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Congrats to 3 of our alumni: Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes


Of the 58 artists that have been accepted into the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild 40th Annual Juried Show, three are alumni. Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes. Show opens Tuesday, September 3. There will be an awards ceremony and reception on Saturday Sept. 28 from 6-9pm. 

Juror info: Scott Betz

Scott Betz received his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is President of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) and teaches at Winston-Salem State University. His work has been exhibited and is in collections across the US as well as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, France, Finland, Columbia, Lithuania and Belgium. He currently collaborates with his eleven year old son and nine year old daughter on hybrid art projects and exhibitions. In describing his artistic journey, Betz says, “Whether it is viewed as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking and answering the same question, “How can I best operate in this system?” is a constant strategy in my studio production.” Some of his selected solo exhibitions include the Monitor, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and 40/40, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Selected Group Exhibitions include the Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for Visual Art, Boone, North Carolina and the World Council for the Arts 2nd Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, California

Show runs September 3- October 13

Spartanburg Artist Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday from 1-5.

FREE to the public!


200 East St John Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.542.ARTS

Doug McAbee, The One About the Tree Rides

Doug McAbee, “The One About the Tree Rides”

Bridget Kirkland, "1424 Ocean Ave"

Bridget Kirkland, “1424 Ocean Ave”

Adrian Rhodes, "Magpie 1"

Adrian Rhodes, “Magpie 1”


Opening Reception in Student Galleries – Tonight! Foozhan Kashkooli

Opening Reception
April 5, 2013
 7:15p.m. to 8:00p.m.
McLaurin Student Galleries
3rd Floor

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Graduate Students, Jon Hoffman & Janet Lasher MFA Exhibition Opening Tonight!


Graduate Students, Jon Hoffman & Janet Lasher MFA Exhibition is opening tonight in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. Exhibition will run until April 15.

Janet Lasher’s Artist Talk will be Tuesday, April 9 in Rutledge 119 at 8 p.m. The title of her show is, “Unintentional Development.”

Janet Lasher, "Unintentional Development"

Janet Lasher, “Unintentional Development”

Jon Hoffman’s Artist Talk will be Thursday, April 11 at 8pm in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. The title of his show is, “We’re Not Hanging That in the Living Room.”


Jon Hoffman, “We’re Not Hanging That in the Living Room.”

Vivianne Carey, a Winthrop MFA Sculpture student and now sculpture teacher.

MFA Winthrop grad student Vivianne Carey working on one of her sculptures.

MFA Winthrop grad student Vivianne Carey working on one of her sculptures.

Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, announced Vivianne Carey, a Winthrop MFA Sculpture student, will be teaching 3-D Design to undergraduate students.  Vivianne’s curriculum will include incorporating a variety of mediums, clay, plaster, wood, foam, and other materials based on her expertise and explorations in her own artwork.


Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Andrew Davis and I am a Graduate Assistant majoring in Sculpture at Winthrop University.
• What’s integral to the work of an artist?
A strong work ethic, an open mind, and the ability to distance yourself from your work in terms of critique.

• What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are able to play whatever role they feel they need to assume; whether it is a vehicle for social change or a creator of aesthetics.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• What has been a seminal experience?
Attending 4 hour life drawing classes as an undergraduate really served to underscore the amount of work and dedication needed to come away with a successful portfolio.
• Explain what you do.
I explore material. Much of my recent work has striven to combine the aesthetic with the utilitarian.
• How has your practice changed over time?
As an undergrad my work consisted of formal and spatial interactions. My current work takes the aesthetic discipline I developed during my work at Brevard College and injects the associations with context and function of material.

