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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

www.isabelforbes.com

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

ChapmanCulturalCenter.org

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.

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Smith Self Portrait

The Johnson Collection Gallery

154 West Main Street, Spartanburg

(864) 594-5834

TheJohnsonCollection.org

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

KissTheFrogGallery.com

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

SpartanburgArtMuseum.org

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

WestMainArtists.org

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

TheAutoCollectionSC.com

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.

The Marvelous Wonderettes take the stage January 15

The Marvelous Wonderettes – A must-take trip down musical memory lane!

Your favorite songs from the ’50s and ’60s make their way to the Spartanburg, SC stage January 15, 2016

A musical comedy guaranteed to keep your toes tapping, Roger Bean’s The Marvelous Wonderettes has made its way from the Westside Theatre in New York to the Spartanburg stage! The Spartanburg Little Theatre opens its own production of this smash off-Broadway hit in January, with performances Jan. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m., and January 17, 23, and 24 at 3 p.m.

 

Upbeat and nostalgic, this modern musical classic takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, an all-girl singing squad with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and over 20 other hits that will have you ready to hit the dance floor!

 

The second act springs forward in time to the 1968 Springfield High School 10-year class reunion, where the Wonderettes reconnect with one another and rediscover themselves throughout the course of their reunion performance.

 

“This show is more than a review of songs we’ve all grown to love,” director John Fagan said. “It’s a story of friendship between these four amazing characters. The songs help to tell the story.”

 

You’ve never had this much fun at a prom and you will never forget The Marvelous Wonderettes—a must-take musical trip down memory lane. Joanna Haynes, Janna McClure, Janet Allison and Anna Elyse Lewis star in SLT’s debut show of 2016, directed by John Fagan, with musical direction by Joy Finch. Presented by the Spartanburg Little Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center

 

 

Tickets for The Marvelous Wonderettes can be purchased by calling the Chapman Cultural Center box office at (864) 542-2787 or by ordering online at www.chapmanculturalcenter.org.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $20 for students.

 

 

Spartanburg Guild to Exhibit Hammett and Warrington in January

“Diverse Expressions,” an exhibit featuring the art of Dian Hammett and Lalage Warrington, will open at the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery in Chapman Cultural Center on Jan. 4 and continue through Jan. 29.
The exhibit will include paintings on canvas and paper by Hammett and an eclectic mix of three-dimensional works in a variety of materials including clay, plaster, and wax by Warrington.

“RHAPSODY” by Lalage Warrington This clay horse exemplifies shape and line creating balance and a sense of arrested motion.

“RHAPSODY”
by Lalage Warrington
This clay horse exemplifies shape and line creating balance and a sense of arrested motion.

Both artists describe their work in this exhibit as abstract. “My paintings are abstract expressions of the universal theme of searching, whether it be for material things such as food, shelter, and treasure or for the intrinsics of love, peace and security,” Hammett says of her work, which has evolved from the more representation art for which she had become known.

“THE EGGS ARE COOKING” by Lalage Warrington One aspect of visual creativity is being able to see shapes and designs in “found” objects, imagining new roles for them. This was a Mix Master juice bowl!

“THE EGGS ARE COOKING”
by Lalage Warrington
One aspect of visual creativity is being able to see shapes and designs in “found” objects, imagining new roles for them. This was a Mix Master juice bowl!

Warrington terms herself an “abstract expressionist,” citing as inspiration a quotation from William Faulkner, “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again, since it is life.”
She has been commissioned to create more than 25 portrait busts and has also used her skills to complete forensic reconstruction of the soft tissue of the skull, work that led to the presentation of several papers on facial reconstruction to the American Academy of Forensic Scientists.
“My art reflects my love for music in its rhythmic continuity, repetition and message,” says Warrington of her desire to lead the viewer to follow the motion of a piece. “It is a visual expression using form, line, negative space, and balance – all working together within a given space to create a song.”

