MAC Featured Galleries

MAC Gallery

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. Since 2010, exhibits at MAC have been sponsored by Regions Bank, and we thank Chris Riley, Regions’ South Carolina Market President and MAC Board Member, for this company’s very generous level of support.

Currently Showing:
Boxed In
October 28 – December 12, 2014


Opening Reception: November 1, 2014
6:30 – 11:00pm

“Boxed In” is an exhibit consisting of one 12”  x  12” (x 12”) work of art from each of the participating Open Studios 2014 artists. The show will be on display in the MAC gallery at 16 Augusta Street from October 28 – through December 12. If you missed out on Open Studios this year (November 8 & 9) you still have a chance to see the artist’s work!


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.  Since 2010, each of the exhibits has been sponsored by South Carolina Bank & Trust, 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

Coming Soon
Marie Gruber | Works in Photography
November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.



Liberty Bridge
42 x 24 inches
Archival pigment on paper

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.

Coming Soon:
Michael E. Allen – From the Mountains to the Sea
November 17, 2014 – January 9, 2015

Artist Bio:
At an early age an interest in art was developed and cultured. Many hours have been spent at the drawing board developing skills that would prove to be invaluable later in life. Art classes in high school and college were instrumental in fine tuning painting techniques. However, it is a strong desire to paint real, un-distorted life that has led to a bold style which is characterized by brilliant colors. This style which often takes on a “blue” theme has become recognizable throughout the South East.

Working primarily with oil paints, subject range from wildlife, to land & seascapes, to ethnic (African/American) art. Works by Michael Allen have been exhibited at Talladega College, Tri County Technical College, The Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg and Pickens County Art Museums, The Falls Cottage Art Gallery, The Greenville Cultural Exchange Center, Art of Passage Art Gallery and many other upstate galleries. In addition appearances have been made in outdoor festivals in Greenville, Spartanburg, Charleston, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, also Asheville, Blowing Rock and Hendersonville, North Carolina, Tybee Island, Georgia, Fernandina Beach, Florida and as far away as Detroit, Michigan.

Michael was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1951 and attended Greenville area schools. A B.S. degree in Chemistry was received in 1974 from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. It was at Talladega College where he met the lovely Yolande Brown, who later became his wife. They have three children, two of which exhibit excellent skills at the drawing board and may someday join with their father at Allen’s Art Studio.

Artist Statement:
I am a native of Greenville, South Carolina and I work primarily with oil on canvas.  My subjects range from wildlife to land and seascapes, to ethnic (African-American) art.  My African-American works are inspired by deep meaning and open to various interpretations.  It is always my intention to capture the pride within a struggle or the hope within despair.  With my wildlife works, be it waterfowl, birds of the air, or fish (and mammals) of the sea, my intention is only to capture the beauty of nature.  Working with a cool or blue palette, my goal is to get people to notice a beauty that needs no interpretation.  I attempt to open the publics’ eyes to the vast number of colors found on the blackbird or the many shades of blue of the Blue Jay or even the multiple shades of red found on the Cardinal.  With my underwater works, my goal is to be as true to life as possible.  If one can see the true beauty of the sea turtle or the simplicity of the coral reef, the desire to protect and save planet earth will come naturally.

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Greenback and Company
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches

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