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

• What work do you enjoy doing the most?
I love the feeling of isolation that comes along with welding.
• What is your favorite artwork?
When I saw Robert Morris’ Untitled felt work at the High Museum I had to stop and catch my breath for a while.
• Why art?
I never made the decision to be an artist. I still have trouble associating myself with that terminology. To me artists are the people that we had slide presentations about in high school. When I received my diploma and was accepted to Brevard I had no aspirations of becoming an “artist”. I declared Art as a major because I couldn’t think of anything else. It seemed to make sense at the time. Honestly, after my first semester of undergrad I was having second thoughts about my choices. That changed when I took 3-dimensional design. I felt much more engaged with the work that I was making and it was so easy to get lost in the process.
• Is the life of an artist lonely?
Only if you spend all day cramped up in a studio by yourself. One of the things that drew me to sculpture was the inherent communal quality of it. People interact. Often times you are struck with the inability to accomplish something on your own, like moving a heavy piece of metal. I don’t think one can underestimate the benefits of the shared studio dynamic.
• What advice would you give to your younger self?
Going to school for art isn’t about making successful work, it is about learning how to make work successful.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Should art be funded and if so what role does it play?
Public funding for the arts serves artists’ communities in a very real and literal way. My hometown of Greenville saw a revitalization of the downtown area that accompanied a large amount of arts development. However, it is the symbolic statement that arts’ funding gives that is so much more important. I think people both in and out of government realize that the arts give back to their community in tangible and intangible ways. Arts funding is very much a statement that communities value those results.

• Artists that you would like to be compared to?
Isamu Noguchi, Martin Puryear, and David Nash among many others.
• What is your professional goal?
I (eventually) want to teach in higher education.

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• One thing you couldn’t live without?

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Winthrop Alumni, Doug McAbee’s art puts bright, shiny finish on a harsher reality.

"The Green Grabber"

“The Green Grabber”

The One About Scrimshaw

The One About Scrimshaw

On display until Jan. 28, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 17, reception from 6-9pm, Artist talk 7:30 pm

Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/

For more information, call 542-ARTS (2787).

(Originally written by Steve Wong For the Herald-Journal )

When you look at Doug McAbee’s artwork, you just know there’s a story behind each and every piece. There are whales with stick legs, big-headed people riding little animals, tabletop sculptures seemingly dipped and completely covered in high-gloss bright paint.

You’re free to take a guess at what each might be telling you, but you probably won’t connect the exhibit at the Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center with its overall source of inspiration. “The One About Pop” was created in the wake of McAbee’s father’s death in 2012.

There is no direct mourning reflected among the 21 pieces of two- and three-dimensional abstract works. If anything, at first consideration, they are happy images: surreal Sharpie drawings of a mind’s fantasy landscapes and a cast of unreal characters; simple sculptures that might look like something real, but then again, maybe not. It’s not until that second look that you begin to wonder what’s beneath the surface.

In both content and media, McAbee’s work is more than it appears. His most recent cartoonish drawings are on knotty panels of birch wood: The wood grain and dark spots purposely show through the colorful scenes, giving the images a contrasting sense of creative optimism that tries to cover up a harsh and darker reality. This concept is repeated with his sculptures.

All of the work is for sale, ranging in price from $150 to $1,050.

An assistant art professor at Lander University, McAbee, 40 and a native of Spartanburg, welcomes interpretation of his work. He is content in knowing that most of the pieces were inspired by his father’s character and the entertaining stories that he told.

“At my father’s funeral, the family was standing around telling stories and laughing,” McAbee said. “Yes, it was a sad time, but we found the good in the memory of my dad and celebrated it.”

“The One About Pop” is on display until Jan. 28. McAbee will host a free reception at this month’s ArtWalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. He will give an artist talk at 7:30. For more information, call 542-ARTS (2787).

Sculptures from 2 MFA Students on exhibit in Charlotte


Two of our MFA students, Lauren Puckett and Lee Ann Harrison, have work debuting in Found: A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase, at AKA Creative, a gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.  Lauren presents a fiber-based sculptural light box and Lee Ann presents a narrative wall sculpture.  Please join us for the opening this Saturday, December 15th, starting at 7:30pm.

