Congratulations to all the incredibly talented students that have participated in Showcase of Excellence this year! With 10 high schools submitted over 120 works, we were blown away by the skill and creativity of local students.

3 special awards were given after the competition.

James Deloach of Chapman High School won the special Facebook Award, getting the most votes online for “Self Portrait”.

Kaylie Thornton from Boiling Springs High School took the Students Choice Award for “Angry Bug”, as voted on by her peers.

Kevin Young of Chapman High School was awarded the People’s Choice, with visitors to the Gallery casting votes throughout the show for “3 1/2 Chickens”.

We wish these young artists and their teachers all the best as they continue to explore the visual arts.

Be sure to join us for next year’s Showcase of Excellence!

After 26 years with Tryon Fine Arts Center, we have the difficult job of saying goodbye to Technical Director Jimm Brink as he goes on to pursue new opportunities.

Jimm and this building have seen many faces come and go: boards, affiliates, renters, audiences, students, musicians, artists, staff, and the list goes on.

TFAC has gone through many changes in this time and Jimm’s been right there growing and refining with it.

I personally have enjoyed the time we worked together for the youth productions. I’ve always known that whatever crazy concepts I’d come up with, he would find a way to not just make it happen, but to make it shine.

Now it’s time for Jimm to move forward on a new path — one he can move on with confidence, with skills, knowledge and understanding that he’s gathered here.

These snapshots from the farewell reception are just a few of the people who wish Jimm and his family all the best.

Jimm Brink, please know that you’ve left TFAC with a reputation for excellent entertainment production made possible through your curiosity, willingness to learn and your intention to give the artists and the audiences what they want. The community thanks you for 26 years, and best of luck in this exciting new phase of your life!

~Marianne & TFAC’s Staff, Board & Volunteers

Check out this article on arts integration from the Washington Post, making the rounds on social media.
Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working

Arts integration is gaining national attention as an effective way of teaching a variety of disciplines. TFAC supports arts integration in local classrooms as a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education team member, and through Be Inspired Grants (BIG).

Each year, teachers in Polk County and Spartanburg School District 1 are invited to apply for the BIG program, to fund arts-related projects. Often, the funding for these projects would come from teachers own pockets without BIG. The creativity unleashed is astounding!

Our most recent project comes from Polk Central Kindergarten teacher Sarah Bennett. Her young students participated in an artist’s study with author Jan Brett and potter Bennet Bean.

Check out photos of the proud artists below, and be sure to share with any local educators who want to see arts integration make a difference in their own classrooms.

Polk County students are bringing poems to life through their participation in Poetry Out Loud. The national Poetry Out Loud organization invites students to recite poems of their choosing in a series of competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels.

TFAC has partnered with Lanier Library and the Polk County Early College to help guide students in their first year of participation. English teacher Ms. Wright, district coordinator for Poetry Out Loud has done a great job of encouraging the students as they select and practice their poems.

The students-from 9th through 12th grade-fought their nerves and did a great job in the classroom-level competitions. Now, it’s on to the school wide competition!

Learn more about TFAC’s Arts in Education initiatives.

Thanks to the generous support of TFAC and TCA donors, we were able to purchase a stunning new Steinway Concert D Grand Piano for the Veh Stage. Its predecessor was a part of the community since the 1960s, and we look forward to hearing this instrument for decades to come.

We sent the old piano off to its new home with an anonymous buyer in style with a “Goodbye” concert, and welcomed the new with a “Hello” concert.

See pictures from both events on our Facebook page.

It’s no secret that Polk County is home to many retirees. While they are wonderful members of the community, there are also plenty of young, working professionals and residents. TFAC is working to make it a little easier for us to get to know each other with a Young Professional’s group.

We had a blast at the preliminary meet & greet in late August. As the group moves forward, we welcome your input. Please complete the brief survey and share your thoughts.

