Meet 7 of this year’s participating Greenville Open Studios artists

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Artist Sylvie Bucher. Photo by Will Crooks

One of the primary goals of the Metropolitan Arts Council’s annual Greenville Open Studios is as true today as it was when it was founded a decade and a half ago: demystifying the artistic process. Each year, Greenville’s best artists open their studios for the weekend and invite the public to take a look behind the scenes. This year’s festival runs Nov. 11-12 and will feature a mind-boggling 145 artists. Here are a few that caught our eyes.

JOSEPH BRADLEY
Painting
Flatiron Building, 1211 Pendleton St.

“My work is about appreciating the relationship we have to our environment and depicting our emotional responses to it. That’s why I paint things that I have a connection with, things that I experience or see around me. It’s more organic that way.”

Joseph Bradley. Photo by Will Crooks

 

BOB RIPLEY 
Wood, metal, printmaking, sculpture, drawing
Taylors Mill
250 Mill Street, BL1237, Taylors

“The connection that I have with wood in particular is that my grandfather and my uncle were carpenters. I feel very comfortable working with wood because I would help my grandfather make stuff around my home as a child.”

Bob Ripley. Photo by Will Crooks

 

KATE FURMAN
Jewelry, metalworking
547 Perry Ave.

People think of my signature look as the large, signature pieces, but I do lots of smaller, wearable pieces. I’ve even done custom work, like wedding bands.” 

Kate Furman. Photo by Will Crooks

 

SYLVIE BUCHER
Printmaking, collage, mixed media
9 Braelock Court

“I reinvent the picture of a city, street, or neighborhoods by interlacing all kind of signs, hand-lettering, pictograms… like a travel diary full of unexpected events.”

Sylvie Bucher. Photo by Will Crooks

 

JUDY VERHOEVEN
Paper arts, collage, mixed media
134 Knollwood Lane

“I adore dogs. There’s the expression, ‘What would Jesus do?’ I sometimes think, ‘What would dogs do?’ They embody the spirit of love. When I’m working with dogs specifically, there’s kind of a spiritual thing going on.”

Judy Verhoeven. Photo by Will Crooks

 

KEN CHRISTY
Woodworking
311 McCrary St.

“It is a great joy to rescue something from being nothing, and turn it into something more.” 

Ken Christy. Photo by Will Crooks

 

Vivian Morris
Printmaking
Utopian Gallery | Ivey Square
200 N. Main St., Suite 302

“I find this work a representation of the people in our world. I think everyone has a dark side and a light side. I like mixing those in my pieces.

Vivian Morris. Photo by Will Crooks
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