Details below:

Opening of

Found:  A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase

December 15, 2012

7:30pm until…

AKA Creative, 316 Remount Road, Charlotte, NC

Culture Initiative

Culture Initiative

Found features 60 local and regional artists’ assemblage pieces. The title of the event, Found, is closely tied to the assemblage pieces that will be on display during this event. Assemblage is an artistic process that uses found objects in new ways, allowing the artists and audience to find meaning in unconventional arrangements.  The art exhibit runs from December 15th, 2012, through February 4th, 2013.

In addition to assemblage pieces, the opening will showcase a wide array of musical talent and live paintings. Doors open at 7:30pm.  Musical Performances by local band Sinners and Saints, Charleston singer/songwriter Rachel Kate, and Columbia group, The Black Iron Gathering, will lend an organic feel to the event while DJs That Guy Smitty and Justin Aswell will spin records in the gallery.

Culture Initiative was founded in 2008 by Joel Tracey and Arthur Brouthers in hopes of expanding the art community in Charlotte. Using a grassroots approach, Culture Initiative stresses artist involvement and encourages thinking outside the box. Past events have included numerous gallery shows and multimedia exhibitions. For the second year, the anniversary party will be held at AKA Creative, a newly established gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.

Tickets On Sale Now at www.akacreative.com

VIP Tickets:

ONLY 50 VIP tickets available online only ($10 each)
o 1 Admittance
o 1 Free bar drink
o 1 CI4 print

or “At the Door” Tickets

Door Fee = $10 (does not include drink or print)

Keep up with the details at http://www.facebook.com/events/434140199985709/
Check out the video from last year… http://vimeo.com/54597858

Friday, November 30th…a big day for the arts on Winthrop Campus!!!

  • First up, starting at noon….HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE in the Ceramics Studio.  Perfect for holiday shopping….A ceramic collection from a group of incredibly-talented students and faculty.  The original art ranges from functional pottery to decorative work.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Rutledge, Ceramics Studio

12:00pm – 6:00pm


  • Then, at 2:00pm….Join us for the Closing Reception for the Upper Level Painting and Drawing show in the Lewandowski Gallery in McLaurin.  This is a fabulous collection of art – take a moment and visit… enjoy the refreshments, too.  Don’t miss out!   For our official invite….Click here: Oh Lord Reception

Closing Reception:

“Oh, Lord”

McLaurin, Lewandowski Gallery

2:00pm – 3:00pm 

  • Later, at 7:00pm, join us for Julie Thompson’s show, Raw Baggage, in the Student Galleries, 3rd floor, McLaurin.  Julie’s collection includes sculpture and installation work.  Take a moment and celebrate her artistic accomplishments!  For more details, CLICK HERE.

Closing Reception: 

Raw Baggage

3rd Floor McLaurin Student Galleries, #314 and #316

7:00 – 9:00pm

This Friday: Reception for Raw Baggage by Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson, installing her Raw Baggage show

Julie Thompson presents Raw Baggage, her latest collection of art on display in the 3rd floor McLaurin Student Galleries at Winthrop University.  Raw Baggage runs from November 25th through December 1st, 2012.

Please join us for the Reception:

Friday, November 30th, 2012


3rd Floor McLaurin Student Galleries, #314 and #316

Winthrop University

For more information on Julie, you may visit her website:  CLICK HERE or visit our previous blog interview where she shared her artistic visions and her future plans:  Julie Thompson Interview.

Current Art Installation, Absence, by Reeta Leinonen


Visit our Student Gallery, #314, to view an art installation by Fine Arts student, Reeta Leinonen.  She includes the following statements in her work:


Absence, Art Installation by Reeta Leinonen

“Nothing but everything.


We are condemned to be free.


Our lives are based on repetition and that way

on equal basis on

the moments in between –

the silences before the beat.

The space you see,

is a piece of reality,

a state of mind


a void,

a pause,

an absence yet to be filled.”