The Sparkle & Shine fundraiser has been cancelled due to COVID 19.
Artists Collective | Spartanburg, formerly West Main Artists Cooperative, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and re-branding with a fundraiser, "Sparkle & Shine" March 21, 6 - 8pm.
The event will feature an art exhibit with work for sale by member artists, performance by the Maddd Artist, an interactive art installation by Jimmy O'Neal and a scavenger hunt, as well as hors d'oeuvres and wine.
This fundraising event is a coming-out party for the organization's new image. An image that it hopes will showcase more completely the over 50 member artists who live in all part of Spartanburg and surrounding counties. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the 32 artists' studios that are housed in the former church building at 578 W. Main St. in Spartanburg.
"Our name, west Main Artists Co-Op, suggested a neighborhood organization with a small number of members and a limited reach in the community," Dave Sawyer, fundraising chair of Artists Collective | Spartanburg, explains. "We came to realize that a clear and defining name and a dynamic and recognizable logo are extremely important to the overall success of our organization and he fulfillment of our mission."
Beth Regula has been the Chair of the Management Board for the past seven years and witnessed the growth, challenges and change. "I know that opportunities have not always been available for young artists or young-at-art artists, and this is what keeps me involved," she says of the process of creating art space out of an abandoned church that now houses the largest collection of locally-made art for sale in the county.
The organization became increasingly aware of the fact that to be sustainable they needed to tell their story better and increase sources of funding through grants and sponsorships. This fundraiser is a step toward involving the community in the important process of realizing the mission of making art and artists more accessible.
Tickets for the event, $40 for singles, $75 for couples, may be purchased online at artistscollectivespartanburg.org, at the Retail Shop at 578 W. Main St. or at the door the night of the event.
For information contact Artists Collective | Spartanburg, 864-804-6501