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Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light Hosts Closing Celebration

Seeing Spartanburg in a New light will hold a closing celebration on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Ceremonies will take place at several of the public art site locations across the city simultaneously. 
In 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four temporary public art projects from across the United States to receive a grant award from the first-ever Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Seeing Spartanburg opened on October 4, 2016 and included nine temporary art installations in public spaces within ten neighborhoods throughout the city. The project is a partnership among the City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, the Chapman Cultural Center, and neighborhood associations. Seeing Spartanburg built on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership, and neighborhood camaraderie. Planning and Design expanded sisteen months and culminating with opening on National Night Out October 4, 2016. Over the past seven months, the LED light and video installations transformed open spaces lending to more vibrant communities, inspiring local residents’ creativity, and lighting up Spartanburg on a national level. The closing celebration will feature live music across all nine sites, as well as comments from local residents, Mayor Junie White, Police Chief Alonzo Thompson and community leaders on the impact this project has had within their neighbourhoods and the City. Site Locations: 
  • “Video Village” Bethlehem Center | 397 Highland Avenue 29306 
  • “Under One Roof’ South Converse | 440 S. Converse St. 29306 
  • “Mobile Suspension” Downtown Denny’s Plaza | 203 E. Main St. 29306 
  • “Spartanburg Swing” Hampton Heights National Beta Headquarters | 267 S. Spring Street 29306 
  • “River Poetry” Cottonwood Trail | 1038 Woodburn Rd. 29302 
  • “Glow ” VCOM | 350 Howard St. 29303 
  • “Glow” Beaumont Village Smoke Stack | 401 Beaumonth Ave. 29303 
  • “Benchmark Spartanburg” Forest Park CC Woodson Center | 210 Bomar Ave 29306 
Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center says: “This has been a true public art process that has resulted in a transformational experience for our entire city including visitors to Spartanburg. The unique planning and design process with Artist Erwin Redl gave our residents and Spartanburg police officers the opportunity to be creative and explore the process of learning to trust one another and share positive experiences. Throughout the last eighteen months, Seeing Spartanburg truly shined a light of hope and community collaboration that all communities strive to achieve. I am extremely grateful to the hundreds of neighborhood residents, City Police and staff, and over sixty-five collaborative community partners that made the project a brilliant success.”
About Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.
The Chapman Cultural Center is located on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Please visit for more information.


Spartanburg Philharmonic presents: Espresso no. 4 “Blue Mountain Blend”

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its extraordinarily popular 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series on Friday, March 31, with Blue Mountain Blend. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. when doors open to the Chapman Cultural Center theater for a happy hour reception that will include beer, wine, and light snacks, all leading up to the 6:30 p.m. concert that will feature both the woodwind and brass quintets from the orchestra. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 583-2776 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at

The concert will offer an enjoyable and accessible blend of music for wind and brass from familiar classics to a fresh new work. Showcasing the SPO Woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon – as well as the SPO Brass Quintet, this concert offers a fun and colorful experience for listeners of all ages.

The program will range stylistically from the edgy and fun Canadian Brass arrangement of St. Louis Blues by “the father of the blues” W.C. Handy to the beautiful and well-known Flower Duet from Lakmé that audiences will immediately recognize from movies and television. The concert will culminate in a performance of a new piece of music by local composer Peter B. Kay, written for all ten instrumentalists. Cinematic visuals by the award-winning filmmaker and former HUB BUB Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Ade will accompany the live music. Filmed in Spartanburg, SC, Ade’s work offers an impression of the art installations Seeing Spartanburg In A New Light that have been on display since October of 2016.

Ticketholders will be treated to concert-inspired wines and bites provided by the Marriott of Spartanburg as well as beer specially curated by sponsor Hub City Tap House. As an added bonus, audience members will receive a limited edition shaker pint glass to take home. After the show, the audience is invited to both neighboring establishments, the Marriott and the Hub City Tap House, for special meal and drink deals.

Tickets to the event are $25, visit or call 864.583.2776. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Chapman Cultural Center Box Office, 200 East Saint John St, Spartanburg SC, 29306.

