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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, 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.

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Offers Fundraising Exhibit with Works by Unidentified Artists at $100 a Pop!

August 6, 2013


Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, presents “100 x 100 Canvas Project” which is your chance to own an original painting by one of many talented, professional artists! This is not an auction! Each 10×10 canvas will sell for $100 each! The big difference is the works will not be identified as to who the artist is.

The exhibit opens on Sat., Sept. 14, 2013, with an opening reception beginning at 5pm. Paintings will go on exhibit for viewing only during Gallery Trot. At 6:30pm, paintings will become available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis for $100 each.

A closing reception will Sat., Sept. 28, 2013, beginning at 6pm, when guests are invited to mingle with participating artists and may ask to have their paintings signed. Paintings may then be taken home.

At 7pm, three collaborative pieces will be featured in a special auction. Each piece is created by a professional artist in our area and partnered with a selected member of the community. A fourth painting will be created right in front of your eyes by one of our region’s most prolific artists and auctioned at the end of the evening!

The Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 South Trade Street in Tryon.

For more information and details call Artspace at 828/859-2828 or visit (

Tryon Gallery Trot in Tryon, NC, Takes Place – Mar. 24, 2012

February 29, 2012

The Tryon Downtown Development Association proudly announces its first scheduled “Tryon Gallery Trot” of 2012 on Saturday, Mar. 24, from 5 to 8pm. Join 10 participating galleries, businesses and restaurants for opening art receptions, music, and special events. Participating businesses are Richard Baker’s Studio, The Book Shelf, Bravo Outdoor Marketplace, Green River Gallery, Kathleen’s, The Pine Crest Inn, Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, and Upstairs Artspace.

Future Trot dates are: May 12th, June 23rd, August 11th, September 29th, and November 3rd-mark your calendars!

Find “Tryon Gallery Trot” on Facebook, or go to ( for more information, e-mail Kim Nelson at (

A few of the scheduled events are:

Richard Baker Studio continues to demonstrate his commitment to painting scenes of the Foothills and will be exhibiting his new works of 2012.  Richard’s oils proudly depict the beauty of “Our Back Yard”.

Skyuka Fine Art hosts an opening reception for “Historic Tryon Artists.” This show features famous artists who were part of the historic Tryon artists’ colony such as Homer Ellertson, Lawrence Mazzanovich, Elizabeth Paxton Oliver, Amelia Watson and Will Henry Stevens. The art has been contributed by area dealers and collectors.

Also opening is Tryon Painters & Sculptors’ exhibit “Green Piece”; fascinating two- and three-dimensional art made with recycled materials and reused or found objects. Many outstanding artists present their imaginative, clever and fun pieces that are environmentally friendly.

The Upstairs Artspace has a major exhibit “Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg” showcasing art in many mediums by a dazzling number of Spartanburg’s finest artists.

Vines & Stuff is featuring the porcelain work of Tiffany Gipson, a Southern Highland Craft Guild member, and the clay pottery of Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery.

The Final Tryon Gallery Trot of 2011 Takes Place in Tryon, NC – Oct. 8, 2011

September 29, 2011

The final “Tryon Gallery Trot” for this year arrives on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, from 5-8pm, in downtown Tryon, NC. With two new establishments officially joining the Trot, this last downtown art-filled evening for 2011 is not to be missed. The Trot began in June and its crowds have consistently grown since. Come out and be a part of this growing event.

Bravo MarketPlace joins the Trot this month with an exciting group of  local artists on display; Diana Gurri, Bob Neely, Linda Hudgins, Mara & Ford Smith, and Jim Shackelford. Find the diverse work of these artists at Bravo MarketPlace and Thompson Landscaping at 83 Palmer Street (behind Stott’s Ford).

The Ferullo Fine Art Studio will be holding its Grand Opening reception. Pat Cole-Ferullo and Dom Ferullo welcome you to stop in and enjoy a tasty snack, beverage, and peruse the new gallery space located at 140 Pacolet St. They are now showing watercolors and acrylics by Pat, and mixed media and wood sculpture by Dom.

