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Yvonne Park: A Lifelong Student of Oils

When Anderson Artists Guild member Yvonne Park was a senior in high school, the art teacher allowed her to paint as an alternative to study hall, and a lifelong love for oils began. She says she prefers the slow-drying oils because “you can go back and change, smooth, and blend.” An oil painting class at Tri-County Technical College in 2002 totally renewed her love of painting. Park has also traveled to study with experts. For instance, over the past few years, she has taken two three-day workshops on florals using transparent oils in Tennessee with Nancy Medina, an artist whom Park admires for her loose approach. “She lays out her palette and just starts flinging paint around, and all of a

Stan O’Bannon: Painter, Farmer, Firefighter

Stan O’Bannon is a busy man. A farmer in Hartwell, Georgia, he raises chickens and beef cattle and does custom hay cutting. He’s also on call 24/7 as a volunteer firefighter for the past 37 years. In his very limited spare time, O’Bannon paints. He enjoyed drawing as a young child, but it was the influence of a friend’s dad that ignited a real passion. When O’Bannon spent a weekend at his friend’s house, he was awed by all the artwork on the walls. Noticing the boy’s interest, his friend’s dad introduced him to watercolor. “After everyone went to bed, we painted until 2 a.m.,” said O’Bannon. Another influence was Andrew Wyeth, O’Bannon’s favorite artist. “A teacher took us to an Andrew Wyeth

The Many Faces of Doug Berky

Doug Berky brought his amazing masks to the May 14 Anderson Artists Guild meeting. He talked about how the masks, which he makes primarily for use in theater productions, are “servant to a greater good rather than artistic expression.” A performer himself, he noted how the masks make the performers feel hidden at first, but that’s ultimately deceptive. “The masks actually reveal more than they hide,” he said. “If the face is hidden, the focus goes to your body. The illusion is that the mask begins to move if the actor moves his body well.” When Berky made his first mask in 1976 out of paper, glue and water, he discovered that working with his hands was therapeutic. Since then he has created

Doug Berky to Speak at May Meeting

Doug Berky will talk about the art of mask making at the next meeting of the Anderson Artists Guild at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the Anderson Arts Center. Currently an artist in residence at Furman University, Berky is known for the theatrical masks he makes. At the meeting, he will be demonstrating his mask-making techniques. His passion for masks was ignited in 1976 while he was a student at the Dell’Arte School of Mime and Comedy in Blue Lake, California. “Theater students were required to make a mask and create a performance around it,” he said. “I enjoyed the sculpting work and making something out of clay and have it done it ever since.” He tours with a one-man show and often is

4 Members Selected for Artists of the Upstate Show

Four Anderson Artists Guild members will have six works on display at the 2018 Artisphere Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition. These works by Kathy Moore, Evelyn Beck, Hamed Mahmoodi, and Jamie Hansen were among 66 pieces selected from 330 entries for the eleventh annual event. Splitting Functions and He Rules the Roost, She Rules the Rooster by Kathy Moore are mixed media projects made out of found objects. “Throughout my life, I have been both a collector and an artist,” said Moore. “My assemblage work combines both of these passions. I have an attachment to old, damaged, forgotten and discarded items and, simply, I am compelled to take them home. To most people, these objects may see

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