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."
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.
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.
This finished sculpture was on display in December at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Gwen, painting a turtle she sculpted.
Sam, sculpting a pine cone.
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.
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.
Home of the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail
For information on the quilt trail,
Unless otherwise noted, all events are located at the Art Center. These events are open to both members and the general public.
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 email@example.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
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."
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.
In the Carolina Critters Category, he won first place for "Bunny Hide."
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.
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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.