You don't want to miss these events at the Gallery:
Black Friday sale Nov. 24 & 25
Christmas Open House Dec. 9 & 10  
Stop by and visit with us!

Ruff's Pottery Class Series in 2017

Kim Ruff's last class this season was November 13.  Students made a box with a ribbon and also a Christmas Tree. 

Ghosts from the October 9 class

Pumpkins from the October 9 class

On August 14, Kim Ruff began her adult pottery class series at the Art Center.  Students were asked to bring an apron to protect their clothes and a water bottle.  

Kim's September class made a 3-legged cup and a picture frame.

Minor Wins 3D First Place at Aiken

Donna Minor and "Celtic Spring"

At the 49th Aiken Artist Guild Member Show on May 11, 2017, AARS members Donna Minor, Ron Buttler, and D. S. Owens received awards for their art:  Donna for first place in the 3D category with her piece entitled "Celtic Spring;" Ron for Best Aiken Scene for his oil patinting "Hitchcock Woods - Before;" and D.S. received third place in the photography category for "Summer Fun."

                  Ron Buttler's "Hitchcock Woods - Before"

                      D. S. Owens' "Summer Fun"

Paint Your Passion 

Anne Hightower Patterson White

Noted South Carolina watercolor artist, art educator, and art juror, Anne Hightower Patterson White, spoke May 4, 2017, about her life's journey in art.  In 2016, Anne was selected by Watercolor Magazine as one of 10 artists nationwide as "Ones to Watch."    Her advice to AARS members:  paint your passion, not what you think someone would likely buy.

Buttler Wins Best of Show at Denmark

Ron Buttler won Best of Show for his oil painting, "Faith and Hope in Blackville," at the 2017 Denmark Dogwood Festival Fresh Air Exhibition.  In photography, D. S. Owens won first place for "Song Hill Pond" and second place for "Dining Out."

        "Song Hill Pond"

        "Dining Out"

Gloria Grizzle won third place in photography for "Blueberry Bee."

Yon Wins Honorable Mention at North Augusta

Barbara Yon received Honorable Mention for her acrylic abstract, "Summertime Blues," at the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council 2017 SpringFest in April.

            "SummertimeBlues" by Barbara Yon

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."   He also won third place for the same piece at the 17th annual juried exhibition of the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah in 2017.

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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                                                  
Shop for Christmas with us.  Art gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free admission and free parking.  Come browse our gift shop when you want something special!  

Member meeting, 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays.  Guests welcomed.

Adult pottery series on Sept. 18, Oct. 9, and Nov. 13.
See article on left for details.

Black Friday sales at the gallery, November 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Christmas Open House at the Art Center  Saturday, December 9, 10-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, 1-5 p.m.

"Matilda," painted by Joanne Crouch for the Aiken Gaston Livery Stable benefit auction in 2017

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."

Weekly Paint Parties Carried Us through the Winter

For several months Chandler Primeaux  hosted weekly Tuesday evening paint parties at the Art Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Thanks, Chandler!

Here are some photos taken at the November, December, January and February  parties:

         Valentines Class by Chandler Primeaux, Feb. 14, 2017

Red Forest class by Chandler Primeaux, Jan. 24, 2017

Chandler Primeaux's Red Cardinal Class  December 13, 2016

Winter Rainbow Class by Chandler Primeaux, Dec. 6, 2016

Grinch Class by Chandler Primeaux, Nov. 29, 2016

SC Pride Class by Chandler Primeaux, November 15,2016

Vintage Santa Class by Chandler Primeaux, November 8, 2016

October 20, 2016,  Ann Forrest Watkins held her quilting class at the Art Center:
Novice Quilters at the Art Center

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