Midway through its 40th anniversary, Upstairs Artspace in Tryon will sponsor three new exhibitions for 11 well-established artists in the Carolinas, the Southeast, and across the United States.
The opening date is Saturday, June 23, with an artists’ walk and talk, 5-6 p.m., and a public reception, 6-7:30 p.m., with refreshments and live guitar. The gallery is located at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon.
“Four Women/Four Journeys” features abstract and impressionist paintings by Bonnie Bardos, Saluda, Patricia Cole-Ferullo and Linda Hudgins of Tryon and Carol Beth Icard of Landrum. The women express their spiritual and mental journeys through bold and colorful art, gallery representatives said. All are exhibited in regional galleries and private and public collections.
“Reflected Forms: Stone, Wood, Clay, Steel” features floor and wall sculptures by Mark Gardner, Stoney Lamar, Dale McEntire, Shane Varnadore, Dale Weiler and David Zacharias, all residents of Polk County.
Gardner and Lamar are nationally recognized woodturners in museums, galleries and collections.
Varnadore grew his reputation as a turner. McEntire and Zacharias, artists and art teachers, sculpt pieces with clay, wood, stone, metal and glass. Weiler, animal artist, sculpts stone and bronze.
“Holland Van Gores: Polychrome Turnings” features the artist’s signature wooden turned vessels, crafted with maple and milk paint. Van Gores, who lives in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, has built an enthusiastic following throughout western North Carolina since moving from the Caribbean. He is represented by The Gallery at Flat Rock.
The exhibitions run until August 3. For more information, visit upstairsartspace.org.
– Submitted by Claire Sachse