Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) will hold its seventh Annual Showcase on Friday, August 5, from 6 – 9 pm at 101 Abney Street in the Village of West Greenville. The Annual Showcase is GCCA’s premiere event for artists and art lovers of all ages, featuring a new Main Gallery exhibition of local artists and current Brandon Fellows, a special exhibition of youth artwork created during GCCA’s Summer Art Camps, live artist demos promoting classes on the fall Art School schedule, visits with 25 in-house studio artists, and much more.
The Annual Showcase exhibition highlights over 100 GCCA members each year whose artwork embodies the talent and diversity of GCCA’s vibrant visual arts community. From contemporary paintings to functional ceramics and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the Annual Showcase exhibition in the Main Gallery.
The 2021-2022 Brandon Fellowship exhibition will also be on display with work by emerging artists Kim Le, Sienna Patterson, and Terrell Washington. Kim Le’s work comes from the ugly, wounded and abject parts of a young girl’s psyche, reappropriating the common language of cuteness that little girls use to cope with their pain to connect to the furious and wretched spirit of young girls and women everywhere who’ve been beaten down by the world around them. Through expressive imagery and journal entries, Sienna Patterson explores the concept of the fool’s journey through the lens of her personal experiences. Terrell Washington’s “Genesis: Omens and Decisions of Existence”, depicts the realness of prayer, our blessings and curses, human nature, all while highlighting people of melanin at the center of his work. In addition, after a competitive selection process, GCCA will announce the three new Brandon Fellows for the upcoming 2022-2023 program year.
This summer GCCA’s summer art camps introduced a variety of visual art mediums to over 150 campers. To culminate all the hard work completed by instructors and campers, the Summer Art Camp Showcase will present a collection of various artworks from campers ages 5-12 years old in the Gray Loft.
First Friday attendees can also attend in-person demos by GCCA instructors and learn more about the Fall Session offerings for the new Jewelry and Printmaking classes. There will be a free ReCraft family art activity, new Loft Gallery exhibitions by GCCA resident studio artists Mary Pauly and Hans-Peter Bolz, and the Greenville County Schools Winners Show will still be on display in the Community Gallery.
Visitors will also have the chance to meet GCCA’s new Development Director, Chelsea Rudisill. Chelsea comes to GCCA after many years of fundraising experience including work at the Peace Center and the Asheville Museum of Art.
After First Friday, the Annual Showcase exhibition will be open to visitors through September 28 on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call GCCA at 864-735-3948 or visit www.artcentergreenville.org.
Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. For more information, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, call 864-735-3948, or check out GCCA on Facebook (Greenville Center for Creative Arts) & Instagram (@artcentergvl).