MEET THE RESIDENT ARTISTS:
Photographer, Studio 7
Blaine Owens was born and raised in Greenville. He is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. As a member of the South Carolina Professional Photographer’s Association, he has won multiple awards for both his portrait and his landscape images. He is a recipient of The Masterpiece Award, the highest award presented by the Fujifilm Corporation. Blaine markets his work as wall décor. His work has been purchased by hundreds of homeowners and his images also adorn the walls of many local businesses, international corporations, and government agencies.
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Mixed Media Artist, Studio 6
Christina Laurel is an installation artist working in paper. Laurel’s installations include: December 2020 - May 2021 “Refugium” Appalachian State University/Turchin Center for the Visual Arts; 2018 Aiken Center for the Arts; 2017 “Paper Worlds” exhibition at Spartanburg Art Museum; 2016 Greenville Technical College/Riverworks Gallery; 2011 Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY; and 2011 Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY.
Laurel’s 2-D art evokes a Japanese aesthetic, including two series exhibited in Greer City Hall, July - October 2020: “Edo Influence” and “Remnants,” as well as her “Survivor” series at the Greer Arts Center’s grand opening, September 2019. Laurel has participated in artist residencies from 2014 - 2017. She is a 2014 grant recipient from Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council, and a 2011 Strategic Opportunity Stipend (NYFA/NYSCA) recipient, Rochester, NY.
The artist originally studied fashion design at Cornell University, then fine art at the University of Maryland and SUNY Brockport, earning a BS Studio Art in 2009.
Painter, Studio 5
In Kim’s artistic journey, as well as in her former work as a psychologist, she has practiced seeing deeply. This is particularly true with respect to the richness of a human face and human gestures engaged in the simple activities of daily life. Kim’s artwork includes scenes from family and community life, often with a hint of antiquity. She seeks to share what she sees as “the story” with honesty and respect, as well as with artistic expression and style. Although her process begins with a freehand drawing, using a paintbrush or a graphite stick, she often finds conceptual and visual inspiration from old black and white photos. Formally trained as an educational psychologist, and following a satisfying career working with young children with developmental delays, she first picked up a paintbrush 16 years ago. With a lifelong desire to paint and with the inspiration of her grandmother, and lifelong artist, Emma Coleman White, Kim began her journey.
Painter, Studio 4
Carol, from NE Ohio, is a self-taught artist who has been involved in art since she was old enough to draw. She started off being the artist for school events, programs, murals, etc… and has culminated with creating art mostly for herself, family, and friends. In the intervening years she has sold art at arts and craft shows, was a member of the Artist Guild in Portage County, Ohio, and has been a member of the Simpsonville Senior Art group for the past eight years. For many years (1993-2010) she was a practicing massage therapist in Seneca, SC and Mauldin, SC. During that time Carol painted and drew mostly for pleasure. She has always greatly enjoyed sharing art with children and helping them explore their artistic side. Carol does most of her work with acrylics, watercolors, ink, pencil, and photography.
Photographer and Fiber Artist, Studio 3
Rachel was born and raised in Greenville, SC and moved to Greer at age nine. She has been a photographer for over seventeen years and a fiber artist for five. As someone who never really mastered drawing, Rachel found her artistic escape in photography. She shoots both digital and film, but gravitates more toward film, particularly instant film. Pictures became a way to solidify her view of life and help fill in blanks as she looks back on the past. In having a very selective memory, photos keep blocks of time from disappearing. Rachel finds beauty in the mundane, broken, old, and hidden things and has a hard time letting them be forgotten. She wants to share that with others and provide a different perspective. Instant film allows her to do that while also forcing her to relinquish control and enjoy the mystery, because you never fully know what your end image is going to look like with instant film. That process, the unknown, is something she has grown to enjoy, though only with photography. As a fiber artist, Rachel tends to have a chunky knit style and prefers cotton, but she does work with several different fibers. Making your own sustainable goods is really exciting and she loves sharing her pieces and providing people with a local source of cozy accessories.
Painter, Studio 2
Photographer, Studio 1
Becka is a very different portrait photographer than the kind you may have previously worked with. She feels strongly that the best way to serve her clients is to give them a full-service experience that delivers a finished work of art from their portrait session. She specializes in creating custom artwork for people’s walls, so clients come to her for help decorating their homes with unique and beautiful pieces. She freezes time with her camera and creates one of a kind works that give you goosebumps. The right piece of portrait art can go beyond chronicling a family’s life, to filling a room with personality and warmth, and turning a house into a home. The artwork you create with Becka will outlast the couch it resides above, will be cherished for a lifetime, and passed down for generations.
ART STUDIOS FOR RENT:
Become an artist in residence at the Greer Center for the Arts! Studio spaces range from 95 to 160 square-feet, are climate controlled and offer 24-hour key card access. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, a rotating on-site exhibit area, access to a breakroom-kitchen and a co-op of artists to work with. Monthly rent ranges from $75 to $145, depending on studio size. Leases are on a 6-month basis. Please email applications to email@example.com.