Anyone who lives, works, or plays in Polk County, Landrum, Hendersonville, or Rutherfordton is welcome to join us!

The annual Summer Theater Camp is a beloved Tryon tradition. Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Fine Arts Center come together to help local kids put on a full production with lights, costumes, and crazy characters-in just one week!

The magic happens this week, July 24-28, but the production team has already been hard at work. Staff and volunteers from TFAC and TLT are making plans to put on the best show possible and instill a love of theater in budding stars.

From left to right, pictured staff include Grace Ingham, Jody McPherson, Kate Reidy, Jamie Reidy, Maggie Reidy, Lindsey Moore, Marianne Carruth, and Lily Nelson.

The 2017 Summer Theater Camp production Action News will be presented to the community on Saturday, July 29 at 10am. Friends, family, and our neighbors are invited to join us for this free show!

Tryon Fine Arts Center is proud to announce a sensational line-up for the 2017-2018 Main Stage Series. The season includes performances from the Kruger Brothers, Ranky Tanky, Shana Tucker, Goitse, and Edwin McCain.

Season tickets will be available to the public for either all five performances or the patron’s choice of three show on July 5th. Individual tickets go on sale on August 5th. All performances will be at 8pm on the Veh Stage.

Bluegrass powerhouse The Kruger Brothers kick off the series with their iconic fusion of American tunes and classical sensibilities on Friday, September 15, 2017.

“The Kruger Brothers are one of our most-requested performers; we’re so happy to have them back in Tryon,” said TFAC Executive Director Marianne Carruth.

The series continues on Friday, November 3, 2017 with Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky. Taking their name from the Gullah phrase meaning “work it” or “get down,” Ranky Tanky transforms the hymns, party anthems and children’s songs of the islands into infectiously rocking numbers.

Shana Tucker takes the stage on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Tucker’s signature ChamberSoul style combines classical cello and jazz training with ‘80s pop and rhythm and blues vocals for a performances that is soulful, intimate, and peerless.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, TFAC welcome Goitse to the Veh Stage on Friday, March 9, 2018. Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Goitse’s young members perform lively, authentic Celtic tunes that are “brimming with energy and creative zeal,” according to Irish Music Magazine.

The 2017-2018 Main Stage Series wraps up closer to home with Edwin McCain on Saturday, April 21, 2018. A native of Greenville, SC, McCain has gained international pop stardom and been called “the great American romantic” by the New York Times.

“In choosing the Main Stage Series, we listen carefully to what the community is saying,” says Michelle Fleming, Manager of Marketing for TFAC. “It’s a fine line between bringing beloved, favorite performers and expanding our region’s artistic offerings with high caliber performers who are new to our audience. I think the lineup for this series offers truly unique artists.”

The 2016-2017 Main Stage Series joins a range of new and existing programming, including film screenings, the Stage Door Series of intimate backstage performances, arts in education opportunities, and the new Something Different Series that will present unique and unexpected performances for families.

The UNITY Project is well underway! This exciting new initiative-led by John Wilkins and a team of community volunteers-is supported by a Polk County Community Foundation Free Events Grant.

We’ve already hosted a number of sessions (with more to come) that let professional artists and community members unleash their creativity to create a multimedia collage and define what “unity” means to them.

If you’d like to join us, there’s still time to sign up for the final session on April 8th at Landrum Library.

 Work is underway on the 3 large panels for professional artists.

 Raleigh-based artist Eric McRay leads a workshop in the creation of multi-media collages.


 Local students learn about the art of collage from McRay, and then try their hand at creating their own.

As a member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Team SC1996, TFAC works to facilitate professional development opportunities in the arts. As part of this commitment, we recently presented a workshop on shadow puppets with Teaching Artist Hobey Ford at Polk County Schools’ Professional Development Day. Teachers from across the county received hands-on instruction in integrating shadow puppetry into their classroom. Thank you to Main Street Financial for sponsoring this fun opportunity!