GCMA Collectors Group Cocktails + Art with Matthew Rolston

While encountering art can be moving, doing so with a cocktail in hand certainly enhances the experience. Members of the GCMA Collectors Group appreciated the photography of Matthew Rolston, and the catering expertise of Janet Poleski, during the museum’s latest Cocktails + Art event. The one hundred attendees interacted with Matthew Rolston himself, who spoke on his extensive work, which includes more than 100 Rolling Stones covers, shots of Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson, and the colorful portraits of ventriloquist dolls in the GCMA exhibition Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits.

Photography by Bonfire Visuals

 

Euphoria Kick-off Party

Age of Excess

Fashion is taking bold cues from time past, so we chose a formidable historical backdrop for our fall fashion shoot, The Poinsett Club. Named for prominent South Carolina statesman Joel R. Poinsett, Greenville’s Poinsett Club provided an elegant setting for our fashion presentation. Juxtaposed against its antiquated detail, our contemporary clothes tell an ageless story of style. Take your style back in time—it’s hip to be retro.

On Kaylee: 

Adelyn Rae Wesley velvet tie blazer from Southern Girl Chic Boutique; Ever Rose pleated dress pant from Twill; fresh water pearl and diamond ring from Hale’s Jewelers


(Left to right): Jade smock-neck floral top from Southern Girl Chic Boutique; Anna Grace high-rise plaid shorts from Lizard Thicket; Face à Face Mandy 1 glasses from Garrison’s Opticians;  Leslie Francesca geode rings from J. Britt;14k yellow gold orbit drop cognac and white diamond earrings from Hale’s Jewelers; Jeffrey Campbell Rayford rust oiled suede bootie from Muse Shoe Studio // Cupcakes & Cashmere fringe woven top from Twill; award-winning pearl and conch ring from llyn strong


On Felicia:

(Left to right) Vince Camuto white tweed dress from Cocobella Boutique; golden strand ombre pearls with pearl “O” clasp from llyn strong; pink gold with cognac and diamond circle drop earrings and 18k gold diamond pavé ring from Hale’s Jewelers // Hutch black and rose gold hi-low dress from Monkee’s of the West End; Vaneli Xavia velvet bootie from Muse Shoe Studio; cast snakeskin necklace from Kate Furman JewelryJohn Hardy triple layer necklace from Hale’s Jewelers


Jovani red strapless bow bodice mermaid evening dress from Bella Bridesmaids; Swarovski crystal collection from REEDS Jewelers


Mark & James by Badgley Mischka sequin dolman dress from Labels Designer Consignments; eroded rosegold and copper oyster shell studs with pearls from Kate Furman Jewelry // Teri Jon collared waist-wrap navy gown from Bella Bridesmaids; Stuart Weitzman nudist heel in black patent leather from Labels Designer Consignments; Shiver + Duke grey ball with white flower petal earrings from Muse Shoe Studio;18k yellow gold open-link tassel necklace with tri-pearl chain worn as bracelet from Hale’s Jewelers


Adelyn Rae dress from Southern Girl Chic Boutique; Stuart Weitzman nudist heel in black patent leather from Labels Designer Consignments; Machete acrylic dusty blue lucite hoop from J. Britt // Trina Turk Kailee plaid top from Monkee’s of the West End; Machete iridescent white lucite hoops from J. Britt


Tyler Boe open-back suede vest from Lady J; J.Crew metallic pencil skirt from Labels Designer Consigments; yellow-gold citrine drop earrings and pink-gold-and-oval white topaz link necklace from Hale’s Jewelers // Keyhole romper from Prowse Boutiquemulti-mod circle earrings from Southern Girl Chic Boutique; Jeffrey Campbell dark brown velvet bootie from Labels Designer Consignments 


Adrianna Papell gown from Labels Designer Consignments and tri-stone Swarovski studs from REEDS Jewelers in the Poinsett Club’s Board Room.

