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April 2014

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Features Retrospective by Edythe S. Wise

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, will present A Life In Paintings, featuring works by Edythe S. Wise, on view in the Guild Gallery, located at the Chapman Cultural Center, from Apr. 1 - 27, 2014. A reception will be held on Apr. 3, from 5-9pm.

A Life In Paintings is a retrospective show focused on Wise’s life and work, unique in the way that it sheds light on her membership in a wider web of creativity—one that reaches across four known generations.

Wise is a talented and prolific artist who has been contributing to the Spartanburg community for more than 50 years. Throughout her career as an artist, Wise used her work to highlight the people and places that knit Spartanburg together. She published Color Historic Spartanburg with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Later, she published Color the Church of the Advent to help celebrate its sesquicentennial.

Over the years, Wise’s work has been featured in numerous juried art shows and has won many awards. It has also been displayed at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Mary Black Minor Care Center, and Piedmont Internal Medicine. In addition to being a member of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Wise has also been a member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and American Pen Women.

Though the majority of the pieces in the show will be by Wise, there will also be century-old paintings by her maternal grandmother, an early pioneer from Wyoming and self-taught painter. In addition, there will be pieces by her son and her two granddaughters, all creative spokes in the family’s multigenerational wheel of talent.

The show, which was curated by the artist’s granddaughters, will be a representation of an entire family’s aesthetic. It will also be a celebration of a beloved matriarch and community asset. Because of her willingness to try any style or subject matter, Wise’s paintings speak to a wide audience. A Life In Paintings reflects her life experiences: tender connections to family members; the dichotomy of Southern and Western landscapes; her affinity for bold patterns; and an expressive palette.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Robin H Els at 864/764-9568 or visit (www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com).

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