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.
Dabney Mahanes | A Woman’s Journey
February 11 – March 20, 2015
This body of work, which spans over years of focusing on the female figure, has unfolded as a journey through the many stages of a woman’s life from her youth to her mature years. A large part of myself is in this work yet these images are archetypal, universally symbolic. The three archetypes I have explored are The Maiden, The Mother, and The Wise Woman. These paintings express a moment in time through the image of a single figure, or a figure in relationship to another, or the archetypal figure accompanied by her companions of the natural world. Of course there is a negative aspect as well as a positive aspect to the archetypes. Also these feminine archetypes travel through as male’s life as well. The Raven is the symbol that has accompanied me through darkness, transformation, and birthing into this time of discovery and creativity. This is depicted in my painting “The Ascension of the Animus”. My hope is that the viewer can leave with a deeper awareness of the paths these feminine images weave through his of her life and a higher respect for the wisdom carried by the mature woman.
Dabney Mahanes was born in Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Arts, worked as an illustrator for McGraw Hill and did freelance advertising and book illustration while married and raising 3 children. She now lives in Greenville, South Carolina where she works out of her own studio at 5 Smith Street in the Village Art District as a professional artist and has exhibited her drawings and paintings in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.
Spaces: Work by Bruce Schlein and Alice Schlein
December 19, 2014 – February 9, 2015
A self-taught photographer, I have been sharing my knowledge and vision with others for the past fifty years. I currently teach photography in the OLLI program at Furman University.
My first mentor was John Menapace of Durham NC, a guide for many Carolina photographers. My objective has always been to see and feel what is around me and interpret these stimuli photographically; I hope the viewers will receive these feelings even if they have to work at it a bit.
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 www.centrestage.org
Impressions of Greenville // Paintings by Jacki Newell
January 16 – March 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
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.
Grace Scherer | Faces and Places
February 16th – April 24th, 2015
This exhibit includes recent works in watercolor and oil by Grace Scherer of Greenville, South Carolina. A native of Fredonia, New York she received her BFA degree from Syracuse University in 1958. She has taught public and private schools as well as watercolor workshops in galleries and museums. She was also a part of the artist in residency programs in West Virginia. She has studied watercolor under Tony Couch, Tony van Hasselt, Frank Webb and Edgar Whitney. She has taught watercolor in the FULIR program at Furman University and also at Greenville Tech. Presently she works with the TAG painters at Trinity United Methodist Church. The founder and member of the Western Maryland Watercolor Society, she has held memberships in the Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Carolina Watercolor Societies and in Greenville was a member of the Upcountry Plein Air Artists.
The artist founded and operated Gallery 128 in Cumberland, Maryland for eleven years. Her works are in public and private collections across the United States. Her studio is in her home at 36 Tilbury Way and may be viewed by appointment only.