Special Thanks: 

Kaylee Glidewell and Felicia Smith of Marilyn’s Agency; Laura Linen style directing; Isabelle Schreier of Belle Maquillage; Allison Williamson of Boheme Salon; The Poinsett Club; Kate Lewis for styling assistance; and David Bonner for production assistance.

Kelly + Alyn

Kelly Pollard & Alyn Griffiths

May 6, 2018


An office Christmas party can offer so much more than watered-down hot chocolate and a Dollar Store secret Santa gift from your cubicle mate. For Alyn Griffiths and Kelly Pollard, it meant an invitation to forever. The oblivious pair worked at the same London gallery, but after their meet cute, the rest quickly became history. Alyn and Kelly dated for six blissful years, flourishing in their European lifestyle. When Kelly’s 30th birthday approached, Alyn knew it was time for the long-anticipated change of pace. He whisked Kelly away for a birthday excursion to Bath, England. It was there that he secured his spot as Kelly’s permanent party planner for all birthdays to come. The wedding took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the bride and groom fully immersing themselves in the surrounding culture. The nuptials took place in a small manor house just oustide the country’s capital. Many of the men, groom included, were fitted in kilts, which made for the perfect accessories at the following traditional Scottish ceilidh reception. The couple plans to live in Edinburgh; Kelly works as a freelance marketing agent, and Alyn as a freelance journalist.

By Patrick Philips Photography

Abstract Expression

October’s bell tolls again. This month of warm days and cool nights is one of the finest of our calendar. Its frenzy is quelled by the slow descent of falling leaves; by the primal scent of wood smoke; by stunning mountain vistas; by apple cider doughnuts. The shift to full-on fall fuels an internal excitement that’s mirrored in fire and color and crisp blue sky—and the desire to dress the part.

For our annual fall style presentation (“Age of Excess”), we emphasize fashion that’s dramatic, exaggerated, and larger than life. Big and bold are exclamations this season, emphasized through color, vintage looks, voluminous hair, and oblique angles.

But fashion—even the most gripping, head-turning kind—can only go so far.

Our style, from clothing to interiors to cars, is an extension of our being. As designer Rachel Zoe points out, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” It functions at peak when it amplifies the character of the one wearing it. Finding one’s style is like settling into one’s bones.

Living out loud is a lot more powerful and purposeful than shrinking to a corner. That’s fine on occasion; we all need to retreat. But the rub of life is to engage. It’s about participation. Expressing what you find inside. Is fashion necessary to be your best self? No. But it could change your perception of who you are, and that is everything. The glasses we wear color the world we see.

Like the leaf that grows, matures in the sun, then goes out in a blaze of glory—we, too, shift with the seasons. Take a cue from this megawatt month and light it up.

Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief, blair@towncarolina.com

When in Rome

I didn’t mean to fall in love with Rome. I was a skeptic. After all, how could the real Rome live up to the romanticized, Fellini-esque version of the iconic city that lived in my head? The Eternal City is home to historic art and architecture, fabulous food, fashion, and luxury lodgings, and my recent Roman holiday put all hesitations to rest. Here’s how to see and have it all, without falling into the tourist traps.


DAY ONE 

Palazzo Naiadi & Trastevere

We arrived at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and were ushered into a taxi by a man we thought was our driver. Already on the freeway when we realized the mistake, we could do little but sit back and hope for the best. Our young driver’s eagerness to share his love for Rome put us at ease, though nothing would have prepared us for the insanity of driving in Rome. Our driver laughingly referred to the streets of Rome as “God’s race track” and promised to get us safely to our hotel while providing the best tour of the bustling city that money could buy. He did not disappoint. When we arrived at the Palazzo Naiadi Roma, the parting advice he gave shaped the rest of our trip: “Eat like a Roman, not a tourist.”

If our first foray into Rome was a shaky one, any concerns diminished upon entering our stunning hotel. Set in a former nineteenth-century palace, the Palazzo Naiadi Roma evokes simple elegance in a grand setting. The staff was incredibly gracious, sending our luggage up to the room while we met with the concierge team. After speaking with them for only a few minutes, we scrapped all but two of the restaurant reservations we’d made and put our cuisine planning into their hands.

