From the moment I stepped inside the Anderson Arts Center's warehouse space, I was surrounded by art, beauty and creativity -- literally surrounded as even the floor beneath my sandals was transformed into a canvas.
Artist John Acorn drew inspiration from preschoolers' paintings to cover the yellow pine stairs with trailer nails, outlining smiling faces, cheerful suns and other simple, child-like designs.
Follow the stairs to the second floor and you will find the center's main exhibition space. The high-quality, rotating exhibits feature some amazing area artists and often center around a theme. On one recent visit I was treated to a collection of pet portraits. You might think that this subject matter would lead to a bunch of cloyingly cute puppies and kittens, but the exhibit artists found a way to elevate their four-legged subjects. The portraits showed great artistry and emotion, revealing all the qualities our pets have that make them such important parts of our lives.
I also was happy to catch the most recent exhibit: "The Art of Recovery." The show was a unique collaboration with the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the AnMed Cancer Center and displayed work done by patients grappling with cancer or various mental health issues. It was fascinating to see not only how healing art could be for the patients, but also how beautiful and evocative their artwork was.
Just opened at Anderson Arts Warehouse is the annual Anderson Artists Guild Juried Show. The exhibit opened Sept. 9 with a reception and awards ceremony, and you can chance to catch the show through Oct. 28.
Also a part of the center is the Bay 3 Artisan Gallery, which features the work of several resident artists including mosaic artist Lynn Felts, photographer Marion Harvey Carroll and painter Liz Cox-Smith. Click here for more information on all the artists.
The Anderson Arts Center Warehouse is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information click here.