The MAC Gallery at 16 Augusta Street in the historic West End district serves as Greenville’s only public art gallery. The gallery is also home for the annual Greenville Open Studios exhibit in November, the One-Stop Open Studios retrospective in April-May and the Flat Out Under Pressure exhibit in June. Exhibits at MAC are sponsored by TD Bank, and we thank Michael Cooper, TD Bank Vice President and MAC Board Member, for this company’s very generous level of support.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 10 – February 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 2017 | 6:30 – 9:00 PM
I hold my breath each time a butterfly flutters across the highway while I silently implore, “Please make it.” The creature is so small, the vehicle so large, and the distance so great.
“Remnants” is defined as a small remaining quantity of something, a surviving trace. While some species of butterfly are vanishing, I continue to find beauty in their enduring. Their immediately recognizable form is a recurring motif in my work.
The two-dimensional collages are a source for the imagery printed onto the Japanese shoji paper butterflies – that are then used to create the suspended cocoons (the installation pieces). Of the shoji butterflies inhabiting the “Cocoon” exteriors, all but a fraction are hand-traced and cut.
While this exhibit serves as metaphor, it is also a literal reference to other small remaining quantities. Cursive script from my art journal mirrors a disappearing form of communication. Scraps of found and prepared papers reflect cut plants and felled trees. Deconstructed and repurposed artwork transforms my past into the present. Fragments elicit memory and emotion. The mere remnant of a wing evokes the beauty of the living butterfly.
Centre Stage Gallery
In 2005, MAC collaborated with Centre Stage, one of Greenville’s premier theaters, to provide exhibition space for MAC member artists in conjunction with each theatrical production throughout the year. The collaboration has been instrumental in enhancing awareness of the talent and professionalism of Greenville-area visual artists as well as of the outstanding theatrical programming in the region. The exhibits are sponsored by South State Bank, and we greatly appreciate this corporation’s commitment to the visual arts community. The partnership has resulted in displaying the works of over 100 Greenville-area artists. Centre Stage is also the venue for Artisphere’s annual Artists of the Upstate exhibition on display in May during one of Greenville’s premier weekends for visual and performing arts.
The Centre Stage Gallery is located at 501 River Street, Greenville, 29601
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 2:00 – 6:00pm
864-233-6733 and www.centrestage.org
March 1 – April 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31 | 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Artist Talk: 7:00 pm
“Carrying paper, black carbon and litho ink on my walk, I jump on every manhole cover and utilitarian thing around Greenville for my rubbings. I then bring these treasures home and build a story around them with letters and words.”
Sunny Mullarkey McGowan
January 13 – February 27, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
TD Gallery at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
In 2008, when the Greenville Chamber of Commerce renovated its facility on Cleveland Street, MAC partnered with the Chamber to provide display opportunities for MAC member visual artists throughout the first floor. Over 3,000 visitors on a monthly basis come into the Chamber building, and they are given a great chance to become familiar with the work of Greenville-area artists. Since 2008, the TD Gallery at the Chamber has hosted shows by Phillip Gott, Georgia Harrison, Jane Doyle, Blaine Owens and the founding artists of Greenville Open Studios, to name only a few.
Through February 17, 2017