Chamber Singers to Present Christmas Concert

chanber-singers-pixFirst Presbyterian Church Spartanburg’s Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert — Tidings of Comfort and Joy — in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater in Spartanburg, SC, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, starting at 7 p.m.

         The 30-member choir will sing 13 holiday songs, many without accompaniment and all without any electronic amplification. Because of the 500-seat theater’s unique and excellent acoustics, there is no need for amplification. As a result, many of the songs will be heard as they were originally written to be performed in small and intimate concert halls.chamber-at-chapman-2014

         “We strive for vocal excellence,” Director Holt Andrews said. “This music will be as vocally pure as we can possibly make it. It is our intention to touch people with the Christmas spirit in the most honest and sincere way — by giving them songs that will cause them to wonder in awe at the spiritual power this music can inspire. We want to touch them emotionally with the true beauty and meaning of Christmas.”

         Most of the songs will be classical, sacred, and creatively arranged to appeal to both serious music lovers and those looking for an alternative to the commercialization of Christmas. The evening with start with a traditional chant by the men who will be in the balcony. The women will be on the stage, and in between will be the seated patrons, surrounded by voices that were carefully chosen for their exceptional quality. Members of the choir are selected by audition on their voice quality and musical ability.

         Two of the songs are especially noted for being arranged by local professional musicians. A jazzy version of “The Holly And The Ivy,” arranged by Brennan Szafron, and a jazzy/gospel-like version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” arranged by John Moody will be highlights of the evening. Szafron is a teacher at Converse College’s Alia Lawson Academy of the Arts and the organist and choirmaster at Episcopal Church of the Advent. Moody teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and Music Technology and is the Music Department Chair at Spartanburg High School.

         “This is probably our most varied Christmas concert in the history of the choir,” Andrews said. “Most songs will be classical, but the arrangements will give them new appeal… surprising, upbeat, and engaging.”

         Because of the choir’s emphasis on vocal excellence, only eight of the scheduled songs will have musical accompaniment by Greenville harpist Aubrey Elliot and Spartanburg pianist Marcia Andrews. “We love having both Aubrey and Marcia accompanying us, and they will be most valuable when we invite the audience to sing along with some popular and traditional Christmas songs,” Andrews said. “We feel it is important to provide the very best in vocal selections and to engage the audience and let them share in the spirit of the season. It’s just not a proper Christmas concert unless the audience gets to sing, too.”

         In addition to the Christmas concert at Chapman Cultural Center, the Chamber Singers will also present selections from that concert at other events, including their Sunday, Nov. 20, engagement at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. For 24 years, the Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at Biltmore as part of the historic home’s annual Candlelight Tours, which draws thousands of tourists during the holiday season. “We consider it to be an honor to be invited year after year,” Andrews said.

         Also, some of the songs will be performed in the church’s chapel on Sunday, Dec. 18, as part of the annual “Moravian Love Feast.”

         “Even though we perform throughout the year, Christmas is our busiest season,” Andrews said.

         The church’s Chamber Singers ensemble was originally formed in 1977 with six members. It quickly grew to become one of the Upstate’s most respected and accomplished choirs. Its members include many local professional musicians, as well as people who are considered to be “serious musicians,” such as Virginia Shuler, who continues to hone her craft by taking one-on-one voice lessons, in addition to the weekly Sunday night choir practice.

         “We take the Chamber Singers very seriously,” Shuler said. “But only because we enjoy it and the people who listen to the music enjoy it. Sometimes, I look out into the audience and see people’s faces and know we are touching them. We can feel it, and the audience can feel it. Singing is an art form to be shared, and we want to share our music with the citizens of this community. In a very real way, this Christmas concert is a gift to the Upstate.”

         Tickets to the Chapman concert are available through the Church and through Mobile Meals, which will be the recipient of concert’s proceeds. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling 864-583-4531 or 864-573-7684.

