by D. Lanier Shook September 24, 2019
The variety of art talent in the Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina area is stunning. Literally every week I come across new talent and it hurts to realize I can only focus on so much. (If any of you have a spare million dollars laying around I promise I will let you know about alot more of the talent. Wow, I wish that was completely a joke.) Well, last week I discovered new talent — very literally — and you all need to check this out if you can at all. I’m talking about the current exhibit in the Coldwell Banker Caine Youth Art Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg featuring students from Spartanburg County Districts 1, 4, and 7.
You can click here to learn more about the Gallery — and everything else the Chapman Cultural Center has to offer the community. There’s a photograph where you can see a few of the works on display, but I promise you its only a taste of what the Youth Gallery has on display right now. Here are four reasons you must see this art show.
1. Its Free
Christmas and the holidays are coming up so your money will be stretched further than ever. While this article may conjure images of folks in tuxes and tails staring at a crayon drawing held to a refrigerator by kitchen magnets you only have to click here to visit the website to see the art is more advanced than that. This art has been selected not only by teachers but also by the staff of the Chapman Cultural Center to impress and inspire.
2. It Will Inspire You
If you are an artist you need to see the techniques some of these young people use. We’re talking 3D elements, weaving, and so many more techniques. Some of the art is surprisingly sophisticated and anyone into art will appreciate it. One student created a one foot high lipstick tube out of cardboard — quite impressive.
3. It Will Inspire Your Children
If you have children you have to take them along. This display will inspire them to create and show them that even though they’re children art is a way to get adults to pay attention to them. This could launch a career in art or give a young person the drive to excel in school. (Let’s say you have a student who’s academically lagging because they don’t apply themselves and one to doodle all the time. Once they understand you have to pass math to get a MFA then they could apply themselves even more not because they suddenly love math, but because they realize they have to have math to get to make money at art.)
4. It Will Inspire The Students
When you visit the Coldwell Banker Caine Youth Art Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg the students from Spartanburg Districts 1, 4, and 7 won’t be standing there, but the fact you are there will inspire the Chapman Cultural Center to invite schools to bring in their student’s art. It will inspire local businesses like Coldwell Banker Caine to fund these efforts. And the mere fact that that’s going on will inspire students to create art, to hone art techniques, and even to work harder on their other subjects so they’ll have more time to create art.
This article is an example of doing that. Its not enough for the student art to just be on the walls of the Chapman Cultural Center. You and I have to thank them for having it there. We have to thank Coldwell Banker Caine for their dedication to the community. Only then will other businesses and organizations step forward to do the same thing. And only then will all the students have an opportunity to have their voices heard.