The 2018 Anderson Artists Guild Membership Show opened on July 27 and will run through August 30 at the Anderson Arts Center. The show includes 124 pieces by 63 artists.
Hamed Mahmoodi won first place for his piece Bee Keeper (acrylic on paper). “I created a series in both 3D and 2D, using broken windshields from cars that I got from a junk yard,” he said. “I was fascinated with all of the reflections and different colors apparent in each broken piece so I decided to wrap them around objects such as mannequins and a tree trunk and even tried them out in fashion by creating a 3D glass wedding dress. So the idea of transforming objects into other shapes and forms came into play and I painted this series using acrylic on smooth paper to achieve desirable results and even though the paintings were time consuming, I enjoyed the process and this is how Bee Keeper happened to come about.”
Lori Solymosi won second place for More than Skin Deep (mixed media). “This painting was inspired by flowers a friend sent me,” she said. “The title alludes to the complexity of
relationships and having to sometimes have a
thick skin. The process also refers to the many layers in this painting. Each of the acrylic layers
have an isolation coat of gloss medium. I used an electric sander and wet steel wool to remove some of the paint, added more gloss medium and layers of glaze. I also poured a coat of self-leveling gel over the surface and let it dry for 24 hours; I painted some more and then troweled a layer of soft gloss gel over the entire surface and repainted until I was satisfied with the result.”
Katie Gilliland won third place for Steadfast (photography). “Ever since I started doing photography, I have always gravitated towards capturing nature,” she said. “I love showcasing the beauty and the simplicity of plants and
wildlife. I am currently minoring in studio art with a concentration in photography at the University of South Carolina. This past year, I took two film photography classes. I learned so much and have fallen in love with the process. This photo of a
tulip was a product of the class I took this past semester. I took the photo with a Mamiya C330 film camera at my grandmother’s house. I developed the film in class with the develop, stop, fix process and then scanned it into the computer to enlarge it and frame it.”
Merit awards were won by Nick Billingsley, Rebecca Carruth, Myrl Garment, Daniel Gong, Ann Heard, Jeannine Holmes, Craig Johnson, Michael King, Kate Krause, Kathy Moore, Rosemary Moore, Kathy Ogden, Diana Walter. Sue West, and Barbara Yon.