After a tour of the ancient property, essentially a twenty-first-century neoclassical museum, we toasted our good fortune at the hotel’s rooftop terrace—aptly named POSH—before we jumped in a (real) taxi for a casual dinner at Taverna Trilussa in Trastevere, a charming medieval neighborhood on the other side of the Tiber River known for its nightlife.

After dinner, we strolled the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets and enjoyed the street performers on the enchanting Piazza di Santa Maria.


DAY TWO 

The Pantheon / Trevi Fountain / Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers / Piazza Navona

We awoke with the sunrise and drank coffee on our balcony overlooking Rutelli’s Fountain of the Naiads and Michelangelo’s Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Eager to see the sites but avoid the crowds, we took the concierge team’s advice to “walk in Rome, walk everywhere in Rome.”

Rome is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture on display—making it impossible to see every ancient ruin during our short stay. Knowing that, we opted to see fewer sites per day, on foot. It became a treasure hunt of sorts, as we had the flexibility to stop by any church, museum, shop, or café that enticed us along the way. The best part was find-ing ancient ruins tucked into unexpected corners; getting lost became part of the fun.

With fresh coffee and pastry in hand, we strolled to the nearby Trevi district of Rome to see the Fontana di Trevi, an iconic 86-foot fountain, one of 1,352 that stood in fourth-century Rome. According to legend, visitors who toss coins into the fountain over their right shoulder will return to the city.

Fountain of the Neptune in Rome, by Giacomo della Porta, sited in Piazza Navona.

Not willing to leave our return to chance, we threw coins in at the foot of Oceanus, a statue by Pietro Bracci, and headed towards the Pantheon, one of ancient Rome’s best-preserved monuments. The spectacular design and proportions are a striking reminder of the Roman Empire’s architecture. While its exact age is not known, it is thought that the original structure was built in 27 BC as a temple to the gods of pagan Rome. The existing structure, including the famous 140-foot oculus, was built in 120 AD by Emperor Hadrian. While the Pantheon contains the tombs of the artist Raphael and several Italian kings and poets, it was the first pagan temple to be turned into a church.

We wound our way back to Piazza Navona, taking our time exploring shops, ancient ruins, and market stalls. We braved the growing crowd to see Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers before grabbing lunch at Salumera Roscioli, a deli and restaurant with only seven tables and a killer wine list.

Once sufficiently stuffed, I headed to the hotel spa for a little pampering and then relaxed until our car picked us up for dinner. If you are looking for an under-the-radar taste of Rome, consider dining in Parioli, a wealthy residential area a few minutes from the city center. We strolled through the Borghese Gardens just before sunset and arrived at Gallura, a candlelit restaurant perfect for a romantic dinner. We sat on the garden terrace to enjoy the warm October evening, and feasted on seven courses, including sea urchin, lobster, artichoke, and pasta, each arriving with an accompanying flight of wine and a colorful story of its preparation from the waiter. 


DAY THREE 

Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele / The Roman Forum / Shopping & Spanish Steps / Dinner overlooking the Colosseum

We packed a lot of exploring into our third day, but the proximity of the sites made it easy to see major monuments within a short time. Leaving before the morning rush hour, we walked through the Monti and Celio neighborhoods to the Roman Forum and then across the street to climb the steps of the Altare della Patria, an enormous monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Then we grabbed a cab to do some shopping and see the Spanish Steps. (Rome’s fashion districts can be overwhelming, so if you see something you love, get it then. I can’t tell you how many shops I tried to get back to but couldn’t find.)

