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. 

First Saturday Is Needle Craft Day

Needle craft moved to a new day and time, starting in November.  Needle craft is hosted by Candace Bush on the first Saturday of each 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

Jim Harrison Exhibition

Jim Harrison came to the Art Center October 5, bringing originals, prints, note cards, calendars, and books.  Many people came by to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with Jim in person and purchase his art.  

AARS members enjoyed hosting the reception and spending the afternoon with Jim.  Thank you to everyone who came to this well attended event.

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

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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 May,  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Come by and see our new art!

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.  Membership meeting.

Saturday, June 6,  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  First Saturday Needle Craft Day  Free event for people who like to get together with needle craft projects.    Bring your needle craft projects and/or learn from others.  Stumped on a project?  Bring it in and someone can offer assistance. Come and share in the fun!

Peachtree 23, Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6.  Stop by and see us at the Art Center!

Saturday, June 13, 9-2, Silk Scarf Class, Libby Bussinah, instructor.  This class is a repeat of the one Libby gave April 18.  Students create an original 8 X 54 inch silk scarf using simple techniques with dyes.  All materials provided by the instructor.  Class fee is $45.  To register, contact Joanne Crouch at or call 803-685-5577.

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

Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Polymer Clay Workshop, Candace Bush, instructor.  Students will make a Mokume Gane Pendant.  Fee of $35 includes all materials.  Call Candace Bush 803-275-4014.

 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

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


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