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Chapman’s Calendar of Events for April 2015

March 27, 2015 | Press Releases

SAM Art Exhibition: From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason
From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason is on view through April 19 (began Feb. 12) in Spartanburg Art Museum. This selection of 30 paintings is on loan from The Johnson Collection. A well renowned Ashcan School painter, Thomason studied painting at the Art Student League in New York before moving back to North Carolina in the 1930s. The exhibition features portraits of family, friends, and peers in New York and North Carolina. Thomason’s landscapes and everyday scenes convey Appalachian culture and solidify his place as a true regionalist, depicting the people and places living and working in the Southeast. Museum hours:  Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Free Admission. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
SAM Art Exhibition: Dark Corners
Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads is on view through April 19 (began Feb. 12). This collection of oil paintings by Julyan Davis offers viewers glimpses into haunting narratives that depict the region’s history as well as present day culture. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Free Admission. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
Spartanburg’s Music History Exhibition
Spartanburg Regional History Museum at Chapman Cultural Center will continue its locally curated exhibition Spartanburg’s Music History through Nov. 1. Learn about Spartanburg’s role in producing nationally acclaimed musicians, historic venues, and more. The History Museum is free and open for public viewing Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.
 
Guild Art Exhibit: Dwight Rose
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg presents Low Country & Sea Islands, a collection of watercolors by member Dwight Rose, April 1-28, at Chapman Cultural Center. A free public reception will be held Thursday, April 16, 6-8 p.m., during the monthly ArtWalk. This exhibit is free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 764-9568.
 
Youth Art Month Exhibit
Chapman Cultural Center will continue its celebration of Youth Art Month (March) with its exhibit of student art through April 16. Hundreds of works of art are on display, all from Spartanburg County students in k-12 grades. This exhibit is sponsored by SunTrust bank. It is free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 278-9693.
 
Mass + Effort
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) presents a free workshop on sculptural installation Thursday, April 2, and Friday 3, 1-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. Join Maggie Leininger and collaborate with her to create a sculptural installation using hand-woven cloth and salvaged bricks to document the textile industry within her childhood home of Spartanburg County. These drop-in style workshops are an opportunity to assist in the creative process and contribute to Leininger's piece that will be exhibited in the museum's fall exhibition, A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts Sept. 29-Jan. 14, 2016. No experience necessary and all ages welcome. For more information call Ashleigh Payne, Exhibition Coordinator (864) 582-7616 x.254 or email apayne@spartanarts.org.
 
Spartanburg Little Theatre Season Reveal Gala
The Spartanburg Little Theatre will announce its 2015-16 70th anniversary season on Thursday, April 2, starting with cocktails and hors d'ouvres at 7 p.m. and continuing with performances from all of the upcoming season's musical and plays at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 each. For more information and tickets, please call (864) 585-8278.
 
Mindfulness & Stress Reduction
NOURISH hosts a weekly Mindfulness & Stress Reduction workshop at Chapman Cultural Center every Tuesday, 7 p.m. Participants learn an array of mindfulness, meditation, and performing arts-related techniques that increase healthy coping and stress-management skills. A $5 donation is appreciated. More information is available at NourishSpartanburg.com.
 
Yoga For Performers
NOURISH hosts Yoga for Performers ages 12 and older every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. Led by Robyn Hussa Farrell, MFA, this yoga practice is geared especially for those with interest in the performing arts professions. Admission is $5. Learn more at NOURISHSpartanburg.com.
 
Carolina Foothills Artisan Center Reception
Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Landrum has a free reception for new artists on the first Friday of each month, 5-8 p.m. On Friday, April 3, the month’s featured artist Jack Whitaker will exhibit his Fly Fishing collection that brings barn scenes of the old south and familiar subjects to the canvas. For more information, please call (864) 457-1189.
 
Borscht Belt: An Evening of Chekhov Farces
The Spartanburg Little Theatre’s Fringe Series and HUB-BUB will present Borscht Belt: An Evening of Chekhov Farces Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m., in the Black Box Theater at Chapman Cultural Center. This evening of hilarious vaudevilles written by famed Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov and directed by HUB-BUB/SLT artist-in-residence Anna Abhau Elliott will include four short plays: The Bear, The Proposal, The Dangers of Tobacco, and The Reluctant Tragic Hero. A minimum $5 donation is requested at the door. For more information, please call (864) 585-8278.
 
Spanish Annual Memorial Service
On Good Friday, April 3, the Spartanburg's Spanish Speaking Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses will have its Annual Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. in Chapman Cultural Center's theater. For more information, please call (864) 921-6122.
 
