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.
The Painterly Ladies Downtown
August 8 – October 10, 2014
Opening Reception: August 22, 2014
6:30 – 9:00pm
The Painterly Ladies are a group of 13 Greenville artists, led and instructed by Joye Burkhardt, who paint together weekly. Organized 12 years ago, the group is dedicated to the practice of exploring, learning, and studying with each other, as well as with nationally known artists.
Artists: Katie Bolt, Joye Burkhardt, Ginger Cebe, Janice Hagler, Carey Hudson, Kim Hassold, Deane King, Laura Lynn Luce, Melanie Pouch, Betsy Powell, Sharon Reynolds, Betty Smoak and Cherly West.
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
“Textile Impressions” by Edith McBee Hardaway
September 5 – October 10, 2014
Opening Reception: September 5, 6:30 – 9:00pm
“Little Mill Village”
14 x 16 inches
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.
Recent Works by Kara Bender
September 3 – November 7, 2014
Kara Bender received her BFA in 2008 from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and her MFA in Visual Arts in 2013 from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. Most recently, Bender exhibited her work at the Artist for Artists Project Galley in Simsbury, Connecticut as a William’s prize finalist (2014), was included in the juried exhibition entitled “A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition” at the Claypool-Young Gallery in Morehead, Kentucky (2013), and was featured in a solo exhibition in the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Juried Exhibitions Series (2013). She currently teaches design at Greenville Technical College and an Intro to Drawing class at the Spartanburg Art Museum. Her work focuses on issues concerning ethnography and social justice.
In recent works I have been focusing on various disparate elements working together to form a narrative space. It all started with the “Standard Deviation” series, 70 printed works from the combination and reorganization of roughly 350 linocuts. These works juxtaposed human elements and object representations to form a single environment that was a snapshot of everyday human mythologies and experiences. This process evolved to form the ongoing “This Proverbial Life” series, large ink drawings that use these combined elements to relay old proverbs from a contemporary point of view. The insight for this work was found from the interactions and observations among the underrepresented within my community and gave shape and form to various issues including healthcare struggles, media bias, femininity and sexual representation.
“The Foolish Sheep Makes the Wolf Her Confessor”
Pen and ink, water color, torn and burnt paper, wax crayon
37 x 28 inches