Piano Paint Party

July 14, the Art Association of Ridge Spring held a paint party at the Town gazebo to decorate a piano.  Thanks to all the children in the community who came and did their bit to create a memory for the Town.  The piano remains at the gazebo for anyone to play whenever they feel inspired to make music.

Register Now for Beginner Stained Glass Class

The Art Center in Ridge Spring will be hosting a beginner stained glass class this July 17th to August 7th. In this class you will learn all of the basics of Stained Glass design and the techniques needed to create stained glass art. This class will leave you with a solid base knowledge of working with stained glass! It is exciting and fun! Your instructor, Vernon Robinson, is an expert stained glass artist with decades of experience. He will share his love for stained glass with you and by the end of class you will have your own 8x10” suncatcher to bring home. All materials and tools will be provided for this class. Just bring yourself and your dreams of creating stained glass art of your very own!  The class is smaller in order to handle one-on-one assistance so sign up now to save your space!  Classes: Tuesdays, July 17th to Aug. 7th Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm Cost: $250 Location: Ridge Spring Art Center Hwy 23, 108 Maintenance Shop Circle, Ridge Spring, SC 29129 Contact: Vernon Robinson (803) 640- (glas) 4527 or Kedryn Evans (910) 583-2219 or email at kedrynevans@gmail.com

Register Now for Anne Hightower Patterson White's Workshop

Anne is offering a two-day workshop at our Art Center on Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 10 till 4 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch.  This workshop,  "Taking Your Watercolor to the Next Level," is designed for advanced beginner and advanced painters.  Mini lessons include principles of design, selecting color, composition, colors vs. values, avoiding MUD, and finishing techniques.  The fee is $130, and you will need to bring your own watercolor supplies.  Space is limited.  To reserve your space, call 803 685-5577 and leave a message.
Congratulations to Anne.  Her painting, "Waiting in the Light of the Sun," was selected for the Texas Watercolor Society Award in the Watercolor Society of Alabama's National Show. 

Quilting on the Ridge

Quilting at the Art Center this year is multifaceted, including fabric quilting for beginners, painting quilt patterns on platters, painting quilt boards for the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail, and  raffling off a fabric quilt as a part of the Town's first Quilting on the Ridge Event.

 We had a group from North Trenholm Church on Saturday, May 5.  Barbara Yon spoke to the group about the quilt block trail in our area.  The group  also visited Saluda and Ridge Spring and ate lunch at Juniper.

On May 10, Barbara Yon hosted members of the Ridge Spring Woman's Club, also talking with them about the quilt block trail.

Mary Ann Roever of Wagner has completed teaching the first 5 sessions for beginning quilters.  Hand and machine quilting were included in the 10 hours of instruction that began April 9.

On Saturday, March 10, Mayor Pat Asbill officiated the drawing for this beautiful quilt, made by Anne Curley.  Kathy Hutchinson won the quilt.

Barbara Yon led a workshop, where participants learned how to design and paint quilt patterns on wood.  Both events were held at the Art Center of Ridge Spring as a part of the Town's first year of Quilting on the Ridge, held March 9 and 10.

May 19, Barbara Yon held another quilt block painting workshop.  When completed, these five new quilt blocks will be added to the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail.

The second class in Kim Ruff's 2018 pottery series, held February 12, featured a quilt patch platter to commemorate the quilt emphasis.  Quilt designs were painted on the platters with underglazes.

 Gourds for the Birds

     Six little artists from the Girl Scout Troop 1900 from Edgefield painted gourds at the Art Center March 1.  The gourds for this project were donated by a gourd farmer in North Carolina.  Be on the lookout for these creations around town. 

Ruff's Pottery Class Series in 2017

Kim Ruff's last class  was November 13.  Students made a box with a ribbon and also a Christmas Tree. 

Ghosts from the October 9 class

Pumpkins from the October 9 class

On August 14, Kim Ruff began her adult pottery class series at the Art Center.  Students were asked to bring an apron to protect their clothes and a water bottle.  

Kim's September class made a 3-legged cup and a picture frame.

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Home of the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail 
For information on the quilt trail, 
click Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail            
Pick up your quilt trail map at the Art Center.

       Asbill Family,  located at the entrance on highway 392.

 Coming Events
Unless otherwise noted, all events are located at the Art Center.  These events are open to both members and the general public.

                                    Photograph by D.S. Owens                                                  

Gallery hours in July are 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays

July 17-August 7, 6-9 p.m.  Vernon Robinson, Beginner Stained Glass Class.  See details left-hand column.

Monday, September 10 6:30-8:30.  Kim Ruff, pottery class creating a small casserole dish.  $35.  Contact Kim at (803)315-9203 or by email makerart@aol.com or Joanne (803)480-0576 or joanne.crouch26@gmail.com.

September 14 and 15, 10-4, Taking Your Watercolor to the Next Level, Anne Hightower Patterson White, Instructor.  See details left hand column.    

Monday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.  Kim Ruff, Pottery Workshop.  Never too early to start Christmas projects. Make your own clay Christmas tree. Cost is $35 which includes glazing and firing. Contact Joanne Crouch at (803)685-5577 or by email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com or Kim at makerart@aol.com to register.

Students Complete Quilt Block Workshop

Students in Barbara Yon's workshop series completed these quilt boards in June.

Aiken Artist Guild Member Show Awards

Photo by D. S. Owens

Ron Buttler received three awards at the Aiken Artist Guild Member Show May 10, 2018.  "Food Lion" earned him awards for Best Aiken Scene and Judge's Choice.  "The Pond" earned him first place in the Scenic category.

D. S. Owens won first place in the Traditional category with his photograph, "Morning Calm."  He also won second place for "Morning Calm" at the Juried Exhibit at the North Augusts Arts and Heritage Center

                       Photo by D. S. Owens

Donna Minor won second place in the Contemporary category for "Crystal Creek."

Joanne Crouch received an honorable mention  for her gourd piece, entitled "Tree Life. 

More Recent Awards to AARS Members

In April, the Dogwood Festival in Denmark awarded Ron Buttler second place in painting and D. S. Owens third place in photography.  Also in April the Spring Fest Show at the North Augusta Art Center gave D. S. Owens honorable mention for his photography.  In June, Ron Buttler won third place for "Beauty and the Beast" at the Juried Exhibit at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center.

"Matilda," painted by Joanne Crouch for the Aiken Gaston Livery Stable benefit auction in 2017

Owens Wins First Place at Western Carolina State Fair

In October, 2017, D. S. Owens took first place in the scenic fine art category for his photograph, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place."

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