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Changes in (L)Attitudes

Spartanburg Artist Exhibits Travel Photos Exhibit

Spartanburg photographer John Lever will exhibit Changes in (L)Attitudes, a collection of his travel pictures, at West Main Artists Co-op Tuesday, April 2 through Saturday, May 4. It will be open for free public viewing Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The exhibit’s public reception will be Thursday, April 18, 5-9 p.m., during the city’s monthly ArtWalk.

“The Changes in (L)attitudes exhibit was inspired by my travels on my brother’s sailboat in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean,” the Co-op member said. “These travels have taken me to a variety of locations over about the last seven years. Traveling by sailboat enables one to see new places with a different view than traditional tourist travel. We certainly got to places that are very difficult to visit by conventional means.”

Lever took about seven years to create this exhibit, which will have 20 to 25 pieces, all of which will be for sale, $60 to $250. “I am best known for my wildlife photography, with landscapes coming in behind that,” he said. “So this is a bit of a departure as far as I have exhibited. But I have always been passionate about travel to exotic places. So it’s somewhat of a departure from what I normally exhibit.”

Lever has been a Co-op member since 2017 and has shown his work several times, including the gallery's 2017 and 2018 Open Doors exhibits, New Members show in 2018, and the photography exhibit Click! in 2018. “Exhibiting at WMAC over the last year or so has taught me quite a bit about how to show art,” said. “While I have been a photographer for most of my life, the interactions I have with other artists have given me insights into how to think like an artist.”

A native of Boston, Lever was reared in South Florida. Currently, he lives in Duncan, SC. He and his wife have two adult daughters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tulane University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

“The inspiration for my photography comes from my desire to share my views of my travels and of the natural world,” Lever said. “Whether this takes form as a snow covered mountain, a tropical island or a bird in flight, the theme is the same: connect the viewer with my personal view of the world. In this exhibit, One thing people should enjoy is the contrasts between the Panama Canal and the Kuna Yala region of Panama. Another is the beauty of the people and places in French Polynesia.”

He hopes when people see his work, they will “Get out and see the world!  If not first hand, at least through photography.”

West Main Artists Co-op is one of Spartanburg’s leading nonprofit art agencies. As a membership-based organization, it has more than 50 visual and performance artists. Each month, the Co-op hosts three month-long exhibits and receptions during ArtWalk. Located at 578 West Main Street in Spartanburg, the Co-op is housed in what was a church. It has about 30 individual working and/or gallery studios. Also, it has three public galleries, including The Venue, which is the largest in the converted sanctuary. It has the largest collection of for-sale locally made of artwork in the county. For more info, please visit online WestMainArtists.org.