The Sumter County Gallery of Art presents two of its most popular annual exhibitions to begin its 2019 season. The 42nd-annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition and the 42nd …
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The Sumter County Gallery of Art presents two of its most popular annual exhibitions to begin its 2019 season. The 42nd-annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition and the 42nd Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show will open with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday reception open to the public.
Karen Watson, executive director of the gallery, said the guild winners' exhibition is "exciting because the work for the 2018 Sumter Artists' Guild Show was so strong, and the People's Choice Winner gave visitors a chance to get involved." She noted that the guild's presence in Sumter has grown under the leadership of President Laura Cardello and guild officers Vicki Hagner, Jennifer Franklin, Erin Duffie and Lisa Melton.
"The exhibition includes a broad range of styles with an emphasis on representational and mixed media," Watson said.
Genevieve Rath won first place for the second time in two years with her painting titled "Calm Evening." Myra Barton's monoprint "Finding America" won second place, and Denise L. Greer's mixed-media collage "About Face" was third.
Honorable mentions went to Randy Abbott, Dominique Hodge and Jim Wade, while Michael McGuirt's painting titled "Gathering Courage" was voted the 2018 Sumter Artists' Guild Show People's Choice Award. Works by all seven of the winners will be included in the exhibition.
According to its website, the South Carolina Watermedia Society "has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public (since 1977). The Society works toward achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinians."
The SCWS is "the largest statewide visual arts group (and) an active presenting organization. (The Society) promotes South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. goals (also) include public outreach and participation in the arts."
Juror for the 2018 SCWS Traveling Exhibition was Laurie Goldstein Warren, a West Virginia artist, who noted that she studied watercolor for many years "with some fantastic teachers and mentors (and has) been so fortunate to be successful in this field," with her artwork having been exhibited around the U.S., Canada, China and Japan. In addition to making her own art, she teaches workshops and juries exhibitions across the country.
Lynda English won the Best of Show award with "Through the Eyes of a Child," second-place winner was Anne Hightower-Patterson with her "Wading Out," and third place went to Suzanne Accetta, who painted "Unspeakable Praise."
Watson noted that "The South Carolina Watermedia Society show is one of the most popular shows the gallery presents each year; it has been presented by the gallery for more than 30 years. This show has a wonderful selection of diverse work by artists, with a little something for everybody.
"The variety of imagery and subject matter is stunning, from mixed-media abstract works to more traditional representational work including landscapes, figural and still life compositions. The South Carolina Watermedia Society Show showcases the incredible talent of South Carolina artists."
The 42nd-annual Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and the S.C. Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition open Thursday at the Sumter County Gallery of Art with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception. Admission to gallery members is free and a $5 donation for nonmembers. The exhibitions will remain in the gallery through Feb. 15; admission during regular gallery hours is free to the public at all times.
Watson said, "As with all of the gallery's exhibitions, this popular show would not be possible without our community partners: Synovus, Covenant Place Continuing Care Community and the Sumter Artists' Guild, which does the wonderful reception. Flowers are courtesy of Poinsett-Bland Garden Club and the Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter."
The Sumter County Gallery of Art is located at 200 Hasell St., adjacent to Patriot Hall at 135 Haynsworth St. For more information about these exhibitions and the gallery, call (803) 775-0543 or visit the website sumtergallery.org.
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