South Carolina Nonobjective Artist to Exhibit in June

IMG_3026Greenville artist Jane Doyle will hold her second exhibition of nonobjective paintings June 3-30 in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. In the exhibit – A Common Thread — some 20 acrylic paintings will be on display that reveal her talent for creating complimentary hues to produce paintings that are both enjoyable and pleasing to the eye. This exhibit will be free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Doyle’s work primarily consists of what she describes as an “imprecise abstract format” flowing from the conscious and continuous study of the interaction of color, light, mark and form. The result is that she is able to paint in a style that combines her love and appreciation of color with informality creating a truly revealing insight into how her work is experimental and influenced by Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler and other abstract artists of that time.

Doyle grew up in South Carolina and has lived here most of her life. Her study of art began as a hobby about 20 years ago and developed into a passion. “I have studied under the guidance of national and local artists at various workshops from the Carolinas to Florida,” she said. “Visiting galleries to analyze the works of representational artists, impressionists and many other contemporary artists has helped me to understand color, light and shadow.  It was only when my studies led me to the works of Diebekorn, de Kooning and Frankenthaler that I knew that working in the imprecise abstract format was where I wanted to be. With this influence and further study, along with imagination and life’s experiences, I set out to forge my own visual statement. Slowly I have discovered the secret of my art, which consists of a meditation on color and the expression of combining complimentary hues that always inspire my work. By working in a nonobjective format, I have the ability to combine my love for color with informality of form to express the style that I paint in. I am constantly revising my intentions.  My color themes present different phases of my studies, which are evolving and progressive.”

Her work has been exhibited extensively and includes First Citizens in Columbia and Anderson, Trident Technical College in Greenwood, SC School of Medicine in Greenville, and County Bank in Greenville.  Her juried shows include South Carolina Watercolor Society 2000; McCormick County Art Show 2001; Union County Art Show 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Simpsonville Kudzu Art Show 2003 and 2004; Upstate Visual Arts Competition, 2004; South Carolina Festival of Flowers 2003, 2005; Spartanburg Guild Show 2005, 2006, 2015, 2016; and many others.

To see sample of Doyle’s work, please visit online:

For more information about Doyle’s exhibit at Chapman Cultural Center, please call 864.764.9568.

World-Class Classical Guitarist to Perform in Spartanburg, SC

Paul Bowman

Classical guitarist Paul Bowman will perform a free live concert Sunday, May 8, 2-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of the venue’s Sundays Unplugged program.

Bowman has more than 25 years of performance experience and is considered to be one of today’s most passionate avatars of new music for the guitar. More than 50 works have been written for him by master composers such as John Eaton, Ursula Mamlok, and Charles Norman Mason. Recent new works for either solo or in-chamber settings have been written by composers Aaron Gervais Nicholas Deyoe, Paolo Cavallone, and several others. His work has been worldwide, with a concentration on the Southeast and includes The Charlotte New Music Festival. He won first prize at the Vlth (sic) International Competition for Classical Guitar in San Juan, and he was a finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Milwaukee. As a world-class musician and performer, Bowman has produced a 13-compact disc set of studio recordings. His performances usually include pop tunes, light rock ‘n’ roll, light jazz, Broadway standards, and ethnic music. He and his wife live in the rural mountains near Lake Lure, NC. To sample Bowman’s music, please visit online

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open, providing a no-stress and free opportunity to enjoy local art and culture. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. For more information about Sundays Unplugged, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Paul Robeson: Life Story of Famed Performer and Civil Rights Activist Offers Relevant Message for Today¹s Audiences

Paul Robeson, a musical and spoken portrayal of the world-famous scholar, actor, singer, lawyer, all-American athlete and civil rights activist, performs at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SV, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 864-542-ARTS (2787). Tickets are $20-$30 for general admission seating. The show is produced and presented by United in Music, Inc.IMGP5349

Before King dreamed, before Thurgood Marshall petitioned and Sidney Poitier emoted, before the big breakthroughs in Hollywood and Washington, before the Jim Crow signs came down, and before the Civil Rights banners went up, before Spike Lee, before Denzel Washington, before Sam Jackson and Jesse Jackson, there was Paul Robeson!

