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Fabric as Medium

A sewing machine always figured prominently in Anderson Artists Guild member Evelyn Beck’s life. But the way she uses it has changed. Growing up in South Florida, she had a unique wardrobe courtesy of her mom, who despite working full time and raising five kids made her daughters’ clothes. Soon enough, Beck was making her own clothes—she remembers getting a “speeding ticket” from her seventh-grade home ec teacher for sewing too fast—and she received her own sewing machine as a high school graduation present. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at Florida State University, she went on to a career teaching college English, first at Clemson University and then at Pied

Kathy Ogden Has Many Passions

Kathy Ogden can’t sit still. A member of the Anderson Artists Guild since moving to Anderson in 2014, she has long enjoyed oil painting, watercolors, drawing, photography, and jewelry making—all while traveling via sailboat and RV. A native of Concord, North Carolina, Ogden studied communications at East Carolina University and completed a master’s degree in human resources at Central Michigan University. Then she went to work for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, starting in labor relations before moving into salaried administration. She met and married her husband, Joe, a district manager for Ford, and both retired from there. And what a retirement it’s been! They bought a 54-foot sailboat, a

Jeannine Holmes Seeks to Capture Beauty

A paint-by-number kit of The Last Supper—that’s the first thing Anderson Artists Guild member Jeannine Holmes remembers painting as a child. “But I didn’t like the way everything had edges,” she said. “Nothing blended.” Over the years, she has gradually moved as far away from “paint by number” as possible. She used to draw and paint, mostly from photographs, and sold a lot of commissioned animal portraits. In the 1960s in Los Angeles, she hawked her pieces rain or shine each weekend at an outdoor flea market for artists. Nowadays, inspiration comes from inside her head. An example is Beginning of the Third Day (the waterfall pictured above). “I started from scratch at the top,” she said. “I

Margarita Burns to Showcase Rock Painting

Back home in Siberia, Russia, Margarita Burns studied bookkeeping and worked as the assistant to the president of British Petroleum’s Siberia branch. But after meeting online the American who is now her husband, she left her career behind when she moved to the U.S. 12 years ago. The couple settled in Anderson two years ago for her husband’s job. That’s also when Burns started to explore a new art form: rock painting. “It’s like a mini-canvas,” she said. “If you don’t like it, you can wash it away and start over.” And the subject she chose to focus on grew out of her heritage. “Russian dolls were stuck in my mind all the time,” she said. “I had all this knowledge of Russian culture and folk d

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