Monday, August 31, 2009

2009 ArtCycle Winners Announced

2009 ArtCycle Winners Announced

SPARTANBURG, S. C. (August 31, 2009): The 2009 winners of ArtCycle were announced on Monday after a summer long contest in downtown Spartanburg. First and second place winners were chosen by a panel of judges and the people’s choice award was decided by the amount of phone calls a piece received over the summer. The winners are the following:

First place – Sean Pace, Lowest Common Demonstrator
Second place – Miles and Ralph Paquin, Recycled Rising
People’s Choice – Lauren Ponder, Soul Train – Hub City, SC

As part of the Spartanburg Creative Energy campaign, Artcycle was an initiative that promoted ten regional artists, each of whom was commissioned to build an outdoor sculpture from recycled bicycle parts. The sculptures need not be made only of bicycle parts, nor need they be made of a specific percentage of bicycle parts. However, the sculptures must be made of enough bicycle parts that the viewer readily sees that a significant portion of each sculpture contain parts that were formerly from of a bicycle.
The sculptures are on display in Spartanburg’s downtown area from May until the end of September. The project was the result of a collaboration between Spartanburg Creative Energy, Hub-Bub, Spartanburg Art Museum and Partners for Active Living. Artcycle celebrates the City's national designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, which made it the first in South Carolina to receive that honor in 2007.

2009 ArtCycle Artists
Jason S. Galloway – Roebuck, SC
Sean Pace - Asheville, NC
Miles Paquin – Spartanburg, SC
Ralph Paquin - Spartanburg, SC
Sarah Perry, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center Student – Spartanburg, SC
Lauren Ponder -Spartanburg, SC
Cody Roberts – Spartanburg, SC
Daniel Tripp- Campobello, SC
Brandon Waddell, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center Student – Spartanburg, SC
Blake West, R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center - Student – Spartanburg, SC

For additional information please contact Amanda Mathis, City of Spartanburg, Communications and Marketing Specialist, 864-596-3068,

Storytelling at the Taste!

The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival committee will be sponsoring storytelling during the Spartanburg celebration of local talent, Spartanburg Creative Tastes.
Stop by their site on Morgan Square near the Lemonade Stand during "the Tastes" to enjoy tales and poetry with performers Rixon Lane, Evelyn Parks, Dixie Page, Mary Dell Fletcher, Moody Black, and Johnny Weaver. The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, declared "the Storytelling Festival of South Carolina" by the General Assembly, is held in Woodruff annually.
The date for Stone Soup is April 23-24, 2010. Mark your calender! Stories, history, food, and fun! Ghost stories on Friday evening! Contact is at
Rixon Lane, Evelyn Parks, and Moody Black are on the schedule from 4:30-6:30
Dixie Page, Mary Dell Fletcher, and Johnny Weaver are on for 6:00-8:30

Friday, August 28, 2009

Spartanburg Creative Tastes General Information

Spartanburg Creative Tastes
General Information

Entry admission is free. Prices for restaurant “taste” portions range from $1.00 - $6.00. Prices for cookbooks and other items in the Made in Spartanburg area will be set by the individual vendors. The ATM will be on Main Street near the Stroller Cookbook Market.

Restaurant Row
More than 20 menu items from various Spartanburg restaurants offer tastes of not just locally favorite dishes, but also the global influences that are part of the City’s growing diversity. There are the always favorite crab cakes and the more adventurous can get a taste of dishes such as lemon grass chicken and lamp chops.

Lemonade Stand
Sponsored by the Spartanburg Youth Council, the Lemonade Stand is designed to be a fun, child- and youth-friendly section of this festival. The Lemonade Stand will include interactive hands-on food preparation for young children. The Mayor’s Service Board and Youth Voices are partnering to bring fun recipes, bingo and nutritional information.

Other activities include children creating their own chef hats, decorating cookies and making edible necklaces. Face painting, games and prizes will be offered. Lemonade will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Service Board and Youth Voices. A sidewalk chalk art contest will take place with judging held at 7:30 p.m. Children between the ages 3 to 18 years old are welcomed to participate.

Wine Tasting/Beer Purchase/Wristbands
Adults, 21 years of age or older, may pay $1.00 for a wristband. This is required for anyone purchasing wine and/or beer. Sponsored by Carriage House Wines, over 60 different wines from around the world will be available for purchase by the glass from 3:00 – 9:00. For $10.00, a wine tasting of all these wines will be featured from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Local brewery RJ Rockers will also be located at Carriage House Wines and will be offering its beer for sale.

Stroller Cookbook Market
Located in front of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on W. Main St., this area features local cookbooks from the newspaper’s own Stroller cookbook to the Junior League of Spartanburg. Prices range from $1 to $20.

Made In Spartanburg
Featuring local food produce and kitchen products for sale, visitors will also be able to learn about home improvement techniques.

The Flavor of Art Market
HUB-BUB is sponsoring local and regional painters, potters, photographers, jewelry makers and textile artists. Their wares are available for purchase and will be in the parking lot next to Carriage House Wines.

Live Entertainment

Ezell Street Food Court
4:00-4:30 Matthew Knights Williams
4:45-5:45 Fayssoux McLean and Brandon Turner
6:00-7:00 Kyle and Tad
7:15-8:00 Marc Higgins
8:15-9:00 Daryle Ryce

Music Main Street Stage
4:00 – 6:00 Enforcers
6:30 – 8:45 Low Blow Jazz

Art by the People
ArtCycle artist Sean Pace invites the public to make art utilizing his creation, “The Lowest Common Demonstrator,” during Spartanburg Creative Tastes. This duel person interactive art piece consists of two bikes, a large wood mixing chamber and eleven #10 paint cans full of various paint colors to create different works of art on canvases provided.

Parking and Street Closures
Free parking is available at the Magnolia St. garage, City Hall parking lots on Broad St., Event Rentals on W. Main St., and any other nearby public parking places.

Streets that will be closed from 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 5th until Sunday, September 6th are: W. Main St. from Daniel Morgan Ave. to Magnolia St.; Spring St. from Broad St. to St. John St.; Ezell St. from Spring St. to Daniel Morgan Ave..; and Ezell St. from Daniel Morgan Ave. to W. Main St. See attached handout for more details.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Check out "Live at the Showroom"

"Live at the Showroom" is now on Channel 14 and you can view the entire

show throughout the day.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Last ArtWalk of the Season. Tonight from 5-9 in Downtown Spartanburg. Free trolley rides!