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June 2011

Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, Features Works by Denise L. Greer and Jim Wade

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, will present the exhibit, The 2-D and 3-D Worlds of Denise L. Greer and Jim Wade, on view in Gallery 412, from June 2 - 30, 2011. A reception will be held on June 2, from 6-8pm.

The show will feature some 40 works by two-dimensional artist Denise L. Greer and some 20 works by three-dimensional artist Jim Wade. Having moved to South Carolina from her native New Jersey only six years ago, Greer currently resides in Rembert, SC, and is developing quite a distinguished reputation for herself in the art world. Jim Wade is a native North Carolinian who moved to South Carolina to teach art in Sumter, SC, some thirty years ago. He too has carved a distinguished niche for himself in the art world.

Greer indicates that she has been involved in art from an early age. She is experienced as a commercial air brush/restoration artist. From her commercial background, she expanded her artistic involvement to include watercolor, acrylic, pastels, collage, and, her own personal specialty, mixed media.

Greer received numerous awards in her native New Jersey. Since relocating to a new home in southern Kershaw County with her husband Mike and their three cats, she has developed quite a reputation for herself and has also been recognized with a growing number of awards. At the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival, she won Best of Show for a mixed media work, First Place for another work in the mixed media category, and First Place in the watercolor category. She also won Best in Show at the 2011 Trenholm Artist Guild Show.

In addition, Greer won the 2010 South Carolina Watermedia Society Guy Lipscomb Memorial Award and thereby became part of the 2010 South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Show. She received a Merit Award at the 2010 South Carolina State Fair and won First Place in the 2009 and 2010 Miniature Arts Shows of the Florence Museum. Greer also won First Place and Honorable Mention at the 2009 North Charleston Arts Festival. She won First Place at the 2008 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition of the Florence Museum and won one of three Distinguished Merit Awards at the 2008 ArtsFest Juried Art Competition of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.

Jim Wade grew up in Eastern North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University with a BS degree in Arts Education. He relocated to South Carolina to teach art in Sumter, where he has made his home for over thirty years, during which time he also earned his Masters in Art degree from the University of South Carolina.

Being a true Gemini, Wade enjoys creating art in various media and also has a love for travel. He has visited 48 of the 50 states and 5 of the 7 continents, all of which have served as an inspiration for his art. He was chosen as a Fulbright recipient to Belgium and The Netherlands for Arts Education. During his career, he has had several one-man shows and has participated in many group exhibits throughout the Southeast. He has received numerous awards for his efforts, and his art adorns the walls of homes and collections throughout the United States.

Currently operating at 412 South Dargan Street in the emerging Arts and Cultural District in Downtown Florence, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a coalition of practicing artists, educators, corporate officials, business leaders, government officials, and citizens from the community organized as a non-profit service organization whose mission it is to address the needs and promote the creative efforts of artists, arts organizations, school arts teachers, and school arts programs in the City of Florence and Florence County. The Arts Alliance is committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting a vibrant arts community by providing grants to artists, organizations, teachers, and schools; by recognizing students, individuals, and businesses through a focused program of awards and scholarships; by offering periodic community programming that showcases the performing arts, the visual arts, and the literary arts; and by serving as an advocate for the arts to business, civic, and governmental leaders. All initiatives of The Arts Alliance are premised on the basic organizational core value that recognizes the arts are fundamental to quality of life, education, and economic development in today’s knowledge-based economy, an economy that will require innovative, imaginative, and creativity to address the critical issues of the 21st Century.

The Arts Alliance is funded in part by funds from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Alliance at 843/665-2787 or visit (

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