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February Issue 2011

Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, Offers Three New Exhibits

The Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, is presenting three new exhibits including: the 33rd Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition, the Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and Bobbi Adams: Ephemera, all on view through Feb, 18, 2011.

The South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS) is the largest statewide visual arts guild with a mission to promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities and educational programs. The 2010 SCWS Traveling Exhibition is an especially vibrant one. The juror for the show was Barbara Nechis. She has been a faculty member of Parsons School of Design and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society, and is the author of Watercolor From the Heart and Watercolor the Creative Experience.

Winner of the Best in Show award was The Letter by Kathy Caudill. Sumter is well represented in the show with two Sumter artists represented including Denise Greer, who won the Guy Lipscomb Memorial Award for her mixed media work Daybreak and Rose Metz, who won the William Randolph Sims Family Award for her acrylic Still Life.

Sumter County Gallery of Art Director Karen Watson says this is evidence of what Sumter residents have known for a long time; Sumter is a city rich in artists and artistic talent. Frank McCauley, Asst. Director and Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art, says that this show "Has a wonderful selection of diverse work 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 is one of the finest examples of the incredible talent of South Carolina artists."

McCauley goes on to say, "that this year's Sumter Artists Guild Winners Show is also an exciting one because it showcases such a broad range of mediums and approaches."

Mary Tuggle's photograph, The Sandlot: Devon, won first place, Marcia Bugg's exquisite ceramic piece, Vase, won second place, and Kathy Casey's abstract painting, A Sense of Place, won third place. Long time Sumter artist, Denise Greer is also included in this show for her Honorable Mention piece Poultry in Motion. Rounding out this impressive group are Gail Young Turnmeyer for her delicate Honorable Mention work Country Barn, and finally Gary Hallmark's bold Honorable Mention abstract composition Drive In & Coke.

The Sumter County Gallery of Art is also proud to present a special exhibition of work by Bishopville, SC, artist and long time guild member Bobbi Adams. This exhibition, Ephemera, highlights a selection of her handmade paper collage works that incorporate elements from her own environment, that of a Master Gardener, including but not limited to flowers and seeds, herbs, animal bones, along with unique cast paper elements and other found and appropriated objects.

About this series Adams observes: "As I began my artistic life, my work was rooted in 19th century Impressionism and color as light. While light is still important, it is not external anymore, but internal, so my images and medium have changed to incorporate who I am now and the spiritual direction and inner vision in which my life has been directed."

Adams was born in 1939 in New Jersey. She graduated in 1961, magna cum laude, with a BS in zoology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. She attended the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design; both in New York City, and while studying at New York University took part in the international study program in Venice, Italy for two years. In 1998 she earned an MA in Art from New York University.

Adams has been in many solo and group exhibitions including exhibitions at: USC Sumter, Sumter, SC, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Studios, Charleston, SC, the Atlantic City Civic Center, New Jersey and the Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Gallery at 803/775-0543 or visit (www.sumtergallery.org).


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