Archive for the ‘Upstate Visual Arts’ Category

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Offers Quilt Block to Honor UHQT Quilter of the Year – #208 Wild Thing

February 27, 2018

In 2016, The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT) announced the selection of Anderson city resident, Diane Schonauer, as the UHQT quilter of the year. This program is sponsored by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to recognize a resident of either Anderson, Oconee or Pickens County who is a quilter and has provided community service and leadership through their quilting.

Schonauer, a transplant from Illinois, began quilting over twenty five years ago and has experimented with both fiber quilts and hand painted wooden and aluminum quilt panels.

Philanthropy is a core value of Schonauer’s. Her work with the Anderson quilt Guilds, Quilters of South Carolina, Anderson Quilts of Valor and the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and other community organizations keeps her very busy most days of the week.

As the quilter of the year the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail sponsors a quilt in honor of the awardee. Schonauer selected one of her quilts “Wild Thing” to be replicated. She opted to donate the hand painted quilt panel to the City of Anderson. The City of Anderson has placed it on the city parking garage, located at the corner of Murray and 130 W. Whitner Streets, this is the perfect location as one of the buildings visitors to Anderson pass on their trip.

For additional information about the City and its attractions visit ( Also visit ( to explore the many interesting and fun options throughout the county.

For further info about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (

Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Offers Coffee and Conversation About Collecting Art – Mar. 22, 2014

March 17, 2014

Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, is offering a Coffee and Conversation: The Art of Collecting (Moderator: Sandy Rupp) on Saturday, Mar. 22, from 11am-noon.

The gallery is presenting the exhibit, “A Collectors Eye”, which features works from a private collection including works by: William Halsey, Dave Appleman, Charles Quest, Carl Blair, Edward Rice, Philip Morsberger, John Acorn, and Mark Mulfinger. The exhibit is on view through Mar. 29, 2014.

Work by Mark Mulfinger

Hampton III Gallery’s hours are: Tue.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat. 10am-5pm.

The gallery is located at 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 10, Taylors, SC 29687.

For further information call 864/268-2771 or visit (

Get Your Passport to the Arts in Clemson, SC – Mar. 7, 2014

March 4, 2014

The Clemson University Center (CVA) for Visual Arts – Lee Gallery and The Arts Center of Clemson will host the popular and unique celebration of the arts with the signature “Town and Gown” event Passport to the Arts 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 7, 2014.

Tickets are available for $30 at ( until Saturday. After that, the price goes to $40. The ticket price includes transportation, food, drink and entertainment.

This year marks the fourth collaboration between the Clemson University CVA–Lee Gallery and The Arts Center of Clemson to provide participants with a tour of fine art, entertainers, live music, drinks and food showcased at four different locations.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) offers transportation for the Passport to the Arts tour. All buses feature entertainment, making the ride to each venue a destination in itself.

The event locations include the Center for Visual Arts–Lee Gallery on the Clemson campus, The Arts Center, CAT and the 2014 location The Charles K. Cheezem OLLI Education Center in Patrick Square.

Attendees will be viewing several art works being debuted for the first time in the four gallery venues, including an oil portrait of former Mayor Larry Abernathy on display at the CAT facility. Additional highlights from this year’s event will be catering provided by Rick Erwin of Clemson at the Patrick Square venue. The restaurant in Patrick Square’s Town Center is the first venture for Rick Erwin in the Clemson market. Restaurant construction completion is scheduled for fall 2014.

Passport to the Arts would like to thank this year’s sponsors: Blue Ridge Electric Coop, Carolina Real Estate, Merrill Lynch-Willis Candela Group, Morris Business Solutions, Oconee Medical Center, Signarama in Anderson, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s and Tom Winkopp for providing needed support for the arts in the Clemson community.

For more information about Passport to the Arts, visit ( or the Facebook fan page ( To learn more about the visual arts in the area, contact Clemson University Center for Visual Arts-Lee Gallery Director Denise Wooward-Detrich, e-mail to ( or visit ( or contact Arts Center of Clemson Director Tommye Hurst, by e-mail at ( and visit (

Abbeville Artist Guild Calls for Participation in Art’Oberfest in Abbeville, SC – Deadline Oct. 1, 2013

July 16, 2013

The Abbeville Artist Guild is proud to be presenting their 10th annual arts festival – Art’Oberfest on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, 2013, in historic downtown Abbeville, SC.

