Greenville artist tells a story through encaustics 

Local artist Danielle Fontaine seeks to answer the question, “Why do we choose to keep or discard certain things in our lives?” Through a pictorial memoir of a small family farm in Georgia, Fontaine metaphorically explores just that.

Her encaustic work, “Pye Pond — A Memoir,” will be on display through March 30 at the Spartanburg co-op, located at 578 W. Main St. Spartanburg.

“I hope people get an appreciation for the power of storytelling in visual arts, and for the little-known medium of encaustics, and for the beauty of family history in all its entanglements,” Fontaine said in a news release.

To see Fontaine’s work, preview it online or visit the free gallery.


Upstate CEOs join in a game of ‘horse’

Locally Epic and iMAGINE Upstate will challenge Greenville CEOs to shoot it out in a tournament of the childhood favorite game ‘horse.’

The charity basketball event will be at the Peace Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. All proceeds raised from the tournament will go toward iMAGINE Upstate plus the winning CEO’s charity of choice.

Kelsye Acker, director of iMAGINE Upstate, said the tournament will get more people involved and be something everyone will have fun watching.

The $250 donation fee for CEOs and business owners who would like to participate includes one entry for the tournament, a T-shirt, and an invitation to the kickoff party. Visit to sign up.


SWITCH to host 2019 Charity Golf Tournament

SWITCH, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting sexual exploitation and human trafficking in the Upstate, will host its first charity golf tournament on Monday, May 20, at Holly Tree Country Club in Simpsonville.

To participate, tickets cost $150 per person or $500 per team. Included in the cost are lunch, dinner, cart, access to the driving range, a short game practice area, skills course area, and practice putting green.

Since its beginning in 2012, SWITCH has reached over 21,000 community members and served over 115 individuals on the road to restoration and recovery.

To register, visit the tournament’s website.


Smithsonian to display Clemson research 

Clemson University and the 14 other members of the Atlantic Coast Conference will come together for the second “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival” April 5–7. The festival will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Two projects from Clemson will be featured: “The LIT KIT: A Mixed-Technology Architectural Robotic System for Enhancing Children’s Picturebook Reading” and “Promoting Health Through Human-Robot Interaction.”

For more information about performance descriptions and exhibitions,  visit the festivals website. Follow the hashtag #ACCelerateFestival on social media for live updates at the festival.

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