The Upstate Update: October 2020 - October 20th, 2020

In this month's Upstate Update, we share several recent land conservation successes, a preview of the latest issue of the Upstate Advocate, and two important ways Upstate residents can support Greenville County's future this week. read more

Inspired: Fiber Artist Sarah Mandell - October 19th, 2020

Sarah Mandell creates realistic needle felted landscapes inspired by the beauty she finds in Upstate SC's mountains, lakes, farms, and forests. In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, she tells us more about her work, process, and inspiration. read more

Inspired: Abstract Expressionist Painter Roberto Cortez - October 19th, 2020

Self-taught painter Roberto Cortez reflects on how the beauty and landscapes of the Upstate inspire his abstract work in this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate. read more

Inspired: Watercolor Painter Dwight Rose - October 19th, 2020

Watercolor painter Dwight Rose has visited and lived around the world, but found unique inspiration in Upstate South Carolina. In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Dwight shares the impact the region's natural resources have had on his art work. read more

Inspired: Contemporary Landscape Painter Jessica Fields - October 19th, 2020

When painter Jessica Fields moved to the Upstate from Texas nearly a decade ago, her work transformed. In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Jessica discusses the impact of this change in scenery on her painting and how she continues to find inspiration during the ongoing pandemic. read more

Inspired: Weaver Nancy Basket - October 19th, 2020

Cherokee basket weaver Nancy Basket moved to the Upstate several decades ago to discover the land her ancestors once called home. Here, she found their stories, culture, and traditions of the Cherokee elders, as well as a material that inspired an unexpected new path in her basket weaving work. In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Nancy shares lessons learned from kudzu and the importance of nature. read more

Inspired: Printmaker Kent Ambler - October 19th, 2020

After several years living in the American Southwest, artist Kent Ambler longed for the lush green landscapes of the East Coast In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, Kent shares how the landscapes that now surround him influence his work. read more

Inspired: Abstract Painter and Collage Artist Allison Ford - October 19th, 2020

In this essay published in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue of the Upstate Advocate, painter and collage artist Allison Ford shares her journey as an artist and seeking solace — and inspiration — in nature during the ongoing pandemic. read more

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