We are inviting artisans and craftsmen to display, demonstrate and sell their arts and crafts. Our festival is centered on beautiful Historic Trinity Street and our Historic Livery Stable, which will accommodate our first 28 registered artists with a covered space. This years’ condensed layout will provide an intimate festival environment for all of our artists.

A 10′ X 10′ space will be provided for each participant and will be available at noon, Friday afternoon, for our
Friday Preview Night*. Security will be provided overnight for your work. Members of the Guild will be available at noon Friday to help in any way. Exhibitors are asked to display their artwork from 4pm to 8:30pm on Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

Exhibitors and their guests are invited to our annual Artist Appreciation Reception. This informal reception will be
held at 8:30pm on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. In conjunction with the Artist Appreciation Reception, a silent auction of art and art related items will be on display for the duration of the festival. Artists’ donations for our silent auction are greatly appreciated.

In addition to the Artisan Show & Demonstrations, the weekend will also feature Children’s Crafts & Activities, and Live Music. A complete schedule of activities will be included in your Artist Welcome Packet at check in. You may also access the schedule of activities, by visiting our website (, or find us on Facebook: Abbeville Artist Guild.

Application deadline is October 1, 2013. You will receive an E-Mail Confirmation upon receipt of your registration.

For additional information, application form, or if you have questions please contact Guild President, Jesse Nance at 864/554-4448, E-mail to (, or visit our website at (

*Any Exhibitor who is not set up for Sales will forfeit space in the Livery Stable.

Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC, Calls for Entries for 34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition – Deadline is Apr. 10. 2013

March 4, 2013

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning Apr. 2, 2013. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

Kristen Watts, Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, will serve as juror for this year’s competition. Watts has more than fifteen years of museum experience in areas of exhibition development and management, donor cultivation, collections care and management, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Public History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000.00 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Tuesday, April 2 and continuing April 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 during the hours of 9am until 4pm. (Till 7pm on Thurs 4/4). The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 27 and will continue through June 13, 2013.

The Pickens County Museum’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with, to date, The Hiott Printing Company, Doreen & Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Jean Griffin, John & Judy Rozelle and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin.

Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before Ma. 15, 2013. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at ( or by visiting (

Isabel Forbes and Blues Boulevard Jazz Hold Fundraiser to Benefit Spartanburg School District 7 Art Program – Apr. 23, 2012

March 22, 2012

Spartanburg, SC, artist Isabel Forbes and Blues Boulevard Jazz, located at 99 South Church Street in Spartanburg will hold  the one-night art exhibit and reception with 40 percent of the art sales benefiting District 7 School art program on Monday, Apr. 23, 2012, from 6-9pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Donations to the Spartanburg School District 7 art program will be accepted and appreciated.

Isabel Forbes counts herself fortunate to have grown up on a “magical street in Spartanburg.” Her memories of life on South Fairview Extension include not only places but also a “cast of characters” that included kids who created exciting outdoor games, a WORD-Radio DJ, artists, a doctor who would visit homes with a black bag filled with cures and a World War I veteran.

Those memories forged a strong bond between the young woman who grew up to be a celebrated artist and the community that fostered her. That bond, and her appreciation for the art education that launched her career, has led her to plan an exhibit and sale of her work to benefit the Spartanburg District 7 art program.

“My art teachers in public school saw something in my art skills and encouraged me to get more involved in art,” Forbes says, remembering the direction that art teachers, Mac Arthur Goodwin and Tom Willis, gave to her when she had none, guidance that led her to create an art portfolio when she was graduating from Spartanburg High School in 1978 that helped her garner a scholarship to Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, FL.

The reception and exhibit, to be held at Blues Boulevard in downtown Spartanburg, Apr. 23, 6 – 9pm, represents her effort to give back to those who gave so much to her. The paintings in the exhibit, which includes works painted on-site and in the studio from a recent trip to Cumberland Island, GA, will all be for sale, with 40 percent of the sales going to support the Spartanburg District 7 art program.

Mark Sullivan, owner of Blues Boulevard Jazz, host for the fundraiser, says that the event is free and open to the public, but donations to the Spartanburg School District 7 art program would be accepted and appreciated.