Via del Corso is a must-see for those looking to invest in Italian leather or linen. Part of the street is pedestrian only, making the shopping even more enjoyable. If you are looking for famous Italian fashion houses and prestigious brands, Via dei Condotti is the place to go. Well-known international brands, wonderful Italian menswear, and leather shops fill Via Borgognona (parallel to Via dei Condotti). While wandering Via dei Condotti, stop at the Antico Caffè Greco for lunch or a cappuccino. The oldest bar in Rome, the celebrated eighteenth-century café has long been a haven for writers, composers, and artists—including Byron, Keats, Mendelssohn, and Wagner.

We had reserved a table months before at the elegant Hotel Eden’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Il Giardino, and enjoyed the last hours of our Roman holiday languishing on the terrace, feasting our eyes on the panoramas of the Eternal City. Rome was no longer a romantic vision that lived in my imagination; it had woven its way into my heart with its chaotic heartbeat, legendary past, and awe-inspiring charm.


EAT

/// Taverna Trilussa
Via del Politeama, 23, 00153 Rome RM, tavernatrilussa.com, + 39 06 581 8918

/// Roscioli Salumeria Con Cucina
Via dei Giubbonari, 21, 00186 Roma RM, salumeriaroscioli.com, + 39 06 687 5287

/// Antico Caffé Greco
Via dei Condotti, 86, 00187 Roma RM, anticocaffegreco.eu, (no reservations)

/// Gallura
Via Giovanni Antonelli, 2, 00197 Roma RM, ristorantegallura.it, + 39 06 807 2971

/// Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar
Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi, 49, 00187 Rome RM, + 39 06 4781 2761

STAY

/// Palazzo Naiadi Roma
Piazza della Repubblica, 47, 00185 Roma RM, dahotels.com/palazzo-naiadi-roma, + 39 06 489 3821

PLAY

/// Fusion Spa
Piazza della Repubblica, 47, 00185 Roma RM, dahotels.com/palazzo-naiadi-roma/wellness-spa-rome, + 39 06 4893 8465

Net Worth

Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay stretches for 248 miles as the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea. This is where you’ll find Heidi Dunlap, along with her business and life partner, Steve Maher, for two months each summer. Like the sockeye salmon for which they fish, the owners of The Wild Salmon Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, return to the same freshwater habitat in southwest Alaska every year.

Heidi inherited her adventurous spirit from her parents. For ten years beginning in the early 1960s, Bill and Karen Dunlap taught school in Alaska, where Bill was a commercial fisherman. When they weren’t fishing, the couple plied the world’s oceans in their sailboat.

“I was born in September, and by December we were sailing,” Heidi says. “My crib was a rubber boat placed on deck, and my mom said I couldn’t crawl when I got to land because I was so used to crawling sideways.” Karen enrolled her daughter in swimming lessons at age three because the toddler kept jumping off the boat whenever her older brother did, spawning Dunlap family rule number one: Stay on the boat.

Photography by Eli Warren

As a youngster, Heidi spent part of her summers on her father’s fishing boat. “One of my earliest memories of fishing is when I was five or six, we would go out fishing for the week, and on Friday we’d bring our last load of fish into town,” she recalls. “We were there for about six hours, during which I’d fillet as many fish as I could, cut the bellies open and take the roe out. I’d fill up a five-gallon bucket and sell that separately to the cannery. With the money I made, I would go buy Cabbage Patch dolls at the general store in town.”

Her first stint as a deckhand was aboard her brother’s salmon boat at the age of 15, and she hasn’t missed a season since. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in anthropology, Dunlap floundered around for a while before she and Steve ran their first boat in 2004.

These days they favor the runs in the Nushagak River, one of four major river systems in Bristol Bay, which harbors the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. “Once we catch 100,000 pounds, we are starting to make money,” notes Heidi. “Our largest haul—in a single haul of the net—was 23,000 pounds, or about 4,500 fish.” This summer, fishermen on Bristol Bay saw the largest salmon run since 1893.

