Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, celebrates atmosphere and action in the "new" South with new exhibits. Looking Away, Arden Cone and Glen Miller and Repressed Beauty: Recent Work by Patti Brady open Saturday, May 5 with a Walk & Talk by the artists, 5 pm, and reception with music and refreshments, 6 - 7:30 pm.

Looking Away references history, politics and a Southerner's relationship with self and nature. Glen Miller paints that relationship with hints of mystery, unease and deep affection. A master of brush and palette, Miller has enjoyed more than 20 solo shows and many group ones. A native of Tennessee, he resides in Greenville SC where he's an adjunct professor of art at Furman University.

Arden Cone receives an MFA this month from Boston University. The young native of Landrum SC has garnered praise for provocative subject matter and painting skill. In Looking Away, Cone explores a revisionism of Southern history in oversized paintings about Confederate monuments, calling it an investigation and remembrance of "the painful, internal conflict ...called the Civil War." She is also a freelance writer for blogs and magazines.

Patti Brady's Repressed Beauty explodes with luscious color and innovative design painted on Plexiglas. Inspired by wallpaper and fabric patterns, Brady hopes the work raises questions about meanings of femininity. A long-time promoter of Golden acrylic paints, Brady retired recently to make art full time in her Greenville studio. She is widely exhibited and in many public and private collections, including the Morris Museum and Greenville County Museum of Art.