Guild show opens soon at Sumter County Gallery of Art

Exhibition features area’s finest artists until Aug. 31

BY IVY MOORE
ivy@theitem.com
Posted 6/22/18

One of the year's most highly anticipated exhibitions opens Thursday with a 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception when the annual Sumter Artists' Guild Show at the Sumter County Gallery of Art presents work by some of the area's best artists. The show features …

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Guild show opens soon at Sumter County Gallery of Art

Exhibition features area’s finest artists until Aug. 31

Carole Carberry, a former Sumter Artists' Guild president, received an Honorable Mention for "Silver Mist Cove" at the recent Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibition.
Carole Carberry, a former Sumter Artists' Guild president, received an Honorable Mention for "Silver Mist Cove" at the recent Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibition.
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One of the year's most highly anticipated exhibitions opens Thursday with a 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception when the annual Sumter Artists' Guild Show at the Sumter County Gallery of Art presents work by some of the area's best artists. The show features work in mediums including paint, watercolor, ink, clay, pencil, collage, metal and more.

SCGA Executive Director Karen Watson noted the guild has been supporting and promoting art and both amateur and professional artists for more than 50 years. In fact, she said, "the guild was instrumental in founding the Sumter County Gallery of Art."

Many of the guild members exhibiting in the show are award winners, including most recently, Vicki Hagner, Carole Carberry and Amanda Cox.

Hagner won a major award in Lake City's ArtFields, which exhibited more than 400 entries from artists in 12 Southern states; her mosaic shirt, titled "Mr. Brooks," took the 3D Peoples' Choice Award. Carberry's watercolor titled "Silver Mist Cove" gained her an honorable mention at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibition, which she's been juried into for 21 years. Cox's "Floral" won first place in the 2017 guild show, and she has recently been accepted into Soda City Market in Columbia.

"These are just a few examples of the high level of talent that will be on display in the exhibition," Watson said. "The influx of work by new artists, coupled with the high-quality work by longtime guild artists, results in a fresh and diverse Sumter Artists' Guild Show."

Two longtime guild artists, David Sanders and Glenna Robertson, who passed away recently, will be honored at the show.

Watson said the guild show is a judged show, rather than being juried, meaning that every piece of artwork entered will be displayed. Winners of the show will be featured in a special exhibition Jan. 17-Feb. 15, 2019.

"This will be the fifth year for the popular Peoples' Choice Award," she said, adding that "the Sumter Artists' Guild Show also provides a great opportunity to purchase high-quality art at reasonable prices."

The Sumter Artists' Guild meets monthly, September through May, at the SCGA, where members and visitors enjoy artist demonstrations, lectures, "show and tell" and other activities. President Laura Cardello said visitors and prospective members are invited to attend. For more information on the guild, visit its Facebook page, or call SCGA at (803) 775-0543.

Watson said all SCGA exhibitions represent a community effort. The Sumter Artists' Guild Show "would not have been possible without the support of the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, First Citizens, FTC, Black River Electric Cooperative and Zaxby's," she said. The Heart of Sumter will award the first-place winner a free booth at the Sept. 22 Art in the Park, held annually in Memorial Park.

Azalea Garden Club and the Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter will provide flowers for Thursday's opening reception at the Sumter County Gallery of Art, 200 Hasell St., adjacent to Patriot Hall. Many of the exhibiting artists will be present at the reception, available to discuss and answer questions about their work.

The Sumter Artists' Guild Show can be seen at the gallery through Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Sumter County Gallery of Art at (803) 775-0543, visit www.sumtergallery.com or visit during regular operating hours.