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Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Says Soup’s On – Oct. 28, 2017

September 30, 2017

Hub City Empty Bowls will host its annual Soup Day, on Oct. 28, 2017, from 11am-4pm, at the Chapman Cultural Center, to raise money and awareness for hunger in Spartanburg, SC, where about 16 percent of the people are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Spearheaded by Carolina Clay Artists, Soup Day is a community event where citizens can make $15 donations to receive locally handmade pottery bowls and a simple meal of soup, bread, tea, and the fellowship of others who want to make Spartanburg a better place to live.

All money raised will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a local nonprofit charity that helps Spartanburg citizens in dire financial straits. Last year, 2016, Hub City Empty Bowls gave more than $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries. For every bowl taken by a patron, 83 pounds of food can be secured for those in need.

In addition to several hundred pottery bowls to choose from and about two dozen soups donated by local restaurants, patrons will be able to enjoy live music, a silent auction, and a drum circle on an autumn day.

During the summer, Hub City Empty Bowls hosted three public bowl-making events, where the general public was able to make handmade pottery bowls at no cost. All supplies, space, and instruction were donated. These were wholesome, creative, and well attended community events that welcomed everyone, even children who made some of the most endearing bowls. The hand-shaped bowls were left in at the host studios – West Main Artists Co-Op and Spartanburg Art Museum – for touch-ups, painting, and firing. In addition, several experienced and professional potters donated bowls, many of which were wheel thrown and of professional quality. All of those bowls will be available on Soup Day. Many people do their Christmas shopping at Soup Day, securing gifts that have significant social and creative meaning.

Empty Bowls is a worldwide charitable and social phenomenon without any oversight or headquarters. It was started in 1990-91 by a high school art teacher who wanted to involve his students in an art-based community project of making pottery bowls that could be used to raise money to feed the poor. From that humble beginning, the concept spread around the world, taking on many different aspects, but always keeping locally made pottery bowls as the source of the fundraising.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls’s 2017 Soup Day, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission that receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

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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.

West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg, SC, to Host Holiday Retail Blitz on ArtWalk – Dec. 15, 2016

December 12, 2016

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West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg, SC, is currently hosting its annual “All Members Exhibition”, and from Thursday, Dec. 15 – 24, 2016, a selection of the locally produced artwork will be discounted for the organization non-profit’s Holiday Retail Blitz. The Co-Op will be open for ArtWalk 5-9pm with festive refreshments and the work of about 60 artists on display. In addition to major works of art, such as paintings and sculptures, there will be many smaller pieces, such as pottery, jewelry, prints, greeting cards, gift cards, and Christmas ornaments.

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“As a nonprofit organization that solely supports and promotes local artists, West Main Artists Co-Op provides an outlet for creativity, productivity, and availability,” member and potter Nancy Williamson said. “We are always open for ArtWalk each month, but this month we are mindful that people are looking for Christmas gifts. You won’t find a wider selection of original and local artwork anywhere else in Spartanburg. Nearly all of our members are participating. If you want to give local artwork to the ones you love, we will have something for everyone no matter your taste or budget.”

The “All Member Exhibition” will run through Jan. 19, 2017. However, ArtWalk is a citywide, free, and self-perpetuating event on the third Thursday each month when most local art galleries stay open late so that patrons can socialize and see the latest art on local display. Now through Christmas Eve, the Co-Op will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, in conjunction with Holiday Retail Blitz, members will demonstrate techniques they employ in making their work. Rosemary McLeod will demonstrate basic wire work for jewelry 10am-1pm Joan Wheatley will demonstrate how she makes miniature treehouses from 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Various ceramic artists will demonstrate a variety of techniques throughout the day.

For more information about the Co-Op and its activities, please call 864/804-6501 or visit (www.WestMainArtists.org).

Artists’ Guild in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Annual Juried Show

August 29, 2016

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Editor’s Note: They have new leadership who may not have known our deadline, but they do now and this won’t happen again. Of course the folks at the West Main Artists Co-Op knew the deadline and they always seen to be late.

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host its “43rd Annual Juried Show” at the West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg, SC, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, 2016. A reception, which is free to the public, will be held in the Co-Op on Sept. 10, from 6-8pm; the awards ceremony will take place at 7pm. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres will be available.

