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Exhibitions Continue for Mary McAlister and Craig Johnson

The work of Mary McAlister and Craig Johnson has been getting a lot of exposure recently. Currently, the two Anderson Artists Guild members have pieces on display in Cox Hall, which is part of the Clemson Little Theatre on the square in Pendleton. That exhibit opened on January 28 and continues through the end of April. “They approached me and asked if I was interested in doing an exhibition,” said Johnson, who has known the theatre manager for many years and who has exhibited there previously in a space specifically designed to be a visual art gallery. The show is a fundraiser for the theatre, which needs to replace its roof. The organization takes 30 percent of the sales. McAlister and Joh

Jane Friedman to Paint at the Mall

Jane Friedman is the latest member of the Anderson Artists Guild to take part in The Canvas Project at the Anderson Mall. Friedman, who specializes in pet portraits, will be painting live at the mall from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, during a special after-hours event called “Pet Pics with Bunny.” She will also be present at the mall for most of that day. Two other AAG members—Nick Billingsley and Lori Solymosi—were featured previously, and both found the experience rewarding. “I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who came up to me,” said Billingsley, who painted during the tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend. “Most said something along the lines that they used to r

Juror Profile: Esther Randall

Esther Randall, the juror for this year’s upcoming juried show at the Anderson Arts Center, has a connection to the area. She grew up in Aiken, S.C., and taught art at Westside High School in Anderson from 1973 to 1976 and from 1978 to 1979. Currently, she is a professor and the gallery director in the Department of Art and Design at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She has an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University and teaches figure drawing. She works in a variety of media, including sculpture and drawing. Her current work includes the use of Prismacolor pencils and markers to capture the central Kentucky landscape. “In South Carolina, the trees are so tall,” she said. “In Kentuck

Monita Mahoney to Demonstrate Marbling at March 12 Meeting

Monita Mahoney will demonstrate the technique of marbling at the next meeting of the Anderson Artists Guild at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Anderson Arts Center. Marbling is done by making a bath of colors and creating a design on the colored water with a stylus or other object. Paper or fabric is laid on top of the water, and the design is transferred from the water to the paper or fabric. “Everything you do in marbling is original,” said Mahoney. “You can use the same colors in the same pattern in the same order, and it will never be the same. That’s one of the things I really like.” Mahoney uses the marbled paper as a stand-alone piece of art or as part of a larger piece or in a col

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