Bargain Basement Art
Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Landrum has a discount sale of art in its basement on the first Saturday (April 4) of each month. For details, please call (864) 457-1189.
 
Sundays Unplugged
Every Sunday, Chapman Cultural Center is open with casual, cultural entertainment, 1-5 p.m. as part of its weekly Sundays Unplugged program. Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum are all open with free admission 1-5 p.m. Spartanburg Science Center has a small admission charge. Also, there is always a free mini-concert, 2-4 p.m. For April, the musicians will be The Licorice Whips (12), Ary Jeau (19), and Not Even Brothers (26). For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.
 
Closed Easter Sunday
Chapman Cultural Center will be closed Easter Sunday, April 5. If you have questions or concerns about specific meetings and programs, please contact the Partner organization or call (864) 542-ARTS.
 
Music Sandwiched In
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) will sponsor Music Sandwiched In at CC Woodson Center Tuesday, April 7, 12:15-1 p.m. This will be free lunchtime concert, featuring storyteller John Fowler. Guests are free to bring their own lunch and enjoy the event. For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.
 
Music Sandwiched In
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) will sponsor a Music Sandwiched In concert at Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters in downtown Spartanburg Wednesday, April 8, 12:15-1 p.m., featuring Daniel Z and his Jazz Vibes. SPO offers two free concerts monthly at the library on Wednesdays. The public is encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy the music during this mid-day break. For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.
 
The Spoken Word Experience
Spoken Word Spartanburg will host The Spoken Word Experience Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. This is a monthly opportunity for aspiring and amateur writers to learn from local professionals in spoken word poetry and to share their work with others. This workshop meets the second Thursday of each month. For more information, please call (864) 577-9349.
 
Lunch and Learn: Glass, Miracle Born of Fire
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) hosts a free Lunch & Learn event Thursday, April 9, 12-1 p.m. Elizabeth and Frank Creech will tell the story of glass, from Egypt’s 18th dynasty through the early 20th century, primarily with antique scent containers from Elizabeth’s collection. It is free and open to the public in the Rainey Conference Room on the first floor in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center. Attendees are welcome to bring and eat their lunch during the presentation. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
SPO Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition & Tchaikovsky's Violin
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) will present its season finale Pictures at an Exhibition & Tchaikovsky’s Violin Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Twichell Auditorium at Converse College. Guest artist Vadim Gluzman is a powerhouse violinist in the grand Romantic tradition of the 19th Century. He’ll play on Leopold Auer's violin -- the very Stradivarius that debuted Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto! Visual artist Julyan Davis will join SPO during this concert to paint a special work from the stage while the audience watches! For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.
 
Tissue Paper ‘Stained Glass’ Sun Catchers
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host a workshop on using tissue paper to create “stained glass” sun catchers, Sunday, April 12, 1-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. The cost is $2 per person, except for Household members, who are admitted at no charge. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
Adult Ballroom Dancing
Ballet Spartanburg offers one-hour ballroom dancing lessons in the Dance Center at Chapman Cultural Center every Monday night at 7:30. April 13 through May 18, the featured dance will be the Rumba, a Latin party dance. For pricing and details, please call (864) 583-0339.
 
Guild’s Demo Night
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host Demo Night with Beth Wash Monday, April 13, 6-8 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Walsh will compare the differences between etching, engraving, and sandblasting on glass. Guests may create a small glass sample using etching cream and/or sandblasting. She will provide glass pieces, contact paper, and some knives. For more information, please call (864) 764-9568.
 
Community Yoga
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host a Mindful Flow Yoga class in its gallery Tuesday, April 14, 5:45-6:45 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Catherine Querin of YOGAlicious yoga studio will lead. This class is suitable for all levels of yoga. Please bring your own mat. $5. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
ArtWalk
On the third Thursday of each month, many of the art museums and galleries in Spartanburg stay open late – 5-9 p.m. — so patrons can check out the local art scene. Chapman Cultural Center will have four exhibits open for the public’s enjoyment: Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Student Galleries, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. This is a free event Thursday, April 16, at which receptions, art talks, and refreshments are often offered. For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.
 
Guild Reception: Dwight Rose
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host a reception for member Dwight Rose on Thursday, April 16, 6-8 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center during ArtWalk. Rose’s Low Country & Sea Island watercolor exhibit will be featured during April. For more information, please call (864) 764-9568.
 
