SPARTANBURG-- A new art exhibit in an upstate museum is open to the public featuring famous pieces of artwork replicated by local artists.

The art exhibit called 'Counterfeit' will be on display this week at the Spartanburg Art Museum. 

21 local artists came together to recreate popular work throughout history from Picasso to Jeff Koons. 

Friday there will be a virtual tour and auction of all pieces in the exhibit. Proceeds will benefit participating artists as well as the museum in hopes of getting the museum back on its feet.

The non-profit says they've seen a severe impact due to the pandemic.

Executive director Elizabeth Goddard says "Like so many arts and cultural organizations across the country not just here in the upstate have been significantly impacted and a lot of museums aren’t even open again so we have been open but we’re dealing with you know minimum capacity." 

Goddard also says the exhibit is a fundraiser and a walk through art history. “So we have a myriad of artwork that was created 30 thousand years ago counterfeited to very contemporary work today. So it’s really a lovely span through art history of you will.” said the executive director. 

Counterfeit is open to the public until Saturday, February 27, during normal business hours; admission is free. 

You can visit the Spartanburg Art Museum website to early bid on the art until Friday at 8 p.m. 

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