Looking for arts and theatre events in Greenville, SC? Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something that piques your interest.

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Baker Exhibit Center

In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world—refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution—can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers. This approach to innovation, called biomimicry, is becoming increasingly popular.

Nature’s Blueprints is supported in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, The Laurel of Asheville, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide, and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.

Art Exhibition: Long Overdue
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

TUESDAY – FRIDAY 9 AM – 5 PM
SATURDAY 11 AM – 3 PM

Long Overdue, Traci Wright Martin and Michelle Radford underscore the importance of recognizing and acknowledging women’s contributions. Traci Wright Martin’s charcoal and mixed media series, “Art Herstory and the Moth,” focuses on underrepresented women in art history, paying tribute to them through visual quotations and symbolism. Michelle Radford highlights the historical oversight of women’s textile work and aims to bring recognition to their innovative designs as valuable artistic expressions.

Both artists challenge traditional perceptions of gender norms, albeit in different contexts. Wright Martin challenges the overshadowing of female artists in art history by drawing a parallel to imagery of moths. Often an overlooked organism, the moth in Martin’s work symbolizes the need for representation of the feminine art experience. Meanwhile, Radford challenges distinctions between art and craft, conceptual and decorative, urging viewers to reconsider their attitudes toward women’s stitchwork and handicrafts.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

michelle berg radford

MICHELLE BERG RADFORD

Michelle Berg Radford is a multi-disciplinary artist working at the intersection of women’s craft and what is considered “fine art painting.” Michelle earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied landscape painting and fiber arts. Michelle is also an educator with 16 years of teaching experience in higher education.

For millennia, women have expressed their creativity and skill in clothing their families and
caring for their private spaces through textiles. Their innovative designs have often been
overlooked as art, but are now slowly being recognized for the innovative and insightful
works that they are.

In this work, I join women’s handicrafts with landscape painting, a well-trodden genre in art, to introduce a new way of looking at both. These pieces begin as flat canvas studio paintings which I then fold and stitch to create dimensional smocked paintings. I borrow a time-honored heirloom sewing technique traditionally employed by women to construct garments and translate it through scale into contemporary sculptural paintings. By
presenting these works in a gallery setting in which fine art is viewed, the viewer is called to
acknowledge women’s stitch-work as valuable expressions of the maker and to question their own attitudes about the common distinctions between art versus craft, skilled versus
unskilled, conceptual versus decorative, and fine versus ordinary.

In the process a substantial portion of the painting is hidden, an apt metaphor for the
hiddenness of much of women’s valuable work of caring.

traci Wright Martin

TRACI WRIGHT MARTIN

Traci Wright Martin is an award-winning charcoal and mixed media artist. The overall narrative in her portrait and figurative work addresses the idea of representation, weaving contemporary realism with abstract design elements. Her pioneering approach to mixed media utilizes charcoal as the foundation and brings in various combinations of paint, patterned paper collage and other experimental techniques to the finished design. The primary thematic focus in Martin’s work is the legacy and evolution of the female experience and its influence on artmaking and cultural traditions. She ties an autobiographical visual philosophy to the broader, shared human experience through symbolic elements of nature in a unique, yet relatable style.

After graduating with a BA in Art from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she spent her early career showing extensively in the Oklahoma and Texas art scenes, with artist teaching residencies in Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska. Solo and group shows have included the Oklahoma State Capitol gallery, Oklahoma Contemporary, The Charles B. Goddard Center, IAO Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Brookgreen Gardens Museum, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, and both the Equity Gallery and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has received numerous awards and top accolades in international, national and regional juried shows, claiming multiple “Best in Show” titles. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Artist’s Network: Best of Drawing, American Art Collector, International Artist, Pastel Journal, New Visionary Artist Magazine, and a selection of titles for PoetsArtists. Martin’s first book, a retrospective of her work entitled “North/South”, is being published in 2024 by Snap Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark.

GENEROUS SUPPORT PROVIDED BY MEDIA SPONSOR

For any artwork purchase inquiries, please visit the gallery during regular business hours or contact Gallery Director, Ben Tarcson for more information.

Phil Garrett | Sojourn: Paintings and Works on Paper
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Woodbine Studio & Gallery

Woodbine Studio proudly announces an upcoming art exhibition featuring the renowned artist Phil Garrett. Titled “SOJOURN: Paintings and Works on Paper,” this showcase is set to open on January 19, 2024, and will continue through February 24, 2024, at Woodbine Studio, located at 1112 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC.

This exhibition promises to be a stunning journey through Phil Garrett’s artistic explorations, featuring a range of his exceptional paintings and works on paper. Known for his vibrant use of color and innovative techniques, Garrett’s works are a testament to his mastery and creativity.

Opening Reception:
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 19th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet the artist and experience his works in an intimate setting.

