Upstairs Artspace hosts ‘Spartanburg Spells ART!’

Published 11:43 am Friday, March 23, 2012

Guests at the opening reception for “Artists Among Us” at Upstairs Artspace. (photo by Keith Spencer)

Edward Emory is an art historian and connoisseur, art gallery owner and charismatic civic booster. The Upstairs Artspace will host Emory’s informal talk, “Spartanburg Spells ART!” as part of its new exhibit, “Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg.” The program is Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. There is no charge.
Emory will focus on Spartanburg’s rich cultural history, its present-day reputation as a thriving artists’ community, and the positive impact of the arts on the region’s economy. He will outline how the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina can, together, be an arts destination for people from across the United States.
An added interest for Tryon residents is Emory’s knowledge of the artists of the famous Tryon artists’ colony in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of these artists, such as Margaret Law and Josephine Sibley Couper, also lived in Spartanburg.
Emory is the author of a coffee table book that inspired the Upstairs exhibit. Also called “Artists Among Us,” the book features double-page spreads for 100 artists showing a representative art work, the artist’s portrait and an artist’s statement. All but four of the artists are in the current show. The book is available for purchase at the gallery.
Emory and his wife, Shannon, are owners and operators of Carolina Gallery in downtown Spartanburg.
The Upstairs’ doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more details, call 828-859-2828 or visit Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.
– article submitted by Upstairs Artspace

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