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Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Launches 2017 Program

May 31, 2017

Hub City Empty Bowls – an annual fundraiser that uses handmade pottery bowls to feed hungry Spartanburg citizens – has set the 2017 dates for its well-attended events. There will be three regularly scheduled bowl-making events: Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s pottery studio at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC; Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 5-8pm at West Main Artists Co-Op, during ArtWalk; and Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm at Chapman Cultural Center. Soup Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center. All events are free and family friendly.

Hub City Empty Bowls is a localized fundraiser inspired the international Empty Bowls decentralized program. Locally, the program’s spearhead Carolina Clay Artists coordinates public bowl-making sessions. At no charge, citizens of all ages are given supplies, tools, space, and instructions on how to make hand-shaped pottery bowls. Those unfinished bowls are left at the venue to be painted and fired by experienced potters. Bowls often made by children can be simple, primitive, and charming. Others made by experienced potters can be precise, intricate, and sophisticated.

With hundreds of bowls created by local citizens, Carolina Clay Artists then hosts Soup Day, an event where patrons receive the bowls – each for a $15 donation to TOTAL Ministries, a local charity that provides food and other resources to people in financial crisis. In addition to receiving bowls, the patrons can enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and tea donated by the community’s leading restaurants, hear live music, bid in a silent auction, and enjoy the fellowship and comradery of knowing they are helping to feed people in need. In 2016, the Carolina Clay Artists donated a record-breaking $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries.

“Coordinating Hub City Empty Bowls is a massive undertaking,” 2017 Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “People want to know as soon as possible about our dates so they can plan accordingly. Some people come to all of the bowl-making sessions and Soup Day. Plus, by setting the dates early, we can better handle the large crowds of people who normally show up. It is not unusual for us to have several hundred people come to a bowl-making session. And come Soup Day, we’ll see more than a thousand.”

Despite the crowds, it is seldom anyone has to wait to make a bowl or enjoy Soup Day. Space, volunteers, and experience are plentiful enough to keep everyone engaged.

Carolina Clay Artists is a local group of hobbyist and professional potters who come together monthly to share ideas, hold workshops and demos, and tour pottery studios to see other artists’ work and learn new ideas. It is open to all who have an interest in learning and sharing about pottery. Annual dues are $35. Hub City Empty Bowls is the group’s annual charity fundraising event to help feed the hungry.

TOTAL Ministries got its start in 1982 as Project Eat. Founder Dannie Horne saw an unemployment rate of 9.7% and that many people in Spartanburg County were hungry. During the first 17 months of Project Eat’s existence, $190,000 of groceries were distributed in an effort to alleviate that problem. In 1983, TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg County, Inc. was incorporated by 12 Spartanburg churches to carry on the work of Project Eat. Since then, additional emergency services have been added to the TOTAL mission in an effort to help those in need. For those in need, TOTAL can help with utility services, food, and medications.

Empty Bowls started in 1990 by Michigan art teacher John Hartom, who organized a charitable event to give his art students a way to make a personal difference in the lives of others in their community. Hartom’s students made pottery bowls in their high school art classes, and the finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fundraising meal of soup and bread. From that simple beginning, Empty Bowls has spread around the world, taking root in communities both small and large. Spartanburg had its first Empty Bowls program in 2009. All Empty Bowls efforts are locally based with all proceeds going to a local charity with a mission to alleviate hunger in its community. None of the money raised leaves the community. The lead agency, Carolina Clay Artists, donates all of its time and talents, and receives no monetary benefit. Locally, all proceeds go to TOTAL Ministries.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com) or call 864.706-3739 or 864/585-9167.

Spartanburg, SC, ArtWalk Under New Management

July 23, 2016

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The Spartanburg, SC, ArtWalk is a free, self-guided art tour of galleries in downtown Spartanburg that takes place the third Thursday of each month from 5-8pm. Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), Spartanburg’s non-profit contemporary art museum and one of the city’s oldest arts organizations, has recently taken over hosting the event in coordination with 11 local institutional and commercial galleries. The museum has created a new website for ArtWalk that includes information on what’s happening at every participating gallery, updated monthly, and an interactive, downloadable walking map.

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“Spartanburg has an amazing number of thriving galleries and arts-spaces considering its size,” says Mat Duncan, SAM’s Curator of Collections and Community Development Coordinator, “and they’re a huge part of what makes Spartanburg one of South Carolina’s six cultural districts. ArtWalk is a great way for Spartans to connect with what’s happening downtown, but for some time, it has been somewhat unfocused and inconsistent. The new ArtWalk website is the Museum’s first step towards our vision of a new, more organized, and more fun ArtWalk.”

