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Patricia Walker Follows Her Passions

Anderson Artists Guild member Patricia Walker majored in interior design at Memphis State University and worked as an interior decorator at Carpet Fashions in Anderson. She enjoyed the work, but it wasn’t her passion. “I had more of a passion for the interior of people’s hearts than people’s houses,” she said. Her desire to help those who had suffered traumas led her to visit the local jail and then a prison and from there she ran a halfway house for women coming out of prison to provide continuing support. Seeing the link to prison and addiction and the lack of treatment in the Anderson area for women, she went on to help start Shalom Treatment Center, a faith-based long-term women's drug a

John Urban Captures the Wild World in Paint

Though he drew endlessly with pencils and charcoal as a child, though he took many art classes and graduated from high school with art honors, Anderson Artists Guild member John Urban relegated art to a hobby when he went to work in manufacturing. “I didn’t like manufacturing,” he said. “That’s just what I thought I was supposed to do. Everything I enjoyed went to the wayside.” He worked at Westinghouse in Sandy Springs for seven years as a machine operator, forklift driver, and inspector. After losing his job when the place closed, he spent 10 years at Michelin in Greenville. “There was a lot of stress,” he said. A lifelong volunteer firefighter, he jumped when an opportunity opened up 10 y

How the Pandemic Is Affecting Our Members

Some members of the Anderson Artists Guild shared reflections on how the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is affecting them: Linda Miracle Just prior to isolation, I purchased a Babylock Lyric sewing machine and Babylock Tierra III mid arm quilting machine. I am teaching myself how to quilt by watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, and making new friends through Facebook quilting pages. I find that quilters are the most kind and helpful people. It’s nice to have a community who have the same interests and goals to create beautiful works of art in this medium. Once I master making traditional quilts, I will attempt thread painting and painting on material to create art quilts. I am really looki

24 AAG Members in Juried Show at Anderson Arts Center

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Juried Show at the Anderson Arts Center is going on—virtually (at least for now). Juror Joseph Peragine selected 129 pieces from among the 262 submissions from 127 artists. The $2,000 David Vandiver Best of Show award went to Kay Binger’s Vertical Blues. The $1,000 Russell Warren Second Place award went to Katya Cohen’s OI. The $500 Third Place award went to Kent Ambler’s Afterglow, which also won the $1,000 Callie Stringer Rainey Award. These three works are pictured above. Twenty-four Anderson Artists Guild members had work accepted into the show. Members with two accepted pieces are Al Morris, Barbara Mickelson Ervin, Carolyn Gibson, Diana Gilham

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