Aiken Artist Guild Member Show Awards

Danny O'Driscoll received the People's Choice Award for his acrylic painting, "Garden Gate" in the 2016 AAG Member Show at the Aiken Center for the Arts.  Donna Minor received honorable mention in the abstract/experimental category for her sculpture, "Pebble Creek."

                     "Pebble Creek" by Donna Minor

Buttler Wins First Place at North Augusta

Ron Buttler won First Place at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center festival for his oil painting this March.




Minor Wins Honorable Mention at North Augusta

Donna Minor won Honorable Mention for her pottery piece with pine needle coiling at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center competition this March.

                "All Things Considered" by Donna Minor

Supensky's Clay Sculpture Workshop
November 14 and 15th, Tom Supensky taught a clay sculpture workshop at the Art Center.  He used the coil method of construction to sculpt a piece, "Ridge Spring Farms," recognizing the importance of agricultural products to the Saluda County economy.  The finished piece is now on display and for sale at the Aiken Center for the Arts.  On the second day of the workshop, students sculpted their own pieces.

Tom, sculpting an asparagus spear.
Photograph by D.S. Owens

This finished sculpture was on display in December at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Photograph by Tom Supensky


Gwen, painting a turtle she sculpted.
                        Photograph by D. S. Owens


Sam, sculpting a pine cone.
Photograph by D. S. Owens



Jim Harrison Reception

      On Sunday, November 1st, the Art Center hosted a reception for Jim Harrison of Denmark, SC.  Mr. Harrison’s works include landscapes, landmarks such as the coasts and historic bridges, and the mighty gamecock.  Mr. Harrison owns a gallery in his hometown of Denmark.  Many folks came and purchased his works on Sunday afternoon.

Photograph by D. S. Owens

Photograph by D. S. Owens

Beginning Encaustic Wax Workshop


At the October 10 workshop Joanne Crouch introduced students to encaustic wax.   Encaustic wax painting is the practice of painting with layers of wax.  Each layer is fused with the former layer with a heat gun or torch. 



 
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Home of the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail 
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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                                                  



Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.  Membership meeting.

Saturday, June 25th 1-4-Joanne Crouch, instructor-Woodburning 101 on Gourds.  $25.  Instructor will provide instruction and tips for successful woodburning.  Students will need a Walnut Hollow woodburner.  Can be purchased for $12-$15.  Call (803)685-5577 or email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to pre-register.  Ages10 & up.

     Barbara Yon will teach a collage class at the Art Center on Saturday, July 16th from 10-1 for $30.  The students may bring items to put in the collage if you like.  Supplies will be provided.  Call Barbara Yon to reserve a spot @ (803)685-5396. 


Yon Wins Best of Show at NA Show



Barbara Yon won Best of Show for her acrylic abstract at the North Augusta member show this spring.  D.S. Owens won second place for his photograph.  Ron Buttler won honorable mention for his oil painting, "Mr. Bubbles."


Buttler Wins at Anderson Show


Ron Buttler  received a merit award for his oil painting, "South Carolina Identity Thief" at the Anderson Arts Center show in April 2016.

             Ron Buttler and "SC Identify Thief"


Wildlife Photography Contest

D. S. Owens won in two categories of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation Photo Contest in October, 2015.

"Bunny Hide" by D. S. Owens

In the Carolina Critters Category, he won first place for "Bunny Hide."

"Here Comes the Sun" by D. S. Owens

In the Scenes of South Carolina Category, he received second place for "Here Comes the Sun."


D.S. Owens not only has 2 of his photos in the winter issue of the "Visit Aiken" magazine  but had his work published  on the cover of the current issue of "Visit Aiken"  as well. He also has another photo published in USA Today and was the winner of the Commemorative Poster Award for the Spring Fest Music Theme Competition on March 6, 2015, in North Augusta.

D. S. has a wide variety of both framed and unframed photographs on display in the AARS gallery.  Come browse his collection, and you are sure to see something that you like.




Essential Oils Make it and Take It with Arlene Puryear



 Attendees not only got a wealth of information at the workshop March 26 but got to make three items with the oils to take home.


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. 



Spin Art at the Art Center during the Harvest Festival, September 2015

Photograph by D.S. Owens


Photograph by D. S. Owens 





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