Upstairs Artspace is a non-profit contemporary art gallery located in downtown Tryon. The gallery was founded in 1978 in the “upstairs” bedroom of a local artist, Craig Pleasants. Today, it’s located in a 3,000 square foot building with a main floor and lower level. The gallery’s mission is to offer a professional space for artists to exhibit their work as well as a space where the public can view or purchase work and learn more about art. Many of the artists exhibited here are established in their careers, but the Upstairs Artspace also seeks out emerging artists who have a fresh innovative approach to creating art.
The Upstairs Artspace has three exhibition areas that display simultaneous exhibits showcasing contemporary work created by living artists of the region and outlying areas. The Upstairs Artspace has ongoing exhibits that change about every six weeks. Throughout the year it exhibits painting, works on paper, sculpture, and craft items such as ceramics, glass, and functional artworks by leading artists.
Work is for sale and exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Most exhibits have an open evening after hours when visitors can meet the artists. Upstairs Artspace also delivers online programs that provide education in the arts as part of its mission.