The performance stars Jason McKinney as Robeson, the African-American Renaissance man who rose to prominence in multiple arenas at a time when racism and segregation was rampant in the United States. Robeson used his fame as a performer to become a voice for people who were marginalized both at home and abroad. Despite a hugely successful career on stage and in films and international popularity, he was eventually silenced and his career effectively ended by prejudice and McCarthyism. Phillip Hayes Dean’s Paul Robeson sheds light on the life of this courageous, influential and complex man whose message remains relevant for today’s audiences.

United in Music’s Christopher Bagley co-stars as Robeson’s long-time collaborator Lawrence Brown. “Paul Robeson’s life story reminds us of the important work he did so bravely to advance the civil rights discussion,” said Bagley, “and those issues could not be any less important today. We are reminded every day that there is still so much work to be done to end racial discrimination.”

The play is written by Phillip Hayes Dean, who recently passed away on April 14, 2014. It brings attention to the important Robeson legacy which for too long had faded into the shadows of American lore. Although the production attracted a degree of controversy when first presented in 1979 with James Earl Jones in the lead role, Paul Robeson went on to have two highly successful runs on Broadway in 1988 and 1995 with Avery Brooks as Robeson.


Robeson Biography                     

Born in 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Leroy Robeson grew up the youngest of five children. His father was an escaped slave who became a Presbyterian minister while his mother came from a distinguished abolitionist Quaker family. At age 17, Robeson received an academic scholarship to Rutgers University, where, despite racism from his teammates, he excelled in sports, receiving multiple varsity letters (baseball, football, basketball and track) and was twice named to the All-American Football Team. He received his Phi Beta Kappa key in his junior year and graduated as class valedictorian. He attended Columbia University Law School and, in the early 1920s, worked as a lawyer in New York. Racism at the firm drove him to leave the law profession, but he soon found success as a singer and actor.

As an actor, Robeson was one of the first Black men to play serious roles in the primarily white American theater. In 1924, he landed the lead in “All God’s Chillun Got Wings” and the following year starred in the London staging of “The Emperor Jones,” both by playwright Eugene O’Neill.  He became wildly popular as an actor and singer, and his star turn in Showboat in 1928 wowed London audiences with his rendition of “Ol’ Man River,” which was to become his signature song. The tune would also serve to help him become one of the most popular concert singers of his time. In addition, he performed in a number of films, including a re-make of “The Emperor Jones” (1933), “Song of Freedom” (1936) and the movie version of “Showboat” (1936).

He became internationally well-known and beloved, and used that fame to fight for justice and peace. At the height of his popularity, Robeson was a national symbol and a cultural leader in the war against fascism abroad and racism at home. Although admired and befriended by such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, Joe Louis, Harry Truman and Lena Horne, his outspoken defense of civil liberties sparked the ire of conservatives trying to maintain the status quo.

Robeson regularly spoke out against racial inequality and injustice around the world. A champion of working people and organized labor, he performed at strike rallies, conferences and labor festivals worldwide.  In the late 1940s, he openly questioned why African Americans should fight in the armed forces of a government that tolerated racism. A passionate believer in international cooperation, Robeson protested the growing Cold War and worked tirelessly to build friendship and respect between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Because of his outspokenness, he was labeled a communist by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) and was blacklisted from domestic concert venues, recording labels and film studios. Eighty of his concerts were cancelled and the State Department barred him from renewing his passport in order to perform overseas.

Though his passport was eventually reinstated eight years later, the damage was done. He suffered from depression and related health problems and died from a stroke in 1976 at age 77.


Performer Bios

McKinney (Paul Robeson)

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Jason McKinney graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied voice with soprano Marilyn Taylor and tenor Glenn Siebert and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. McKinney has been featured with the North Carolina Symphony and has performed to critical acclaim in Europe, Mexico, the U.S. and Australia. When not on stage, he sings as Klezmer cantorial soloist for his synagogue in Spartanburg, SC, and composes liturgical music for Temple Emmanuel in Winston Salem, NC, where he now resides. He is the bass soloist at Centenary United Methodist Church, also in Winston Salem.


