Millscapes Works by Chris Evans

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County presents Millscapes, works by Chris Evans in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. The exhibit opens on September 15, 2017, and runs through October 29, 2017, with a free, public reception on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Throughout her work in Millscapes, Chris Evans explores the gradual decline of mill towns and their transformation into bustling, modern communities that weave the past with the present and future. This project consists of a series of paintings, created as a contemporary, visual reconnaissance of Southern textile culture. The artwork celebrates the era's industrialized urban and rural landscapes, as well as historic cotton fabrics. The paintings serve as a public valuation and tribute to important, creative resources found within the southern region. Millscapes provides local and visible evidence of the power of past artisans and artists to inspire today's creative communities.

Millscapes was developed during an exploration of Rock Hill, SC's Cotton Factory. Through the generosity of Springs Creative, Evans was given the opportunity to study the 350,000 cotton swatches housed in their archives. Having such intimate, hands-on access to these vivid 19th century fabrics was a moving experience for her. She recognized the invaluable legacy the mill workers had provided to us by their timeless designs and craftsmanship. This discovery resulted in her decision to celebrate and revive their legacy with this series.

Chris Evans is currently working towards a Masters of Fine Art at Winthrop University. Her work, "Rock Hill Nights" was selected as a winner of the Charlotte Art and Science Council's "ArtPop 2016" public billboard competition. Additionally, "Town and County Nights" exhibited at 2016's Artfields in Lake City, SC.


On Friday, October 13, the Arts Council hosts an Arts Talk Luncheon with artist, Chris Evans, and historian, Wade Fairey at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from 11 AM – 2PM. The Arts Council will provide box lunches for participants. After lunch, Chris Evans will take an in-depth look at her works of art. Immediately following, Wade Fairey, founding partner of Roots & Recall and former Executive Director of Historic Rock Hill and Historic Brattonsville, will explore the history of our old mill town with a presentation at the Center for the Arts, followed by a walk through Old Town Rock Hill. Tickets to the Arts Talk Luncheon are $15, and must be purchased by 5 PM on Tuesday, October 11.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in Old Town Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, every second and fourth Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, and every second and fourth Sunday from 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibits at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s - a Retailer of Fine Wines, Craft Beers, and Spirits.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.