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Work by Michael Brodeur and Keith Spencer
Featured in Museum’s Summer Showcases

 The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting two new exhibitions beginning June 28, 2014. Please join us to view, “Michael Brodeur: Looking Back, Looking Forward” and “Keith Spencer: Recent Work”. Both exhibitions will continue through August 14, 2014


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Looking Back, Looking Forward: the work of Michael Brodeur

   Michael Brodeur is Associate Professor in studio art at Furman University, Greenville SC. Born in Claremont, New Hampshire, Brodeur has called Greenville his home for the past fifteen years. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in art, he went on to earn his M.F.A. in painting & drawing from Boston University where he studied with Philip Guston.

   When asked about this exhibition which represents his work during the past fifteen years in Greenville, Brodeur said, “At first glance my work is about many things: exacting formal balance, quality of edge, light, space and form, subtle surface and color, or abstraction through selective editing of shape, texture and detail. Although these surface readings are valid, collectively they create a poetic clarity through which metaphysical events occur: a tense “dialogue” between two objects placed precisely on a table, a mysterious meeting at edge of shadow and light, and the resounding silence of solitude.”

   He continued, “In particular, my work is a personal narrative. Each painting, every drawing is an autobiographical recounting. They all speak to relationship, either one with self or with others.”

   Mr. Brodeur has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows including Contemporary Conversations, Works curated from the South Carolina Art Collection (Eleanor Heartney, curator), 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC, From America, Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk Belarus, Mostra, Cortona Italy, The South Carolina Triennial 2001, From the Studio at the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Hortt Annual at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Greater Midwest International Exhibition XX at Central Missouri State University and the 2nd International Painting Exhibition Competition, Lessedra Gallery in Sofia Bulgaria. His work has appeared twice in New American Paintings, editions #58 and #100.

   Among the public institutions that hold his work are The Emrys Foundation, Greenville SC, Columbia College in Columbia SC, LaMar Dodd Art Center at LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA, the South Carolina Arts Commission, The South Carolina State Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art. His work is also in many private collections. He is a 1997 recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Mr. Brodeur’s teaching credits include Chair of the Foundations Program at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, MA and faculty at Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, FL. He moved to Greenville in 1999 to create and chair the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.


Michael Brodeur, “Every Boys Dream” (dedicated to Ennis del Mar), oil on canvas, 2006, 48x36 inches

Michael Brodeur, “Portrait of Oscar Wilde”, oil with collage on canvas, 2010, 28x28 inches

Michael Brodeur, “Warm Embrace”, alkyd on wood panel, 2010, 5x8 inches

To learn more about Brodeur or to see additional work please visit Furman University’s photo sets at
or by joining us for this exhibition.


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Recent Paintings by Keith Spencer


    An exceptional use of color and direct brushwork combine in the artwork of Western North Carolina artist Keith Spencer. He has been described as “both an expressive painter and a true colorist” by William Kortlander, Professor of Art at Ohio State University. There is a boldness to his creativity and the works are full of life and energy. The result is a striking range of both figurative and landscape paintings that can be found in galleries and collections throughout the United States and Europe. His landscapes are frequently done in the alla prima tradition (one sitting) and will often include the mountainous upstate, where he now lives, as well as the low country surrounding Charleston. Likewise, much of his figurative work is done directly from life, and ranges from abstract nudes to the painterly realism of his work from the Artist Ride in South Dakota. Having managed a cattle-horse farm, for the first twelve years of his career, Keith’s own horses are frequently found in his paintings.

   When asked about his work Spencer said, "A big part of the creative process for me is continuing to grow and experiment. This latest body of work is very much in that vein. Using mainly local landscapes as inspiration and subject matter, many of these paintings are the result of asking myself, ‘What if I try...” The unifying concept in my work is an effort to present the viewer with a sense of the feeling of a place. Why does one place feel different than another, even though they may be similar? Rather than rendering the details of the elements in a landscape, I try to reduce it to elemental shapes and colors. In that way the work becomes as much about the paint as the subject."

   He continued, “What makes something unique has always interested me. I think at some level, I am trying to reveal that uniqueness through painting. When I see something it's kind of like either happens or it doesn't."

   Keith is included in the 2011 book by Edward Emory and Stephen Stinson called “Artists Among Us -100 Faces of Art in Spartanburg”. Articles about him and his work have been written in Bold Life Magazine, The Laurel of Asheville Magazine, Berry Magazine, Greenville News Arts section, Spartanburg Herald Arts section, Landrum News Leader and the Tryon Daily Bulletin. He has been in two television productions on the ETV art show called Impressions. He does an average of 3-4 exhibitions a year and donates work regularly to various Environmental and Humanity Groups. He has had solo exhibitions at both The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg and Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, as well as a group show at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Keith is currently represented by The Raiford Gallery in Roswell, GA, The Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard, NC, and the Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, SC.

To learn more about Spencer join us for this exhibition.


Keith Spencer, “Creekside”, oil on canvas, 2014, 24 x 36 inches

Keith Spencer, “Trout Stream”, oil on canvas, 2014, 24 x 36 inches


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“Michael Brodeur: Looking Back, Looking Forward” and “Keith Spencer: Recent Works” are  
sponsored in part by
South Carolina Bank & Trust,
Pickens Savings & Loan
Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens.
The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963.







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Upcoming Events at the Museum
The Pickens County Cultural Commission meets at 6:00 p.m.
on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Museum.













Exhibition Includes
Jun 28–Aug 14:
“Michael Brodeur: Looking Back, Looking Forward” - Highlighting 15-years of the artist’s work since arriving to Greenville.

“Keith Spencer: Recent Works” - Featuring new landscape paintings

Highlights from the Pickens County Museum’s Collection
Sept 6–Nov 13: “Polly Gaillard: Framing Family” – a photo series by the Greenville Artist

“The World of Readers: The Tom Johnson Art Collection”

“The subject is reading” - Highlights from the Pickens County Collection
Dec 6–Feb 5: Sydney Cross: Printmaking

Works by Greg & Paul Flint


 Museum Programs


More Announcements Coming Soon



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The Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center
138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens SC 29671
(864) 898-2936

The Hagood Mill is pleased to continue our 2014 “MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS”. One and all are invited to join us at the historic Hagood Mill on the third Saturdays of every month for a day of MILLING, MUSIC & MEMORIES AT THE HISTORIC HAGOOD MILL, including tours, concerts, demonstrations, living history presentations and seasonal thematic activities. Upcoming events include:


Jul 19: Hagood Mill’s Ol’ Summertime Medicine Show
Aug 16: Hagood Mill’s Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue
Sept 20: Pickens County’s Eighteenth Annual Ole Time Fiddler’s Convention with the Third Annual South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – 10:00 – 4:00 Outdoor Stage: Competition and prizes for old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, stringband and open categories. Winner of fiddle competition crowned South Carolina State Champion
Oct 18: Thirteenth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival
Nov 15:        Selugadu VIII: A Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill
Dec 20: Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill

The Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00, to tour the buildings and grounds. 

For additional information please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or the Pickens County Department of Tourism Development at (864) 898-5585.