UNION — The hallways of USC-Union’s Main Building will be overflowing with art beginning this month and running through October thanks to the exhibition of work making up the Union County Arts Council’s 2014 Juried Art Show.
The show, which will kick off with an opening reception at the university on Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will end Oct. 24. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Reception attendees will have a say in the awarding of one of the prizes by casting their “People’s Choice Award” vote for their favorite piece.
“As always, we have to thank USC-Union for allowing us to use their beautiful facility to hold our show,” said UCAC president Bennie Giles. “This year’s exhibit is larger than the last and we would be hard-pressed to find enough space to hang all of the competition art at our gallery.”
The juror for this edition of the yearly competition is Todd Baxter from Tega Cay, SC. Baxter culled through 134 works of art, representing 44 artists, in order to choose the 80 pieces entered into the show.
“We were very pleased to not only have more pieces entered this year, but also to have more artists represented,” said UCAC coordinator Jackie Senn. “That means that our reputation is growing. This is something that we try to build on each year.”
Baxter is more involved with the Arts Council than just serving as the juror for this year’s Juried Art Show. His new show, “Hanging Up My Mouse” is being shown at the Arts Council’s gallery on Main Street in Union.
For over three decades Baxter created images that engaged audiences in the world of advertising. Then, in June of 2010 and with the responsibilities of raising a family in the rear view mirror, he decided to adjust course to focus on his passion for fine art.
“I am extremely grateful to be able to pursue my passion, to have the opportunity to do what I love doing, every day,” he said.
“Hanging Up My Mouse” will run through Sept. 30.
Baxter will also teach a drawing workshop at UCAC Sept. 26-27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch provided each day.
“This workshop will be informal with very little structure,” said Baxter. “Most of the instruction will take place while the students are working. We will work in black and white or monotones, but not full color. Color is a whole new challenge and I want the focus to be on drawing and values.”
Each day will begin with some warm-up exercises and then move on to a longer project. Students are asked to bring their own photos to work from, but Baxter will bring extra photo references as backup.
“This is proving to be a popular workshop,” Senn said. “People are really excited about it and we only have a few spots left.”
For more information about UCAC, or to sign up for the workshop, call 864-429-2817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.