“Treasure Map" by Dian Hammett 28” x 28” acrylic on paper

“Treasure Map”
by Dian Hammett
28” x 28”
acrylic on paper

Hammett took her creative inspiration from her mother, an accomplished seamstress who filled their home with beautiful fabric, fine laces, and colorful yarns. “These imbued my life with a love of color and nature,” says the artist whose paintings have been included in juried exhibitions throughout the United States and in an invitational exhibition in Paris, France. “The excitement of painting comes from a spontaneous experimentation with a visual language resulting in a blending of heart, mind and soul.”
A native of Camden and a graduate of Columbia College, Hammett taught history at Dorman High School before relocating with her husband Lamar to Georgetown, where she continued to teach and became a part of the Georgetown art community. She and her husband have recently returned to the Upstate, and having retired after 28 years in education, she is now a full-time artist. In addition to being a member of the Artists’ Guild, she is a Member of Excellence of the South Carolina Watermedia Society, and the Southeastern Pastel Society.
Warrington holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, worked as a visiting artist and adjunct profession at Converse College, and taught classes in basic techniques of sculpture for the Spartanburg County Museum of Art (now Spartanburg Art Museum) and Tryon Painters and Sculptors.
An artists’ reception that is free and open to the public will be held during ArtWalk, Jan. 21, 5-8 p.m.

 

Barleycove to Perform in Spartanburg

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Barleycove to Perform Free Concert at Chapman Sunday

The three-person alternative band Barleycove will perform a free concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC Sunday, Jan. 3, 2-4 p.m. as part of the downtown venue’s weekly Sunday Unplugged program.

Barleycove is a folk-rock trio based in Greer. It is described as modern folk and Americana with tinges of classic rock in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. The members are Laura Clinton (founder, singer, songwriter, and keyboard), Jesse Thomas (guitar), and Tim Trammel (percussion). Others musicians are added to the group as the need arises. Barleycove seeks to merge the sounds of the ’70s with the influences of this age. Setting up to gain more listeners with its debut LP, Release, Barleycove believes in the power of music and the healing it can bring. For extensive details and to sample the band’s music, please visit online BarleyCoveBand.com.

As a point of interest, Barleycove is the name of a townland and beach in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. It is said to be one of the better beaches in West Cork, if not Ireland. The area surrounding Barleycove is one of natural beauty and is very popular during the summer months. The beach itself has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union, due to the variety of wildlife and interesting habitats present in the sand dunes.

Sunday Unplugged is a longstanding program at Chapman Cultural Center that provides a casual, stress-free, and mostly free opportunity for people to enjoy the arts and cultural of Spartanburg. From 1 until 5 p.m., the venue is open, along with Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Galley, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Students Galleries.

All of the exhibits are free with the exception being the Science Center, which charges $4 per adult and $2.50 per student. In addition to free live music and exhibits, Chapman Cultural Center and the resident Partners often provide special programs on Sunday, such as one-time classes. For details, please visit online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

Spartanburg ArtWalk Slated for Dec. 17

Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Dec. 17, 5-9 p.m., and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk is the third Thursday of every month. Many of the art galleries and museums in and near downtown Spartanburg 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. The following venues are participating:

Isabel Forbes Studio & Gallery

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

(864) 909-0105

www.isabelforbes.com

Isabel Forbes Studio & Galley is a new working studio and gallery showcasing the oil paintings of Isabel Forbes. The December ArtWalk’s theme is “Lowcountry,” which can be seen 5-9 p.m. This exhibit can also be viewed during normal business hours, Monday-Friday10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

Chapman Cultural Center

200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg

864.542.ARTS

ChapmanCulturalCenter.org

Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works of art by students from Spartanburg County School District 6 and local private schools. This exhibit is open through Jan. 3 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 Gallery

154 West Main Street, Spartanburg

864.594.5834

TheJohnsonCollection.org

The Johnson Collection Gallery will be open for ArtWalk 5-8 p.m. and will feature work by Martha Severens, art historian and co-author of TJC’s new publication, Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection. The gallery talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale from Hub City Writers Project, just in time for Christmas gifting. As always, events at TJC Gallery are open to the public without charge.

 

Kiss The Frog Gallery

518 East Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.1309

KissTheFrogGallery.com

Christmas is right around the corner and Kiss the Frog Gallery has last minute treats for everyone! The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk, with catering by Palmetto Palate. Award-winning Bluffton, SC artist, Cindi Giddings’s work will be discounted for ArtWalk. Gifts for the entire family will also be on sale, featuring local soap maker Jeraldine Mack’s Seaside Road Soaps, Lisa Wilson’s Palmetto Pampered Christmas soaps, and a huge shipment of Tyler candles and Christmas ornaments and figurines. Also available will be 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 make the perfect gifts!

