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Donnis Cox: World Traveler, Hobbyist Painter

Donnis Cox, who recently joined the Anderson Artists Guild, seems to bloom wherever she’s planted. She grew up in Shelby, North Carolina, a rural area where she played outside a lot, picking up rocks and wildflowers. “We had chickens, pigs, and cows,” she said. “It was a great life. I never knew how well we ate back then on free-range chickens and grass-fed beef.” She majored in middle school education at Appalachian State University. “When I grew up, you did what your parents told you to do, and that’s what my dad wanted me to do,” she said. Still, she enjoyed teaching math and science for over 30 years. “Middle school kids are so interesting,” she said. She and her first husband moved a fe

Viva Art on Exhibit in Belton

The Viva Artists are a group of artists who began painting together several days a week at Viva Wine Bar in downtown Anderson in 2019. They painted when the wine bar was not open. The group consists of six Anderson Artists Guild members: Ann Heard, Deane King, Rosemary Moore, Polly Richardson, Diann Simms and Sue West. They work in a variety of mediums: oil, acrylics, collage, and watercolor. By early 2020 several of them had diversified into other mediums and found it advantageous to have a space where spills did not matter quite so much and also to have a place to leave supplies from week to week. Consequently, they began painting at the Anderson Arts Center on Mondays while retaining thei

Yvonne Park Wins First Prize in AAG Juried Show

The 2020 Anderson Artists Guild Juried Show opened on July 10 and will run through Aug. 14 at the Anderson Arts Center. The exhibit includes 109 works by 58 members. First Place ($750) was awarded to Yvonne Park for Under the Dogwoods (oil), Second Place ($500) to Matthew Brophy for Peddling Together (ceramic pottery), and Third Place ($300) to Donna O’Hara for Many Shades, Many Memories (pastel). The Watercolor Award in Memory of Ruth Hopkins ($675) went to Michael England for Gardner’s Peaches (watercolor). The $200 Merit Award went to Melody Davis for What Gramma Knows (in the End Zone) (mixed media). Nine $100 Merit Awards were also awarded. The recipients were Diana Walter for Lot No. 1

Sue Cheney: Athlete Turned Artist

Sue Cheney, a long-time member of the Anderson Artists Guild, has always been athletic. But growing up in a small Nebraska town during a time before girls had opportunities for organized sports, she contented herself with cheerleading. At the University of Northern Colorado, she majored in physical education and participated in intramural gymnastics, igniting a lifelong passion. After teaching in the school system for half a dozen years, she focused on gymnastics. She owned a private school in Charleston for five years and has worked for Upstate Gymnastics in Pendleton and the Anderson YMCA. But most of her career was as a PE and art teacher and administrative assistant at the Montessori Sch

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