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Annual Member Show Opens

The 2018 Anderson Artists Guild Membership Show opened on July 27 and will run through August 30 at the Anderson Arts Center. The show includes 124 pieces by 63 artists. Hamed Mahmoodi won first place for his piece Bee Keeper (acrylic on paper). “I created a series in both 3D and 2D, using broken windshields from cars that I got from a junk yard,” he said. “I was fascinated with all of the reflections and different colors apparent in each broken piece so I decided to wrap them around objects such as mannequins and a tree trunk and even tried them out in fashion by creating a 3D glass wedding dress. So the idea of transforming objects into other shapes and forms came into play and I painted t

Jamie Hansen Finds Success as a Freelance Artist

Unexpected success on Etsy has allowed Jamie Hansen to pursue a career as a full-time watercolor artist. A native of Cary, North Carolina, Jamie Hansen studied art at UNC Pembroke. She originally painted in oils, but during a college semester in Germany, she picked up watercolors and was hooked. Her process is predominantly wet into wet. “I love the way paint mixes on the page,” she said. “I love the play between sharp, precise lines versus ethereal washes that bleed over the page.” But it is in graphic design that she has found the most success professionally. She worked as a graphic artist in the giftware industry for Village Court, who sold wall décor, and then CTW Home Collection, who se

Juror Profile: Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Mary Bentz Gilkerson, the juror for the upcoming Anderson Arts Guild show at the Anderson Arts Center, is a full-time artist who paints mostly in oils from her home in Columbia, S.C., where she grew up. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, Gilkerson spent a few years in New York before returning home to complete her Master of Fine Arts degree and to take a job at Columbia College, where she taught painting, photography, and graphic design for 26 years before retiring in 2016. She has received grants from USC, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. One of her favorite experiences was an

Al Morris Paints Things as They Look

Al Morris started painting in oils and acrylics in high school. Though he stopped when he had kids, the urge to create never left him, and he always kept a sketchbook handy. When his wife, Beth, gave him an easel and a set of watercolors, he got hooked and has never stopped, and now he focuses exclusively on watercolors. Morris was born in Savannah, Georgia, but ventured far and wide during a 20-year career in the Air National Guard, from which he retired as a senior master sergeant. He then worked as a civilian employee at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina for 14 years, followed by another 14-year stint as an engineer with Northrop Grumman in Maryland. Much of his work involved communic

Artists Work Together at Bay3 Gallery

Bay3, a cooperative gallery of local artists, is located on the first floor of the Anderson Arts Center warehouse. Bay3 Artisan Gallery evolved from an artists’ critique group called Creative Connections that had been meeting in various locations. Then in 1997 the group was offered meeting space at the Sullivan Shoppes in downtown Anderson. Part of the building was being used for an Arts Center annex due to space restrictions at the Carnegie Building. The original ten members included Anderson Artists Guild members John Davis, Ann Heard, Ruth Hopkins, Rosemary Moore, Diann Simms, and Armi Tuorila. Two years later, after the Sullivan Shoppes building was sold, Creative Connections changed its

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