Dip and Splash

March 22 the Art Center launched “Dip and Splash - A Fun Painting Experience”, a new program that makes the painting a fun social experience.  The student can bring a snack or beverage but the Art Center provides all art supplies  for the class.  The first class was a Sunflower painted on canvas.   

     Let us help you in the future with bridal showers, birthday parties and just friends getting together for no reason at all.  All painting events must be scheduled 3 weeks in advance.  Call Joanne @ (803)685-5577 and leave a message. 

Quilt Blocks for the Town

The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival has sponsored three quilt blocks, as toppers for each of the three brick markers to the entrance to the town.  Each 2 foot by 6 foot quilt block is patterned from one or two heirloom quilts from a family that has made major contributions of service to the community over the years.

     Asbill Family, to be located at the entrance on highway 392.

     Crouch Family, to be located at the western entrance on highway 23

         Householder Family, to be located at the eastern entrance on highway 23.

For more on the quilt trail, click Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail

Winter Storm Pax
February 13, 2014

February 13, 2010, was the occasion for another snowy event in the Ridge.  For a look at how our members recorded this snow, click Snow Pictures.

Tom Supensky's Whimsical Clay Sculptures

At the AARS November membership meeting, Tom Supensky talked about his ceramic art.  In his work, Tom wants to be suggestive and is not interested in exact scale.  How real he wants to be is a choice for each sculpture.  He believes your environment plays an important role in your choices of subject matter and how you choose to approach it.

The clay body that Tom uses is mixed especially for him by Fort Pottery in Augusta.  It is very plastic and can be left outdoors.  The two clay sculptures shown below are coil constructed and hollow.

Bedtime Story by Tom Supensky

Tom advises that low fire clay can give more color and hand-made objects have a quality of warmth that you can't get from machine-made stoneware.

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Coming Events
Unless otherwise noted, all events are located at the Art Center

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon.  Dip N' Splash special event for Mother's Day -  Mother-Daughter Casual Tea.  Learn to paint a small canvas as a part of this social event honoring mothers.  $40 fee covers all materials for painting and tea and cookies for both mother and daughter.  Space limited to 6 mother-daughter pairs.

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.  Membership meeting.  Election of officers for FY2015.

Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Magnolia Ridge Art and Antique Gathering.  Look for our booth at this event.  

Sarah Hott, fifth generation sweet grass basket weaver, will return to the Art Center in 2014 to teach another class.

Joanne Crouch Receives Award

At the 39th annual juried show at the Anderson Arts Center, Joanne Crouch's encaustic wax painting, "Cosmic Glance," received the Pam and Tom Roose Merit Award, on April 11, 2014.

                      Cosmic Glance

Ron Buttler Receives Award

At the North Augusta Spring Fest in March, Ron Buttler won first place with his painting "the Potato Chip Eaters."  Ron is currently displaying his work at the Wagner Library.

Old Hands in Clay

Tom Supensky curated an exhibition, "Old Hands in Clay," at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  This exhibition includes 42 noted ceramic artists, all over the age of 70.  The artists come from various parts of the United States as well as Europe.  Two of the pieces exhibited - "Cabbage" and "Raccoon Stash" - are Tom's.  The exhibition will run till July 18.

Gwen Power Receives Award

At the South Carolina State Fair in October, Gwen Power received the Niles Storrs Award of Merit for her watercolor painting, "Spring Pond and Forest."

Quilt Blocks Available

Would you like to have a painted quilt block for your home, barn, or business but don't have a pattern in mind?  Come by the Art Center and see the selection of quilt blocks already painted and available for purchase.  The quilt block shown below is a 2 foot by 2 foot Ohio Star with a Searchlight center inset, painted by Donna Minor.


Our mission:  Give our community opportunities to enjoy, create and market art.

Our vision:  Ridge Spring will be a mecca for people who create, enjoy and buy art.  Our citizens will enjoy the cultural and economic benefits of a thriving art community.

  Our physical address is 108 Maintenance Building Circle, Ridge Spring, SC.  For directions on how to drive here, click on "Trip Planner" on the navigation bar.  For more information about AARS, contact Joanne Crouch at joanne.crouch26@gmail.com


Donna Minor,
Apr 1, 2013, 8:09 AM