From it’s humble beginning as a group of area artists who wanted to support each other, to establishing a fund to build a Fine Arts Center, to forming an organization with 38 members that became Tryon Painters and Sculptors, to where we are today…..53 years old with 200 members operating an arts organization out of a building we own.
This growth has involved a lot of changes, but the passion remains the same and our mission of providing members with opportunities and resources for artistic growth has not waned. In addition to serving, the members of Tryon Painters and Sculptors seek to engage the greater Foothills Community in promoting visual art.
When our building was purchased in 2014 it was like birthing a newborn. How do we nurture and share this dream? TPS now enjoys a beautiful and spacious gallery and gift shop full of member’s artistic endeavors. New shows are held regularly with opening receptions for the public to socialize, browse and experience the gallery. Our artists have an opportunity to network with each other and with local patrons of the arts.
Artists thrive in this supportive network and downstairs the 2-D and 3-D studios are busy with classes and workshops to nurture artists from beginners to the highly acclaimed.
But TPS will not stop here. We continue to accept new members, show the work of guest and member artists, allow our members to sell their work, plan new and exciting classes and workshops for members and the community and be creative in our future prospects.
We greatly appreciate the help of the Polk County Foundation and our current sponsors, as well as individual donors; we could not continue to grow as we have without them. Our sincere gratitude to those who express their financial support.
Nancy Holland, President, Tryon Painters and Sculptors