The Upstairs Artspace hosts an opening reception for its first-ever portrait exhibit entitled, Lines and Lives of the Face. An added attraction is a small exhibit, This is not a Portrait, consisting of 25 drawings of the infamous Osama bin Laden made by local artists from a template by James Esber. The Upstairs reception, which is from 5 to 8pm, is preceded by the “Walk & Talk” tour of the art at 4pm.

Green River Gallery will feature the work of Charles Harpt during their late hours. Kiveo proudly displays their continuously changing selection of artwork from local talented artists.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will have a new Member’s show that features not only their member’s pictures and sculptures but the Claydie’s sculptures as well. Refreshments will be served. Vines & Stuff is featuring new work by local woodturner Jim Mellberg, and a stunning collection of local pottery from Tiffany Gipson and Little Mountain Pottery, including their new redware pieces. Richard Baker proudly accomplishes a goal showing his commitment to the Tryon Community with four new paintings of the Tryon Toymaker Toys. Come see these brilliant and nostalgic pieces honoring Tryon’s rich history. Treats and apple cider will be served during the Trot in his studio.

Kathleen’s Gallery will highlight new work by gallery artists and introduce Douglas Chamberlain’s assemblages; combined architectural salvage with odds and ends of other recycled materials to create wall hangings full of texture and color. Textile artists Bobbie Thomas and Kathie Seatters, jewelry artists Monica Jones and Leah Weitzel, and recycled plastic artist David Edgar all display new work for the Trot.

Skyuka Fine Art presents, European Treasures; a selection of artwork that represent years of remarkable finds from local art dealer (via England) John Selleck. Selleck’s surprisingly affordable pieces generally date from the late 19th century to approximately 1930. This exhibit will be an extremely special one as many of these paintings have never been exhibited in the USA, let alone Tryon! The opening reception will be during the Trot, where Sellick will be on hand to discuss the work.

Having an arts-centered town that hosts events like the Trot really brings home our “Nearly Perfect-Always Tryon” motto. Come on out and enjoy the evening, see some old friends, make some new ones, and support the arts!

Visit us on Facebook at (, or e-mail Kim Nelson at ( for more information.

Get an Arts Two for One on July 30, 2011, in the Tryon, NC, Area

July 13, 2011

Head to Tryon, NC, on July 30, 2011, and take advantage of two great events taking place in the area: Art Trek Tryon 2011 and the Tryon Gallery Trot

Art Trek Tryon 2011

Art Trek Tryon 2011 – A Foothills Open Studio Weekend Tour takes place on July 30 – 31, 2011. Approximately 40 artists in Tryon, Saluda, and Columbus, NC, and Landrum, SC open their studios to the public.

Begin this extraordinary weekend of artistic and natural beauty with a preview party at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon on Friday evening, July 29, 2011, from 5 to 8pm. The gallery will display a sampler of approximately 40 artists’ work. Each artist will be on hand to talk about their art. Enjoy a glass of wine as you plan your weekend’s self-guided tour.

Trekking begins on Saturday morning, July 30, and continues through Sunday, July 31. Saturday studio hours are 10am to 5pm, and Sunday hours are noon to 5pm. Touring includes studios in the rolling countryside and small, picturesque towns of Tryon, Saluda, Columbus in Polk County NC, and Landrum, SC. Enjoy dining at our sponsoring restaurants. Look for ATT Sponsor signs.

An Art Trek Guide is your road map to the artistic community residing in the Foothills. Available from Trek Base Upstairs Artspace gallery located in downtown Tryon, the guide provides an image of each artist’s work, directions to their studio and road maps of each community. Four area maps identify major roads and artist locations. Because you will be visiting residential areas, please be thoughtful of the artist’s neighbors’ property and driveway access when parking. MAPS are also available at artist’s studios.