Heidi and Steve catch 80 percent of their salmon—95 percent of which is sockeye—over a two-week period, during which they fish 24 hours a day. They set their net perpendicular to the flow of the river, where it hangs like a curtain in the water. Then they run the boat from one side to the other, towing the net. At regular intervals they lift up the net with the help of hydraulics, and manually pick out the fish and toss them into an icy slurry of brine. “About every eight hours, we take a two-hour nap,” Heidi explains. “That goes on for about two weeks, until we’re completely exhausted and delirious.”

About every eight hours, we take a two-hour nap,” Heidi explains. “That goes on for about two weeks, until we’re completely exhausted and delirious.”

 

This season they experienced a particularly high number of storms, with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour—which can really rock a 32-foot boat. Day two blew in a six-day-long storm, which one deckhand described as “being on a roller coaster in a washing machine.”

Despite the perils, fishing holds an elemental appeal for Heidi, who appreciates participating in a sustainable fishery that has supported native cultures in Alaska for over 4,000 years. “The basic act of catching fish is exhilarating,” she claims. “When we’re up there, we have no cell service, no Internet, no Facebook, no online bill pay. Once we start fishing, nothing else matters except for the weather, the tides, and the fish.”

The rest of the year, Heidi and Steve carve out six weeks to travel, angling for adventure through expeditions like riding motorcycles across Vietnam. When they’re not fishing or traveling, Heidi works 60 to 80 hours a week running The Wild Salmon Co. “I work hard and play hard,” she admits.

“I feel that we have a truly blessed life,” the 40-year-old reflects. “And I give all the credit to my parents. They have always shown me that life should be an extraordinary adventure.”


The Wild Salmon Co. offers fish through online buying clubs and also participates in regional farmer’s markets in May and October. At the TD Saturday Market in Greenville, Heidi sells individual sockeye portions and fillets, as well as codfish that her husband, Steve, catches in the Bering Sea every winter. They also offer smoked king salmon—a sought-after and mild-flavored delicacy rarely found outside the Northwest—as well as smoked sockeye, cold-smoked lox, cured salmon, and smoked-salmon spread. Look for The Wild Salmon Co. at the TD Saturday Market through October; thewildsalmonco.com

On the Rocks

Fine accessories for men take form in brooches, belt buckles, and cuff links this fall. Local artisan llyn strong crafts the perfect pin with titanium and blue tiger eye, pairing nicely with the jeweler’s meteorite-based cuff links. For the sportsman-inclined, Charleston-based Hook-N-Hide offers handmade belts and fish-themed buckles that moonlight as bottle openers.

Sterling silver, 18k gold, and Muonionalusta meteorite cuff links from llyn strong; meteorite rocks from Greenville Gemstone Mine. Photography by Paul Mehaffey

The Rainbow Trout belt buckle and bottle opener and the Montana Camo belt strap from HookNHide. Photography by Paul Mehaffey

Brooch the Subject: Steve Walters Brooch with blue tiger eye, opal, quartz, and titanium by llyn strong. Photography by Paul Mehaffey

Musical Spirit

Illustration by Timothy Banks

Nobody knew what to make of Herb Royé when he hired himself as the lighting guy at The Handlebar. Here’s how Rockin’ A Hard Place, a memoir about the former longtime concert hall in Greenville, describes the dapper, yet scruffy oddball.

“Not long after we opened, Herb showed up at our doorstep like some rail-thin stray mongrel who only wanted attention, love, and family, but more than that: music. Herb loved music as much as a dog loves to chase cats and bark at things that aren’t there.”

Odd choice of words, “things that aren’t there,” considering that this, apropos of Halloween, is something of a ghost story.

When he first materialized at 304 East Stone Avenue, Herb was in his late 50s, though he looked to be in his early 100s. He died just before Christmas in 2007. But did he? The Greenville News obituary finally divulged his age, 61, but ran barely three lines long, leaving out Herb’s life.

Herb wove phantasmagorical stories. He spent three years in a Spanish prison; wandered the opium-tourists’ “Hippie Trail” from Europe to Kabul; appeared on that white steed in that iconic Woodstock photograph; worked as “lighting director” for The Fabulous Thunderbirds; and did stints in Vietnam and, later, at Armadillo World Headquarters, an Austin nightclub.

