works by Chris Evans
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
Sept. 15 - Oct. 29, 2017
Wed., October 11, 2017
Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 PM
ARTS TALK LUNCHEON
Friday, October 13, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Throughout her work in Millscapes, Chris Evans explores the gradual decline of mill towns and their transformation into bustling, modern communities that weave the past with the present and future. This project consists of a series of 16 paintings, created as a contemporary, visual reconnaissance of Southern textile culture. The artwork celebrates the era's industrialized urban and rural landscapes, as well as historic cotton fabrics. The paintings serve as a public valuation and tribute to important, creative resources found within the southern region. Millscapes provides local and visible evidence of the power of past artisans and artists to inspire today's creative communities.
Millscapes was developed during an exploration of Rock Hill, SC's Cotton Factory. Through the generosity of Springs Creative, Evans was given the opportunity to study the 350,000 cotton swatches housed in their archives. Having such intimate, hands-on access to these vivid 19th century fabrics was a moving experience for her. She recognized the invaluable legacy the mill workers had provided to us by their timeless designs and craftsmanship. This discovery resulted in her decision to celebrate and revive their legacy with this series.
Evans' art is about culture, often referencing past architecture, history, and art. Themes of erosion and community absorb her. Inclusion and restoration are also creative objectives. It is challenging to find suitable artistic medium for this expression, so exploring multiple painting mediums intrigues her. While this expands her work, she alternately employs simplification of form, color, line, and texture Evans' artwork is best when permitted to form itself while being created, as she lets the act of painting control the course. As she arranges, brushes, blends, looks at, and thinks about the work, a resulting surprise often accompanies the conclusion of a painting.
Chris Evans is a student at Winthrop University, who is currently working towards a Masters of Fine Art. "Rock Hill Nights" was selected as a winner of the Charlotte Art and Science Council's "ArtPop 2016" public billboard competition. Additionally, "Town and County Nights" exhibited at 2016's Artfields in Lake City, SC.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents
WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 11, 2017 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
ACYC Members | $15
General Public | $20
AT THE DOOR | $25, no member discount
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presents David Crowe’s original work, "Mill Village," written to honor the men, women, and children who worked in the mills, and acknowledges the profound influence the textile industry has had on the community.
Conductor | Conductor | Steven Jarvi
Narrator | Frank Dominguez
Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody by David Crowe
Appalachia Waltz by Mark O'Connor
Allegro molto vivace from Rounds by David Diamond
Malice Towards No One from Lincoln by John Williams
Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copland
online | yorkcountyarts.org
by phone | (803)328-2787
with CHRIS EVANS AND WADE FAIREY
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 13, 2017 | 11 AM - 2 PM
TICKETS | $15
*TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 5 PM.
BOX LUNCH PROVIDED BY THE ARTS COUNCIL
Grab a bite to eat with the Arts Council, then take an in-depth look at Chris Evans’ works with the artist, herself, during this Arts Talk Luncheon. Immediately following, Wade Fairey, founding partner of Roots & Recall and former Executive Director of Historic Rock Hill and Historic Brattonsville, will explore the history of our old mill town with a presentation at the Center for the Arts, followed by a walk through Old Town Rock Hill.
online | yorkcountyarts.org
by phone | (803)328-2787
A SPRINGS' PERSPECTIVE
SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 29, 2017
A Springs' Perspective is a collection of images from the Springs Close Family Archives that look inside the Springs Cotton Mills focusing on the work and lives of the textile mill workers from its founding as Fort Mill Manufacturing in the 1880s to the acquisition of Rock Hill Printing and Finishing in the 1980s.
Springs Industries, Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer of international prominence, began as an effort to save the lagging economy of a small southern town. It was for the people of Fort Mill that Samuel Elliott White, John M. Spratt, and a few others organized the Fort Mill Manufacturing company in 1887. At the end of the first year of operation, Fort Mill #1, or the "Gingham Mill" as the employees referred to it, provided 20 cottages for employee housing, a brick store, and an office. The population of Fort Mill had jumped from 450 to 900, business volume in the town had increased by $125,000 per year, the market for local cotton had grown considerably, several hundred manufacturing jobs were providing a steady payroll, and Fort Mill Manufacturing Company was turning out 8,000 to 10,000 yards of fine quality ginghams per day. Fort Mill was on the road to recovery andFort Mill Manufacturing was on its way to becoming Springs Industries, Ind., on of the largest textile companies in the world. The decisions of the next generation of company leaders, including Leroy Springs, Elliott White Springs, Bill Close, Peter Scotese, and Walter Y. Elisha continued the tradition of loyalty and responsibility to employees, their families, and their communities. Company decisions to place recreational facilities in mill communities and create charitable foundations to assist with health care and education brought about social change that improved lives for mill workers and their communities.
EDMUND D. LEWANDOWSKI CLASSROOM GALLERY
Children's Fall Art Show
OCTOBER 20 - NOVEMBER 12, 2017