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MAIN ST. BRIDGE • 24 inches by 30 inches • Framed Original Oil Painting ©2011 Marie Scott

On Saturday, July 20th, my framed original oil painting called “Main St. Bridge” will be up for silent auction at the “Arts Alive Celebration” — a fundraiser for the newly formed Travelers Rest Artist Alliance.  To show my confidence and support of this  organization, I am donating my largest original oil painting to date. Don’t miss the chance to Support the Arts AND be the proud owner of one of my most popular pieces.

If you can’t make the event, but want to bid, I will bid for you! E-mail me your name and highest price you are willing to pay, by 10am on Friday, July 19 at The painting retails for $900, but I am not sure what the starting bid will be.

Below is the article talking about the event…

“Arts Alive”, a fundraiser for the Travelers Rest Artists Alliance (TRAA), will be held at Hotel Domestique on Saturday, July 20. The public is invited to support the local arts community while getting a first glimpse of the newly and extensively renovated boutique hotel.

The evening event will celebrate the artists, makers, and performers who represent the cultural fiber of Travelers Rest and the surrounding area. Live visual and performing arts demonstrations, local musicians, and cuisine provided by nearby food artisans and restaurants will provide attendees with an enjoyable and lively arts experience.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor our local arts culture.” said Debbie Wilson, founding board member of TRAA. “We can’t think of a better way to introduce Upstate residents to our organization then to bring them face to face with the wonderful arts community that they will be supporting.”

The venue for the Arts Alive event, Hotel Domestique, is owned by Rich Hincapie and his brother George, a 17-times rider of the Tour de France and retired professional cyclist. Their 13-room property, the former La Bastide at The Cliffs hotel, is surrounded by 29 acres of gardens, courtyards and vineyards and has scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Hotel Domestique plans to officially open in August, specifically welcoming guests seeking an active getaway, such as cyclists, triathletes, walkers and runners.

“It’s my pleasure to support the Travelers Rest Artists Alliance,” said Rich Hincapie. “I believe in supporting the arts, and with the recent renovation of Hotel Domestique and our focus on the Travelers Rest community, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to show our support.”

In addition to enjoying an evening of art and entertainment, Arts Alive attendees and TRAA members will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items including a watercolor painting from a local artist, Sunday breakfast for two at The Café at William’s Hardware, stained glass work, hand crafted jewelry, couture fashion and many more donations from local artists and businesses.

“We are thrilled that the Hincapies have so generously offered Hotel Domestique for our first fundraiser”, said Beth Sicignano, Managing Director of TRAA. “This is the perfect setting for Arts Alive. Proceeds from this event will enable us to fund our 501(c)(3) application so we can continue to build quality art events, education and programs into our community.”

Tickets for the 7:00 – 10:00 pm Arts Alive event can be purchased in advance for $35 per person and $60 per couple or $40 per person the night of the event. For more information, call 864.607.6233 or visit

The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance is a multidisciplinary arts organization whose mission is to develop, promote and maintain quality programs and events that foster the arts and encourage community participation through collaboration with artists, local businesses, city organizers, and other private/public groups.

A volunteer committee from TRAA is organizing the event. Kristin LaRoy serves as the event chair and co-chairs are Fay Choban, Debbie Wilson, April Morris, Peter Godfrey and Sarah Godfrey.

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