of the season, and an exciting arts centered event.

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