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Ninety Years Young Wins Best In Show

North Augusta, SC - June 17th, 2010

Guild has winning pieces on display 6/3/2010 9:20 PM Staff Reports The 2010 Aiken Artist Guild Member Show winners were announced at the opening reception May 20 at the Aiken Center for the Arts. The show will be on display in the main galleries through June 26 and is free and open to the public. Jean Blackmer won the Phil Permar Best of Show Award for her watercolor "Ninety Years Young." Alan MacTaggart, judge for the show, said the painting had "strong composition based upon a difficult subject. Good balance between realism and playfulness." Winners in the two-dimensional category were first place for "Relaxation" by Jan Popeil, second place for "Number Crunch" by Barbara Yon and third place for "Reclamation" by Bea Kuhlke. Honorable mentions were given for "Spring at Hopeland Gate" by Cynthia Cox, "Waiting to Live" by Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter, "Off to Work" by Su...

Jessamine Jungle To Be 2010 Poster

North Augusta, SC - April 9th, 2009

'Jessamine Jungle' to be 2010 poster 4/7/2009 9:19 PM The damp weather didn't dampen the spirits of the artists who contributed to the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council's annual contest in conjunction with the Yellow Jessamine Festival. This year's entries included a number of North Augusta artists, said Carol Terry and Peggy Burnett, who were both impressed to find there are so many local artists. The Best in Show and the artwork that will be on next year's festival poster was "Jessamine Jungle" by Jean Blackmer. The watercolor garnered Blackmer a $250 cash prize. A special feature in the art show this year was to have been a display of a work by the late Teresa Harper. "Rock-a-bye-Baby" was originally a part "Nature's Fantasy." The judge was Kevin Grogan, curator of the Morris Museum of Art. First place winner was Casey Szocinski of North Augusta with a photograp...