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Upstairs Artspace Welcomes Lowcountry Artists for Spring Shows

Woodblock, "Tea Party "by Mary Walker.

Tryon – Upstairs Artspace, nestled in the quaint town of Tryon, N.C., is gearing up for a unique spring lineup featuring three talented artists hailing from South Carolina’s picturesque Lowcountry. The gallery is thrilled to showcase the works of Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, and Mary Walker in a series of captivating exhibitions that promise to enchant art enthusiasts of all ages. The official unveiling will take place during an opening reception on April 6, from 5-7 pm, inviting the public to immerse themselves in a world of creativity and inspiration.

Lynne Riding, with her thought-provoking collection titled “Concerning Being,” invites viewers on a journey through abstract realms exploring themes of impermanence, shifting perspectives, and resilience. Drawing from her surroundings and personal experiences, Riding’s pieces serve as poignant metaphors, urging observers to delve deeper into the subtle nuances of existence.

In a striking juxtaposition of past and present, Kristi Ryba’s exhibition, “Like an Epiphany,” captivates audiences with a unique portrayal of contemporary political figures through the lens of Renaissance art. Utilizing traditional techniques such as gouache and egg tempera on vellum, Ryba masterfully transforms familiar faces into regal entities, prompting viewers to ponder the timeless nature of power and authority.

Returning to her roots in Tryon, N.C., Mary Walker brings to life the whimsical world of “Scenes from Alice in Wonderland” through captivating black and white woodcut prints. Inspired by a childhood encounter that ignited her imagination, Walker’s evocative depictions of Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder, inviting viewers to rediscover the magic of storytelling.

From March 30 to May 24, 2024, visitors can experience these captivating exhibitions at Upstairs Artspace, open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5 pm. For those eager to explore the intersection of art and imagination, this spring showcase promises an unforgettable journey into the boundless realms of creativity. For more information, including gallery hours and contact details, please visit or call 828-859-2828. Don’t miss your chance to be inspired by the talent and vision of these remarkable Lowcountry artists.