West Main Artists Co-Op is currently hosting its annual All Members Exhibition, and from Thursday, Dec. 15, through Dec. 24, a selection of the locally produced artwork will be discounted for the organization non-profit’s Holiday Retail Blitz. The Co-Op will be open for ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. with festive refreshments and the work of about 60 artists on display. In addition to major works of art, such as paintings and sculptures, there will be many smaller pieces, such as pottery, jewelry, prints, greeting cards, gift cards, and Christmas ornaments.
“As a nonprofit organization that solely supports and promotes local artists, West Main Artists Co-Op provides an outlet for creativity, productivity, and availability,” member and potter Nancy Williamson said. “We are always open for ArtWalk each month, but this month we are mindful that people are looking for Christmas gifts. You won’t find a wider selection of original and local artwork anywhere else in Spartanburg. Nearly all of our members are participating. If you want to give local artwork to the ones you love, we will have something for everyone no matter your taste or budget.”
The All Member Exhibition will run through Jan. 19, 2017. However, ArtWalk is a citywide, free, and self-perpetuating event on the third Thursday each month when most local art galleries stay open late so that patrons can socialize and see the latest art on local display. Now through Christmas Eve, the Co-Op will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, in conjunction with Holiday Retail Blitz, members will demonstrate techniques they employ in making their work. Rosemary McLeod will demonstrate basic wire work for jewelry 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Joan Wheatley will demonstrate how she makes miniature treehouses from10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Various ceramic artists will demonstrate a variety of techniques throughout the day. For more information about the Co-Op and its activities, please call (864) 804-6501. Or, visit online at WestMainArtists.org.