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
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-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 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
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
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
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.
UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
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.
West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
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.