Board of Directors
Jerry Perry, President
Several years ago, Jerry Perry, a retired textile executive, moved to Tryon with his wife Becky to enjoy their retirement in a community with a rich history in arts & crafts. After discovering Tryon Arts & Crafts School Jerry became a member and a hand-built pottery student. His enthusiasm for TACS led to board membership, a term as VP, and then election to his current position as Co-President. In addition to serving on the TACS board, Jerry has served on the Tryon Zoning & Planning board, Tryon ABC board, Tryon Country Club board, and was Chairman of the Polk County American Red Cross board. In addition to his pottery, Jerry is an avid golfer and loves to make abstract watercolor paintings.
Gail Muir, President
Gail is a member of Tryon Arts & Craft. She has been the Co-President since January 2013. Gail has been involved in the arts of fabric manipulation. Gail creates wearable art by mixing and working with recycled fabric. She loves sewing. Gail is a previous President of The Upstairs Gallery and is a former member of the Tryon Garden Club Board of Directors.
Sally Hursey, Secretary
Since retiring from a career in education in 2012, I have become more involved in the arts and crafts community. My involvement with Tryon Arts and Crafts thus far has been through taking classes, volunteering, selling my handmade soaps in the gift shop, and participating in Celebrate the Arts and the holiday gift shows. In 2014 I taught natural soap making. I came on the Board of Tryon Arts and Crafts in 2015 and serve as secretary and chair of the Education Committee.
In 2005 I took my first class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Since then I have taken sixteen different classes. Over the ten years of taking classes, I discovered two of my passions: soap making and book and paper arts. I have taken four classes in soap making, and I have taken seven classes in book and paper arts including two on marbling. The other classes I took ranged from making bird houses to enameling jewelry to writing for children. I love learning new things and applying my creative skills.
Jerry Pospisil, Treasurer
I have been actively involved in arts and crafts through my earlier school years and later through college courses. Key areas of study included graphic arts, wood turning, copper enameling and drawing as I worked towards a degree in Landscape Architecture. My business career took a different direction than my college studies when I started working with the Disney organization in 1964 as a part time job while attending college. I later was able to experience many areas within the company during my 31 years career. They included areas of design, construction, resorts operations, restaurants, theme parks and recreational facilities. During my weekends, holidays and vacations I started to work at home with metal sculptures, wood turning and stained glass by designing and making kitchen windows for our new home. Basically a self-taught artist, I continued to work with Stained Glass for a few years until Disney demanded most of my time. After retiring (2001) I started to design and install custom windows for local homes and businesses. In the past ten years I have transitioned into the area of hot glass. This includes fusing and slumping tabletops, bowls, plates, and sink basins. I have been actively involved with Tryon Arts and Crafts School to help with the development of the Harmon Field Facility, construction of The Black Smith Forge, Heritage Gallery and working with the instructors to improve their studios. I have served as a board member for the past 10 years and as treasurer for 6 years.
Jay Adams (aka Dr. Beer) received his AB degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1966 and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in 1972. His research career dealt mainly with research in the area of human hemoglobinopathies. He directed research laboratories at the University of Illinois and the University of Mississippi. His last scientific appointment was that of Senior Research Scientist in the Sickle Cell Disease Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. After retiring from NIH, Jay became involved with making wine at three vineyards. After five years of winemaking, he followed his true passion and became an Assistant Brewer at the Wedge Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. After three years at the Wedge, Jay decided to settle down a bit and became an Adjunct Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He found his first experience teaching undergraduates rewarding and challenging. In addition to Anatomy and Physiology, he offered a three-hour course in the science of brewing beer. He is currently a winemaker at Russian Chapel Hills Winery here in Polk County. He has also become involved in repairing computers and setting up computer networks.
I was born, raised and still reside in northern Spartanburg county. I am the Marketing Communications Specialist for QS/1,a Pharmacy and Home Medical Equipment software company where I have worked for 19 years. I also represent my company by coordinating the Mobile Meals deliveries for QS/1 volunteers & acting as registration chair for the annual Mobile Meals Land Cruise fundraising event. In addition to my work with Mobile Meals, I direct a program each November and December whereby QS/1 employees can volunteer to buy Christmas gifts for children who are in the custody of DSS. I have been a part of Tryon Arts and Crafts School for 3 years. I have been the Fused Glass Studio Liaison for almost 2 years. I facilitate open studio on Wednesday evenings and assist the fused glass instructors during class. I have been a TACS board member for one year, so far, and serve on the Marketing Committee.
I attended USC-Spartanburg (Upstate) where I studied art.
I am the mother of two daughters, Laura and Molly, and I have three grandsons, James, Bryson & Brooks. In my “spare” time you’ll find me with my boys.
My hobbies include reading, “treasure hunting” in consignment shops and thrift stores, redecorating my home and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.
Wyndy had been involved in the New Orleans art community for many years, representing a well known local portrait artist and owning Wyndy Morehead Fine Arts. After moving to Tryon she became affiliated with the Upstairs Artspace as co-manager. She, with the help of staff and volunteers started Art Trek Tryon. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Tryon Garden Club. As the chairman of special events, she organized “Four Seasons of Creativity Inspired by Pearson’s Falls”. The work created by the participating artists was sold at a silent auction benefit with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Polk County Elementary Schools for the creation of teaching gardens. She served two years as chairman of the Christmas holiday fund raising event at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.
I was born and raised in the Landrum/Tryon/Columbus area, graduated from Landrum High School then went to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I graduated from Winthrop with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts concentrating in both Ceramics and Interior Design. I also received a Minor in Business Administration. It was not until my third semester when I stepped into a ceramic studio and sat down at a pottery wheel that I found my home. I left Rock Hill, South Carolina, after ten years away, to come home to full time job as a Textile Designer for Mohawk Industries Commercial Woven Division. I also work part time at the local branch of the Spartanburg County Library system. My future goal is to be a full time ceramic artist. Other interest include being the volunteer coordinator for the Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival, participating in Tryon’s Art Trek for the first time last year, and of course my favorite past time that I don’t always have time for is reading and traveling.
Ron has maintained his own professional studio since 1974 producing unique pottery work. He specializes in copper red glazes which require a special firing technique as well as “lotus blossom peaks” on his pots. He has been a member of the Southern Highland Crafts Guild since 1975, an exhibiting artist with Hampton III Gallery in Greenville, done several group and one-man shows including Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and the Southeastern Center of Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ron loves teaching and has been an instructor at the Greenville County Museum of Art for over 10 years and an instructor at Tryon Arts and Crafts School since November, recently becoming head of the pottery studio. He reveals that his teaching philosophy is “to love the process of creating and the products will come” and “to openly share all of my knowledge with my students to inspire them to be the best they can be and to succeed.”