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Paint to Print

Gaffney Artist to Exhibit Abstract Prints at Spartanburg Co-op

Gaffney artist Robin Childers will present her exhibit Paint to Print at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, Aug. 6-31, giving patrons a look at her prints of colorful abstracted flowers and shapes that are based on paintings and digital drawings.

The exhibit of 19 works of arts will be free for public viewing Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to her reception on Thursday, Aug. 15, 5-9 p.m., during the city’s monthly ArtWalk.

“This exhibit will be very characteristic of my work in general,” Childers said. “I use personal drawings and paintings that are developed digitally to create the screens. I hope to show how an image chang

es as the medium changes -- that the development of the images must be translated to fit the medium by artistic choices.”

Some of the prints will be of simple irregular shapes that explore restricted color palettes on textured surfaces. Other pieces will be more complex, combining geometric patterns, organic shapes, and strong color accents. “These various prints are based on paintings and digital drawings of abstracted florals and shapes,” she said. “I love the process of making prints from my drawings and paintings. And, I have enjoyed creating a painting that develops and changes to become screen prints that can stand on their own.”

It took Childers about a year to produce this exhibit. All of the pieces will be for sale, ranging from $15 to $300. 

The Gaffney native holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art (fiber arts) from Savannah College of Art and Design. As a visiting artist, she has also studied painting at Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Following graduation, she worked as a textile designer in apparel and automotive fabrics. Her design work in manufacturing has influenced her recent paintings, screen-prints, and installations.

Other work includes teaching art to children at Capitol Hills Arts Workshop in Washington, D.C., and the Jepson Center in Savannah.

Her work in mixed media was most recently included in the Fusion Mid-Atlantic at the Virginia Beach Art Center (July-August 2019). Since 2000, her work has been showcased in dozens of exhibits across the country, with a concentration in the South. Her work is included in collections held by the Target Corp., Savannah College of Art and Design, and private citizens and companies.

Childers has been a member of West Main Artists Co-op since 2012, and she has participated in many of the agency’s exhibits, such as Open Doors. “West Main is a wonderful community of artists of all backgrounds,” she said. “We can learn from each other on different media.”

West Main Artists Co-op is one of Spartanburg’s leading non-profit art agencies. It is a membership-based venue with more than 50 members, most of whom are visual artists, but some are performing artists. Members specialize in many media, including painting, sculpturing, photography, fused glass, jewelry making, ceramics, and miniatures. Housed in a former Baptist church, the Co-op has about 30 private studios for its members, a ceramics studio, a printery, two stages for performances, three exhibition halls (including the Venue, which is in the church’s sanctuary), and a two-room gift shop. Throughout the three-story building art hangs on nearly all walls, and 3-D pieces are stationed in hallways, public spaces, and outside. Routinely, the Co-op hosts three exhibits each month by its members and guest artists. It has the largest collection in the county of for-sell art by local artists. It is a major participant in the city’s monthly ArtWalk, drawing scores of patrons on the third Thursday of each month, 5-9 p.m. For more information about the Co-op, please visit online: WestMainArtists.org or find it on Facebook.