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New art from Lovelace &Brock for a new year

Friday You may have seen her on stage at the Tryon Little Theatre and perhaps even admired her colorful earrings, bracelets and necklaces adorning a lovely lady or two in town, but Sam Lovelace is exposing herself in a whole new way. &dquo;Naked but Not Nude&dquo; by Sam Lovelace is an artist&squo;s studio exhibit that opens the doors on the inner workings of an artist&squo;s mind. Inside the TLT wardrobe annex behind the Tryon Fine Arts Center you&squo;ll find the studio where Sam&squo;s creative juices flow into everything from pencil drawings to paintings, and charm bracelets to robots. Yes, that&squo;s right, robots. From 5-8 p.m. the studio will be open to offer a glimpse into the heart of this local artist through some older work never previously shown as well as a new collection created in the studio just for this show. The exhibit will remain open for visitors 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 ‐ Wednesday, Dec. 31. Jennifer Prince is home for the holidays and will be sharing her high energy blues and gospel influenced piano and vocals starting at 7 p.m. at Lilac Wine & Piano Bar. For the last time this year you can catch Fred Whiskin at the Purple Onion from 7-9 p.m. Don&squo;t you worry though, he&squo;ll be back Friday nights in the new year once they reopen in mid-January to feed your ears while you dine. You can also catch Fred around 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Lilac Wine & Piano Bar in Tryon. Feel like singing something other than holiday tunes? Elmo&squo;s in Tryon invites you to join them for Karaoke on Friday or visit Elmo&squo;s Too on Saturday. Saturday Purple Onion was lucky enough to grab Clay Ross during his visit home from the holidays before he returns to New York and then on to Brazil during the first couple months of the new year. Dine to the eclectic blend of a classically trained guitarist raised on the roots music of Appalachia who spices it up with rural Brazilian baião rhythms. Sunday Red Dog & Winkie will again be hosting the blues jam at Elmo&squo;s Too starting at 4 p.m. All musicians and friends are welcome to come jam some blues and rock, or just dance along and enjoy the fun. Monday Try something new with &dquo;Fun with Food & Local Arts&dquo; at Persimmons Bistro in Landrum. Emily Brock is the first &dquo;Artist of the Month&dquo; for this featured night of local art and food from 6-8 p.m. Meet the artist and dine knowing a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the event benefit Thermal Belt Outreach. For more information contact Persimmons Bistro at 864-457-3599. Wednesday Celebrate New Year&squo;s Eve in Saluda with &dquo;Bubbles & Balloons&dquo; and music from Free Flight at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets available at the door or by calling 828-749-3676. The Purple Onion will be serving up a big dose of some high energy blues from Peggy Ratusz & Big Road to dance out the old year and ring in the new. Please phone 828-749-1179 in advance because reservations are required. Saluda artist Dale McEntire offers classes this winter through Tryon Painters &Sculptors (photo submitted) Coming Soon Looking for a way to keep busy during the cold months? Tryon Painters & Sculptors offers Basic Drawing classes with artist Dale McEntire starting January 7 and meeting on Wednesdays 6:30 ‐ 9:30 p.m. for six weeks. For information and registration contact Dick Neff (864) 895-7945 or salnpop@aol.com. &bsp;