USC Upstate Gallery on Main hosts SC Arts Commission Fellowship Exhibition

UPSTATE Gallery on Main, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the SC Arts Commission, presents “Southern Gothic,” a sculptural installation by Charleston artist and SC Arts Commission fellow Herb Parker. The exhibition opens Friday and runs through March 24, at the gallery located at 172 E. Main St. in downtown Spartanburg. An artist’s reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 18 during Spartanburg ArtWalk.

In “Southern Gothic,” Parker explores the nuances and incongruities of modern life through the conjoining of hand-crafted and found objects, which are used to create an assemblage-inspired installation. Surreal and often macabre, Parker’s highly topical works are imbued with a sense of his own history, culture, and philosophies.

Originally from Elizabeth City, N.C., Parker earned his MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University and currently teaches at the College of Charleston. He has completed artist residencies at the Center for Contemporary Art, ArtPark, Quartz Mountain Nature Park, and Kotakiji Temple, among many others. Parker has also received grants and fellowships from numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since 1983, he has created more than 60 site-specific installations.

For more information about Parker, visit his website: herbparker.us.

This exhibition is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation and First Citizens Bank.

The gallery is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page, UPSTATE Gallery on Main.

 

International Auto Show comes to the Upstate

The 2018 South Carolina International Auto Show will feature cars for those who are in the market for a new vehicle, interested in the newest in-car technology, or just love cars. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the TD Convention Center, located at One Exposition Avenue, Greenville.

Brands on display at this year’s show include Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Lexus, Maserati, Toyota and more, with new models boasting significant upgrades in safety, entertainment and convenience features. On the show floor for three days, attendees will be able to compare vehicles side by side under one roof.

Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (62 and over), military (with any DOD ID). Children 12 and under are admitted free every day with a paying adult. Free admission is also possible with promotional tickets available through The UPS Stores and local Spinx stations.

Advance sale discount E-tickets can be purchased online at www.southcarolinaautoshow.com.

 

Music Foundation presents two jazz concerts In Hendersonville, NC

The Music Foundation of Western North Carolina will present two jazz concerts this weekend. The concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hendersonville Community Theatre, 229 S. Washington St., in Hendersonville, N.C. Both concerts will benefit the theatre's building renovations and programming.

On Friday, the “New Orleans Baroque” concert will be a heady mix of jazz and classical Baroque music performed by flutist Rita Hayes, double bass player Keith Freeburg, drummer Morgen Cobb, and pianist Dr. John Cobb.

On Saturday, the “Jazz Standards” concert will present the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. It will be performed by pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro.

Tickets to each concert are $35 and can be purchased online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org.

 

Peace Center to present film about finding love through poetry

A film written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, "Window Horses" will be featured this weekend at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Main St., Greenville.

The film is a feature animation about love — love of family, poetry, history, and culture.

Twenty-year-old poet Rosie Ming lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, never having traveled anywhere alone. When she’s invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran, she meets colorful poets and Persians, and finally learns more about the Iranian father who she had assumed abandoned her. Rosie embarks on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and understanding, as she discovers her father’s past and her own cultural identity.

The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in Gunter Theatre. Tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, call 800-888-7768 or www.peacecenter.org.

 

Angela Easterling to play in concert during Sundays Unplugged

Angela Easterling will perform a free concert from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. The free concert is part of the weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Easterling is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as No. 12 on the top 100 albums.

Every Sunday from 1-5 p.m. the cultural center is open giving patrons a no-stress opportunity to enjoy local culture and arts. Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center and the Student Galleries are all open with free admission.