The local art community has embraced Forbes’ works that preserve Spartanburg’s historic landmarks and landscapes, but her work also reflects another passion, the South Carolina Lowcountry – Pawley’s Island, Litchfield Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Amelia Island.

After graduating from Ringling with a Bachelor of Fine Art, she went to work in Florida as a graphic designer and illustrator and eventually managed art and production departments. “The skills I used to organize, plan, find solutions to tasks and to work with different types of people as a manager were not learned in math and English classes, but in my art training,” Forbes explains.

She laments the fact that in the age of standardized testing and “No Child Left Behind” that art classes have often been the first ones to be removed from a crowded curriculum. “Whether or not classes in painting and music improved my math and reading skills or standardized test scores is unclear,” Forbes says. “What is crystal clear is that learning through the arts has taught me life skills not measured by tests.”

Those skills that have made her such a successful artist – visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, observing, envisioning, innovating through exploration, reflective self-evaluation and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes – she says, “helped me in life far more than a good SAT score would have.”

For Forbes, as for countless other students, art classes help fill the gap between the academic and aesthetic by encouraging students to think in different ways. “That type of thinking is more likely to produce the novel answers needed to succeed in this rapidly changing world,” says the dedicated advocate of art education who has exhibited her work locally, regionally and nationally, including at the South Carolina State Museum and Brookgreen Gardens.

After 20 years working in Florida, Forbes found her way back to South Carolina, first to the coast in Charleston and at last, in 2007, to her home in Spartanburg. Once home, she became involved in the local art scene, joining the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg and exhibiting locally. And she found that she was beginning to see Spartanburg through her artist’s eyes.

Forbes began to translate the nostalgia she felt for familiar scenes into vivid paintings of local landmarks that brought back memories, first by painting her stepfather’s Heinitsh Walker drugstore on Main Street.

“I returned to Spartanburg to give myself a change and to see what I could accomplish as a full time painter,” Forbes says. Now the basement studio of her Duncan Park home is the perfect place for her to put all her memories – past and present – onto canvas. And it’s also a place where she can reflect on all the people that have influenced her throughout her life.

“I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunities the art lessons in District 7 schools gave me and can’t imagine what my life would be today without them,” she says. “By contributing a portion of my art sales during this one-night exhibit, I am in my small way saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who had a part in my success.”

For further information contact Blues Boulevard Jazz by e-mail at ( or call 864/573-9742 or contact Isabel Forbes by e-mail at ( or call 864/909-0105.

Jane Nodine to Exhibit Her Encaustic Paintings in Wuppertal, Germany

February 29, 2012

Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate, in Spartanburg, SC, has been invited to exhibit her encaustic paintings at Gallerie Kunstkomplex in Wuppertal, Germany, from Mar. 3 – Apr. 7, 2012. This solo exhibition of 20 of her most recent works is titled Wachsspuren, or, Traces of Wax.

In addition to the exhibit, Nodine was invited by the director of Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Nicole Bardohl, and German artist Bodo Berheide, to visit Wuppertal during the first week of March to attend the opening reception of the exhibition on Mar. 8 and discuss her research in encaustic painting with the Wuppertal community. Wuppertal is located near Dusseldorf and has a population of approximately 350,000.

Nodine met Berheide in April 2011 when he visited USC Upstate to present a scholarly lecture on his sculpture project, Figura Magica, a six-ton cast-iron sculpture of an oversized, elongated horseshoe magnet, which garnered international attention as it made its world tour before stopping in Wuppertal. Berheide visited Nodine’s studio in Spartanburg, became interested in her work, and invited her to exhibit in Germany.

“I will present historical and technical material on the process of encaustic hot wax in a historical and contemporary context, and I will have an opportunity to visit several galleries, museums and university programs in the region,” says Nodine.

The term encaustic is derived from the Greek “enkaustikos,” which means “to heat” or “to burn.” The encaustic medium consists of beeswax mixed with resin to impart hardness that renders a material artists can use to embed various marks, materials, pigments, and textures. This historical process, used by ancient Greeks and Romans, has attracted the attention of many contemporary artists, such as Jasper Johns, because of its rich surfaces and sculptural properties. The encaustic process originated in Egypt in approximately 100 A.D.

