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
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 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.
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.