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Member Profile: Matthew Brophy

Matthew Brophy, a potter, never wonders what he’s going to do next. “My ideas usually come when I’m lying in bed at four in the morning,” he said. “I can’t go back to sleep until I’ve completely figured them out in my head. I just need to prioritize the better ideas to get to them faster.” His first exposure to pottery came in tenth grade. “By the end of the year, I was throwing at a college level,” he said. But his parents’ divorce and a subsequent move to a smaller school with no pottery program caused him to put that interest aside until 10 years ago when he met a local artist who “got me back into art,” he said. Until that point, his creative urges had found an outlet in the culinary art

18 AAG Members in Belton Show

The Belton Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival’s 20th Juried Art Show opened on Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 9 at the Belton Center for the Arts. Eighteen Anderson Artists Guild members had works selected for the show, with seven of them taking home awards. Alice Burnette won a Purchase Award for Caribbean Cove (watercolor). “I was inspired by a family member’s trip to the Dominican Republic and just loved all the blue shades in her pictures,” said Burnette. “And I love anything with boats! So happy it has a new home, possibly at the beach!” Debbie Bzdyl won a Purchase Award for Taking a Different Road. "The loose, impressionist style was a bit of a 'different road' for me," she said. "I te

Gateway Arts Center Brings Art to Westminster

As it nears the first anniversary of its opening in January, the Gateway Arts Center in Westminster, S.C., continues to expand its outreach to artists and to the community. Up next is the annual juried show, called “This IS Art!” Artists and artisans in all media can drop off their entries on Oct. 16-19 from 10-4, Oct. 20 from 10-3, and Oct. 22-24 from 10-5. The entry fee is $35 for two pieces. Cash awards for best in show, merit, and honorable mention will be given. The center opened on January 12, 2018. Director Melody Davis discovered the site, an old post office with concrete floors and white brick walls, while shopping for a home with her husband. “We fell in love with this building,” s

Auction Honoring Ruth Hopkins Will Benefit Cancer Association

A silent auction of Ruth Hopkins’ paintings will benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson. Bids can be made during a reception on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7-9 p.m. at the Cancer Association of Anderson, located at 215 East Calhoun Street. Over 40 pieces by Hopkins, along with some photographs by her husband, Mark, and other paintings she has collected over the years, will be available for purchase. The idea for the sale came from Hopkins, a longtime member and former president of the Anderson Artists Guild. “I have a lot of art,” she said. “I gave my children and grandchildren what they wanted, and I have favorites in my house, and I still had 40 to 50 pieces left. I was trying to think wha

Members’ Artwork Purchased by Local Bank

For its new location on Highway 81 in Anderson, Countybank recently purchased eight paintings, including pieces by six Anderson Artists Guild members: Debbie Bzdyl, Diana Gilham, Garret Hamm, Jamie Hansen, Al Morris, and Diann Simms. The pieces were on display at the branch’s grand opening on Sept. 19. Last year Countybank purchased Stan O’Bannon’s artwork from the AAG display window for the bank’s downtown Anderson branch. Thornwell Dunlap, President and CEO of Countybank, is well known for his support of the local arts community. Leslie Lee, former director of the Anderson Arts Center, brought eight paintings out to the new branch for Dunlap to choose from. He ended up purchasing all of th

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