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ArtWalk’s recently renovated website (www.spartanburgartwalk.org) provides resources for those wishing to take the tour, including contact information and monthly updates from participating galleries and a printable map of the event area with locations of participating galleries marked. Maps are also available at Spartanburg Art Museum during ArtWalk.

Spartanburg’s next ArtWalk takes place Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 5-8pm.

For more information or to become a participant visit (www.spartanburgartwalk.org), (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org) or call 864/582-7616 or e-mail the museum at (museum@spartanarts.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls 2016 Aims to Feed Local Hungry Citizens in Spartanburg, SC

July 12, 2016

Hub City Empty Bowls anticipates another great art-based campaign in 2016 to feed the hungry people in Spartanburg County, SC, and invites everyone to make hand-crafted pottery bowls at free public events this summer. The finished bowls will be used for the annual Soup Day fundraiser in the autumn. This year, there will be three bowl-making opportunities for public participation: Saturday, July 16, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center; Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30pm at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Saturday, Aug. 27, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center. The Soup Day fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center.  The food pantry at TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds from the fundraiser to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County.

According to a 2016 report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 15 percent of Spartanburg’s population – that’s 42,980 people – is “food insecure.” In Greenville County, the percentage is 14. The lowest ranking county in the state is Lexington with 12 percent, and the highest ranking county is Allendale with 28 percent. Overall, 17 percent of the people in South Carolina “lack adequate access to food.”

“We might not be the worst county in South Carolina with a hunger problem,” Traci Kennedy, Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “But 42,980 is a lot of people – our friends and neighbors – who don’t have enough to eat. For children it is even worse. 22.5 percent of the children in Spartanburg – almost one out of every four – is going hungry. It is TOTAL Ministries’ mission to help feed the hungry, and thanks to Hub City Empty Bowls, we are making headway. I just pray we have another good turnout of people to make the bowls and then have them and their friends come back on Soup Day to make donations, take the bowls home, eat some truly wonderful soup, and take comfort in knowing they have helped someone in need.” TOTAL Ministries has an annual budget of about $300,000, normally helps more than 4,500 households each year.

But first, you need to make pottery bowls. Bowl-making events provide a unique opportunity for members of the community to experience the pleasure of working with clay at no cost and at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated.  Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in the techniques of bowl-making.  Many of the bowls will be simple and primitive, which has a beauty all of its own. Some participants are experienced potters, who make their bowls on pottery wheels, often producing professional-grade bowls. The events are open to anyone willing to give of their time and effort, and make for wholesome and free family activities. The bowls are left at the studios and are later glazed and fired by experienced volunteers.

“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” Nancy Williamson, publicity leader on behalf of Carolina Clay Artists, said. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I is see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”

Proceeds from last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based organization with a primary mission of helping the financially disadvantaged citizens of the community. Most of the money was raised on Soup Day, when citizens would receive the handmade bowls by donating $15. As part of the festive occasion, local restaurants donated gourmet soup that the donors could enjoy, along with live music and fellowship. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the local effort of the internationally successful Empty Bowls concept of feeding the needy through the creation of pottery bowls.

On Soup Day, the hundreds of finished and colorful bowls will be displayed in Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, the donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea, served in Chapman’s theater lobby. Along the perimeter of the lobby will be various serving stations set up by local restaurants that donate a wide selection of soups to the occasion. Patrons can enjoy soups from some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, while dining under a large canopy set up in the outdoor plaza, and enjoy listening to live music and sharing in the fellowship of knowing they are helping feed citizens in the local community. A silent auction of donated items also takes place as another means of raising money. The tradition of having a drum circle in the lobby or plaza will continue this year.

Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon.  There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed.

Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is still seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils, such as paper cups, plastic spoon, and napkins; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls.  Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy by e-mail at (Director@TotalMinistries.org) or call 864/585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries please visit (www.TotalMinistries.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls is a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation. It was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity, and to help local organizations fight hunger.  For more information, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com). For the latest information on Hub City Empty Bowls, please like the organization on Facebook.

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, to Participate in Accreditation Academy

February 28, 2016

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Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), in Spartanburg, SC, has been selected as one of 10 museums from across the country to participate in the Small Museum Accreditation Academy. This is a new initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by an advisory panel of leaders in the museum field. It is a year-long readiness program to make the Alliance’s accreditation process more accessible to smaller institutions. At the end of the program, the participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation. Joseph Klem from the American Alliance of Museums writes: “The Academy is designed for high-performing organizations with five or fewer staff members who are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation.”

