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Lori Solymosi Is Drawn to Figure Painting

Ten weeks in Europe convinced Anderson Artists Guild member Lori Solymosi that art was her future. After graduating from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, she received the Cresson Traveling Scholarship, which allowed her a summer of travel through Paris, Rome, Greece, and Germany, where she spent most of her time in art museums. “It solidified my desire to spend the rest of my life doing this,” she said. As a kid in Connecticut, Solymosi had drawn all the time. She called it “making stuff.” She attended the AES Educational Center for the Arts, a public arts magnet school where she was trained by Yale graduate students in painting and photography and where she had the opportunity to pain

Guild President Seeks to Grow Membership

Anderson Artists Guild President Diana Gilham really wanted to go to art school in the 1970s. “But I thought I wouldn’t be able to make a living doing that and chickened out,” she said. Instead, she attended Columbus Business University in Ohio, where she grew up, then devoted herself to a secretarial career before staying home to raise her children, followed by a position at a veterinary office. “It was not my passion, but I was good at it,” she said. But once she retired, she painted—just like her father and another ancestor did after they stopped working. “My great-great-grandfather was a Civil War veteran who painted in retirement,” she said. “One of his paintings previously hung in the

April Cameron Finds Directing the Anderson Arts Center a Perfect Fit

Because she is not an artist herself, April Cameron was initially hesitant about taking over as executive director of the Anderson Arts Center (AAC), a position she has held for about a year now. But it turned out to be a perfect match. With her background at nonprofit organizations and in fundraising, the position ended up being a really good fit. “I love it,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had.” A Georgia native, Cameron grew up about 60 miles from Savannah in the small town of Metter. She has a communications degree from Georgia Southern University, from which she was intending to launch a career in broadcasting. “But after a couple of speech classes, I realized my Sout

JoAnne Anderson to Discuss Guild's History

JoAnne Anderson is a lifelong student, teacher, and champion of art. A founding member of the Anderson Artists Guild around 1970, she will speak about the guild’s history at the next meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Arts Center. Born in Anderson, she has traveled widely. She and her husband, who was in the Air Force, moved 22 times in 20 years and traveled all over Europe, including a six-year stint in Germany. Anderson majored in art (with a focus on drawing and painting) at the University of South Carolina and has taken additional classes over the years, including at New York’s Parsons School of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts and The Art Students League; at t

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