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Board & Staff

As a nonprofit organization, the Upstairs Artspace operates with an advising Board of Directors. These Directors are nominated by current Board members and serve on a voluntary basis for a term of two years. The Board is organized into sub committees such as Exhibits, Marketing, Programs, Executive, Finance and Hospitality that meet regularly or an an ad-hoc basis depending upon the level of activity each committee requires in order for the Gallery to operate. Committee members can be community members that do not sit on the Board of Directors but who have a vested interest in the success of the Gallery and their area of interest.

Board Officers

  • Vice President: Jim Cullen
  • Treasurer: Patti Troubaugh
    Treasurer: Patti Troubaugh

    I was pleased to be invited to join the UA board in 2018 where I currently serve as Treasurer.  I moved here in 2016 and part of the appeal for me is Tryon's well-established artistic community.  As a semi-retired Interior Designer I believe that art is essential for a vibrant community and UA adds tremendously to that effort.  Being on the board is a small way I can help insure we highlight the rare talents among us and inspire others we have yet to discover.

  • Past President: Mary Wells Prioleau

Board Members

  • J. Alan Peoples
  • Alexia Timberlake Boyd
  • Hans Picard
  • Cathey Stoney
  • Hague Williams


  • Elena Hernandez-Rubio

    Gallery Assistant

A gallery such as the Upstairs requires untold hours of selfless devotion and dedication. While we would love to name all of the wonderful Gallery Managers, Co-Managers and Volunteers past and present, in this limited space, we can only list a few of the many currently involved.


  • Marie King
  • Steve King
  • Dale McEntire
  • Wyndy Morehead
  • Jen Packard
  • Diane Samsel
  • Alexia Timberlake Boyd
  • David Zacharias
  • SueAnne Lang
    SueAnne Lang


  • Nancy Holmes

Committee Members

  • Nancy Holmes

    Nancy Holmes

  • Dale McEntire
    Dale McEntire

    A native of Western North Carolina, Dale has been involved in the visual arts since his training at Mercer University, and has continued to evolve as an artist through private studies in the U.S. and Europe, and training at Penland School of Craft.  His interest in the spiritual essence of nature can be seen in his use of color and form.  Dale produces both oil and pastel paintings and sculpture (stone, steel, glass, bronze) out of his studio in Saluda, North Carolina.  He has been represented by galleries in Western North Carolina and the Southeast, and for the past several years has been selected to participate in public art events and outdoor sculpture shows.  

    I have been connected to the Upstairs Artspace in various roles over the years and in for the past few years have been a part of the Exhibits Committee. This is a function of the gallery that is interesting to me and I appreciate the opportunity to learn about new artist and their process. The gallery has long provided a space to bring new and diverse work to the with the community and the ongoing support is encouraging. I realize I am not going to be a champion of everything the gallery presents but I find that to be a learning experience also.

  • Polk County Community Foundation
    Polk County Community Foundation

    Upstairs Artspace is supported, in part, by the Polk County Community Foundation