Well, here we are at the end of another year. Christmas and the holiday season are nearly over. I didn’t decorate as much as usual because of my knee surgery, but I did enjoy what I was able to do. The Christmas party I have for the Artist Guild Board and Committee members motivated me to get my act together. While removing pieces of my artwork to make space for decorations, I was reminded of something an artist I met while living in Italy said to me.
Franco said he always moved pieces of art around after the holidays to brighten the home and add new life for the winter months. If you close your eyes and think about what art you have hanging in your living room, do you remember what is there? Our eyes see something so often that our brain just scams over it after a while. I have done this each year to give a new look to my rooms and also to give me space for any new pieces I have finished painting. Give it a try.
The NAAG had a wonderful year exhibiting our artwork throughout our community. The Fall into Art Exhibit and Competition was exciting for our members. The Best in Show was won by Kay Ward for Angel Trumpets. In the painting category: first place – Mary McCullah, Cattails and Wrens; second place – Sharon Taylor Padgett, Hay Season; third place – Doris Sofge, Ferrago; honorable mention – Conni Puricarele, Daisy. In the photo category: first place – Andrea Spano, Frieta; second place – Doug Dooley, Fishing; third place – John Krok, Savannah Mist; honorable mention – Brian A. Mooney, Around the Bend. In the three-dimensional category: first place – Tony Carr Jr., Pan of Dreams; second place – Ron Bonar, Ungulate Horns; third place – Elizabeth Reynolds, A Vase of Many Faces; and honorable mention – Kay Lovingood, Sea Scene Lantern. The Director’s Choice – Peaches and Cream by Beth H. Jones; the President’s Choice – Savannah Mist by John Krok; the People’s Choice – Tony Carr Jr., The Pan of Dreams, John Krok, Savannah Mist, and Yvonne Kinney, Sunrise.
I hope you all got to stop in and view the exhibit. The January-February exhibit at the Arts and Heritage Center will be an open exhibit. An open exhibit is a non-theme exhibit and each juried artist can submit any piece they wish for the exhibit. There is always a nice variety of styles and medium, so take the time to stop in and see this first exhibit of 2013.
Don’t forget to check out the Artist of the Month at our local businesses this month: Quality Printing, Beveled Edge Framing and Gallery, Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce office, The Arts and Heritage Center, North Augusta Family Y, and Jim Bush Flowers, plus the article in the North Augusta Today newspaper.
You will have a chance to view the works of Ron Bonar, Mary Winters, Jill Gunn, Ron Buttler, Yvonne Sobel, Harry Adams, and Karen Montgomery during January.
Happy New Year everyone! Remember keep a smile on your face and art in your life.
Yvonne Kinney is the president of the North Augusta Artists Guild.