"Any Mill USA" by Andrew Blanchard, art professor at Converse College.
What small southern city can boast of 100 visual artists of exceptional merit? The Upstairs Artspace in Tryon answers the question with "Artists Among Us: 100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg." The exhibit opens March 16 and continues through April 28.

The inspiration behind the exhibit is a beautiful coffee table book of the same title published last November by Hub City Press. The book is the collaboration of Edward Emory, writer and editor, and Stephen Stinson, photographer. Emory, who owns and operates Carolina Gallery with his wife Shannon, selected the 100 artists according to their individual talents, achievements and contributions towards promoting Spartanburg as an arts destination.

The Upstairs Artspace is presenting work by each of the 100 artists in all three of its galleries. The range of art includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture, woodturning, and ceramic and fiber art. "We want to familiarize our audience--especially people north of Tryon--with Spartanburg's many outstanding artists," says Margaret Curtis, Exhibits Committee chair.

A public reception for the artists is Saturday, March 17, 5-8 p.m. Emory will give an informal talk, "Spartanburg Spells ART!," on Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m. The events are free.

For information, call 828-859-2828; visit www.upstairsartspace.org. Upstairs Artspace is located at 49 S. Trade Street. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m., Sunday, 12-4 p.m.