The Artists’s Guild is the oldest guild in South Carolina and has one of the longest running juried shows in the southeast. This year’s juror, Mary Gilkerson, juried in 70 NC and SC artists from over 175 entries. Gilkerson is an artist who uses color and light to connect people to the experience of place. Gilkerson notes, “For the last four years I have been making a small painting every day inspired by the landscapes I travel through, mainly near the roads and highways around Columbia, SC, especially lower Richland County. I’m drawn to the ordinary spaces we move through, especially ones that are within view from the road, a strange intersection of nature and culture. We move so fast that we don’t take time to observe the world around us in the way that people did before modern transportation and technology came along. My work seeks to focus on the shifting patterns of light and color that tell us what time of day and season it is, to notice the small and subtle as well as the large and grand.”

Gilkerson holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of South Carolina. A native South Carolinian, she lives and works in Columbia where she is a professor of art at Columbia College. She has received grants from the S.C. Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties in addition to having been selected as a Southern Arts Federation Fellowship Finalist. Her work is in the permanent collections of McKissick Museum, Palmetto Health, Morris Communications Company, and Seibels Bruce Group, among others. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).

Six of the exhibiting artists will receive cash awards totaling $4,000, including one $1,500 Best in Show award, two $500 Excellence in 2-D Awards, two $500 Excellence in 3-D Awards, and one $500 People’s Choice Award. Visitors to the show may vote for the People’s Choice between 10am, Tuesday, Sept. 1, and 6:30pm, Saturday, Sept. 10.

The West Main Artists Co-Op Gallery is open and free to the public from 10am until 6pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For further information, please contact Nikki Hicks by e-mail at (nhicks@spartanarts.org), or call 864/764-9568.

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.

West Main Artist’s Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod

April 5, 2016

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Editor’s Note: We missed having this article in our Apr. 2016 issue of Carolina Arts because of an e-mail problem with out server. We’re sorry for this omission.

The West Main Artist’s Co-op announces a collaborative show by members and local artists Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod entitled “Pigments of Our Imagination”. The show opens during the Spartanburg Art Walk, April 21, 2016, from 5 – 9pm, and is a celebration of color, texture and form represented in jewelry, paintings and mixed media creations. The exhibit continues through May 14, 2016.

This spring exhibition will showcase their latest work in vibrant colors, geometric forms, and inspired design. Many of the Co-op’s followers are already familiar with both artists because of their active participation in wholesale and retail trade markets and festivals.

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Debbie Harris describes herself as a “late bloomer” and as a self-taught mixed media artist. Her technique relies on the inclusion of vintage textiles and found objects, incorporating inspirational poetry and song lyrics into her whimsical designs. She also combines a variety of substrates and mediums built into various layers as she works to create assemblages and colorful canvases.

Many of Harris’ creations begin with a base of organic design and abstract representation in vibrant color. She teaches her technique at Greenville Health Centers Cancer Center and at the Cyrill-Westside Library in Spartanburg. She is an active member of the West Main Artists Co-op and hosts her signature “Crazy Fun Art pARTies”.

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Rosemary McLeod is a jewelry artist and painter inspired by the colors, shapes and textures found in nature and in the elegant lines of geometry. She studied art while attending Winthrop University and attended various adult classes in metalsmithing, silversmithing and enameling.

The brilliant palette of Monet and the larger than life flowers of Georgia O’Keefe serve as inspiration for much of McLeod’s work. She is self-taught in the use of alcohol inks as a medium for her vibrant paintings and has extended this technique to copper metals for her jewelry creations. Her palette is bright, happy and playful as she manipulates organic shapes into unique works of art.

McLeod is an active member of The West Main Artists Co-op and serves on the board as Retail Committee Chair.

West Main Artists Cooperative is located at 578 West Main Street, in Spartanburg. WMAC is open from 10am until 6pm. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays.

For more information visit (www.westmainartists.org) or (https://www.facebook.com/westmaincoop/).

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Winners of “42nd Annual Juried Exhibition”

October 7, 2015

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Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg hosted a reception for its “42nd Annual Juried Exhibition” on Sept. 18, 2015, when award winners for Best in Show, 2D Excellence, 3D Excellence, and People’s Choice were announced. The public had voted since the show’s opening at West Main Artists Co-Op, in Spartanburg, SC, on Sept. 1 to select the winner of People’s Choice Award. This year’s juror John Nolan, curator of the Bob Jones Museum, selected winners in the other categories. The show ends Oct. 9, 2015.

Sponsors of the 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition were Phifer Johnson Foundation, Bill and Wendy Mayrose, QS/1 Data Systems, SEW Euro Drive, Trustees of the Artists’ Guild, Budweiser of Spartanburg, Sophie’s Choice Catering, Costco, Walmart, The Fresh Market, City of Spartanburg, SC Arts Alliance, SC Arts Commission, West Main Artists Co-Op, and The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. Numerous volunteers were also crucial to the show’s success, as well as West Main Artists Co-Op for hosting.

