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The Nature of Place

NC Artist to Exhibit Mountain Landscapes at Spartanburg Art Co-op

North Carolina artist Kate Thayer will exhibit an extensive collection of oil and pastel paintings --  The Nature Of Place -- at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC from Tuesday, April 2 through Saturday, April 27. The accomplished and award-winning artist is known for her lush, impressionistic, and vivid landscapes of North Carolina mountain scenes. The exhibit will be open for the public’s free viewing Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public reception will be Thursday, April 18, 5:30-9 p.m. during the city’s monthly ArtWalk.

“My paintings for this exhibit are done with oils and palette knives or pastels on sanded paper,” Thayer said. “They are all landscapes done based upon scenes in Western North Carolina. Nature is life giving. We need to connect with nature to enrich our souls. Painting the magnificent colors, within the seasons in these Western North Carolina Mountains, connects me to these special places.”

She hopes viewing patrons will “be surrounded by glimpses of unique natural places that have a message to tell about life, to experience how unique places can enrich our lives, bringing to life what adds to life.”

It took Thayer about two years to create this collection of 25 paintings. All of the works will be for sale, ranging in price from $800 to $2,600.

Thayer’s paintings are known for their stacked layers of paint that produce marks and textures that add aliveness to the canvas. She often uses palette knives and her fingers to create the desired effect of depth and feel. “The paintings draw the viewer into the scenes to connect them with nature as seen through my eyes,” she said.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is now a resident of Flat Rock, NC. “My painting career began 20 years ago after moving to Western North Carolina,” she said. “Pursuits leading to painting were garden design, one of a kind knitted sweaters, flower arranging, and gourmet cooking. All about color, texture and form. My study of art in general is from museums, master artists, books and attending galleries.”

Each month, West Main Artists Co-op hosts three exhibitions: two by members; one by a guest artist, which is the case with Thayer. Her exhibit will be seen in The Venue gallery, which is the largest of three at the Co-op. “Exhibiting at The Venue will display my work in a very unique way,” Thayer said. “The viewers who look into the paintings can experience all the seasons in nature. This will connect us all to glimpses of our natural places. The Co-op is a unique place for artists to create and display their work, to learn from each other and through workshops.  It is a very supportive group of artists.”

Thayer’s work is currently carried by galleries in Asheville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, and the The Gallery At Flat Rock. Her website is KateThayer.com.

“Painting the forests and rivers in this area has given me a closeness to the natural world that has enriched my life,” Thayer said. “May they bring a richness to those that look into them.”

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 artwork in the county. For more info, please visit online WestMainArtists.org.