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
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
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 Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
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
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
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.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
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.
West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
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, Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Auto Collection Art Gallery
1186 Asheville Hwy.
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.