Spartanburg art co-op to host all-member show with tours

West Main Artists Co-op will host an exhibition showcasing new work created by 48 local co-op members who are visual artists. The annual all-member art exhibition: “Open Doors” will run Nov. 15 through Dec. 29 at the art co-op, 578 W. Main St. Spartanburg.

The free exhibit opens with an evening of open studio tours and a reception during ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, when most of the organization’s studio artists will literally “open their doors” to the public. It will remain on view during regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

This exhibition was conceived as an opportunity for all of the co-op’s members to have their best and newest work on view to be able to sell their work for the Christmas holiday season. With most of WMAC’s exhibitions, the work stays in the gallery until the end of the exhibition. With this one, the work can leave with the buyer after the opening reception, and the artists may then exhibit additional pieces of work as space allows.

“Patrons may take home their purchases immediately rather than wait until the end of the exhibit, making gift buying more convenient,” committee chair Nancy Williamson said in a statement.

 “Open Doors” also will allow guests to visit at least 25 of the member artists in their working studios and another 15 artists as they greet guests, talk about their work, or give demonstrations — all at one location.

The studio tours provide an intimate view into the lives and work spaces of the artists, plus visitors will be able to see where and how ideas are conceived and developed. The artists will discuss their work, and there will be various demonstrations throughout the evening on letterpress, printing, pottery, jewelry making, glass arts, watercolor, textile arts, and more.

WMAC is home to six performing artists. During the Nov. 15 Open Studio reception, at least two members will perform. Josh Tennant, guitarist, will entertain guests with his guitar; Sandy Staggs and Proud Mary Theatre Company will entertain with show tunes.

In addition to the opening reception, two other special events will give patrons the opportunity to interact with the artists while viewing “Open Doors.” On Dec. 1, the co-op will host “Studio Saturday” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will include many artists working and receiving patrons in their studios, refreshments, and a 2 p.m. performance by Sparkle City Improv.

“Some people just cannot make ArtWalk on Thursday evenings, so we have this Saturday event to accommodate people who use the weekend for community activities and holiday shopping,” Williamson said in a statement.

The exhibit’s closing reception will be from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 20, during ArtWalk. Again, many of the artists will be on hand to greet patrons, discuss their new work, and answer questions. “Even though this is closing reception, the exhibits will stay up until Saturday, Dec. 29,” Williamson stressed.

For more information, please visit online: WestMainArtists.org.