Bagley (Lawrence Brown)

Christopher Bagley is a native of Baltimore who has been involved with music since age 5 when his father began teaching him to play piano. He has acted in, directed, musically directed or accompanied more than 50 theatrical productions throughout the U.S. He continues to be in demand across the country as a guest artist. He currently serves as Director of Music at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Graham, NC and runs FundAbility, a company he founded which offers a range of services to small nonprofits.


Walnut Grove Plantation to Host Historic Firearms Show in South Carolina

image1 (22)Military history buffs and fans of historic technology are invited to a historic firearm show under the pavilion at Walnut Grove Plantation the night before “Walnut Grove on the March,” Friday, March 4, 2016, 6-9 p.m. The show will feature re-enactors to show off their authentic and replica historic firearms and answer questions.

Have you ever wanted to know more about your grandfather’s rifle, your great-grandfather’s shotgun, or your great-great-grandfather’s muzzleloader?  Jim Kelly of Darlington Gun Works will be on hand to apply his 67 years of experience building guns to an appraisal of your historic firearm. Set your sights on this event!

Admission is $5 per person; $50 per firearm appraisal. All weapons brought on grounds for appraisal must be empty of ammunition and will be inspected by a representative of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office prior to admission to the show.  Spartanburg County Historical Association does not permit concealed carry of firearms inside its buildings.DSC02810 (1)

The annual “Walnut Grove on the March” weekend is being expanded to include  more than 100 re-enactors, storytellers, and artisans transforming the 1767 homestead into a living colonial village. The event begins on Saturday, March 5, and continues through Sunday, March 6, with music, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, basketry, candle dipping, and much more!  Historic re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1781 raid on the Plantation will also take place on both days.  Bloody Bill Raid

Saturday, March 5

All day:  Hourly demos, musket fire and drills, music, authors, and more

11 a.m.: Overmountain Victory Trail Association presentation

12 p.m.: Re-enactment of Bloody Bill’s Raid and battle demonstration

1 p.m.:  Artillery demonstration

3 p.m.:  Benefit auction

Sunday March 6

All day:  Hourly demos, musket fire and drills, music, authors, and more

10 a.m.:  Back Country prayer meeting

12 p.m.:  Artillery demonstration

1 p.m.:  Re-enactment of Bloody Bill’s Raid and battle demonstration

Jazz Ensemble Wraps Up Spartanburg SC Winter Jazz Series 2016

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The third and last concert of Chapman Cultural Center’s Winter Jazz Series 2016 will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.

“This is has been a great jazz series for Spartanburg,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We started off with the Greenville Jazz Collective playing Big Band-style music. That was followed by the premiere performance of the Mill Town Brass Band, playing tunes you might hear in the streets of New Orleans. And now we’ll wrap up the season with our hometown favorite, the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble. Yes, Spartanburg most definitely has jazz.” This is Chapman’s third season of presenting a Winter Jazz Series. It is sponsored by JM Smith Corp.

The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble is made up of musicians from all walks of life, young and seasoned, amateur and professional, from Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Established in 1996 to provide an outlet for these community players, the Ensemble offers quality jazz performances to the public. Under the auspices of the Spartanburg Community Band, the Ensemble is nonprofit. It has played at Chapman several times, in addition to such events and venues as Spring Fling, Music on Main, Dickens of a Christmas, the Pan American Games for the Blind, and USC Upstate for its popular Ice Cream Sundays Summer Concert Series. It is led by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wofford College and professional saxophone and trumpet player.jazz Ensemble

The general admission (not assigned seating) tickets to the concert are $10 each and can be purchased online at or by calling (864) 542-ARTS during the afternoon MondayFriday.