Awards are as followed:

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Best in Show – “Rooted” by Lewis Brown

Brown is a Spartanburg County artist using wood as the primary medium in creating organic abstract sculptures. A self-taught artist born in Spartanburg County, Brown has shown and sold Santa woodcarvings along the East Coast since 1987. Collectors of his work in Spartanburg will remember his “Santa Through the Ages” series that reflects the history and culture of Saint Nicholas. One of his first showings was held during Christmas 1988 in both galleries at the Spartanburg Evans Arts Center at what is now the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. While his wooden Santas were painted, his more recent sculptural work now incorporates clear finishes showing the natural wood. One theme for his new work reveals human actions negatively influencing the life of our planet. Brown’s reverence and love of trees is also reflected in his work. In the four years of creating his new work, he has won numerous awards: In 2015, he received a $1000 cash award in the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York City, and he exhibited at the Salmagundi Club on 5th Avenue in New York City where he won the Salmagundi Club Award for sculpture. Living on a small homestead in the wilds of Spartanburg County for 38 years, Brown and his wife Barbara have raised cows, goats, chickens, vegetables, and two wonderful daughters, Megan and Leah.

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2-D Award of Excellence – “Exuberant, Exploding, Pulsating Dance of Creation” by Jim Creal

Spartanburg native Creal is a visual artist engaged in the creation of cohesive bodies of original work through select traditional fine art print processes. He creates landscapes, still-lifes and non-representational images through lithographic, etching and monotype print processes. His work, which has been exhibited in numerous solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions and recognized by many awards, is held in private, institutional, and corporate collections. In addition to creating his personal work, Creal teaches in the South Carolina Arts in Education Program.

In 1993, Creal started making and exhibiting a series of ink monotypes, primarily gestural abstractions. He emphasizes the spontaneity of the process, the fluidity of mark-making, and energetic motion. He works to create strong formal abstractions with elegant gestural movement. Sometimes, he features a simple gesture and at other times he creates elaborate, dense constructive gestures. In 2013, Creal initiated his South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project with a successful Kickstarter campaign. The Coastal Lithograph Project is dedicated to creating a lasting body of lithographic work that captures the mood, spirit, and rich diversity of South Carolina’s coastal habitats.

Creal has had a life rich in the variety of experience. He has degrees in philosophy (1975) and in geology (1981) from Washington and Lee University, and in fine arts (1992) from the University of Montana. Upon earning his philosophy degree he worked on a textile production line in South Carolina, as a mate on a dive boat in the Florida Keys, and as a structural welder in Nebraska. After he earned his subsequent geology degree he worked as a minerals exploration geologist in Ireland, Scotland, and Alaska. Since 1992, Creal has dedicated himself to working as a professional artist.

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2D Award of Excellence – “Taking Stage” by Kate Thayer

As an artist, Thayer’s aim has always been that of “attempting to kindle in the viewer the same kind of emotional exhilaration that [she experiences] when [she is] seduced by a scene that asks to be brought to life in pastel or oils.” It is her passion to bring her skills and years of study to “personal interpretation of the beauty and mysteries of nature to those who encounter [her] paintings.” Thayer is a believer that art is our way of enhancing people’s lives. For Thayer, there is always a spiritual dimension in life that is best captured and perpetuated in art, especially in painting and what she considers its twin: poetry. Her work is akin to poetry in that they are “wordless encounters with the often stunning voices of nature – of its colors and forms – that we rarely notice.” Thayer aims to bring to the viewer what he or she may not have noticed to “raise our spirits to a higher level of being.” Her work attempts to surround audiences and beckons viewers to silently contemplate the various potential meanings.

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3-D Award of Excellence – “Tea in Tipperary” by Cynthia Carden Gibson

Gibson has been a maker from childhood and showed a strong desire to design fashion early in life. She has worked as a photographer’s set stylist, food stylist, and as a visual merchandiser for a major jeweler. Gibson discovered pyrography in 2008 and, with study, has developed her own unique style of pyro-engraving. Cynthia’s love for fashion and design proves to be the “perfect inspiration” for her work. She is in high demand as a teacher and her pyro-engraving techniques are taught to students around the world. Her collaborative work has been published in many journals both nationally and internationally. Gibson’s work and the work of her highly acclaimed collaborators has garnered the attention of collectors and has been included in corporate and private collections worldwide.

