Thursday, July 2, 2009

Board Member volunteers while Executive Director is on Maternity Leave

Board Member Mike Seagle is volunteering while Executive Director Angelique Ruff Smith is on Maternity Leave for 12 weeks, starting July 1, 2009.

Friday, June 19, 2009


All items in the Artisan Center are now on sale for 20% off!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CFAC mentioned in 2010 Rand McNally Atlas!

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is mentioned in the new 2010 Rand McNally Atlas! We are included with a number of other great places to visit along a road trip that Rand McNally folks mapped out that goes from Rock Hill to Greenwood.

Being mentioned in the Atlas is a big deal to us because this is a NATION-WIDE publication!

Here is a link to the press release page sent out by Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Angelique to judge art show at CAVA in Gaffney

On Saturday May 16, Angelique Ruff Smith will judge the student and professional artwork entries at the CAVA Gallery in Gaffney, SC.

The CAVA Gallery and Visitors' Center is on the corner of Limetone Street and Dr. L. M. Rosemond Lane.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

CFAC Displays Artwork at New Restaurant

Chelsea's on Main, a new restaurant in Chesnee, is displaying pieces of artwork from Carolina Foothills Artisan Center.

Chelsea's opens for business on Tuesday May 19, 2009 and will be open for lunch from 11 - 2.

It is located at 310 S. Alabama Avenue (which is the main street) Chesnee, SC 29323

Sad News to Share

I had a phone call today (May 14, 2009) from one of our artists, Fred Mead, and he told me that his wife has passed away. They are having visitation at McMahan Funeral Home in Rutherfordton, NC on Friday (May 15) evening from 6-8 p.m. and the services are on Saturday morning (May 16) at 11:00 at the same funeral home.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Fred and his family.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

First Annual Charity Golf Tournament

(To see flyer more clearly, click on the image)

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center's First Annual Charity Golf tournament is to be held at Woodfin Ridge Golf course in Boiling Springs, SC on Tuesday June 23, 2009. Practice starts at 11:00 a.m. and tee off is at 1:00 p.m. Format is Four-person team, Captain's Choice. Price is $150 per person or $400 per team.

For more information, call 864-594-5024
To make your reservations, call 864-461-3050

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Fling Art Show in Spartanburg

Folk & Outsider Artists are invited to participate in the Spring Fling in Spartanburg. Interested people can register at under the Folk & Outsider Art registration form, or you can email Cindy Shurbutt at or you can call her at 864-596-2797.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Special Holiday Hours

In Observance of Easter, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center will close on Friday April 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. We will be closed Saturday April 11, 2009.
We hope you all have a Blessed Easter holiday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

COLORS art program at CFAC

In partnership with Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Workforce Investment Board and ACHIEVE of Spartanburg County, Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is very proud to host the COLORS art studio program here at CFAC.

The ACHIEVE program offers instruction to non-traditional students who are in training to receive their G.E.D. This partnership allows those students to now have access to art training by professional artists, using professional supplies.

We here at CFAC hope that this initial program opens doors to offer even more COLORS training available to all of the students in the Chesnee area.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Information on Summer and Fall Art Festivals & Contests

We've received applications from two different art contest/festivals. One is an international contest in France, one is a Fall Festival in Young Harris, GA.

I've put links on our website to each of the contests/festivals. The link to our website is:

I did notice that the website for Young Harris, GA was very nice and that they have lots of other festivals and events all during the year. It made me wonder what it's like living in that part of the country!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Private Guitar lessons offered at CFAC

Beginning in March 2009, Hometown Music Studios will be offering private guitar lessons in conjunction with Carolina Foothills Artisan Center. The lessons will be held in our classroom space downstairs. Parking and entrance are in the rear of the building which is accessed from Alabama Avenue (Hwy 221).
Classes are taught by Doug Wood, a seven-year student of Joe Bennett of "The Sparkletones". His teaching style consists of
  • basic guitar theory including the basic anatomyof a guitar and finger exercises for strength
  • using the genre of music the student is interested in,
  • "lifting" which is a technique used to immediately play a song never heard before
  • developing the ability to play without reading music
  • most importantly, the ability to improvise and develop an individual style for each student

Class information:

  • Lessons are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
  • Classes are given once a week for 30 minutes per lesson.
  • Classes are $15 per session and full payment ($60) is due for the entire month at the first lesson of each month. There are no exceptions to this rule.

For more information, or to sign up for classes, call Doug Wood at 864-415-3738

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Operating Hours

I know it's going to sound like a broken record, but due to the downturn in the economy we are forced to close 2.5 days a week.

Starting on February 9, 2009 our operating hours will be:

Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - open 10-2
Thursday - 10:00 - 5:30
Friday- 10:00 - 5:30
Saturday - 10:00 - 3:00
These will be our operating hours until further notice.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Supporting member and Benefactor Membership campaign

Our very first Membership campaign kicked off in October and to date we have had seven Platinum members at the $150.00 level. These members receive a limited-edition, signed and numbered print by Robert Wilson Sr. and Robert Wilson, Jr. along with receiving the quarterly newsletter and a 10% discount on all purchases at CFAC for one year, and invitations to private events for members.

The other levels of membership are:
Silver $25
Titanium $ 50
Gold $ 75

With all levels, members receive the quarterly newsletter and a membership sticker. Each level adds benefits of membership.

If you would like to become a supporting member and benefactor of Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, the membership form can be found at the Artisan Center at the check-out counter or one can be mailed to you with a request made by email, US mail or phone. Our contact info can be found on this blog or on our website:

New Artist application deadline Jan. 30, 2009

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center holds our application process twice a year, and the next deadline is coming up at the end of this month. The application, rules and regulations can be found on our website, or through this link: