Best in Show
Hitchcock Woods - After by Ron Buttler

Ron Buttler won Best in Show in the North Augusta Artist Guild's November 2016 exhibition, "Fall into Art" for his oil painting, "Hitchcock Woods - After." 

Join Us This Fall on Thursday Evenings

This fall we are scheduling a new time slot - Thursday evenings - for folks who can't participate on the weekends.  October 20, Ann Forrest Watkins held her quilting class from 6-9 p.m.

Novice Quilters at the Art Center

Vernon Robinson will start his stained class on Thursday, October 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  It will run each Thursday evening for six weeks.

Additionally we will open the gallery the first Thursday in November and December, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and hold our monthly meetings at that time.  All are invited.

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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 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                                                  

The gallery will be open 6-9 p.m. Thursday evenings except Thanksgiving thru Dec. 8 in adition to our usual Friday and Saturday hours.

 Stained glass class on Thursday evenings at 6:30-8.30 p.m., starting October 27.  Vernon Robinson, instructor. Each student will make a large suncatcher. All supplies are included.   12 hours instruction, $250 fee.   For more details call Barbara Yon at 803 685-5386 or Joanne Crouch at 803 685-5577.

From Chandler Primeaux:  I'm teaching this painting class at the Ridge Spring Arts Center Nov. 22nd at 6:30-8:30 for $35. Bring a beverage and some food and let's party! For more info, call 864-941-0022 or Joanne Crouch  (803)685-5577 or  Information also available on the Art Association of Ridge Spring's Facebook page. 

Chandler Primeaux

December 6, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.   Come paint and party with Chandler Primeaux.  $30 includes all supplies and instruction to paint this whimsical winter rainbow scene.

December 13. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come paint this Red Cardinal and party with Chandler Primeaux.  $35 includes all supplies and instruction.

November 29, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Come to the Art Center and party and paint with Chandler Primeaux.  This grinch painting will include sketch, supplies, and step-by-step instruction for $35.

SC Pride Class by Chandler Primeaux, November 15,2016

Vintage Santa Class by Chandler Primeaux, November 8, 2016

Yon Wins Best of Show at NA

 Springfest Exhibit

Three AARS members received awards for their works displayed at the North Augusta Culture Arts Council Springfest Exhibit.  Barbara Yon won Best of Show for her acrylic abstract, "Shake Things Up."

Barbara Yon and "Shake Things Up"

  D.S. Owens won second place for his photograph, "Neon Footprints."  D.S.  also received honorable mention in the July 2016 McCormick Arts Center Juried Photography Exhibit for "Neon Footprints."  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. 

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