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The following are brief biographies of each of the artists associated with the Lake Marion Artists Guild. Included are some examples of their works and links to their personal web sites:
  • Bernie McDonald is the former President of the Lake Marion Artisans Guild in Summerton, SC.  He is a retired government program manager and management consultant. Now that he is semi-retired, he is building a reputation as one of our better local photographic artists and has a number of his works on display at the Lake Marion Artisans gallery.
  • Wade Edwards is the owner of Wade Edwards Exhibitions, LLC, based in Summerton, SC. He is a noted professional whose art includes an array of both traditional as well as unique works involving many types of media and themes. Additionally, his business has provided affordable, high-quality custom picture framing for over 20 years. He also offers art classes as well.
  • Marcia Fisher has pursued a lifelong interest in the arts taking classes in creating hand cut stencils, learning the technique of gold leaf, metalwork, watercolor painting and much more. She helped with the complete renovation of the historic Magnolia Inn in Pinehurst, N.C. She was also a member of the Worcester Center for Arts & Crafts and is a welcome addition to the Lake Marion Artisans.
  • Bryan Hacker is a transplant from New Jersey who now lives and works in Summerton, SC. In addition to owning and operating the Wen Lily Cafe, Bryan is also an artist who has a number of paintings on display at the Lake Marion Artisans gallery. He is also quite active in numerous historical preservation activities in the town.
  • Peter & Kathy Groen - Peter is a retired federal executive, author, and web developer. His wife, Kathy, is also retired and has had a lifelong interest in art, e.g. paintings, ceramics, jewelry. They both live just outside Summerton, SC. See SmugMug Gallery
  • Marlise Guillerault is a former elementary teacher, graphic artist, anoccupational therapist. While she is now semi-retired, she continues to pursue a range of varied life experiences. In addition to her oil and acrylic paintings, jewelry making, and experiments in graphic art, she is currently trying out new modalities in the art world, i.e. 3D fiber sculpture creations.
  • Nancy P. Foster began writing plays and songs 
    in 2nd grade. She received her BA from Wake Forest University and established a career in marketing and advertising. At Lowe's Companies, she became writer and producer of film and video commercials and won several national awards. Semi-retired, Nancy enjoys writing,watercolor painting and silk ribbon embroidery. She is the webmaster for the new Lake Marion Artisans web site. See SmugMug Gallery
  • Judy Latham is a retired school teacher from New
    Jersey. She has lived in Clarendon County now for over 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Art degree from Kean University and William Patterson University. She has energetically pursued her love of the arts for over 60 years. Her areas of expertise are ceramics, painting and jewelry making.
  • Sharon Phelps was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She now lives in North Santee on Lake Marion. Her artistic talents are many, witnessed by the quilts, dolls, sketches, glasswork and oil paintings that she has produced, many of which are on display at the art gallery.
  • Carole Shoemaker Swartz received her BFA from the
    College of the Dayton Art Institute and her MFA from George Washington University. Carole has exhibited her artwork in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US.   Her work can currently be seen at the South Carolina Artisan’s Center in Walterboro, in addition to the Lake Marion Artisans gallery in Summerton, SC.
  • Vicki Wilkerson is an author of Southern fiction. She is a native of Charleston and the Low Country of South Carolina. She received her BA and MEd. in English from Charleston Southern University. She currently has four novels published in her Summerbrook Series (i.e. Sweet Tea and Time, Swamps and Soirees, Fireflies and Lies and Bikers and Pearls). Vicki also enjoys painting, and some of her works, along with her novels, are available at the gallery.
  • Janet Michalic taught art to students in 1st thru 8th grades for many years in Pennsylvania before retiring and moving to South Carolina. While she has worked with many different media, she has now decided to concentrate on water color paintings at this point in her life.
* Short profiles on our many other local artisans will be added over time.





Carole Swartz

Lone Star BBQ in Santee by Kathy Groen




Artist - This term generally describes those who create within a context of the 'fine arts'. This includes activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, acting, dancing, writing, filmmaking, photography, music, and other new media. Artists are people who use imagination, talent, or skill to create works that may be judged to have some aesthetic value.

Examples of Our Artists' Works


Wade Edwards - See Portfolio

Marlise Guillerault

Kathy Groen

Wade Edwards

Jenny Dom

Bryan Hacker

Nancy Foster
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