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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.  Steven Chapp The Debate Upstate Gallery 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. Co-op photo West Main Artists Co-Op 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
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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. DSC_0243 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. DSC_0120 “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”. DSC_0166 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.
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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: bubbleman 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. the-brain-300x168 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 ArtLounge1.com 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
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WestMainArtists.org 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.  

Bluegrass Artist Craig Owen Performs Live in Downtown Spartanburg SC

Chapman Cultural Center supports local singer-songwriters through its Sundays Unplugged program, providing a venue to showcase regional musical talent every Sunday, 2-4 p.m. These concerts are but one part of Sundays Unplugged, which also features free admission to art galleries and the history museum, 1-5 p.m.  Sunday, Aug. 16, bluegrass and folk artist Craig Owen performs in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting.Craig Owen
Having performed in the Spartanburg/Greenville area for years, Owen has played both bluegrass covers and folksy originals in many local venues. He plays bluegrass on fiddle, but plays his own modern folk and easy listening songs on acoustic guitar, pairing his instrumentals with great vocals. Owen has also produced several CDs, including The Smallest of Things and Daydreams and Memories.
 
Patrons may also enjoy free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries. Spartanburg Science Center will also be open with a small admission 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.

NOURISH Announces an Exhibition of New Works on Paper by Jennifer Helen Meanley at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg

Mental Fitness is proud to announce an exhibition of new works on paper by Greensboro, North Carolina-based artist Jennifer Helen Meanley at our NOURISH arts space in Spartanburg.
 
Meditative Acts will open to the public Thursday, July 16 from 5-8 pm in conjunction with the Spartanburg Art Walk at the Chapman Cultural Center. This exhibition marks the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions to take place at NOURISH, curated by Jenny Bonner, NOURISH Program Director.
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Meanley is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds an MFA from Indiana University, a BFA from the University of New Hampshire, and a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Recent exhibitions include Waters Upon the Earth at Beaux-Arts des Amériques in Montreal, Canada and Far Away, The Meadow, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston- Salem, NC (Curated by Steven Matijicio.)
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Stemming from narrative accounts composed over a series of days, Meanley’s text-based collages evade classification as story or poem, presenting us with a visual compilation of words and their fragments. Revisiting and reassembling her own private writings, through omission, repetition, and visual spacing, the product of repeated sessions of free-writing is transformed into a conglomerate of ideas, meanings, and sounds. The result is a striking portrait of the busyness and constant shifting of our own meditations, and an enchanting look at the mind of Meanley herself.
 
Meditative Acts will be on view at NOURISH in the Chapman Cultural Center July 16-Aug. 14, 2015, with free admission. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
About Mental Fitness
Mental Fitness Inc. (“MFI”) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to shape resilience in youth by facilitating educational and interactive programs in order to prevent mental illness and emotional distress. For almost a decade, we have collaborated with researchers in developmental psychology, epidemiology, public health and medicine to bring together (and create new) arts-based programs that improve the seven protective categories of mental fitness: self-esteem and social-emotional skills, media literacy, mindfulness, body image, stressmanagement, nourishing body & mind and community connections.
 
MFI has designed and implemented evidence-based arts and media programs that have shown to increase confidence in managing mental illness in the school setting, and have effectively informed students and families from all socio-economic backgrounds about the shared risk and protective factors that underlie mental illness, eating disorders, addictions and obesity.
 
Since inception in 2006, our programs live and online programs have reached at least 700,000 individuals worldwide. Of those, we estimate that a minimum of 2,500 individuals have sought treatment for eating disorders, addictions or other serious mental health complications. MFI’s live programs, films, seminars and Mental Fitness Inc.
 
About NOURISH, A Program of Mental Fitness
In 2014, Mental Fitness moved its headquarters to Spartanburg, SC at the NOURISH space in the Chapman Cultural Center. NOURISH is a program of Mental Fitness and is where we house our offices, hold some of our workshops, research projects and build community partnerships in Spartanburg. Jenny Bonner was recently appointed as Program Director for NOURISH, after her tenure as one of the 2015 HUB-BUB Artists-in- Residence (AiR). More information about NOURISH is available at NOURISHSpartanburg.com.
 
About Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center, owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, is a world-class destination where the people of Spartanburg County and its visitors come together to discover, experience, and celebrate the performing and visual arts, science and history. The 86,000-square foot, three-building facility held its grand opening on October 3, 2007, after an extensive fundraising campaign.
 
Chapman Cultural Center’s 476-seat theater is home to The Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg Youth Theatre, and Ballet Spartanburg, as well host to many local and traveling performances. Founded in 1946, Little Theatre presents a live stage production every month during the regular September-May season, including shows by Spartanburg Youth Theatre, the second oldest youth theatre in the state. Ballet Spartanburg, founded in 1966, is recognized as a regional dance company with an exceptional commitment to education and outreach activities throughout the Upstate.
 
Chapman Cultural Center also houses three museums. Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is a regional museum supporting educational programming and diverse exhibitions from international, national and regional artists. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, the longest established guild in South Carolina, supports a gallery in the Moseley Building. Spartanburg Regional History Museum and Spartanburg Science Center have hands-on exhibits, developed in accordance with the South Carolina Academic Standards in Social Studies and Science that attract individuals of all ages. Other “partner” agencies associated with Chapman Cultural Center are The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, The Spartanburg Repertory Company, and Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in both Chesnee and Landrum.
 
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, also located in Chapman Cultural Center, provides the major funding for, as well as education through, many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. The Arts Partnership’s education programs serve more than 40,000 public and private school students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre and crafts.
 
Programs at Chapman Cultural Center are funded in part by the City and County of Spartanburg; the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.
 

Pot Boiler, the Perfect Summer Exhibition at Spartanburg Art Museum

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.dinosaur toy low res “This is the perfect summer exhibition,” says Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director. “This exhibition is more about enjoying the playful nature of art and less about trying to decipher intricate concepts or abstract notions.  This is not to say this work is less serious than previous exhibitions, but as a whole Pot Boiler’s references to childhood imagery and the fanciful combinations of materials and colors within the sculptures and installations offer viewers moments of pure aesthetic amusement and joy.”  Participating artists include: Daniel Perry, Dylan Collins, Jonathan McFadden, Linda Wilson, PJ Mills, Tommy Taylor, Angela Carbone, David Bogus and Charmaine Ortiz.Monster  low res There are several thematic threads that run through Pot Boiler. The first is the depiction of objects from childhood from the paintings of PJ Mills to the surreal tin-type photographs of toys created by Linda Wilson to the cartoon figures in Tommy Taylor’s mixed media pieces. These iconic references are immediately recognizable, although each artist’s approach is varied from highlighting a single object to the juxtaposition of several objects to create personal and collective narratives. The second thread seems to be a faint hint at nostalgia for everything simple; from the simpler non-electronic toys, to our intuitive response to the graphite sticks in the Alcove Gallery and our desire to express ourselves, to the unexpected use of everyday materials in McFadden’s large “Semi-Submersible” piece.Wilson Zebra low res This notion of unfettered and uncomplicated permeates even the more visually complex works. The wonderful sculptures and drawings of Dylan Collins are fascinating hybrid works that combine human, animal and mechanical components. The sculptures of Daniel Perry combine unusual materials and forms that are humorous and unexpected. Within his work things appear to balance with an air of mystery, like visual riddles that beckon individual resolve. One of the marketing strategies for Pot Boiler includes the deployment of over 50 toys downtown. At the beginning of July, over 50 small toys will be placed within walking distance of SAM; each toy includes a tag with exhibition information on it.  Children and adults alike can keep an eye out for these toys and bring them into the museum during the Pot Boiler opening reception on July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. to be eligible for some really great prizes from community businesses. This innovative marketing strategy was developed by SAM’s Exhibition Coordinator and Graphic Designer Ashleigh Payne.  “I started looking into guerilla marketing campaigns while studying graphic design at USC Upstate. With pretty limited marketing dollars I was really interested in trying a guerilla marketing campaign for SAM and Pot Boiler seemed like a great exhibition to start with.  Our main goal is to engage the community with SAM in a fun and unique way, and this strategy also brings what SAM is doing at the museum out into the community.” Exhibition dates for Pot Boiler are July 16 through September 17, 2015. The opening reception is on July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., with an informal gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music, fabulous food and refreshments. For more information please contact the museum (864) 582-7616 or visit spartanburgartmuseum.org. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. andSunday 1-5 p.m., closed on Monday.