A group of 18 Upstate artists will not only shine the light, but will create with light, in their upcoming joint exhibition, “Glow Show: Creating with Light,” March 7 through April 1 in the Downstairs Gallery of the Artists Collective | Spartanburg. An artists’ reception will be held Thursday, March 16, as part of ArtWalk Spartanburg.
“The room will be lit up with blacklights, the artists will have paintings that glow on the walls,” says participating artist Sally Y. Weber. “Two tables will have 3D items painted with glow paints, one will be glowing fairy garden and the other our palettes, brushes and scraps that glow. This will be educational since we all are learning to use this different medium in our art. There will be curtains on the doors and windows. Small UV flashlights will be provided for viewers to use for interactive experience.”
Participating in the exhibition are Weber, Patrick Edwards, Shannon Patrick, Thomas Zumbach, Nancy Williamson, Jessica L. Massey, Robyn Crawford, Logan “Divinity” Foster, Alana “Lady Pluuto” Hall, Merry Beth Noble, Carol Story, Judy Martin, Sydney McMath, Mack Smith, Marcie Fedalei, Patty Wright, Dan Hazard and Janis McElligott.
The exhibit was inspired by “the glow-iest glow paint” Weber received from her son, Kit Weber, two years ago. She has been “glowing up” everything in her house since, she says.
“Having this awesome building of the ACS to show my work, I asked to do a 'Glow Show' and the idea was accepted,” she says, adding that she is excited that the new medium has inspired others to respond and become part of the first “Glow Show: Creating with Light” at ACS. “I just want to share the joy of the glow.”
Weber says the artists want visitors to see “glowing visions of art, fun glowing fairy gardens and glowing art mistakes. We want them to have a sense of wonder and delight. We want them to be inspired to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. They might glow.”
The 20-plus pieces in the exhibit will be offered for purchase, with prices ranging from $20 to $400.
“It's thrilling to be part of this wonderful collection of artists where it's always an inspiration to walk in the doors to see what new art is decorating the walls or see what everyone is working on next,” Weber says.