Spartanburg SC ArtWalk Slated for Feb. 18

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Isabel Forbes Gallery Isabel Forbes Seaside Stories

Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 5-9 p.m., and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk, the self-guided tour of Spartanburg’s downtown arts community, is the third Thursday of every month when many of the art galleries and museums stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Many of them have wine-and-cheese type refreshments, receptions, and special programs. There is no cost to attend. This is a very social event, excellent for networking within the local arts community. The following venues are participating:

The Art Lounge
500 East Main Street, Spartanburg
More than 15 artists will have new work for sale to benefit the building of four new dog-runs at The Spartanburg Humane Society. These new runs will help the dogs stay fit and healthy while waiting on their forever homes. Sample wine from One Hope Wine and enjoy other snacks and drinks while meeting artists and seeing new artwork. This will be a one-night only event 6-9 p.m.
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will exhibit various works by the general membership. People’ Choice Award voting will be held Feb. 1-18 until 7 p.m. during ArtWalk. Attendance is free to the public.
Isabel Forbes Studio & Gallery
401 E. Kennedy Street, Suite A2, Farmer’s Marketplace, Spartanburg
Isabel Forbes Studio & Galley is a working studio and gallery showcasing the oil paintings of Isabel Forbes. The exhibit Lowcountry is currently on display, and Forbes will be present and painting during ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg
(864) 542-ARTS
Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works of art by students from Spartanburg County School Districts 1, 2, and 3 in its Student Galleries. This exhibit is open through Feb. 21 and is free for public viewing. In addition, Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery will be open for ArtWalk.
The Johnson Collection

The Johnson Collection

The Johnson Collection Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
The Johnson Collection is pleased to present A Process of Learning: Educating the Avant-Garde at Black Mountain College, a new exhibition exploring the intersections, dialogues, and rivalries that occurred between faculty and students at the experimental North Carolina art enclave. Secluded in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Mountain College offered an Arcadian environment where artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and intellectuals could engage in a collaborative creative exchange and embrace the democratic principles of the progressive education movement. Operating between the years 1933 and 1957, the school’s faculty included luminaries of the burgeoning modern art scene—groundbreaking teachers who encouraged independent thinking and innovative experiences. TJC Curator Erin Corrales-Diaz will offer a brief gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. TJC Gallery is open to the public without charge during ArtWalk and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 1-5 p.m.
Kiss The Frog Gallery
518 East Main Street, Spartanburg
Kiss The Frog Gallery will be open 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk with refreshments and a big sale of 20-50 percent off to clear out for new merchandise coming in. Handcrafted designer estate and fashion jewelry, paintings, designer-inspired handbags and silk infinity scarves, ceramics, photography, sculptures, unique home décor, and more.
Spartanburg Art Museum
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg

During the installation of Spartanburg Art Museum’s current exhibition,Cognitive Dissonance, the SAM curatorial staff conducted in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with the exhibited artists as they worked. These video interviews will be projected onto the museum walls during February ArtWalk for a one-of-a-kind experience: a rare look into the museum installation process and artists’ candid thoughts on their own work.  Free admission for all ages. Projection begins at 6 p.m.

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Upstate Gallery On Main
Brian S Kelly
Mac Arnold

UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
UPSTATE Gallery on Main will host a reception and will present a musical performance by South Carolina blues legend Mac Arnold 5-8 p.m. during ArtWalk. The accompanying exhibition, Mac Arnold: Bluesman Close-Up, featuring photographs by USC Upstate alumnus Brian S. Kelly, will be on view through March 5. The reception, performance, and exhibition are free and open to the public.
West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
The Co-op invites the public to “experience art.” During ArtWalk, the public may enjoy refreshments while browsing the halls and galleries. Experience the new, original art on display by more than 50 member artists. There are three floors of original art, including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and much more. Come out and support Spartanburg’s local art community.

ArtWalk in Spartanburg, SC Slated for Jan. 21

Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Jan. 21, 5-9 p.m., and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk, the self-guided tour of Spartanburg’s downtown arts community, is the third Thursday of every month when many of the art galleries and museums stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Many of them have wine-and-cheese type refreshments, receptions, and special programs. There is no cost to attend. This is a very social event, excellent for networking within the local arts community. The following venues are participating:


Isabel Forbes Studio & Gallery

401 E. Kennedy Street, Suite A2, Farmer’s Marketplace, Spartanburg

(864) 909-0105

Isabel Forbes Studio & Galley is a new working studio and gallery showcasing the oil paintings of Isabel Forbes. However, it will be closed for the January ArtWalk. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday,10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Chapman Cultural Center

200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg

(864) 542-ARTS

Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works of art by students from Spartanburg County School Districts 1, 2, and 3 in its Student Galleries. This exhibit is open through Feb. 21 and is free for public viewing. In addition, Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery will be open for ArtWalk.