 

Spartanburg Art Museum

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

864.582.7616

SpartanburgArtMuseum.org

A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts is a group exhibition featuring nine artists and more than 30 works of art. Curated as homage to Spartanburg’s rich textile history, this exhibition covers a wide array of textile-related media and techniques, including traditional weaving, mixed-media quilt paintings, large-scale felt images, sculptures, and objects. The themes addressed vary and include memories, childhood, loss, and the importance of community involvement in the arts. Refreshments and live music will be on hand, as well as SAM’s first installment of ART² – a new collaborative contemporary art experience unlike anything you’ve seen before, presented in association with HUB-BUB. Local playwright Lauren Ferebee has composed five one-act plays in response to works on view now in SAM’s current exhibition A Dyeing Art. Join SAM during ArtWalk for free admission to this unique event, directed and scored by Tim Giles. All ages welcome.

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UPSTATE Gallery on Main

172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.4054

UPSTATE Gallery on Main will be open for ArtWalk 5-8 p.m., sponsoring its first Print Exposition to showcase original artist prints that are signed and numbered in editions and as monotypes. For this initial Print Exposition, UGoM is showcasing the (CPC) Contemporary Print Collective, a newly organized artist group of Upstate South Carolina. The exhibition will continue until Dec. 31. Many of the artists will be present and sales will be encouraged. Housed at The Print Shop in Greenville, SC, the CPC has a membership of more than 25 established artists that include Kent Ambler, Todd Anderson, Andrew Blanchard, Patti Brady, Jamie Bunny, Jim Campbell, Steven Chapp, Kevin Clinton, Jeremy Cody, Katya Cohen, Jim Creal, Sydney Cross, Addam Duncan, Marty Epp-Carter, Phillip Garrett, David Gerhard, Chris Koelle, Lynda Kong, Catherine Labbe, Jaime Lara, Lindsay Lou, McPhail, Carlise Mercado, Jane Allen Nodine, Pat Owens, Elisa Kay Sparks, Caren Stansell, Freida Sue, and Virginia Yearick. Most works will be unframed, offering collectors affordable prices and encouraging visitors to consider investing in original works of art.

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West Main Artists Co-Op

578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

  1. 804.6501

WestMainArtists.org

The West Main Artists Co-Op continues the “All Member Exhibition” now through Jan. 16.  This is a great opportunity to see work by more than 50 member artists exhibiting a variety of works in different media. Ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, textiles, paintings and much more are displayed throughout all galleries within the Co-op, including The Venue, a premier exhibition space. An ArtWalk reception will be held 5-9 p.m. This comprehensive show may be viewed during normal business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m.

Folk Duo Plays Free Concert in Spartanburg SC

Friction FarmFriction Farm, a duo of guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay, will play a free and live concert at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

The Spartanburg-based duo has produced four albums: I Read Your Book; Every Mile Is A Memory; 34 Degrees, 32 Minutes; and Believe. Every Mile Is A Memory earned them a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011.

They continue to combine storytelling, social commentary, and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Every Sunday 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open and mostly free to give citizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a stress-free and casual afternoon to experience local art and culture. Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. In addition, Spartanburg Science Center is open with a $4 per adult and $2.50 per student admission. As part of the Sunday Unplugged program, a free concert by one or more local musicians is set for 2-4 p.m

To know more about Friction Farm, please visit online FrictionFarm.com. To know more about what Chapman has to offer, please visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

Artists Going Live in Spartanburg, SC Dec. 10

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host its third annual “Artists Going Live” fundraiser Thursday, Dec. 10, in the theater lobby at Chapman Cultural Center, 6-9 p.m. The celebrity emcee will be Jamarcus Gaston, host of the television morning show Studio 62.

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The evening will kick off with artists and celebrities creating works of art together, while patrons observe. The pieces will then be auctioned off that evening at 7:30 p.m. In addition, patrons will enjoy an open bar of beer and wine. Motte and Sons will be sponsoring an “Artini” bar, which is a vodka and cranberry drink. Also, there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres by Café Around the Corner, music by DJ Jay Gibert, and a silent auction of many items donated by regional artists and businesses.

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“Not only is this a fun evening, it’s a very worthwhile event,” event spokesperson Brandi Dice said. “The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the guild, which helps to strengthen the arts in the community, provide arts education, monthly programs and venues for members to show their work”.

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Some of the artists and celebrities participating are Monta Anthony, Kris Neely, Trey Finney, Bailie, Ann Richards Crenshaw, Susu Johnson, Carter and Lewis Smith, Lee Raines and Amy Zimmer. “This is a very important fundraiser for the Guild,” Dice said. “We are so glad to have Jamarcus as the emcee. He is a big supporter of the arts in the community. This is a unique opportunity to purchase locally made art by your friends and neighbors, and for a good cause.”