Just when you thought Herb was as full of horse manure as the one he supposedly rode in on, you’d run across something like this: a 1976 clipping from the Austin Sun, a counter-culture weekly: “Armadillo personnel additions include new stage manager Herb Royé, a veteran of Woodstock and the Monterrey [sic] Pop festivals and the Rolling Stones.”

Illustration by Timothy Banks

The Stones? Come on. But, like, when a member of Johnny Winter’s crew stepped off the blues legend’s pot-fumed RV, he took one look at Herb and said: “Holy shit, it’s Herb! I haven’t seen you since the old Armadillo days.” Even Joan Baez said something to him about Woodstock.

The thing is, you, too, can reconnect with Herb after all these years—or, at least, check up on his sly shenanigans. Ask any former Handlebar employee or a few onetime fans. Last year, Stephanie Holden celebrated her birthday at Stone Pin Bowling, now occupying the former basement of The Handlebar, with friends from Herb-era days. “A couple of bowling-alley employees said that weird things had been happening since they started working there—basically that things would not be where they left them the night before,” says the reference librarian.

Attempts to reach the lanes’ staff failed; they proved as elusive as perhaps-deceased Herb, but Holden says they also told her: “The weirdest thing was that there was an employee that they never had that kept being clocked in overnight.”

Herb always did keep late hours—unless he had better things to do after he died.

“I would be working in the office in the morning and the chairs, they made that noise when they slide across the floor, and there wasn’t anybody there,” says Katie Plowman, once The Handlebar’s office assistant and now operations coordinator at Loaves & Fishes.

“The weirdest thing was there was an employee they never had that kept being clocked in overnight.”

 

She asked the cleaning guy about it. “I said, ‘What’s going on with the chairs?’ And he said, ‘I haven’t moved any chairs.’”

While Herb was particular about things like seating arrangements and his cherished stage lights, he was friendlier than Casper. Plowman tells about the cleaning guy chatting regularly with Herb. Then there was the teenager who helped set up stage lights for one of the popular Christmas jams with favorite local band The Work. Poor kid worked too hard that day and took a nap in the green room. He awoke, startled, to see a spooky apparition. We couldn’t find the two ghostbusters to verify these stories, but the staff was convinced.

“He’d never met Herb,” she says, “but he described him to a T.”

How can anybody be sure it’s the iconoclastic Herb who haunts his old haunt?

“It could be Spindle Boy,” Plowman acknowledges, naming the 11-year-old child impaled on a textile machine at the turn of the last century and still roaming the old Mills Mill, The Handlebar’s original home. “It’s gotta be Herb, screwing with us.”

She’s right. Herb’s stories always screwed with people; you just never knew what was real. Is Herb? Stop by Stone Avenue and see for yourself.

Creative Bond

Some people and places seem to possess an almost tangible hospitality, an unnameable pull drawing others in. It’s the sort of thing that similes are made for: like moths to a flame, like flies to honey, whatever it is—creative powerhouses Teresa Roche and Barb Blair have it.

Let’s call it “welcome.” Stepping into Art & Light, the West Greenville art studio and gallery guided and curated by Roche, is akin to coming home: it’s familiar, it’s warm, it’s inviting. Such a place is built for gathering and sharing ideas and inspiration. Roche’s own paintings incorporate this same sense of storytelling: abstract images of laundry hanging to dry, design-focused color schemes, and layers of texture and line. Made for home.

One could find that same magnetic home-welcome in Knack Studio, former storefront for Blair: a space displaying her furniture designs and thoughtful home décor. It was more than a store, it was a place for gathering, for sharing ideas and inspiration. Her painted and restored furniture pieces are named, and seem to possess stories of their own, told with bold color, drawers lined with paper, knobs and finishes thoughtfully chosen. Made for home.

And at the nucleus of both are Teresa and Barb.

