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Diana Walter wins 'Best in Show' in Hartwell

Three Anderson Artists Guild members had works accepted into the Hart Regional Arts Council’s 25th Annual Juried Art Show, which opened June 13 and runs through August 3 at The Art Center in Hartwell, Georgia. The members are Diana Walter, Rebecca Carruth, and Louise Bisso. Walter won the Best in Show Award in the two- and three-dimensional category for her piece View from the Bleachery (mixed media). “The inspiration was a photograph I took of a section of windows on one of the old buildings at the Taylors Mill in Taylors,” she said. “I loved the colors–a mint green with white ‘glaze’ that I guess came from aging paint that had been applied to the inside of the windows–and the rust that had

3 Members Featured in Watermedia Digital Show

Three members of the Anderson Artists Guild are represented in the 2019 South Carolina Watermedia Society Spring Digital Show, which can be viewed at Rebecca Carruth’s piece is called Dusty Ride. “My inspiration was a young man sitting beside me at a concert, Samuel Crane,” she said. “He told me he was a bull rider and he was going to be famous one day. The painting was from his profile picture on Facebook. (I contacted him and got permission to use it). This was the second of two paintings that I did (the first was Samuel’s Ride)—the difference being the background, the dust and it enveloping him. To do this, I did something off the top of m

Birchwood Gallery Celebrates Appalachia

When retirees Diane Mitchell and her husband moved from West Virginia to Pickens, South Carolina, it was the weather and the mountains that drew them. But she was also looking to recreate the artistic community she had enjoyed in Lewisburg, West Virginia. “There was so much going on in the way of art galleries and so many artists living there,” she said. “I was in a group, The Greenbrier Artists, with up to 95 people meeting weekly for socialization, free-paint days, and workshops. It was a fantastic group.” After the move, she discovered the Holly Springs Center, which offers arts classes as well as space for weaving, woodworking, silversmithing, and pottery. She spoke to the director about

Miracles and Scratchboard Art

Linda Parker has witnessed a miracle. After she and her husband, Dennis, a Navy veteran, moved to South Carolina in 2001, he became so sick with pancreatic cancer that chemotherapy was not an option. They moved back to be near family in Indiana, where Dennis was in hospice with only weeks to live. Linda did some research on herbs and started giving him Essiac tea three times a day. “He started getting better and better,” she said. “The hospice nurse called me a year later and said, ‘Are you sitting down? He’s cancer free.’ No one seemed to take it seriously, but I feel the tea is what cured him.” She continues to grow herbs and hopes to restore her commercial-size greenhouse soon. Linda and

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