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.
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.
This show is about the spaces people occupy, will occupy or have occupied and what is left behind or will be put forward. I try to be in the spaces and imagine what people have done there, a history reconstructed. I have found that every space has its own life, feel and information, which I try to interpret and then convey through my photographs.
The pictures are toned black and white and printed in small scale. This is by intent to encourage the viewer to move in close and experience the image in depth.
In my 50 years of weaving, my major interest has always been structure: how the interaction of the threads on the loom leads to a language of texture and color. The ways this language can be used, and my wonderful looms that aid in the dialog, are endlessly interesting to me. My recent foray into bookmaking, combined with a love of woven fabric, has resulted in this collection of blank journals with handwoven covers.
The books with wraparound covers are constructed in the long-stitch technique, and the hardbacked books are stitched on linen tapes. All the fabrics covering the books are handwoven by me on a TC-1 Thread Controller, a jacquard-type loom, and contain cotton, wool, silk, and rayon fibers. All the pages are acid-free and archival. The journals are ready for the new owners to complete the pages with their own stories.
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
Marie Gruber | Works in Photography
November 21, 2014 – January 9, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 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.
Michael E. Allen – From the Mountains to the Sea
November 17, 2014 – January 9, 2015
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.
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.
Greenback and Company
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches