Sharing the Joy of Art
This May the class of Ms. Hite from RSM Elementary school visited the Art Center. The children were very excited to see the many pieces of art which are on display in the Art Center. They enjoyed picking out their own bookmarker made for them by Betsy Connelly. Dave Owens also had free pictures from which they could choose. The group of fourteen included Ms. Hite, students, aides and parents. We were very happy to have this class and hope they will come again.
Magnolia Ridge Antiques and Art Gathering
A view of the AARS booth at the May, 2015, gathering.
Donna Minor and Joanne Crouch at the AARS booth.
Jim Harrison Exhibition
Jim Harrison came to the Art Center October 5, 2014, 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.
In May, 2013, AARS donated art books to the Ridge Spring Monetta High School. Shown in this photo are Carmen Holly, the school's art instructor (far left), students in Holly's class, and Barbara Yon (far right), who delivered the books on behalf of the Art Association and serves as our Vice President.
The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable will be raising funds in order to purchase and restore the Old Gaston Livery Stable (1893) in Aiken, SC. The primary fund raiser will be an Auction of Barn Cats that will be painted by local artists. The artists submitted their designs as how they would decorate a cat to “The Barn Cats of Aiken” committee for the selection process .
Barbara Yon was selected to decorate one of the cats. She used stained glass in a mosaic manner to cover the 28 inch fiberglass cat whose name is “Cat of Many Colors” which was sponsored by Aiken Veterinary clinic in Aiken. The cats were unveiled in November, 2012 and are on display in downtown Aiken. Barbara’s cat is located at The Holley Building. Then the cats will be auctioned at the “Barn Cat’s Auction and Gala” April 13, 2013.
Celebrate Agriculture with Us
We at the Art Center in Ridge Spring are proud of the diversity and quality of agriculture that thrives in this area of South Carolina known as the Ridge. Agriculture is an important part of our Ridge heritage, and our artists are at work preserving that heritage through paintings, mosaics, basketry, photography, drawings, and gourd art.
In conjunction with the Harvest Festival's theme this fall ("Farming: It's in Our Roots"), the Art Center's exhibition recognizes the contributions of farmers to our community. The exhibition features watercolor paintings by Gwen Power, photography by Gloria Grizzle, gourd art by Joanne Crouch and Linda Lake, pine needle basketry by Donna Minor, and mosaic peach ringers by Barbara Yon.
On October 15, the Art Center hosted a reception honoring the farmers in the Ridge. Brandon Velie, owner of Juniper in Ridge Spring, spoke to the group about the importance of local produce to the quality of the meals served in his award-winning restaurant.
Agriculture is an important part of our Ridge heritage, and our artists are at work preserving that heritage through paintings, mosaics, photography, drawings, and gourds.
Several years ago Barbara Yon led a community project to mosaic an old farm tractor. The Town of Ridge Spring has this tractor on roadside display near the gazebo and caboose. Thanks to an award by the Saluda County Council, the Art Association has been able to repair the mosaics. The tractor was featured on tee shirts for the Ridge Spring Harvest Festival in October 2011.
The gallery in the Art Center in Ridge Spring now offers original paintings by Conni Y. Purciarele. As Conni grew up on the coastal island of St. Simons, Georgia, she developed a deep, abiding love for horses. Now retired and living in Trenton, SC, she paints horses, dogs, cats,exotic animals, old barns and deserted homesteads. Conni says, "I am inspired by the wonderful world of endless beauty that God has given us."