On any given day, Artists Collective | Spartanburg has hundreds of locally made works of art in its three-story building, everything from inexpensive handmade bookmarks to award-winning sculptures worth thousands of dollars — nearly all of it for sale. But COVID-19 has changed the making and selling of art. People are sheltering in place, not going to galleries, not buying art. Artists, too, are sheltering in place, making more art than normal. As a result there’s a glut in the market, and the Collective has more art than it has room for.
To stimulate sales and make way for new art, the Collective will have an “Art Warehouse Sale” in February 2021. Patrons can expect to see select items marked down by as much as 50 percent in Galleries II and III on the main floor. (They can also see the exhibition The Art of Survival, a collective of art that was created during the pandemic by various artists. It is being held over through the end of February in the Solomon Gallery.)
The sale will start Tuesday, Feb. 2, and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 27. The work can be seen Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no entrance fee, however, everyone must abide by safety guidelines set forth to stop the COVID pandemic, including the use of facemasks and staying socially distant from each other.