Popular photo exhibit extended at Upstairs Artspace

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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The current and very popular photography exhibition at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon has been extended for public view through Friday, December 15.

UNCOMMON: ELIZABETH MATHESON PHOTOGRAPHS 1970-2018, a collection of more than 70 black-and-white and color photos, was originally scheduled to end Dec. 1, having started on Oct. 21. It has been a very popular exhibit, seen by local citizens and a great many visitors from out-of-town. 

“UNCOMMON has been one of our most visited exhibits of 2023,” Board President Patti Trobaugh said. “Everyone who comes is amazed by this work. Elizabeth Matheson was most kind to allow us to keep it two more weeks.”

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This first-ever exhibition in Tryon features Matheson’s personal and intimate experience of landscapes and interiors from North Carolina and around the world, a recurring motif reflecting an abiding interest in memory, perception, and the power of place. From Hillsborough to Havana, Matheson’s ever-evolving, yet singular style rewards the viewer with an uncommon stillness and a sly humor. Her photographs express her passion for formalism, material and a unique visual language, exemplifying what an artist’s gaze can produce. 

A North Carolina native, Matheson was one of the earliest female photographers working in the 1970s. Her body of work has secured her a singular place in the history of photography and has a lasting impact on all photographers. She was awarded the North Carolina Award in fine arts, the state’s highest civilian honor.

The exhibit can be seen during Upstairs Artspace’s regular hours, Tuesday-Saturday, noon- 5 p.m. The gallery is located in downtown Tryon, next to the movie theater. Founded in 1977, Upstairs Artspace is a contemporary art gallery, presenting about five exhibitions each year. It is a nonprofit organization that is deeply appreciative of the financial support of its patrons, the Polk County Community Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council.


Submitted by Steve Wong