Resident Creatives

Join our community of resident creatives who call Mayfair Art Studio their creative home!

Nancy Corbin

Nancy Corbin

2-D Visual Artist

Nancy Corbin is an American contemporary painter. Born in Ohio, she moved to Spartanburg in 1976 and started a family, a teaching career, and a studio practice. After 40 years in fine arts coordination and visual arts teaching, Nancy now paints full-time. Using expressive color and figurative abstraction, her layered compositions connect to her passion for observing and celebrating the living of life.

LAF Ceramics

LAF Ceramics

Ceramicist

Leanne A. Flowers is a ceramic artist from Alabama’s Gulf Coast living in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After working in the kitchen design industry for several years, she discovered a curiosity for pottery. This new found passion led her to Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina to study ceramics. With clay as her new medium, she draws on experiences from her design career to create functional pieces to be used in everyday life. With a focus on durability, her wheel thrown pieces and handmade tiles are made from stoneware clay. The glaze color palette is a reflection of her interest in contemporary design and fascination with nature’s ever changing seasonal colors. These attributes, combined with her design aesthetic, create functional ware to be used for years to come.

Smitha Lee

Smitha Lee

Photographer/ Filmmaker

Smitha Lee has work in the film industry and media for 12 years. He has written 7 plays that have sold out on each occasion. His last original production Chocolate Cinderella which played at the Chapman Cultural Center in 2019 sold out every single show with 1000 in attendance. On the film aspect his films have been accepted to 25 different film festivals. In 2019 he won his first major category (Music Video of the Year) from the Carolina Film Festival. Between his marketing videos and production videos Smitha lee has received well over 3.8 million views between Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Smitha Lee filmmaker lives in USA (SC). He started out as a dancer and actor for various productions in SC. His love of storytelling brought him into film and photography.

VC Consulting

VC Consulting

Fashion Designer

Born and raised in the Upstate, Verhonda Craword still lives in her hometown of Chesnee,SC where she serves as a member of the city council. With a passion of Economic Development and entrepreneurship, she decided to take a leap of faith and decided to open a clothing boutique in Chesnee. She creates the best version of client’s custom attire that would not only fulfill their dreams, but flatter their personal brand. As a marketing professional, she understands the importance of branding through individuality and consistency.

Mary Lou Hightower

Mary Lou Hightower

2-D Visual Artist

At USC Upstate, Dr. Hightower teaches Fundamentals of 2D Design, Introduction of Crafts, Southern Folk Art History, Art Education Methods, and School Art Program. Besides her teaching responsibilities, she runs the FOCUS Gallery and coordinates the Visual Arts Program. Hightower’s artwork is in the watercolor media, incorporating textural materials, to create what she calls “watercolor patchwork,” the process she uses to unite watercolor media with the art of quilting.

Kris Neely

Kris Neely

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Kristofer M. Neely, a visual artist and creative writer, serves as Professor of Art and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Spartanburg Methodist College. Neely has grown the SMC Studio Art program to offer a full foundation of art program that is highly transferable to 4-year programs in art education, graphic design, and studio art. His goal is to increase the accessibility of quality studio art coursework for students who are from this region. Neely is also the owner and creative director of Wet Paint Syndrome.

Cr8tive By Design

Cr8tive By Design

Creative Director

Cr8tive By Design is led by Founder and Cr8tive Director, Jason Runkle. Jason’s professional background in the arts began in the live concert industry when he was only 14 years old. Touring for many years, he designed and operated lighting, ran audio and video, and managed production and tours for several artists. Taking the vast knowledge he gained in these varying industries, he saw a need for proper brand development and thus birthed Cr8tive By Design. Complete branding services to both corporate and individual clients include photography, videography, website and logo design, and event design and management from galas and banquets to live productions and festivals.

Abe Duenas

Abe Duenas

3-D Visual Artist

Abe Duenas has been honing his storytelling skills through various mediums. Duenas has also developed his passion as a filmmaker, photographer, painter and sculptor. His metalwork has been recognized internationally by NOMMA winning the Top Job award for his gates that hang at Cowpens National Battlefield. He recently participated in Lighten up Spartanburg Art Bulb project where his bulb was purchased by Duke Power and placed at their outdoor classroom.

Cat Judice

Cat Judice

Textile/ 2D Artist

Cathryn Judice is a textile designer based out of Spartanburg, SC. Her textile line includes printed yardage for upholstery, soft home goods, wallpaper and original artwork. Cat Judice patterns begin with hand drawn and painted images. Color is often a primary inspiration, and is what binds together her varied aesthetic. Cat Judice textiles aims to create beautiful textiles that will bring more color into your home. Mindfully designed and produced in the USA.

Ryan Ridgeway

Ryan Ridgeway

Musician

Ryan completed his Degree in Guitar Performance with a Minor in Audio Production and Recording Engineering from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. Upon graduation from Musician’s Institute, Ryan began his professional session guitarist career in the film industry and worked on over 10 major motion pictures and soundtracks, including Pirates of The Caribbean, Men in Black, and Dukes of Hazard. After moving to Nashville, TN, Ryan continued his career as a professional session/touring instrumentalist. He toured and recorded with a number of artists, including Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings, Uncle Kracker, 80’s recording artist Tiffany, Winona Judd, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Union Station, Craig Morgan, and Artist Robinson. The next four years provided over 1,200 tour dates with as many as 30 well known artists, and sessions in some of the world’s top recording studios. Ryan continues his work as a session guitarist/multi-instrumentalist from his studio, Ridgeway Studios, in Spartanburg SC. Ryan is a native of Grenville, SC and resides in Spartanburg, SC with his wife, Lindsey, and son, Nash.

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