'Connect, Collaborate, Create' art exhibit reception Jan. 29

Graffiti, resin, mirrors, nature prints, wood, and paper sculpture are but a few of the mediums and surfaces that are highlighted in the winter art exhibit now on display in the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center Gallery, "Connect, Collaborate, Create." Local artists Aimee Wise '04, Bleu Cooper, Eli Blasko, Frankie Zombie, Katee Hargraves, Kavin Brander, Laney Nix, Lucy Boland '02, Lydia See, Walker Kennedy and Maggie Visk share their wide array of talent and energy her on the day school campus.

"Bringing these 11 artists together has been a joy," said Sam Mitchell, Coordinator of the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center. "I have known Lucy for more than 20 years, first as a middle school student, and now as an accomplished and respected artist in our community. Her business, Shelly Art Co. is more of a movement than a traditional company. Gathering a strong group of up and coming, as well as professional artists, her infectious spirit to be an inclusive community arts advocate has grown over the past two years. There is a lot of talent on the walls for this exhibit which includes two Day School alumni. Already our students are enamored with the huge differences in style and technique of this collaborative group."

Shelley Art Co. is for artists by artists platform that aims to expose, cultivate and sell original artwork in innovative ways that build the greater experience of community. Boland said that by artists connecting with one another and collaborating to show their art, they create a creative energy that is essential to building community.

"We are grateful to the SDS students and staff for inviting us to show our work. We hope to inspire young minds and send the message that when we connect with one another, peacefully collaborate together, we create a better world," she said.

"Connect, Collaborate, Create" will be on exhibit through Feb. 21 in the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center on the Spartanburg Day School campus. The public is invited to attend the exhibit's opening reception on Jan. 29 from 5:30-7 p.m.