Sparkle City Improv Debuts at Thursday’s ArtWalk at West Main Co-Op

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West Main Artists Co-Op will be the epicenter of ArtWalk in Spartanburg Thursday, Jan. 19, with the opening of two new art exhibits and a live comedy performance by Sparkle City Improv, a Spartanburg-based improvisational company. The nonprofit venue will open its doors 5-9 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and free refreshments will be served.

The exhibit “Visions & Vessels” will open during ArtWalk and will showcase the work of 14 local artists who are new members of the Co-Op: Patrick DeCrane, Susan Eleazer, Marcy Fedalei, Glenda Guion, Rita Howard, Eugene Johnson, Carol Kelly, Melissa McEllhiney, Ruza Pocivavsek, David Sawyer, Shelley Sperka, Cherri Williams, Anna Abhau Elliot, and Chandler Crawford. Their media will include ceramics, photography, glass, painting, and comedy improvisation.

The second exhibit to open that night will be “Many Moods in Watercolor” by the nationally acclaimed artist Dwight Rose. Most of Rose’s 15 works will be paintings of architecture, florals, and landscapes. “I do not paint people, things, architecture or landscapes, I paint what light does to people, things, architecture and landscapes,” Rose said. “This show embodies a style that’s based on representational impressionism where the beginnings are based on an abstractive design. As a transparent watercolorist, I thrive on the use of the white of the paper for my lights and working with a palette that is comprised of pigments that are of a transparent quality also. Spotlighted in this show will be the inspirations I found in unlikely places.”

All of the work in Rose’s exhibit will be for sale and was created during the past three months. Rose is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design earning a bachelor’s degree in painting. He went on to teach both in Ringling’s degree and community art programs and VCU School of the Arts in Qatar. During his 25-year career, Dwight has won numerous awards and his work has been included in many collections here in the US and abroad.

At 7 p.m., Sparkle City Improv’s professional team, AiR BUD, will present a 15-minute improvisational comedy show. “We perform improv comedy, which means that we take a suggestion from the audience, and then the six performers on stage make up a scene that will never be repeated! So if you like ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ You’ll love Sparkle City Improv.” Sparkle City Improv started in February 2015 and is a member of the Co-Op, hosting public workshops — Space Jam — the last Sunday of each month. Its purpose to hone and present improvisational acting. In addition, the acting troupe is expected to announce its formal name change to Sparkle City Improv during this performance.

“This will be one of our most ambitious evenings of ArtWalk,” spokesperson Annette Giaco said. “West Main Co-Op has always been a major contributor to ArtWalk — where local citizens go to see local art — but this January event will be especially inviting because we’re opening two new exhibits by both new artists and a well established artist, and we’ll have a performance, too. You’ll see a wide selection of artwork; the work of one of our most respected artists, Dwight Rose; and you’ll get to laugh. I’m personally psyched about having Sparkle City Improv perform. It’s not often that people in Spartanburg get to see improv comedy. It can be very off the cuff, very insightful, very current, and sometimes very irreverent. If you’re going to ArtWalk, West Main Artists Co-Op will be the place to be on January 19.”

ArtWalk is a self-perpetuating public event on the third Thursday of each of month, when most of the art galleries and museums in Spartanburg host receptions. It is an excellent opportunity for patrons to socialize and see what is new on Spartanburg’s art scene. West Main Artists Co-Op houses affordable studio space for many artists. In addition, it has performance and meeting space, galleries, and displays of locally made art that is for sale.

For more information, please call the Co-Op at (864) 804-6501. You can also visit online at WestMainArtists.org.

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