Area artists featured in USC Sumter galleries

Spirituality, plant life are themes reflected

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Two art shows now on exhibit at The University of South Carolina Sumter feature the work of Camden artist Dot Goodwin and Sumter artist Terry Newman. Both exhibits can be viewed through Oct. 31.

Goodwin's work often incorporates Native American images and traditional symbols of institutions and South Carolina in her commercial art. Her exhibit titled "Three Worlds" in the Umpteenth Gallery illustrates the deep connection she feels to Native Americans and their spiritual practices.

The artist says her hands are her favorite tool, as she enjoys "the sensation of carving surfaces or carefully building multi-level images for casting." Her strong sense of symmetry and attention to detail stand out in her work. Horses and wings are recurring images in her work, as illustrated by the mixed media piece, Blue on Blue, on this page.

Goodwin was born on her family's farm in Chatham County, North Carolina, but traveled across the country after her father joined the military. As an adult, she joined the military herself, serving three years at Fort Jackson, plus seven more as a civilian in the fort's art shop. While there she mastered several media, from lapidary and leather crafting to wood carving, embossing. and die-making and casting and also becoming a master framer.

She lives in the country, where she has horses and where she draws inspiration from nature.

Terry Newman's exhibition titled "Rooted in God's Splendor," reveals her current focus on "God's glorious plant life with all of its myriad colors, shapes, sizes and growth patterns."

She said in her artist's statement that "... creating has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. I have delved into many forms of mediums in my creative adventures over my adult years, but none brought me as much pleasure as wielding a brush on canvas."

Scarlet Bee Balm, shown on this page, is an acrylic, painted in Newman's preferred medium.

"I like that acrylic paints can be manipulated, dry quickly, clean up is effortless, and they have no uncomfortable odor to endure," she explains. "I can control my work with ever so defined details or let my strokes flow effortlessly with equally great satisfying results. ... I find true pleasure in my art when I can capture a moment in time, a specific scenic view or evoke an emotional feeling from the heart." Newman is an active member of the Sumter Artists Guild.

The Umpteenth Gallery is located in the Arts and Letters Building on the USC Sumter Campus. The Upstairs Gallery is located in the Williams-Brice-Edwards (Administration) Building, also on campus. Both exhibits are available to be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is free.

USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road, has five art galleries on campus that are free and open to the public. Visit www.uscsumter.edu for more information on current and upcoming exhibits or contact Laura Cardello, the university's curator of exhibits, by calling (803) 938-3801.