"Fall into Art"  Awards

Three AARS members received awards for their paintings at the North Augusta Artist Guilds's fall exhibition, "Fall into Art", held at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta November 8, 2018.

Barbara Yon won Best of Show for her acrylic abstract painting

Ron Buttler won First Place for his oil painting

Dave Owens won Second Place for his photograph

South Carolina Fine Art Fair Award

At the South Carolina State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition in October, 2018, Donna Minor won Second Place in the Open Media Category for her piece, "Just Dreaming."

Donna Minor and "Just Dreaming"

Ridge Spring Harvest Festival

The scarecrows are coming to life for the October  Ridge Spring Harvest Festival, expertly painted by AARS Artists.

Register Now for Beginner Stained Glass Class

The Art Center in Ridge Spring will be hosting a second beginner stained glass class October 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. 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: 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

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.

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. 

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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 March are 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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

Quilting on the Ridge, March 8 and 9.  Start at the Art Center.

Anne Hightower-Patterson White's class, "Where do I go from here?",  is April 26th and 27th at the Ridge Spring Art Center from 10-4 with an hour for lunch.  Cost is $130 for both days.  Anne is an accomplished watercolorist with many award winning works to her credit. Students are to bring basic watercolor supplies (paper, paints and brushes).    Students can also bring some of their work to be evaluated by Anne.  This class is for experienced watercolorists.  Anne's Website~~annehightower-patterson.com 
Contact Joanne Crouch to register at joanne.crouch26@gmail.com

Fall Decor Gourd Art  Sept 25th @ 6:00- Create a pumpkin (gourd) that will be part of your fall décor for many years to come.  This is for ages 10 & up.  Costs will be $30 which includes all supplies.  Contact Joanne Crouch at joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to register.


Mosaic  On Sept29th   at 8:30,  Barbara Yon and members of AARS will demonstrate the basics of mosaics.  Students will apply cut glass to the risers of the steps at the Art Center.  There is no charge for this event.   Contact Barbara Yon atbyonart@yahoo.com or a member of the AARS if you would like to participate in this event.

Paint Ball Stomp, Saturday, October 13, 12:30 p.m. at Ridge Spring Harvest Festival.  Participate in an artistic community event. Festival goers will help design an artistic piece by throwing Goblies (paintballs) at a large prepped canvas with the town logo on it. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Mayor Pat Asbill will throw out the first ceremonial pitch of the paintballs.

Pottery Kim Ruff, instructor   On October 15, a clay Christmas tree class will be held on Monday, Oct15th from 6:30-8:30.  Cost is $35 and includes all firing and glazing.   Kim’s class will allow the students to make additional small pieces to use all the clay that is allotted for the class.  Contact Kim Ruff at makerart@aol.com or Joanne Crouch at joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to register.


.Stained Glass  Vernon Robinson, instructor-October 19th and 20th 10-4.  Students will make a 8 x 10 suncatcher.  Mr. Robinson is very crafted in his skills.  Class will be very small so spots are limited.  Cost is $250  with  ½ will need to be paid when participant signs up.  Contact AARS or contact kedrynevans@gmail.com , (910)583-2219  or Vernon Robinson (803)640-4527  for details of how to become a part of this class.

November 17, Acrylic Paint Pour class, Carolyn Boatwright, instructor.

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.

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