Less Traveled

Page Ivey

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Greenwood offers charm and great art

Posted 1/7/2013 2:58:00 PM

One of my favorite less-traveled places is the town of Greenwood. Some of the most interesting people I know come from Greenwood, one of the last true textile towns in South Carolina.

The town has held onto much of its early 20th century charm even though the mills don’t hum like they used to and fewer people work in that industry.

One of the best stops is the Greenwood Arts Center. The first time I stopped here, my jaw dropped. The former federal building has been renovated with large exhibit halls and floor to ceiling windows that provide great light. Just a couple of years after it opened, the center was awarded the state’s highest art honor, the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The center is now hosting an exhibit of items from the State Art Collection. “Contemporary Conversations” includes 118 works from 95 South Carolina artists. The exhibit is designed to reflect the diversity of artists who call South Carolina home and the diversity of cultures represented by our people. The works have been inspired by social issues, local history and pure imagination. The show runs through Jan. 31.

The Greenwood Arts Center is at 120 Main St. This free museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (864) 388-7800 or click here.