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Photographing Your Artwork

The final step in showcasing your artwork is often taking a photograph of it. These photos are used on artists’ websites; on social media; and in applications for some exhibitions, contests, and grants. So it’s important that you take the best pictures possible whether you’re using a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) or a cell phone. Here are some tips for photographing artwork: 1. Remove any glass over the artwork to eliminate glare. Take the picture before sending the piece off to be framed. 2. Clean your camera lens to remove dust specks that will show up as spots on the photo. 3. Use indirect natural light. Anderson Artists Guild member Craig Johnson, a photographer, recommends using lig

What Should an Artist Do with a Lifetime of Unsold Artwork?

For this week's blog, I'm directing you to an article (shared by permission of author Jason Horejs) about what to do with all your unsold artwork. Pay special attention to the many great suggestions in the comments section at the end of the article at

Marla Walker Makes Room for Art in a Busy Life

It’s been almost 40 years since Anderson Artists Guild member Marla Walker became a real estate agent back in Northern California. What she relishes is the variety. “You don’t have the same routine every day,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” The career has brought friendships, like the clients from England whom she stayed with during an overseas trip. It has involved evictions, what Walker calls “tough love.” It has presented a challenge akin to a jigsaw puzzle. “I’ve always looked at it as getting all the pieces in the right place for the right house for that family,” she said. It’s a career that has involved writing a newspaper column about the home as a repository of me

Julie Lamp Discovers Basketweaving after Relocating

Julie Lamp follows where her interests lead her. A Chicago area native, she majored in English and German at Northwestern University and then taught high school German for three years. But she gave that up to own and operate a small electronics company with her first husband. The company manufactured custom coils. After the couple split, she went to work for the Dr. Scholl Foundation as an administrative assistant for four years. When she married a German man she’d known for 40 years through a wine-tasting group, they moved to Keowee Key, South Carolina. Lamp was employed for awhile but then retired. “I decided I didn’t move here to work,” she said. “It’s better to look at the lake.” After d

Saxophone Quartet to Perform at Christmas Party

The Foothills Saxophone Quartet will provide musical entertainment for the Anderson Artists Guild Christmas party, which will start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec 9, upstairs at the Anderson Arts Center. They will be playing jazz, swing, pop, and Christmas music. The group has been together for nine years. The four men have diverse backgrounds. Ben Hursey, who plays tenor sax, is retired from a career conducting wastewater inspections for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. These days, he has a lot more time for music, which has always been a hobby. He teaches music two days a week and has played with the Anderson Symphony for 42 years. He learned the saxophone an

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