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Wesa Neely Specializes in Watercolor Commissions

Wesa Neely capped her senior year of high school with an art award and even studied art at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, for a year. “I loved art so much, but I was young and didn’t know how to pursue that line of work,” she said. So this Anderson native returned home to attend Clemson University, where she majored in early childhood and elementary education, leading to a 40-year career that included teaching various grade levels and reading in elementary schools and preschool classes at early childhood development centers. Most of her working years were spent at Calhoun Academy of the Arts, where she continues to do volunteer work. “I enjoyed teaching,” she said. “Every year was brand

13 AAG Members in Gateway Juried Show; Mattox Wins Merit Award

The Third Annual Juried Show at the Gateway Arts Center in Westminster opened on August 30 and runs through October 11. The top three awards went to Tom Dimond ($1500 first place for Atlas, mixed media), Cecile Martin ($750 second place for Rain…Again, monoprint collage), and Nancy Basket ($325 third place for Free-form Kudzu Chandelier, kudzu vine). Anderson Artists Guild member Margaret Mattox won a Merit Award for her pastel drawing Present in the Moment (pictured at right). Other AAG members in the show are JoAnne Anderson, Debbie Bzdyl, Rebecca Carruth, Marion Fanning, Jane Friedman, Carolyn Gibson, Julie Lamp, Sharon Jacobs, Hamed Mahmoodi, Diana Walter, Michelle Winnie, and Barbara Wh

Juror Discusses Selection Process

Nathan Cox, the juror for the 2019 Anderson Artists Guild Juried Show, shared thoughts about his selection process at the AAG meeting on Sept. 9. His process, he said, is to walk through the gallery multiple times. “It’s the pieces that pull me back that get in the show or win awards,” he said. He tries to choose an array of work that is representative of the submissions in terms of style and materials. He looks to be surprised and intrigued. Here are his reflections on individual award winners: $100 Merit Awards JoAnne Anderson’s Maybe Yes Maybe No? (graphite): “This is an intimate, carefully done study, sincerely and carefully drawn,” Cox said. “It drew me in. I enjoyed the way the hand of

Juror Seeks Work That Is Expressive, Interesting, Relevant

Nathan Cox, the juror for the 2019 Anderson Artists Guild juried show, was headed toward a career in graphic design until he took a required 3D class at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. “It happened that I could get into a ceramics glass, and I had a natural ability with clay,” he said. “The next semester I took a pottery class and learned how to throw. I kept taking classes, and I fell in love with it.” After completing a master of fine arts degree in ceramics and drawing at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, he embarked on a teaching career that brought him to Anderson University in 2002. He created a concentration in ceramics and sculpture and taught those courses before mov

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