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First Friday Guest Artist Is Garret Hamm

Like Mad Men but a lot more fun—that’s how Anderson Artists Guild member Garret Hamm describes his 40-year career in advertising. “Almost everything I saw on that show I’ve seen happen—but so infrequently,” he said. “But there was so much more laughter and fun. I made a living for 40 years and never worked a day in my life.” Ohio native Garret graduated from the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati with a focus on design. At his first job, he created print ads for agricultural and manufacturing companies. Over four decades, he worked at 12 agencies in Ohio and Chicago. He did a lot of product work for Proctor and Gamble, including packaging design, as well as for companies includi

Winnie, Moore, Root Take Top Awards at AAG Show

The 2019 Anderson Artists Guild Juried Show opened on July 19 and will run through Aug. 21 at the Anderson Arts Center, with all award winners hanging until Aug. 29. Represented in the show were 136 pieces by 69 members. The juror was Nathan Cox of Anderson University. The $750 First Place Award went to new member Michelle Winnie for Orchid (acrylic). The $500 Second Place Award went to Kathy Moore’s I Will Protect You! (wire, found objects). The $300 Third Place Award went to Gloria Root for La Plaza (photography). Ten merit awards were given out. The $150 Merit Award went to Lori Solymosi’s Boardwalks Broads (mixed media). The $125 Merit Award went to Debbie Bzdyl’s Beautiful Chaos (acryli

Art with a Phone

After teaching high school art for 34 years, Anderson Artists Guild member Carolyn Gibson wanted to do something a little different after she retired. Her whole childhood was an immersion in art. She took lessons on Saturdays at the Chicago Institute of Art, attended classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology (an extension of the Bauhaus School) in high school, and completed a master of fine arts degree in crafts, jewelry making, and art history at Illinois State University. She moved to South Carolina when her husband was stationed at Fort Jackson and ended up teaching art for 19 years at McDuffie High School and 16 years at Hanna. “I loved every minute of it,” she said. “I loved the s

Loblolly Gallery Offers Local Art

Though she’s always been involved in the arts, Crystal Romanyszyn couldn’t have imagined that one day she’d be running an art gallery in South Carolina. She is the owner of Loblolly Art Gallery in Seneca. A native of New England, Romanyszyn spent 25 years in Florida in a variety of arts-related positions—as the executive director of an art museum, as a personal chef and caterer, and with the Daytona Beach Symphony. She also worked for an art manufacturer, a job that involved not only attending trade shows but also pouring epoxy resins onto art prints. “Art in some way was always part of my past,” she said. Each year, she rented the same house on Lake Keowee, so enchanted by the area that she

Hansen Solo Show Opens

Jamie Hansen’s solo show, Instrumental, features 40 pieces in a musical theme. These works are on display at the Anderson YMCA through August 2. Two Octaves is one of the most recent pieces completed by Hansen, a member of the Anderson Artists Guild. It features a 1925 Cunningham grand piano gifted to her family by her husband’s aunt and transported to their North Carolina apartment in 2001 with financial assistance from Hansen’s grandmother. The couple brought it with them when they moved to Anderson. That piano has been a source of unlimited inspiration for Hansen’s watercolors. “I must have painted it 15 or 20 times,” she said. “I use different perspectives, viewpoints, numbers of keys, p

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