Smith Self Portrait

The Johnson Collection Gallery

154 West Main Street, Spartanburg

(864) 594-5834

The Johnson Collection is pleased to present To Be Someone and Not Something: Southern Women Artists’ Quest for Education. Curated by current TJC intern Avery Close, Wofford Class of 2016, this exhibition explores the educational refuges and roadblocks female artists faced at the turn of the 20th century. Featuring paintings by Margaret Moffett Law, Clara Minter Weaver Parrish, Sarah Mabel Pugh, Marie Atkinson Hull, Gladys Nelson Smith, To Be Someone highlights the work of female creators who pushed the boundaries of gender limitations, built meaningful careers, and fostered opportunities for other women artists to become “someone.” TJC Gallery is open to the public during ArtWalk and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 1-5 p.m.


Kiss The Frog Gallery

518 East Main Street, Spartanburg

(864) 583-1309

Kiss The Frog Gallery will be open until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk, with catering by Palmetto Palate. Works by award-winning Bluffton, SC, artist, Cindi Giddings will be discounted up to 50 percent for ArtWalk. All Christmas merchandise will also be on sale for 40 percent off and all other sale items will be 20 percent off, including handcrafted designer estate and fashion jewelry; prayer bracelets; designer charm bracelets, necklaces, and earrings; paintings; designer-inspired handbags and silk infinity scarves; ceramics; photography; sculptures; and unique home decor.


Spartanburg Art Museum

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg

(864) 582-7616

Spartanburg Art Museum will not participate in January’s ArtWalk because it will be installing a new exhibition. The new exhibition, Cognitive Dissonance, will explore society and the human condition through contemporary ceramics, and it will open Jan. 26.

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Mac Arnold


UPSTATE Gallery on Main

172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg

(864) 583-4054

UPSTATE Gallery on Main will host a reception for USC Upstate alumnus Brian S. Kelly, whose exhibit Mac Arnold: Bluesman Close-Up is now on display through March 7. The exhibit documents South Carolina blues legend Mac Arnold who lives and owns a farm in the Fork Shoals community of Greenville County. A 2004 graduate, Kelley has followed Arnold’s career for nearly 10 years, capturing images of him as he tended to his crops and took the stage with his band Plate Full of Blues. Over the years, the two men struck up an unlikely friendship, entrenched in a love of good Blues music and a desire to keep the arts alive in public schools. Out of this bond, the two have established the Dr. Mac Arnold Scholarship Fund and money is awarded to USC Upstate students seeking a degree in the arts. The artist will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from artwork sold during the exhibit to the scholarship fund.

RANGE12 Exhibition

RANGE12 Exhibition

West Main Artists Co-Op

578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

(864) 804-6501

West Main Co-op is pleased to announce RANGE 12, an exhibition featuring the work of 12 new members: Andy Donnan, Kendra Foster, Travis Galloway, Annette Giaco, Debbie Harris, Christina Hoff, Thomas Koenig, Lacie Lewis, Ludovic Nkoth, Carol Story, Jonathan Swift, and Robert Woods. Each artist is represented by his or her unique approach to self-expression across a wide range of media including ceramics, photography, mixed media and painting. This new body of fine art represents an exciting gamut of talent within the West Main community of artists and serves to expand the fine work already on display throughout the Co-op. The show opens with a reception, 5-9 p.m., during ArtWalk. Nkoth will demonstrate painting techniques during the reception. This exhibition will run through Feb. 13 and may be viewed during normal business hours, TuesdayFriday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Auto Collection Art Gallery

1186 Asheville Hwy.

(864) 707-2487

The Auto Collection Art Gallery will feature artist Janice Westfall, as well as artwork from many other artists, 5-9 p.m., during ArtWalk. This gallery features unique cars, art, and antiques. There will be food, wine and talent aplenty.