Exhibition Details:
Title: SOJOURN: Paintings and Works on Paper
Artist: Phil Garrett
Venue: Woodbine Studio, 1112 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC
Exhibition Dates: January 19, 2024 – February 24, 2024
Opening Reception: January 19th, 6 PM – 9 PM

About Phil Garrett:
Phil Garrett is an acclaimed artist whose works have captivated audiences worldwide. His use of color and form brings a unique perspective to contemporary art. Garrett’s paintings and works on paper are a journey into the realms of abstraction and expressionism, making each piece a statement of artistic innovation.

True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Flood Gallery

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mixtape! The Best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

It’s February, which means ‘the boys are back!’ From the same outstanding musical talent who brought you the Music of Queen, the Eagles, and the Beatles, welcome to Mixtape! The Best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Come shake off the winter blues with this red-hot rockin’ playlist featuring tunes you know and love. It’ll be ‘a gas,’ ‘far out,’ and ‘totally tubular!’

City Dance
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
Landmark Hal

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.

Into the Woods
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
Greenville Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

This production is rated PG-13 for mature themes.

The modern-day classic brings together everyone’s favorite storybook characters with a twist as they embark on unexpected journeys Into The Woods. With a Tony Award-winning score by the late Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this show explores what happens after your fairytale wishes come true. Join Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and Beanstalk as they go beyond “ever after” to find out what happens next on their journey.

Contra Dance At The OFB
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Old Farmer’s Ball Thursday Dance
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bryson Gym Warren Wilson College

Our Thursday Dance

This dance is fragrance-free (no perfume, cologne, strong deodorant, etc.), out of respect for those with sensitivities.

Schedule

  • Every Thursday night (except as indicated on the calendar)
  • Beginner lesson at 7:30 pm (advanced dancers are welcome to help out during the lesson!)
  • Dance 8 pm – 11 pm

Cost

  • Non-members: $12
  • OFB Members: $10
  • Warren Wilson community: $1

If this is your first time dancing with us, your second dance is free!

Friday, February 23, 2024
Artisphere 2024 Artists Are LIVE
Feb 23 all-day
online

 

 

Our 140 artists for the 2024 festival are live, sortable by medium. Artisphere May10-12 2024

Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Baker Exhibit Center

In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world—refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution—can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers. This approach to innovation, called biomimicry, is becoming increasingly popular.

Nature’s Blueprints is supported in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, The Laurel of Asheville, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide, and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.

Art Exhibition: Long Overdue
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

TUESDAY – FRIDAY 9 AM – 5 PM
SATURDAY 11 AM – 3 PM

Long Overdue, Traci Wright Martin and Michelle Radford underscore the importance of recognizing and acknowledging women’s contributions. Traci Wright Martin’s charcoal and mixed media series, “Art Herstory and the Moth,” focuses on underrepresented women in art history, paying tribute to them through visual quotations and symbolism. Michelle Radford highlights the historical oversight of women’s textile work and aims to bring recognition to their innovative designs as valuable artistic expressions.

Both artists challenge traditional perceptions of gender norms, albeit in different contexts. Wright Martin challenges the overshadowing of female artists in art history by drawing a parallel to imagery of moths. Often an overlooked organism, the moth in Martin’s work symbolizes the need for representation of the feminine art experience. Meanwhile, Radford challenges distinctions between art and craft, conceptual and decorative, urging viewers to reconsider their attitudes toward women’s stitchwork and handicrafts.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

michelle berg radford

MICHELLE BERG RADFORD

Michelle Berg Radford is a multi-disciplinary artist working at the intersection of women’s craft and what is considered “fine art painting.” Michelle earned an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied landscape painting and fiber arts. Michelle is also an educator with 16 years of teaching experience in higher education.

For millennia, women have expressed their creativity and skill in clothing their families and
caring for their private spaces through textiles. Their innovative designs have often been
overlooked as art, but are now slowly being recognized for the innovative and insightful
works that they are.

In this work, I join women’s handicrafts with landscape painting, a well-trodden genre in art, to introduce a new way of looking at both. These pieces begin as flat canvas studio paintings which I then fold and stitch to create dimensional smocked paintings. I borrow a time-honored heirloom sewing technique traditionally employed by women to construct garments and translate it through scale into contemporary sculptural paintings. By
presenting these works in a gallery setting in which fine art is viewed, the viewer is called to
acknowledge women’s stitch-work as valuable expressions of the maker and to question their own attitudes about the common distinctions between art versus craft, skilled versus
unskilled, conceptual versus decorative, and fine versus ordinary.

In the process a substantial portion of the painting is hidden, an apt metaphor for the
hiddenness of much of women’s valuable work of caring.

traci Wright Martin

TRACI WRIGHT MARTIN

Traci Wright Martin is an award-winning charcoal and mixed media artist. The overall narrative in her portrait and figurative work addresses the idea of representation, weaving contemporary realism with abstract design elements. Her pioneering approach to mixed media utilizes charcoal as the foundation and brings in various combinations of paint, patterned paper collage and other experimental techniques to the finished design. The primary thematic focus in Martin’s work is the legacy and evolution of the female experience and its influence on artmaking and cultural traditions. She ties an autobiographical visual philosophy to the broader, shared human experience through symbolic elements of nature in a unique, yet relatable style.