For further info call 828/859-2828 or visit (

Tryon Gallery Trot

Mark July 30, 2011, Saturday night from 5-8pm, on your calendars for our next “Tryon Gallery Trot!”. Eight galleries will be participating during the highly anticipated third annual “Art Trek Tryon”, sponsored by the Upstairs Artspace”. “Trek” around during the day to over 40 local artists homes and studios, then come back to downtown Tryon to “Trot” into eight local galleries and shops! This  combo event is an art lovers dream come true!

The eight stops include: Green River Gallery, Kathleen’s Gallery, Kiveo, Richard Baker Studio, Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon Painters and Sculptors, Upstairs Artspace, and Vines and Stuff.

For further info on the Trot, call Kim Nelson at 828/817-3783, e-mail to ( or check out Facebook at (

Tryon, NC, Offers Tryon Gallery Trot on June 4, 2011

May 30, 2011

The streets of downtown Tryon, NC, will come alive once again at the second Tryon Gallery Trot on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 5-8pm. This month there will be 8 participating galleries, shops and businesses featuring artwork and refreshments.

The Upstairs Artspace will be opening a new show, Flood and The Pump: Galleries With Attitude. This exhibit presents 15 artists from the Flood Fine Arts Center, an Asheville, NC, institution that is well known for showcasing exciting, thought-provoking art. In addition, 20 artists with working studios at the Flood will be offering examples of their work.

Tryon Painters and Sculptors, located in Gallery One in the mid-level of the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Melrose Ave. is showing the work of Richard Baker. Baker’s oil paintings depict the architecture and landscapes of this area.

Kiveo, a Trade Street internet business is opening its’ spacious offices to display contemporary and traditional paintings from Ralph Berger, Robert Deterly, Alan McCarter, Jocelyn Davis, Richard Baker, and Catherine Gurri.

Kathleen’s Gallery will be featuring the “Small Wonders” of photographer Elaine Pearsons. Her new work is enhanced by a glaze of colorful glitter. Asheville poet and photographer, Tracey Schmidt will show giclee prints from her new book of poetry.

Vines and Stuff in the Shops of Tryon will be open late showcasing their wide variety of gifts for all ages including hand made pottery.

Just across the street Skyuka Fine Art will be opening, Landscapes of the Carolinas, dedicated to the art of the landscape. Much of the work will be of the Tryon area, its’ surrounding mountains as well as low country, marsh and coastal landscapes in a variety of techniques and mediums. New artists to the gallery will be represented in this exhibit as well as historical ones.

Next door to Skyuka, Green River Gallery joins in the trot offering a wide selection of paintings and prints from their collection.

Just down from Green River Gallery, Richard Baker Studio will host late hours with a special touch; Baker will be demonstrating how he captures the beautiful properties of water that he is so well known for. Baker has also taken on some new local artists who will have their work on display and be on site as well.

This, the second Tryon Gallery Trot, is sponsored by the Tryon Downtown Development Association. Look for maps in participating galleries and shops to guide you along on your own “Trot”.

Please visit the Tryon Gallery Trot Facebook Page.

Rose Tripoli Mueller Has Work in Presents of Art 2010 exhibit at upstairs [artspace] in Tryon, NC

November 19, 2010

Ceramic artist, Rose Tripoli Mueller, of Bostic, NC, wanted to let us know about the Presents of Art 2010 exhibit taking place at the upstairs [artspace] in Tryon, NC, from Nov. 20 through Dec. 24, 2010. The show includes work in a variety of media by over sixty Southeastern artists and she has work for sale on display.

Work by Rose Tripoli Mueller

She (Rose) would like to personally invite you (through me) to the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, from 5 to 8pm in the evening.

upstairs [artspace] is located at 49 South Trade Street in Tryon, NC. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm and by appointment.

For further information call the gallery at 828/859-2828 or visit (

Rose, wishes you the very best for this holiday season and hopes you can come to the show.