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased through Chapman Cultural Center’s box office, online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org (search for “going live”), II Samuels, Smithworks Jewelers, The Art Lounge, Café Around the Corner, Pop Shop, Couture Closets, and ArtistsGuildOfSpartanburg.com.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Presents Fall Members Show

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, SC will present artwork from various members in its Fall Members Show, Nov. 1-27, and an opening reception will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m., in the Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center. Both the exhibit and reception are free to the public.

 Tina Gwata DeepSleep

Tina Gwata
Deep Sleep

Artists will include Susan Hopps, Betsy Skipper, Gesa Hueckel, Joana Darwin, Carol Funke, Dian Hammett, Dwight Rose, Stacey Bevill, Thomas Rickis, Tina Gwata, Elizabeth Winters, Carolyn Alexander, Pamela Stevens, Amy Weaver, Sara Setzer, Cleveland Gossett, George Loudon, and Sam Phal.

Artworks will span from watercolor to digital and handmade paper to oil and acrylic paintings.

Stacey Beville Peace

Stacey Beville
Peace

“Exhibits rotate each month, and usually they feature one or two artists, with a common theme running through their selected works,” Caitlin Boice, Executive Director, said. “Our Fall Members Show is special because there are no limitations to medium, style, or theme. Plus, we can show off pieces by a dozen or more members at once. It’s an exhibit that gives people a better idea of what the Guild is and who represents us.”

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Dwight Rose
Topaki Cafe Stop

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, created in 1957, serves as a source for creative art in the community by promoting, fostering, and cultivating knowledge of the visual arts and of local artists. It strives to provide enrichment and artistic education for its members as well as the community at large, and thus encourage a deepening appreciation, understanding, and love of art among the citizens of Spartanburg and surrounding counties.

The Guild Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For further information, contact Boice by emailing ArtistsGuild@SpartanArts.org or calling (864) 764-9568.

Singer-Songwriter Performs Newgrass Music in Spartanburg, SC Free to Public

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Chapman Cultural Center supports regional singer-songwriters during its weekly Sundays Unplugged program, featuring casual and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m.  The center will feature “newgrass” and folk artist Ary Jeau Aug. 23, 2015. Art galleries and the history museum will also be open, 1-5 p.m., offering free admission for all ages.
 
Spartanburg resident Rachel Fleming, also known by her stage name Ary Jeau, describes herself as “fairly new to the music scene,” but has already been signed to McFearlis Music, LLC, a locally based label that specializes in original and cutting-edge sounds. Jeau is a guitarist and vocalist who performs folk and “newgrass,” or progressive bluegrass. She is a resident of Chesnee and student at Converse College.
“The warm encouragement I have received from Spartanburg is humbling,” Jeau said. “[I] am beyond excited to be on this journey.”
 
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will complement Jeau’s performance with free admission. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
 
Sundays Unplugged is a program of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the administrative non-profit agency that owns and operates Chapman Cultural Center and provides cultural leadership throughout Spartanburg County. For more information on Sundays Unplugged, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

 

Spartanburg, SC ArtWalk Slated for August 20

Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Aug. 20, 5-9 p.m., and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk is the third Thursday of every month. Many of the art galleries and museums in and near downtown Spartanburg 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. The participating galleries are as follows:

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Chapman Cultural Center

200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg

864.542.ARTS

ChapmanCulturalCenter.org

Through the Lens Photography — Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works by local photographer and retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Jimmy N. Gibson. Gibson became interested in photography during a guided tour of a Buddhist temple by a Korean soldier early in his military career. Throughout the years since then, Gibson has worked with many types of photography, with his favorites being MACRO, still, and portrait photography. Also visit Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

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Spartanburg Art Museum

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

864.582.7616

SpartanburgArtMuseum.org

Pot Boiler — Pot Boiler is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. This varied and playful exhibition includes a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance based work that activates viewer participation. What appears to be an almost childlike innocence in imagery and objects has metaphorical undertones that resonate in our personal and collective imaginations.

Closing Reception: Jimmy Gibson — SAM will host a closing reception for a close friend of the museum, local artist Jimmy Gibson. Gibson’s exhibition Through The Lens Photography features a variety of photographic techniques and subjects, showcasing the talents of an accomplished artist.