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Spartanburg Youth Theatre will present the children’s play Fantastic Mr. Fox Friday, April 17, at 4:30 and 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. In Roald Dahl’s much-loved story, Mr. Fox follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Outwitted at every turn, the farmers’ ploys backfire. Mr. Fox devises a plan that will ensure full stomachs for not only his family, but all his friends. Tickets are $9 and $12. For tickets, call the Chapman Cultural Center ticket office at (864) 542-ARTS.
 
Super STEM Saturday
Spartanburg Science Center will present Earth Day Celebration as part of its ongoing Super STEM Saturday program on Saturday, April 18, 12:30-2 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Learn creative new ways that scientists are helping to protect and save the environment. Make an edible landfill, learn about Spartanburg County's recycling program, and participate in hands-on science activities about conservation. This is a free presentation with paid regular admission. For more information, please call (864) 583-2777.
 
Poetry Day 2015
Hub City Writers Project and Spoken Word Spartanburg will present Poetry Day 2015: From Page To Stage, Saturday, April 18, at Chapman Cultural Center. This day-long program will include four workshops, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and a poetry slam starting at 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for those interested in performance poetry to create, share, and be inspired by prominent spoken word poets. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners totaling $500. Full-day tickets (lunch included) are $25; workshops only are $15. For more information, please call (864) 577-9349.
 
Music Sandwiched In
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) will sponsor Music Sandwiched In at Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters in downtown Spartanburg on Wednesday, April 22, 12:15-1 p.m. This free lunchtime concert will feature Arbor Wind Trio. The public is encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy the mid-day break and music. For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.
 
Lunch & Learn: Contemporary Studio Glass
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) hosts a free Lunch & Learn presentation on Thursday, April 23, 12-1 p.m. John Littleton and Kate Vogel have been creating glass works together since 1980 in the North Carolina mountains. They will speak about their experiences as glass artists and their collaborative process. They will also give an overview of the Furnace and Flame: Contemporary Studio Glass exhibition, which they co-curated. It is free and open to the public. Program takes place in the Rainey Conference Room on the first floor in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center. Attendees are welcome to bring and eat their lunch during the presentation. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
Ballet: A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Ballet Spartanburg will present a locally choreographed version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. This is a classic and famously funny tale of young love that goes awry with magical beings, mischief, and mayhem. This hilarious tale of silly seduction and romance is one of Mendelssohn's most enchanting uses of music. Crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck are part of the lure of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets are $15-25. For more information, please call (864) 583-0339.
 
Art After Dark
Chapman Cultural Center will host its annual Art After Dark, a progressive dinner party and fundraiser, Friday, April 24, starting at 6 p.m. with cocktails, music, and a preview of Spartanburg Art Museum latest exhibition. At 7 p.m. there will be dinner and music in the Zimmerli Plaza. And at 8 p.m., attend Ballet Spartanburg’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Tickets are $100. For more information, please call (864) 278-9690.
 
Lunch & Learn: Maps Alive! Part II
Spartanburg Regional History Museum will present Lunch & Learn lecture Maps Alive! Part II Friday, April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Local historian and map expert Ron Swain will continue to illuminate political, social, and geographic changes of the United States using maps. He will pick up where "Part I - Colonization to Independence" left off and will guide patrons through the period of westward expansion that touched off the War Between the States and shaped our modern nation. Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through the museum’s gift shop. Tickets are $5; reserve a lunch and pay a total of $15. Spartanburg County Historical Association members are admitted for free and pay only $10 for the lunch. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.
 
SAM Art Exhibit: The Kaplan Collection: Vintage Perfume Bottles
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will present The Kaplan Collection: Vintage Perfume Bottles exhibition April 25-July 5 at Chapman Cultural Center. Spartanburg citizens Jay and Pamela Kaplan have been collecting perfume bottles from the DeVilbiss Company of Toledo, Ohio, for more than 20 years. Their collection includes more than 400 bottles made from important American glass houses such as Steuben, Cambridge, Frye and Imperial. The majority of the collection features bottles manufactured between 1924 and 1929, when Art Deco was the signature style in decorative arts throughout America and Europe. Museum Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.
 
Tour of Homes
Spartanburg Regional History Museum will sponsor a Tour of Homes Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m. This will be a self-guided tour of four privately owned historic homes in Glenn Springs: Foster's Tavern, Camp Hill, The Thornton Home, and the Moretz Home. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.
 
Student Art Exhibit
Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit a large collection of student art April 28-May 21, featuring the work of students from independent and private schools, Spartanburg Art Museum’s COLORS program, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate. The exhibit is open for free public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 278-9693.
 
Dance Designs
A dance program by Dance Designs will be presented on Chapman Cultural Center’s stage Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 621-7800.

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