Polymer Clay Workshops

Candace Bush is teaching a series of workshops, using polymer clay to make jewelry.  Each workshop uses different techniques to work with the clay.  Beginning in October, the workshops will be scheduled for once a month.  Here are some pictures of the jewelry made in the first two workshops.

Buttons made at the August 1 workshop

Mokume Gane Pendants made at the June 27 workshop.  

Candace Bush taught the participants how to use the basic tools and techniques  to condition, sheet, cane and mold polymer clay.  Polymer clay is a brilliantly colored synthetic molding compound that is compatible with many other art and craft materials. When kneaded by hand it becomes quite malleable but becomes extremely hard when baked in a clay or home oven.  The ancient Japanese metalworking technique Mokume Gane was introduced (using polymer clay) and used to create  beautiful pendants with interesting and unique layered surface designs.  Each student made at least seven pieces during the half day workshop at the Art Center.

Students making brooches and earrings August 1

Watch for the fall workshop schedule on this page and be sure to preregister for the classes you want.  Class space is limited to 8.

FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter in Aiken) had a tent in front of the Art Center in Ridge Spring June 6.  The Peachtree 23 crowd provided lots of folks to see the puppies up for adoption.  AARS was happy to help FOTAS in this way.

Sharing the Joy of Art

This May the class of Ms. Hite from RSM Elementary school visited the Art Center. The children were very excited to see the many pieces of art which are on display in the Art Center.  They enjoyed picking out their own bookmarker made for them by Betsy Connelly. Dave Owens  also had free pictures  from which they could choose. The group of fourteen included Ms. Hite, students, aides and parents.  We were very happy to have this class and hope they will come again.

Magnolia Ridge Antiques and Art Gathering

A view of the AARS booth at the May, 2015, gathering.

Photograph by D. S. Owens

Donna Minor and Joanne Crouch at the AARS booth.

Photograph by D. S. Owens

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

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. 

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Home of the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail 
For information on the quilt trail, click Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail

 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  August,  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  To see this month's featured items, click Gallery

Monday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.  AARS membership meeting.  Guests welcome.

Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. What A Hoot Pottery class for ages 8 thru adult. Donna Minor, instructor.  $35 fee includes all materials.

 Students will learn how to make and underglaze a clay coil pot with owl features. The studio will then bisque fire and clear glaze and fire the finished works for pickup the following week.

Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 p.m AARS membership meeting.  Guests welcome.

First Saturday Is Needle Craft Day

  Join us for Needle Craft September 5!
  Needle craft is hosted by Candace Bush on the first Saturday of the 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

Saturday, September 19,  9-2.  Silk Scarf Painting, Libby Bussinah, instructor.   $45  includes all supplies for your one-of-a-kind creation. Contact Joanne to reserve your spot.

'Scarves created by students of Libby at the Art Center.'

Drop by the Art Center and Try Something New 

Our community room in the Art Center has a learning corner for folks who want to learn about art at their own pace.  It includes books on art history, magazines and how-to-do-it books on such things as photography, pottery, knitting, gourd decorating, wildlife art, and a player for instructional tapes, CDs, and DVDs.  And now, thanks to Phil and Barbara Yon, the corner has a new TV set. 

It's all free.  You are invited to come in and browse the corner anytime the gallery at the Art Center is open - currently Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.  AARS members may also check out materials for home use.

If you have any art books or DVDs you no longer need, we would welcome your contribution to our learning corner.

 Aiken Artist Guild Awards

Two AARS members received awards at the AAG show May 14, 2015.  Colleen Morgan was awarded first place in the landscape/interior category for her photograph, "Attic Window."  Joanne Crouch received honorable mention in the abstract/experimental category for her encaustic wax painting, "Rust and the Passage of Time".

Joanne Crouch at the Aiken Center for the Arts

Colleen also received a second place award at the Festival of Arts in Canton, Georgia, and a second place award at the Prosperity Hoppin' Art Festival in May.

North Augusta Art Show

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.

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.

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


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