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3-D Award of Excellence – “Fly Away” by Tom Flowers

Flowers was born in Washington, DC. As a painter, he works with both mixed media and oils. He is well regarded as an art educator, filling the post of Art Department Chair at Furman University for thirty years between 1959 and 1989 when he retired. Earlier in his teaching career, he was Chairman of the Art Department at Ottawa University between 1956 and 1958, and a professor of sculpture at East Carolina University between 1958 and 1959. Flowers’s paintings have been exhibited widely between 1958 and the present. He participated in the 1965 18th Annual Guild of South Carolina Artists Exhibition and the 1969 11th Annual Southern Contemporary Artists Exhibition in Alabama. In 1988, Flowers was featured at the Asheville Art Museum. His awards include a prize for Art in Architecture issued by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1977, and a Best in Show Award at the Spring Art Exhibition in Lancaster, South Carolina, among others. Flowers is currently a member of the Guild of South Carolina Artists and the Greenville Artists Guild. He is co-owner of Liberty, South Carolina’s Tate Gallery. His works are in the permanent collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, and the Florence Museum.

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2015 People’s Choice Award – “Dancing in the Light” by Amy Weaver

Weaver moved to Spartanburg in 1989, about 50 miles southwest of her home in rural North Carolina. With degrees in Medical Technology and Business Administration, her career was based in hospital laboratory settings. Painting began as a hobby in 2009. She started at the age of 55 with lots of books and YouTube videos for the first year, following up the next few years with courses at Spartanburg Art Museum’s Art School and workshops in the Carolinas. While she continues to seek all avenues of learning in order to enlarge her understanding and expand her abilities, what has paid off the most is the daily sessions at her easel since her retirement.

“Painting is a way for me to reveal feelings about my favorite subject: nature. I love to mix and mingle colors on paper, capturing the dramatic and/or subtle effects to reveal light, shadow, textures, and forms. I strive for confident, enthusiastic brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless.”

For further information call Caitlin Boice, Executive Director, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg at 864/764-9568 or e-mail to (cBoice@SpartanArts.org).

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Celebrates Fifth Year with Past and Current Member Shows, Silent Auction and GALA

March 6, 2015

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A GALA celebration will be held at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, from 5 until 10pm to acknowledge its fifth year of service to the arts community of Spartanburg. It features a Past Members Show and a Current Member’s Show that will open during Art Walk on Thursday, Mar. 19 and continue through Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. The public is invited to participate in a silent auction of works and services donated by current members and friends of WMAC.  The auction opens during Art Walk on the 19th and closes at 9pm during the GALA on March 21st. The GALA will also feature live entertainment all evening and a reception.

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Work bu Tipton Jones Boiter

Artists participating in Silent Auction include: Bailie, Jessica Barnes, Andrew Blanchard, Jeanne Brown, Brannon Carter, Robin Childers, Louisa Coburn, Deede Cohen, Jim Cullen, Dalia Delaneuz, Addam Duncan, Allison Gross, Susanne Gunter, Susan Hendley, Lois Ann Hesser, Mary Lou Hightower, Al Hofmann, Amy Holbein, Gary Huntoon, Geri Hurlbut, Carol Beth Icard, Imagine That, Tom Johnson, Tipton Jones-Boiter, Rosemary McLeod, Terry Murdock, Jane Nodine, Nancy O’Dell Keim, Teresa Prater, Allison Ratteree, Beth Regula, Dwight Rose, Patsy Simmons, Howard Solomon, Sylvia Spears, Carol Theiler, Tracey Timmons, Heiki Tonhaeuser, Brandi Tucker, Miriam Tucker, Doris Turner, Garry Turpin, Nancy Williamson, Kathy Wofford, Frances Young, and David Zacharias.

The West Main Artists Co-op was organized in the fall of 2009 and opened to the public in the spring of 2010. It is a non-profit all-inclusive arts center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Its primary mission is to provide affordable studio/working/performance space in a variety of affordable sizes and prices. WMAC’s website has information on studios, prices, and the application process.

WMAC is located in a 20,000 square foot building that was formerly the West Main Baptist Church. It is home to over 50 visual and performing artists. Its large auditorium, “The Venue”, formerly the church sanctuary, has recently been renovated into a beautiful space that may be rented for special occasions and features specially constructed movable walls that can be reconfigured in various ways for exhibition, performance or reception space. In addition to galleries and individual studio spaces, it houses common use areas, including a large pottery studio, printery, silk screen area, and workshop area.

The Past and Current Member Shows will feature paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts. Most of the Co-op’s current members will participate. Former co-op members who will participate include: Rebecca Savage, Gabrielle Garner, Ingeborg Haddox, Cindy Canty, Lauren Markley, Chip Walters, Frances Young, Garry Turpin, Stephen Stinson, Christopher Turner, Kate McAninch, Melinda Loxley, D.J. Morrison, Holly Williamson, Nikki Caulk, Nancy Owings, Larry Mauldin, Daphne Cuadrado, and Jasmine Sanders.