After graduating with a BA in Art from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she spent her early career showing extensively in the Oklahoma and Texas art scenes, with artist teaching residencies in Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska. Solo and group shows have included the Oklahoma State Capitol gallery, Oklahoma Contemporary, The Charles B. Goddard Center, IAO Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Brookgreen Gardens Museum, The Grand Bohemian Gallery, and both the Equity Gallery and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has received numerous awards and top accolades in international, national and regional juried shows, claiming multiple “Best in Show” titles. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Artist’s Network: Best of Drawing, American Art Collector, International Artist, Pastel Journal, New Visionary Artist Magazine, and a selection of titles for PoetsArtists. Martin’s first book, a retrospective of her work entitled “North/South”, is being published in 2024 by Snap Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark.

GENEROUS SUPPORT PROVIDED BY MEDIA SPONSOR

For any artwork purchase inquiries, please visit the gallery during regular business hours or contact Gallery Director, Ben Tarcson for more information.

“Chips Off the Old Block: A Retrospective of Roscoe Conn’s Art”
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg
Chips off the Old Block

Upstate collage artist and teacher Roscoe Conn describes his artwork and art career as “chunks” of himself that do not fall far from his personality and approach to life. He will share himself and his collage and mixed media art in his solo exhibition, “Chips Off the Old Block: A Retrospective of Roscoe Conn’s Art,” Jan. 2 through March 2, 2024, in the Solomon Gallery of the Artists Collective | Spartanburg.

Conn says his “vision and spirit are evident in the collection’s style, content and form. Ranging from meditations on politics and identity to landscapes of my environment, the exhibit showcases a consistent appreciation and appraisal of the things in life we often take for

Artists’ Guild | Mary Verrandeaux – Faces + Places
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Guild Gallery • Chapman Cultural Center

Artists’ Guild | Mary Verrandeaux – Faces & Places

Feb 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, and 27-29, 2024 / 10am – 4 pm

 

The Guild Gallery • Chapman Cultural Center

Heart + Soul: A Celebration of Love and Spirit
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

The heart and soul are two “essential aspects of humanity,” says Upstate mixed media artist Robyn Crawford. That’s why she and artist Lady Pluuto came together to present a joint exhibition, “Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Love and Spirit,” Feb. 6 through March 2 in Gallery II of the Artists Collective | Spartanburg.

Inman Yarn Club
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Inman Library

Drop by the Inman Library to knit (or crochet) with friends. This social knitting group meets every Friday morning, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Knitting/crochet needles and yarn will be provided, or you can bring your own. Adults ages 18+, no registration required.

Phil Garrett | Sojourn: Paintings and Works on Paper
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Woodbine Studio & Gallery

Woodbine Studio proudly announces an upcoming art exhibition featuring the renowned artist Phil Garrett. Titled “SOJOURN: Paintings and Works on Paper,” this showcase is set to open on January 19, 2024, and will continue through February 24, 2024, at Woodbine Studio, located at 1112 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC.

This exhibition promises to be a stunning journey through Phil Garrett’s artistic explorations, featuring a range of his exceptional paintings and works on paper. Known for his vibrant use of color and innovative techniques, Garrett’s works are a testament to his mastery and creativity.

Opening Reception:
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 19th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet the artist and experience his works in an intimate setting.

Exhibition Details:
Title: SOJOURN: Paintings and Works on Paper
Artist: Phil Garrett
Venue: Woodbine Studio, 1112 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC
Exhibition Dates: January 19, 2024 – February 24, 2024
Opening Reception: January 19th, 6 PM – 9 PM

About Phil Garrett:
Phil Garrett is an acclaimed artist whose works have captivated audiences worldwide. His use of color and form brings a unique perspective to contemporary art. Garrett’s paintings and works on paper are a journey into the realms of abstraction and expressionism, making each piece a statement of artistic innovation.

Shaped by Clay: Clayshaper Jim Weber
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Upstate potter Jim Weber doesn’t consider himself an artist, but many of those who own some of his works may disagree, choosing to display their pieces in their homes or offices as decorative art. Weber will exhibit his “traditional utilitarian and decorative” pottery Feb. 6 through March 2.

Daddy Daughter Date Night
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Hearts of Clay

In honor of our daughters we are doing our 9th annual Valentine’s Daddy Daughter Date Night. We will have chocolate, candies, cookies and soft drinks and water. Cost is $3 per person non-refundable event fee plus cost of whatever pottery you choose to paint that night. We will have a picture taking area, call today and reserve your seat! Two events this year, February 9th and 23rd.

If you would like to sit with another daddy daughter that will be attending, please call us at 864-576-2228 or put in the notes at checkout. Thanks!

Mixtape! The Best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

It’s February, which means ‘the boys are back!’ From the same outstanding musical talent who brought you the Music of Queen, the Eagles, and the Beatles, welcome to Mixtape! The Best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Come shake off the winter blues with this red-hot rockin’ playlist featuring tunes you know and love. It’ll be ‘a gas,’ ‘far out,’ and ‘totally tubular!’