You’d think they met in the Village of West Greenville where their fingerprints are everywhere: doing their art thing, kindred creative spirits. But their currents converged long before either one would identify themselves as artists at all: wedding-dress shopping.

It’s true. “Barb and I met 29 years ago when she was shopping for her bridal gown [Teresa formerly owned a wedding boutique], and she was the most precious, delightful young lady. That history creates a foundation—although Barb and I are years apart in age, we were connected immediately by spirit.”

That connection and trust built over years is creative magic, as Barb agrees, “Collaboration comes naturally to both of us since it is something that we both find extremely important for growth and true creativity. Years of working together and with others creates a level of creative fluidity that gets better and better every time.”

And after a year or more of investing themselves elsewhere, it’s a year of comebacks for both.

“I didn’t have a show for myself last year,” Teresa confesses, “but I knew it was time. At the gallery, I looked over the 2019 calendar, and just picked a date. That same day, Barb called me and said she was itching to get back to work after stepping away for a while, and I said ‘Great timing!’”

Timing was essential for Barb. “Walking away was needed [her store, Knack, shuttered in 2016], but coming back to it is needed even more. The creative life never leaves us, and I’m thankful for the way creative work pushes me to think outside the box in a different and special way. Coming back to where my brain is on fire and my hands fidgety to use the muscle memory they know so well.”

Though painting and collage serve as her primary media, Teresa longed to tap deeper into her passion for interior design. “I love pattern-mixing, and wallpaper is a great way to start the mix: adding wallpaper and then pillows and upholstery in complimentary colors is a great way to dramatically change a space. I’ve always loved wallpaper of all kinds—torn and old paper in old homes and modern and fresh crisp new paper—I love it all and often use wallpaper scraps in my mixed-media pieces.”

Barb swears that wallpaper makes her a better artist. “I can’t illustrate or draw, per se, so wallpaper is an easy way for me to add so much more creative depth to my work.” Using decoupage techniques, Blair papers drawers, dresser tops, and door insets, creating visual interest to her “story pieces.” Not just painted furniture, these are works of art.

“My whole life, I have believed that two are better than one. Being an artist can be very lonely when you are completely away from other creatives. Collaboration breeds positive creativity.”

—Teresa Roche

 

After a ten-minute meeting over coffee “where we were finishing each other’s sentences,” the two settled on a show that will highlight Teresa’s bold wallpaper designs and Barb’s latest furniture collection. And it will also be a celebration of collaboration, a partnership more than two decades strong.

Teresa adds, “My whole life, I have believed that two are better than one. Being an artist can be very lonely when you are completely away from other creatives. I thrive working with others and would not ever want it to be any other way. Collaboration breeds positive creativity.”

The spring show is only the beginning. As the collaborative sparks continue to fly, they will mold and shape a home décor line created and curated alongside other Greenville textile and paper artists.

But for now, it’s a new season of creating for these two friends and forces of encouragement for the creative community of Greenville. If the Village of West Greenville’s foundation had a cornerstone, the names Teresa Roche and Barb Blair would be among the first to be chiseled. A foundation of warmth, welcome, and artful story pieces.

Visit Art & Light Gallery at 16 Aiken Street, Greenville, to view examples of work by Roche and Blair. The two artists plan to have a collaborative show in spring 2019. For more information, go to artandlightgallery.com.

Behind the Wheel

What do you get when a potter and a painter combine their exceptional and distinct talents? This may sound like the start of a corny riddle, but the answer is what artists Darin Gehrke and Glory Day Loflin set out to discover in their recent collaboration.

Gehrke crafts functional pottery in the form of mugs, bowls, teapots, and plates with an Asian sensibility for the user’s sensory experience of each piece. “I like to make quiet pots,” says the artist, who spent a year abroad in China. “What I do is a mashup of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The palette of glazes I’ve created over the years is also connected to those Asian cultures.”

Loflin, on the other hand, depicts her day-to-day surroundings on canvas in bold saturated colors and heavy black outlines. She merges patterns, rhythms, and colors in dynamic compositions with an appealing folk-art feel. “I’m interested in paper cutouts and silhouettes,” Loflin explains, “and I try to bring patterns together in creative ways.”

