UNION — A rainy, gloomy Sunday afternoon didn’t keep a crowd of one hundred art patrons from attending the Union County Arts Council’s reception for Dr. Susanne Floyd Gunter’s “The Artist Collects” show Aug. 10.
The show, which features works from the private collection of Dr. Gunter, will come to an end August 15.
“Not only did we have a great crowd,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn, “but we were very happy to see that, by our estimations, over half of those in attendance had never been in our gallery before. That’s a great tribute to the popularity of Dr. Gunter.”
The highlight of the afternoon was the talk given by Dr. Gunter detailing how she started, and continues to add to, her collection. She also gave advice about how anyone can do the same thing; and do it on a budget. One of the main points that she made was to, “Make friends with artists and gallery owners. We’re, generally, very nice people.”
She also passed along tips on framing and storing art and, if you do any kind of art yourself, trading pieces of your work with that of other artists to improve both collections.
“I was thrilled with the public support for the reception,” said Dr. Gunter. “That shows me that Union is ready for exhibits of this kind and would like to see more. Union County has been very good to me and I’m very thankful to be a ‘transplant’ living here.”
And, in a surprise announcement, Dr. Gunter made it known that she would donate her collection to the Union County Arts Council. The donation will be known as “The Floyd Collection.”
Many of the artists whose work is being featured in the show were impressed with UCAC’s “new look” and expressed interest in having shows of their own here in 2015.
UCAC’s new “Local Artists’ Alley”, which only shows the work of Arts Council member/artists, also drew attention and comments from some of the newcomers visiting here for the first time.
“Many of the visiting artists commented on the high quality of work being done by our members,” said Senn. “That was just an added bonus for us in particular and Union in general.”
Spartanburg artist and Converse Art Professor Andrew Blanchard commented, “I had a blast (at the reception). Mighty fine snacks, too!”
After the Gunter show is finished, UCAC will bring in a new exhibit, “Hanging Up My Mouse” by Todd Baxter of Tega Cay, SC. Baxter will also serve as the juror for the 2014 Juried Art Show that will be on display at USC-Union’s Main Building from Sept. 25 through Oct. 24. He will also teach a two-day drawing workshop at UCAC Sept. 25-26.
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