Market on the Ridge

On March 28 the Art Center participated in the Town's Market on the Ridge, demonstrating various art forms during the day.  D. S. Owens demoed his craft - photography - when taking this photo of other AARS members demoing fiber art and collage.  Thank you to all our visitors who helped to make Market Day a fun day at the Art Center.

Photograph by D. S. Owens

Silk Scarf Class

AARS is offering a class from Libby Bussinah on Saturday, April 18th from 9-2.  The class allows students to create an original 8 X 54 inch silk scarf using simple techniques with dyes.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.  The class costs $45.  To register, contact a member of AARS or contact Joanne at or call (803)685-5577.  Students must pre-register by April 11 to secure class.

Dip and Splash
February Dip 'N Splash 

“Dip and Splash - A Fun Painting Experience," has begun its second year.  The student can bring a snack or beverage but the Art Center provides all art supplies  for the class.    

     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. 

Saluda's Taste and See
The AARS table at 2014 Taste and See

First Saturday Is Needle Craft Day

Needle craft moved to a new day and time, starting in November.  Needle craft is hosted by Candace Bush on the first Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m.  Do you like to knit, crochet, quilt, tat, embroider or weave?  Bring your needle craft project to this free event at the Art Center and join in the fun of sharing or learning from other crafters.  Stumped on a project?  Bring it and someone can offer help.
Needle craft participants at the December First Saturday

Jim Harrison Exhibition

Jim Harrison came to the Art Center October 5, bringing originals, prints, note cards, calendars, and books.  Many people came by to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with Jim in person and purchase his art.  

AARS members enjoyed hosting the reception and spending the afternoon with Jim.  Thank you to everyone who came to this well attended event.

And Another Quilt Block Goes Up...
Billy Rodgers sent us this photograph of the quilt block he sponsored being installed on his barn, located off highway 39 on Waterfront Lane.

Photograph provided by Billy Rodgers

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

Aiken Artist Guild Show
Barbara Yon wins honorable mention in the Abstract/Experimental category.
Colleen Morgan takes third place in the Landscape/Interior category at the June, 2014 show for her photograph, "Peeling Staircase".

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 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 open Fridays and Saturdays in April,  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Come by and see our new art!.

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.  Membership meeting.  Guests are welcome.

Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Silk Scarf class.
Libby Bussinah, instructor.  $45 fee.  Preregister by April 11.

Saturday, May 2,  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  First Saturday Needle Craft Day  Free event for people who like to get together with needle craft projects.    Bring your needle craft projects and/or learn from others.  Stumped on a project?  Bring it in and someone can offer assistance. Come and share in the fun!

Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.  Membership meeting.

Saturday, May 16, Magnolia Ridge Antiques and Art Gathering.  Stop by our booth and visit with us.

State Fair Fine Art Show

At the Fine Art Show at the South Carolina State Fair  October 5, 2014, D.S. Owens and Ron Buttler each won professional merit awards.  D. S. won the Dorothy W. Ryall Fine Art Merit Award for his photograph "Tybee Light" and Ron won a merit award for his oil painting "The Potato Chip Eaters."   Ron's painting also won first place at the North Augusta Spring Fest in March.  And his oil, "Burkas, Turbans, and Veils," won best of show at "Fall into Art," North Augusta Artist Guild's show in November at the North Augusts Arts and Heritage Center.

Spartanburg Art Show

Donna Minor was awarded honorable mention in 3D for her piece entered into the Artist Guild of Spartanburg's juried art show.  Shown below, Donna is standing behind the winning piece alongside her mother at the award announcement on September 6, 2014.

Santee Birding and Nature Festival

D. S. Owens received awards for 3 of his photographs at the 2014 Santee Birding and Nature Festival:

"Santee Sunup"  (Best of Show - Advanced)

"Looking for His Shadow" (First Place - Wildlife - Advanced)

"Lowcountry Dogwood" (First Place - Flowers and Plants - Advanced)

D. S. currently has a selection of both framed and unframed prints on display in the gallery at the Art Center.  Come to see his work any Friday or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Joanne has a display of new encaustic wax paintings at the Art Center in Ridge Spring.  Come by and see them in the gallery on Friday or Saturday.

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


Donna Minor,
May 12, 2014, 6:40 AM