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. 

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

Photograph by D.S. Owens

Photograph by D. S. Owens 

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.

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

Children’s Collage Workshop - November 21st, 10 – 12

We welcome children ages 5 and older to come learn about the art of collage. We will complete at least two collages focusing on the Fall season and Thanksgiving. The cost is $20 for the first child, $15 for the second and all supplies will be provided. Instructors – Barbara Yon and Mary Zelmer. For more information or to register call (803) 685-5386 or email artassnridgespring@gmail.com.

Black Friday Gallery Sale, Friday and Saturday, 10-4 p.m., November 27 and 28.  Shop our art gallery for great gifts for yourself, your home, your family, and your friends.  Exceptional prices!

Children’s Christmas Workshop - December 5th, 10 – 12

We welcome children ages 5 and older to join us for an arts and crafts workshop where we will make several Christmas ornaments that you can use to decorate your tree or give as gifts. The cost is $20 for the first child, $15 for the second, and all supplies will be provided. Instructor – Mary Zelmer. For more information or to register call (803) 685-5386 or email artassnridgespring@gmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 11-1 p.m. Needle Craft Day
 Needle craft is hosted by Candace Bush on the first Saturday of the month.  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.

  Silk Scarf Painting Class with Libby Bussinah on Saturday, December 12th from 9-1.  Cost is $45.  All supplies will be provided by the instructor.  Contact Joanne Crouch to register @ (803)685-5577 (leave message) or email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to register.

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.

 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.

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 joanne.crouch26@gmail.com