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2 AAG Members in Hartwell Juried Show

The 26th Annual Juried Art Show opened at the Hartwell Art Center in Hartwell, Georgia, on June 18 and runs through August 8. The $350 Best in Show Award for 2 and 3 dimensional pieces went to Mary Dilworth’s Rhapsody (mixed media, pictured above left). The $350 Best in Show Award for photography went to Ray Richards’ It’s Time (pictured above right). The juror was Kimberly Spears, former director of the Anderson Arts Center. Two Anderson Artists Guild members—Carolyn Gibson and Evelyn Beck—were among the 21 artists in the show. Their reflections on their pieces are below. Carolyn Gibson (photography) During the spring I enjoy watching things bloom. I spend time using my photos to create com

Marion Carroll Uses Her Camera to See the World Differently

Marion Carroll’s physician father had two hobbies: golf and photography. While her brother played golf, Carroll was allowed to help in the darkroom and beyond. Her favorite step was the rinse, which took place in an unused space in her home. “I’ve loved photography since I was a small child and saw faces come to life in that upstairs bathtub,” she said. Carroll, a member of the Anderson Artists Guild, received her first camera at age 13. “My dad said, ‘You’ve got a good eye. Go take pictures.’ That turned me loose on the world,” she said. In the days when everything was manual, she also got an exposure meter and learned to estimate distance. She attended college at Stetson University in Flor

South Carolina Watermedia Spring Digital Show Features 4 AAG Members

The South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS) is currently exhibiting its 2020 Spring Digital Show. The show includes artwork by 95 SCWS members, including four Anderson Artists Guild (AAG) members. Here are the accepted pieces from the AAG members along with their reflections: When Life Hands You a Lemon by Diana Gilham "I am inspired by the English watercolorist Ann Blockley. This was a pouring and I added additional color when I saw what looked like a lemon." Passion Tendered by Rebecca Carruth "Three of my favorite flowers are the poppy, orchid and passion flower. I find them kind of mysterious with eye-catching beauty. I had not painted in a few months and was feeling doubtful about my a

Tammy Gilbert Has Found Solace in Art

A Navy brat, Tammy Gilbert moved around a lot as a child but eventually settled in Asheville, North Carolina, where her parents grew up and where they retired. She attended Mars Hill University, majoring in computer information science, but has worked in the business field for almost 30 years. In 2010, she got a job at Anderson University, where she is now the executive assistant to the dean of the College of Health Professions. She likes working with students and to “see them grow from a wallflower to a confident person by the time they graduate.” She still lives in Asheville, so the commute to Anderson is lengthy but enjoyable. She and her husband were planning to move to Anderson after h

Dale Cleveland’s Retirement Involves a Lot of Painting

Dale Cleveland joined the Anderson Artists Guild after moving to this area from Roswell, Georgia, in October. She and her husband love living near Clemson, which they call “God’s country.” Cleveland is enjoying retirement, walking three miles daily and doing lots of painting. A native of South Florida, Cleveland attended Clemson University, where she majored in English secondary education. She taught for a few years in Memphis and didn't really like it. Then she and her husband moved to Roswell, where she stayed home for a few years to raise her children. During that time, she started taking art classes, discovering how much she enjoyed watercolor. “It’s so fluid,” she said. “It’s also unfor

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