Paint and Pour Party
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.

First Glimpse of Fall by Joanne Crouch

Each person  will  paint a fall scene with pumpkin that can be personalized (16" by 20" acrylic on canvas).  Bring your choice of refreshments and a friend or two and relax for a couple of hours.  For ages 12 and older, the $25 fee includes all art supplies.  Students should bring enthusiasm, possibly an apron.  Register by email to joanne.crouch26@gmail.com or call (803) 480-0576 and leave a message.

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."

                     "Pebble Creek" by Donna Minor

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.

                "All Things Considered" by Donna Minor

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.
Photograph by D.S. Owens

This finished sculpture was on display in December at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Photograph by Tom Supensky


Gwen, painting a turtle she sculpted.
                        Photograph by D. S. Owens


Sam, sculpting a pine cone.
Photograph by D. S. Owens



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. 



 
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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                                                  


Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.  Paint and Pour party. For details see article in top left column on this page.

Tuesday, October. 6, 6:30 p.m.  Membership meeting.

Thursday, October 20, 6-9 p.m.  Quilting Class.  Ann Forrest Watkins, instructor.  All materials for the class will be provided to make a 12" x 12" sampler.  You will be taught all steps you will need to make a larger quilt later.  $50 fee.  For more information or to register call  the instructor at 864 941-0022 or email helpinghearts4u@yahoo.com.

Coming soon!  Stained glass class on Thursday evenings.  Each student will make a large suncatcher.  For more details call Barbara Yon at 803 685-5386 or Joanne Crouch at 803 685-5577.



Yon Wins Best of Show at NA

 Springfest Exhibit

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."


Barbara Yon and "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.

"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.




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. 








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