The 37th South Carolina Juried Arts Competition opened at the Pickens County Museum on Oct. 19 and continues through Dec. 12.
First place went to Carole Tinsley, second to Scott Cunningham, and third to Annette Giaco. Honorable mentions went to Ali van den Broek and Scott Cunningham.
Five Anderson Artists Guild members had pieces in the show: Debbie Bzdyl, Julie Lamp, Brenda McLean, Al Morris, and Diana Walter. Each shared information about his or her artwork.
Debbie Bzdyl, Cosmic Passages (acrylic): “It is part of my Cosmic Dance series. I’ve done 17 in that series. My inspiration for this piece and all my pieces in the series is the beauty and mystery of our fabulous universe. I am humbled and fascinated by its never-ending dance of evolving, morphing and rebirth. My challenge is to try to convey that feeling of rising up, moving forward, evolving and transforming into something new. It is my hope that viewers will also see this as a metaphor for their own personal journey as they grow, change and redefine themselves as they go through life.”
Julie Lamp, Leaf Fall (photography): “Two photos taken separately were layered one on top of the other making for a unique composition.”
Brenda McLean , Lady In Waiting (pastel): “It was my intent to inspire curiosity about why this rather stern looking lady is waiting. What tale would you spin to explain her pose?”
Al Morris, Allis (watercolor) and The Harvester (watercolor): "Allis is an old tractor that is parked behind Lebanon Baptist church, slowly rusting away. The Harvester is an International Harvester pickup that is still being used as a farm truck by the Thornton Valley Orchards in Thornton Valley, Virginia. I like rusty old trucks and tractors. They tell a story in all the dings and dents. The rust displays hard times, hard work and days long since past.”
Diana Walter, Lot No. 14 (mixed media: oil and cold wax, oil pigment stick, vintage documents, ink on vintage paper, handmade paper, tea-stained paper, vintage book pieces, and fiber on birch cradled panel): “The title is taken from one of the vintage papers used in the collage—a legal document from the early 1900s describing transfer/ownership of a piece of property (lot no. 14).”
The museum, located at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9-5.