During Art Walk on Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, between 5 and 9pm various artists will present demonstrations. This is presented as a special treat, leading up to the excitement of the GALA on Mar. 21, 2015. Beth Regula will demonstrate the use of polymer clay and other mediums, Mary Lou Hightower will demonstrate mono printing using a gelli plate, Liz Welsh will demonstrate oil painting, and Allison Gross and Nancy Williamson will demonstrate throwing various forms on the potter’s wheel.

The West Main Artist Co-op is located just 8 blocks west of downtown’s Morgan Square at 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29301. The Co-op provides affordable studio and exhibition space for local artists. Locally made art, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts and more, is available in the galleries. Admission is free and open to the public; hours are Wed, 10am – 3pm, Thur. and Fri., 10am – 6pm, Third Thursdays till 9pm, Sat., 10am – 4pm, and by appointment. The Co-op also participates in Spartanburg’s Art Walk. During Art Walk, local galleries are open 5-9pm, the third Thursday of every month.

West Main Artists Co-op is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, supported in part by the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information please visit (www.westmainartists.org) or call 864/804-6501.

Hub City Empty Bowls Sets Schedule to Help Feed the Hungry in Spartanburg, SC

May 29, 2014

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Hub City Empty Bowls 2014 is set to start making pottery bowls and money to feed needy Spartanburg, SC, citizens. There will be five bowl-making days that will lead up to Soup Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Chapman Cultural Center.

For the past five years, Hub City Empty Bowls has raised tens of thousands of dollars to feed local citizens by having the general public make clay bowls that were used on Soup Day. On Soup Day, the hundreds of colorful and handmade bowls are set out on display for the public’s choosing. For a $15 donation per bowl, the patron may enjoy unlimited gourmet soup donated by local restaurants at the community event that also features live music, a silent auction, and the fellowship of helping others. All of the money raised goes to an established charity that feeds local and needy citizens.

Last year, Empty Bowls raised a record amount of more than $20,000 and netted $18,600 that was given to TOTAL Ministries for its food pantry. The beneficiary of the funds raised this year will once again be TOTAL Ministries, a local non-profit charity that provides assistance for basic needs to Spartanburg County families who are facing financial crisis.

This year, all of the public bowl-making events will be held at either Spartanburg Art Museum School, located at Chapman Cultural Center, or West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. At these events, the public is invited to make handmade pottery bowls. No experience is necessary, and all materials, including instruction by Carolina Clay Artists, are free. The bowls are left to be glazed and fired, and eventually used on Soup Day. Organizers hope to have 1,400 bowls made this year. Here is the bowl-making schedule:

• June 14, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• June 19, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)
• July 19, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 16, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 21, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)

This year’s sponsoring partners are Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, and Chris Williams of Clay-King.com.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, started in 1990 as a student art project in Michigan. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.

The Carolina Clay Artists are seeking sponsors and donations for Hub City Empty Bowls. Funds are needed for expenses. Donations are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to contribute should make checks payable to Spartanburg County Foundation with an indication that the gift is for the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund; mail checks to 424 E. Kennedy St, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

For sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about Hub City Empty Bowls 2014, please contact Nancy Williamson by calling 864/621-2768 or e-mail to (NanWilliamson@gMail.com).

Hub City Empty Bowls 2013 Invites You to Make a Pottery Bowl Aug. 15 & 17, 2013 in Spartanburg, SC

August 12, 2013

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The public is invited to make clay bowls this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, and Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, as part of the Hub City Empty Bowls 2013 fundraiser project in Spartanburg, SC. The sites are West Main Artists Co-op on Thursday, from 6-8:30pm (during ArtWalk) and Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, 10am-noon and 1-3pm. There is no cost to make the bowls. All materials—professional-quality clay, studio, expert instruction—are provided at no cost.

The bowls will be used on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – Soup Day – when patrons select the bowls of their choice (to keep) and enjoy a variety of soups provided by local restaurants in exchange for a $15 donation. The money raised will be donated to Total Ministries in an on-going effort to curb hunger in Spartanburg. Soup Day will also include tea, bread, live music, and grassroots fellowship.

This is Hub City Empty Bowls’s fifth year of fighting hunger in Spartanburg. This year’s goals include making about 1,000 bowls. Last year, the project raised $12,000 for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. The organizing sponsor of the localized national event is Carolina Clay Artists. Cosponsors are West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chapman Cultural Center. The clay is donated by ClayKing.com.

These are two of the last three scheduled bowl-making events in Spartanburg for the year. The final will be Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Chapman Cultural Center.

For more information, call 864/621-2768.