Putt It Together — HUB-BUB and Spartanburg Art Museum are teaming up! Make a wacky putter out of improvised materials! Gather up some quirky items and bring them to SAM 5-7 p.m. during ArtWalk to create your own putter, or make one beforehand for more time to enjoy some delicious refreshments.  Supplies are limited so stop by early! Then register for the Putt-It-Together Tournament to compete for the ultimate prize at a Tournament at Sparkle City Mini Putt. (Homemade putters only.)  Besides the grand prize, prizes for Most Elegant Putter, Least Functional Putter, and Most Creative putter will be awarded. This do-it-yourself putter workshop is free. The tournament is free for SAM members and $3 for non-members.  Both events are family friendly.

 

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg

864.764.9568

ArtistsGuildOfSpartanburg.com

Textures in Colors — Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is hosting Carol Funke and Kate Thayer in the Guild Gallery this month. There will be a food-and-drink reception during ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. Funke’s textured handmade papers and pigment dyes has an exciting, interesting feast for patrons’ eyes. Thayer, using pastels and oils, thinks of her paintings as poems – wordless encounters with stunning voices of nature – in its colors and forms.

 

The Johnson Collection Gallery

154 West Main Street, Spartanburg

864.594.5834

TheJohnsonCollection.org/tjc-gallery/

Coming Home — This exhibition features a selection of works from The Johnson Collection that serve as powerful visual representations of the concept of home. Paintings by artists such as Alfred Hutty, Harrison Cady, William Halsey, Gilbert Gaul, and Rudolph Ingerle, among others, conjure memories of one’s own travels leading to a place of comforting familiarity, evoking a sense of peace that is at once palpable and profound.

 

UPSTATE Gallery on Main

172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.4054

Bridget Kirkland, artist and graphic designer, continues her exhibit in August and will discuss her work during ArtWalk. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Kirkland uses her design and photography skills to create work that “recalls memories and interprets through image design.” Also, see selected works by Andy Warhol and Beatrice Riese from the permanent collection.

 

Kiss The Frog Gallery

518 East Main Street, Spartanburg

864.583.1309

KissTheFrogGallery.com

First Anniversary Party — Kiss the Frog Gallery will celebrate its first-year anniversary with a glamorous, Hollywood, VIP, red-carpet theme during ArtWalk. The three-day celebration will continue Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring the works of numerous nationally award-winning artists from the Southeast whose works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pottery, sculptures, and photography. Of special interests will be handcrafted jewelry by Betty Holland and Rose Marie, and estate jewelry. A preview of Christmas will also be on display. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails will be served.

 

Refuel Wine Bar

129 N. Spring Street, Spartanburg

864.529.7892

RefuelWineBarAndRetail.com

Scott Neely’s work will be on display. Drink and dinner specials will be available during the ArtWalk.

 

H & K Gallery

151 W. Main Street, Spartanburg

864.529.2262

HandKgallery.com

Steve Langley, a regional bubble artist, will be at H&K Gallery for ArtWalk. He will perform an artistic presentation, creating bubble sculptures, putting bubbles inside bubbles, and putting people inside of bubbles.

 

Art Lounge

500 East Main Street, Spartanburg

864.804.6566

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Fused Glass Show — Camille Corn and Shelley Sperka became friends while taking fused glass art classes at Tryon Arts and Crafts. Their styles are very different but both love the process of fusing. They work together a great deal at art markets, working on projects and now, having their first art show together. By day, Sperka works in the library at her alma mater, Wofford College. Corn works in marketing and advertising at QS/1.

 

West Main Artists Co-Op

578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

  1. 804.6501

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4th Annual Artist Invitational — This show opens during ArtWalk and runs through Sept. 12. Seventeen local artists were invited to join co-op members in exploring the theme “It’s Alien to Me.” There will be an opening reception with live music by “The Collective Mind.” Invited artists include: Bailie, Stacy Battle, Pam Stevens, Pat Kabore, Carrie Caldwell, Norman Williamson, Shannon Patrick, Alice Kay Mcmillan, Eula La Croix, Thomas Koenig, Alice Smith, Jeremy Kemp, Katee Hargraves, Logan Lockett, Sterling Jackson, Judy Martin and Amanda King. Co-op artists include Beth Regula, Jeanne Brown, Patty Wright, Annette Giaco and several others. The artists will be present to discuss their interpretation of the theme.

Also, Free Pottery Bowl-Making Session — West Main Artists Co-op and the Carolina Clay Artists will host a bowl-making session for the Hub City Empty Bowls 6 until 8:30 p.m. Clay and instruction will be provided free of charge. The bowls made will be used at a fundraiser — Soup Day — at Chapman Cultural Center on Sept. 26.