The 3/50 Project: An Honest Acknowledgement

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The 3/50 Project
Saving the Brick and Mortars our Nation was Built On

3 Think about which three independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50 If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of the employed population did that.

68 For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

To learn more about this, in my personal opinion, genius concept, visit the official website at:

Credit for this blog is given to none other than two people who deserve much more credit than just that of this blog, of their endorsement of the 350 Project, but more of spreading the art movement throughout the Rock Hill and surrounding areas: Stephen Crotts and Tamara LaValla.

To read Tamara’s blog, visit:

But on to a similar subject…

Gallery UP  ( – Congrats on a two year “birthday”!

Despite it’s exciting 2 year mark, I propose that Gallery UP be the third name on Tamara’s list, especially since she is so modest as to not name it herself. It deserves just as much credit as any other business trying to make it in the area, especially at the rate that businesses are dropping. It’s a huge accomplishment to make it this far, and as much luck as I can bestow on the it’s future.

Not aware of what Gallery UP is? Not sure what they offer? Why go?! Perhaps you should indulge yourself in a video!  Gallery UP

Or if videos just aren’t your thing, read the article from a past Johnsonian article below:

A new craze is hitting downtown Rock Hill. The Tom S. Getty’s Center is now the site of Gallery Up, a premier art gallery. Artwork ranges from drawings, to paintings, to sculpture. The gallery hosts a frame shop to offer a distinct level of artwork preservation after purchase.

“We wanted to give artists a place to display their art professionally” says Tamara Lavalla, co-owner of Lavalla-Maddox Art and Design and Gallery Up.

Gallery Up is unique in its ties to the Winthrop community. Co-Directors Stephanie Jordan and Alfred McCloud, Winthrop fine arts graduates, both boast impressive resumes post-graduation. Together, they inspire current Winthrop hopefuls to follow in their footsteps towards artistic success.

“We aim to make the high quality work found in a formal gallery setting more accessible by creating this space in which people can buy original artwork in the low range of $20 to $500. We hope the Gallery Up store inspires people to buy handmade, original art items as well as lead the way to easily find Winthrop alumni, faculty, and student artwork,” said Gallery Up Co-Director Stephanie Jordan.

Local artists are encouraged to submit artistic works to the gallery. A high emphasis is placed on student works that display a higher degree of skill and knowledge. The gallery hosts Winthrop’s Silent Art Auction each year for those accomplished students who wish to display and profit from their efforts.

“Gallery Up is concentrated solely on the quality of art. They are extremely supportive of Winthrop artists and strongly encourage them to step into the gallery scene,” says Jessica Johnson, a senior art major at Winthrop.

Professor Marge Moody is just one Winthrop-based artist displaying works at Gallery Up. Moody, a current professor, is highly respected in the community as an exceptionally talented artist. Her published artwork portfolio can be purchased at Gallery Up.

More than just for Winthrop students and local artists throughout the Rock Hill area, the gallery is expected to be a unique addition to the growing downtown scene. People are encouraged to visit the gallery downtown for art, instead of traveling to Charlotte. Gallery Up hopes to open up a new venue for artists not only in Rock Hill, but across the Midwest.

Gallery Up is located at 201 E. Main on the second floor. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 to 5 and every second and fourth Saturday from 11 to 3. Gallery crawls are to be held Thursday and Friday nights.

Upcoming Event of Interest: Senior Photo Show and Art Auction (see blog below for photo show details)


1 Comment»

  Cinda Baxter, The 3/50 Project wrote @

Thanks for the terrific shout out! Every voice counts, after all…..

Here’s to big things ahead for all the little guys out there,

Cinda Baxter
The 3/50 Project

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