Spartanburg Art Museum has been working hard to re-position itself as a vital component within the cultural landscape of Spartanburg and beyond. Two years ago, Elizabeth Goddard was hired as the Executive Director, and since that time the museum has undergone significant transformation. “When I began there was a palpable risk of failure from a financial, governance, and programmatic perspective. The first year was spent finding the ground and rebuilding an organization that had minimal members, lackluster exhibitions, and weak programs for an increasingly diverse community,” Goddard said. “It is inspiring to see how far we have come.  Knowing that the Board of Directors is as committed as I am to become the destination for contemporary visual art in the Southeast keeps the wind in our sail as we continue to improve, strengthens and build our capacity to serve the community in relevant and meaningful ways.”

Last spring, SAM completed the American Alliance of Museums Assessment Program, which involved months of reflection about everything from finances, collections, governance, and programming. Todd Smith, the professional peer reviewer who spent a few days with the museum staff and Board of Directors last March, commented in his final report: “There is a renewed energy that surrounds the organization, an energy if well harnessed can be transformative for the museum.” SAM also graduated from the Healthy Organization Institute in 2015. A local education program developed by Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and Mary Black Foundation was designed for Executive Directors and Board Presidents to attend together and put a microscope over all aspects of daily and long-term operations.  “These experiences of rebuilding our infrastructure and truly understanding every aspect of the museum’s operations were invaluable for us to move forward,” SAM’s Board President George Nixon said. “SAM completed a strategic plan last spring, and we are energized to become a contemporary cultural leader in the region, serving our community in new and dynamic ways. We are also proud that our Executive Director was named Museum Educator of the Year recently by the South Carolina Arts Educator Association, which demonstrates her professional and personal commitment to education, which is a vital component of our mission.”

The Academy will involve the staff and members of the board as they move through a year-long process of preparation that includes, strengthening core documents, designing an emergency preparedness plan, finalizing a code of ethics, and collections management policies. All of these components are necessary for the accreditation process and signal SAM’s commitment to standards of excellence on a national scale. “Our size does not minimize our dedication to adhering to best practices put forth by the American Alliance of Museums,” Goddard said. “We are thrilled to be accepted into this vital program and look forward to getting started.”

For further information contact Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director, Spartanburg Art Museum, 220 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306, call 864/582-7616 x 236 or e-mail to (egoddard@spartanarts.org).

Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Classic Contemporaries Program

February 10, 2016

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The Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, launches a new program, Classic Contemporaries, this February. Designed to provide senior citizens, ages 55 and older, a creative, educational, and social outlet, Classic Contemporaries encourages art enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art-making activities in a studio environment.

“This new initiative offers an in-depth look into our current exhibition, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’,” Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard said. “Classic Contemporaries encourages discussion about concepts and specific works of art within the exhibition. We will provide some historical connections that directly relate to the materials and creative practices within ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, which is a group show featuring contemporary ceramics by nine artists.”

The goal of this program is to provide an informal education and social outlet for those interested in the visual arts. There are four main components within the Classic Contemporaries program that bring education, socializing, and creative exploration together. Upon arrival participants will take part in a presentation that gives some historical background to the medium of ceramics, followed by a tour of the current exhibition, “Cognitive Dissonance”. Lunch is served, and for those feeling encouraged to stretch their creative muscles, there is time to learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting.

Spartanburg Art Museum and Janna Phillips, a graduate student of Savannah College of Art and Design, have been working together to develop this program over the course of many months. “Spartanburg is such a wonderful community. Classic Contemporaries is an excellent program for anyone who wishes to engage in the arts, education, meet new people, or become more involved in the SAM community,” Phillips said.

Classic Contemporaries launches on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 10am-2pm, and includes the presentation, exhibition tour, and lunch. Space is limited, and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for SAM members ages 55 and older and $30 for non-members. The two-hour studio portion of the program is an additional $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

For more information please contact Goddard by calling 864/582-7616, ext. 236 or visit (www.SpartanburgArtMuseum.org).

Cutting Edge of Fashion and Art Collide in Never-Before-Seen Spartanburg, SC, Event at Spartanburg Art Museum – Jan. 16, 2016

January 9, 2016

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The Spartanburg Art Museum, in Spartanburg, SC, is challenging traditional notions of art and pushing the boundaries of fashion with this year’s installment of its annual art-themed party. The party, dubbed CONTEXTILE, will feature live music from a critically acclaimed jazz trio, live models wearing pieces of art as clothing, an open bar serving specialty cocktails, and fabulous food from Cribbs Catering. Mat Duncan, Spartanburg Art Museum’s Curator of Collections, says, “Spartanburg is becoming a cultural hotspot in the Carolinas. CONTEXTILE is a celebration of that energy and the sequel to SHIPWRECK, our last contemporary art party – but this time we’ve gone above and beyond anything we’ve done before and crafted an evening that’s twice as lavish, twice as fun, and, of course, twice as artistic.”