 The two artists met four years ago when Gehrke moved to Greenville from New York City and opened a studio in the Village of West Greenville next door to Joseph Bradley, for whom Loflin was working at the time. They got to know each other through Gehrke’s wife, Cherington Shucker, who is executive director of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts where Loflin was a Brandon Fellow.

When Chef Greg McPhee commissioned Gehrke to make all the dinnerware for The Anchorage restaurant, the potter hired Glory Day to help him, as she also has experience with clay. “I became a fan of her art,” Gehrke recalls, “and when I saw the marks Glory was making, I knew they would work on my pots. The looseness of her designs complements the tightness of the form.”

In summer 2017, they threw themselves into a new project, creating a series of ceramic platters, vases, and canisters blending Gehrke’s graceful forms and Loflin’s simply defined drawings. “I enjoy the simple underlying geometry of Darin’s work,” says the painter. “How color and form work together in his functional pieces to create something so beautiful.”

 

The two zeroed in on bird and floral motifs, experimenting with different glazes and underglazes. Each of the 35 porcelain and stoneware pieces the pair created was fired three times. After forming the pieces, Gehrke did the initial bisque firing; then Loflin hand-drew her crisp lines and the pottery was fired a second time. Loflin added 22k gold lustre accents before one last firing at a lower temperature. Included in this body of work were white stoneware pieces decorated with black crows, a motif Loflin has been developing in her paintings.

Having so successfully integrated their two art forms (they’ve sold all but a few pieces of the first batch), the duo is preparing to tackle another pottery series together, this time focusing on the black-and-white stoneware and pushing the images further. Expect the final products to be decidedly greater than the sum of their parts.

For more information, visit drgceramics.com or glorydayloflin.com

The Village Butcher

Eight years ago, well before the neighborhood’s renaissance as the Village of West Greenville, Jeremy Webb and his brother Zac were riding their bikes down Pendleton Street when they spied two adjoining empty storefronts. They talked about how cool it would be to own businesses side-by-side. In July, Webb realized his half of that daydream when he opened Revival Butchery in a co-op space on Pendleton Street that he shares with Naked Pasta.

Clad in a white butcher’s apron and a flat brown cap, the 35-year-old Greenvillian presides over a counter full of meat cuts he has created. “My business hones in on the artisan aspect of the job,” he says. “And my specialty is sausage-making.”

Photography by Paul Mehaffey

He offers some 30 different types of sausages, and is constantly adding more, shaped by his world travels and love of cooking. Some of Webb’s recipes have been verbally handed down; some are his own twists on traditional minced meats. Leek and Gruyère and coq au vin iterations were inspired by a two-year stint in France with his family when he was a boy. Thai fried garlic sausage, sparked by later visits to Thailand, is his current best seller. He even offers a vegan option.

At age 17, Webb landed his first job at the original Fresh Market on Pleasantburg Drive. There, he was assigned to the meat department—at his request—where he apprenticed with two senior butchers. “They were a wealth of knowledge, and I learned all I could from them,” recounts Webb. “Over time, I developed a passion for meat-cutting.”

He cleaves to pork and poultry from local farms as much as possible, though at the moment, most of his beef is conventional (owing to the smaller amount he has to buy). Even so, he strives for top-quality beef and unusual cuts such as a deckle wrapped in Benton’s bacon and rubbed with his own seasoning blend. “Although there are no new parts to a pig or a cow, there’s no limit to my creativity [in using them],” Webb notes.

Keeping that small-town interpersonal aspect to his butchery is key to Webb’s philosophy. Ask him how to prepare any of the sausages and you’re likely to get a good recipe for dinner. “I want something that stands the test of time,” he says. “It would be great to hand this business down to one of my kids.”

Revival Butchery, 1286 Pendleton St. (912) 777-8000, revivalbutchery.com

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