Best of Show: Saturday Morning at the Barber Shop" by Nolan Pitts
"Four Square on Taco Sunday" by Sarah S. Swanson
Our Members’ Show held this year at the beautiful new library was a huge success by any standard.Manythanks go to Eric Maddox and his committee for their hard and time- consuming work. Suzanne Fine provided the food, Jo Farris furnished the beautiful flowers, and Geri Davis hung the show.Pat Christian landed some good publicity, and Joyce Turner took care of many, many details that go into producing a show like that. Our opening was not only beautiful, it was a lot of fun.Many compliments have been heard and overheard about it. The venue offered increased foot traffic, and showed our work to many, many people who used those rooms during the show. The lighting was excellent.Special thanks to all members who came to host the show as it hung.Our hospitality encouraged many more viewers to come in and enjoy the show. Gary Wortley, Chief Operating Officer for the library system was our contact there, and worked with us for months to pull it together.Our sincere thanks go to him.Mr. Wortley was also very pleased and impressed with our organization and has invited us to come again next year with the promise of more hanging space under the windows. The Library Art Committee was very excited about their choice for the Purchase Award (pictured below.) They selected “Four Square on Taco Sunday”, by Sarah S. Swanson.Sarah also won Second Place. Third Place went to Suzi Hood, for her painting “Candy Lake.” Merit Award winners included:Rebecca Kissel, Keith McPheeters, Helena Meek, Paddy Blackmar, Rani Garner, Suzi Kahler, Marge Tilley, Eve Tidwell, Jennifer Thomas-Clark, Joan Yoe, Janice Haynes, Pat Christian, Suzanne Fine, and Cheryl Hardin. The First Timer Award went to Emily Spano Bentley, and the People’s Choice Award was won by Bucky Bowles. We were lucky again this year to have generous patrons who offered merit awards for our show.They include: Barbara and Gary Gullett, Geri and Charles Davis, Rose Maree Ogle and Family, Janice Dean, Martha and Harry Lehman, the Joseph House Art Gallery, Jo Farris and Gary McCullough, Suzanne and Joel Fine, Molly and Claude Scarbrough, Pat and Dexter Jordan, Vangel and Scott Taylor, Gloria Mani, and the Waverly Hall Artists’ Group. These friends support us in the most meaningful way, and we offer them our sincere thanks. Most of all, thank you to all members who entered the show.It was your excellent work that made the show such a success and something to be proud of!Support Local Art!
Note from a Past President:
It was such a joy to wander around the 2007 Columbus Artists’ Guild Members’ Exhibition and marvel at the outstanding work this group produces.While some artists were awarded ribbons for their paintings, all who entered were winners. Entering an Art Show is not all about winning ribbons – it is about sharing, participating, learning, inspiring, belonging, improving and putting your best art forward. In the past few years this guild has not only grown in strength,but a camaraderie has developed among the members that is heart warming, welcoming and inspiring.I am honored to know so many of you and to be part of your art life.I was pleased to see so many familiar names on paintings that reflected positive growth as artists.We are constantly acquiring new members and new inspirations. Some of our members are professional painters and teachers but many paint for the sheer joy of painting.Showing work for the first time is not easy, but it can be the beginning of a new growth in your art work.It is a privilege for all to be able to associate with such an array of talent. My sincere thanks go to the board and the members who worked to make this a successful show.
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