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In an attempt to outdo the Museum’s last art party, Spartanburg Art Museum staff has worked tirelessly towards making every aspect of CONTEXTILE more creative than anything it has ever planned. Duncan says, “SHIPWRECK had an open bar, a two-piece acoustic band, and took place around the featured exhibition, but, if you’ll excuse my pun, CONTEXTILE blows our last party out of the water!” CONTEXTILE will feature an open bar that will serve a surprise signature cocktail, in addition to the beer, wine, and mixed drinks, which partygoers are accustomed. Partygoers will also enjoy the critically acclaimed stylings of Charlotte, NC-based jazz trio “The Fat Face Band” and witness a new, never-before-seen exhibition. “But this exhibition won’t be hanging on the walls,” adds Duncan, “the pieces of art will be worn by live models!”

Spartanburg Art Museum has brought together seven visionary local and national artists whose work occupies the space between fashion and art for CONTEXTILE. “These artists have made art that can be worn as clothing or clothing that can be seen as art – deciding whether it’s the former or the latter, we leave that up to you,” says Duncan. Pieces by each artist will be donned by local models and performers, who will then walk a runway in the museum in a fashion show-style event – the climax of the evening. “And,” continues Duncan, “this fashion show will be emceed by The Latest Thing in Spartanburg’s Tim Giles.  Register now – tickets are selling fast!”

CONTEXTILE will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 7-11pm and will include an open bar, gourmet food from Cribbs, live music, cutting-edge fashion and art worn by live models. Tickets are $40, $35 for SAM Members, and $25 for students, with additional special discounts for Spartanburg Young Professional and Spartanburg Downtown Association members.

Tickets are available online at (www.SpartanburgArtMuseum.org) or by phone at 864/582-7616.

ArtWalk Spinning This Fall With Free Bicycle Rentals in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 17, 2015

September 15, 2015

The Spartanburg Art Museum is collaborating with Partners for Active Living to breathe new life and excitement into ArtWalk this fall with a new community program called ArtCycle. The program kicks off Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.

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Spartans who begin ArtWalk at Spartanburg Art Museum on this date will receive a wristband, a free BCycle rental, and an interactive map of Spartanburg’s downtown. The map will show area galleries that participate in ArtWalk as well as local bars and restaurants. This ArtCycle Map, which is only available at Spartanburg Art Museum, also includes a special punch card section.

“We kept hearing the same thing from locals during ArtWalk – ‘I love the idea of ArtWalk but the various galleries are too far apart to actually walk to’ – and that got us thinking,” says Mat Duncan, Coordinator of Community Development for Spartanburg Art Museum, “ArtWalk could be more fun on a bike – and it’d be even more fun with a delicious pint or meal from one of our great local bars and restaurants! So we asked Partners for Active Living to work with us to make that happen, and approached downtown businesses too.  The result of this collaboration is the ArtCycle program.”

On Sept. 17, participants in the new program will be able to rent a free BCycle at SAM and pedal to participating galleries.  At each gallery, they’ll receive one punch on their interactive map. When they collect at least five punches from five different galleries, they can take their map to a participating bar or restaurant and exchange it for a special offer or discount on food and drink. Participating bars and restaurants are listed and marked on the ArtCycle interactive map, as well as on the SAM website. Hub City Tap House, RJ Rockers, Delaney’s, Monsoon Noodle House, Hub Diggity, and The Coffee Bar, as well as many other downtown businesses, are participating in the program.

“The new ArtCycle is not only a fun new way to experience ArtWalk, it also provide an economic stimulus to the downtown area, and fulfills the Partners for Active Living’s vision of making Spartanburg more walking and bicycling-friendly,” says Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum.

“ArtWalk has the potential to really grow into a strong and active community wide event”, says Goddard. “We at SAM want to see that happen, and we think that programs like ArtCycle are one way of reaching that goal.” Spartanburg ArtCycle will take place in September, October and November during the fall ArtWalk nights, which are on the third Thursday of each month. (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19).

For more information please contact the Spartanburg Art Museum at 864/582-7616 or visit (www.spartanburgartmuseum.org).

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.

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).