For further information, contact Nodine at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (

SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, Hold Open House – Oct. 29, 2011

October 13, 2011

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) in Greenville, SC, invites students and their families from across the state to visit campus with the Open Doors event. On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, attendees will be able to meet current faculty and students, explore the campus and experience life at SCGSAH.

SCGSAH is a place that is hard to define on paper. Visiting this great campus while seeing the “beehive” of artistic and academic activity illustrates what makes this place great. To really understand life at SCGSAH, President Dr. Bruce Halverson will present an informational session along with Dean of Students Julie Allen, Director of Student Services Matthew Burns and VP of Finance and Administration John Warner. Following that session, visitors will get a taste of one of the five art areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts, straight from the department faculty.

Education here takes on a different meaning, where academics are just as challenging as the art in which students study. Students have an opportunity to learn with the best faculty and take the next steps in their artistic and/or academic careers. Academic instructors boast in the least, Master’s Degrees. Artistic faculty members are active in their disciplines led by a collection of distinguished Department Chairs: award-winning, published author Scott Gould, world-renowned dance master Stanislav Issaev, nationally accomplished actor/director Daniel Murray, experienced conductor/musician Dr. David Hamilton, and successful artist/sculptor Joe Thompson, whose work is exhibited on campus.

Students with a passion for art become better artists and students in this place. This public residential high school has the third highest SAT scores in South Carolina. They are ranked in the top 1% in academics for public schools, according to Newsweek. The 2011 graduating class accumulated approximately $20M in scholarship offers.

SCGSAH accepts rising 11th and 12th grade students in five art areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. The summer programs Discovery and Academy accept rising 9th and 10th graders, with a larger age range accepted for the summer dance program.

To see what this school has to offer, reserve your space for Open Doors by phone or e-mail (preferably by October 17): 864/282-3713 or (

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a public residential high school located in Greenville, provides a unique arts and academic education to the state’s emerging artists. The student body of the school is comprised of exceptionally talented teens from across the state. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.

For more information, visit ( or call 864/282-3713.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Presents Annual Art Grab Bag Fundraiser at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC – Oct. 29, 2011

October 4, 2011

Works of art donated to the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg’s annual Art Grab Bag fundraiser are now on exhibit at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm during the moth of October. Admission to the Guild Gallery is free.

All of the work was donated by Guild members and will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, from 7-10pm in the lobby of the David Reid Theatre. Each of the 50 people who buy $75 tickets will get one of the assigned pieces of art, as well as entry into the social event that will include food, drink, and live entertainment. $25 tickets to the event are also available but do not include receiving artwork.

Live music will be provided by Tim Bethea and his band BigFOLK. Catering will be provided by Palmetto Palate. Attendees are asked to dress as his or her favorite artist or favorite art subject. There will be three  prizes awarded for  best costumes.

In keeping with tradition, there will also be a silent auction, featuring work by founding artists and members, such as Mary Ellen Suitt, Betty Bramlett, and Bob LoGrippo, who is a winner in this year’s Annual Juried Show.

This year, $15 of each $75 ticket sold will go towards establishing a new $500 scholarship. The Founders Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who plans to pursue a college degree in fine art and who participates in the Guild’s annual Focus on Youth show.

Tickets can be purchased at Art and Frame Gallery (located at 108 Garner Rd. Spartanburg, SC), on the Guild  website at (, or by contacting Guild Executive Director Robin Els at 864/764-9568 or by e-mail at (

City of Iva, SC, Joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

September 8, 2011

The REVIVA Museum and Visitor Center, located at 106 Broad St., in Iva, SC, is the site of another addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Sponsored by the Iva Community Improvement Association, the quilt pattern is known as an “Eight Point Star”. The association chose the colors of the rainbow for their quilt – red, blue, sunshine yellow and green. It certainly shows up well on that street corner, thanks to the Little River Electric Cooperative who installed the quilt for them.

Yvonne McGee, Chairman of REVIVA, told us, “Many of our older quilters, most of whom have passed away, made quilts using this star design. Our oldest, Mrs. Ora Dunn, lived to be 105. Her daughter and granddaughter are still quilting.”

The REVIVA Museum and Visitor Center is located just one block off of Highway 81, and is visible from the South Carolina Heritage Corridor, of which the UHQT is a part.

For more information, visit (