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April 2013

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by Sandra Roper, Diarmuid Kelly, and Erin Webb

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, will present an exhibit of works by guest artist, Sandra Roper; member Diarmuid Kelly; and new member Erin Webb, on view from Apr. 1 - 30, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 12, from 6-9pm.

Sandra Roper grew up in South Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in art from USC in Columbia. She worked in advertising for several years before branching out on her own art career. She can be found in her studio in Fountain Inn, SC, balancing her time between being a full-time mother and a full-time artist. She currently teaches art at her studio.

Roper is currently working on a series featuring people who are passionate about their work. She finds the ordinary to be extraordinary.

Roper continues a series of paintings featuring Charleston, SC. She states: “I simply love Charleston. It represents an unique era of time that will never be seen again. Charleston is filled with romance, creativity, brilliance, hardships and so much more. For me, it is an overwhelming inspiration of paintings”.

Roper is a member of the Charleston Lowcountry Artists Gallery. She is also a member of the SC Watermedia Society and an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild. Roper has a number of limited edition prints and her work is displayed in numerous galleries and corporate locations throughout the southeast.

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville is also proud to showcase the work of photo realistic oil painter, member Diarmuid Kelly, who moved with his family from Ireland to the United States in 2008.

Kelly is a self-taught artist and has been painting professionally since 1997. He has received National and International recognition for his realistic animal paintings. His work can be seen in many prestigious homes of art collectors in Ireland, England, Wales, Australia and the United States.

Kelly has had several successful solo and group shows in Greenville, Spartanburg and Union Counties since his move to the US 5 years ago. He was recently included in the publication Artists Among Us- 100 faces of Artists living and working in the Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Kelly’s farming background has become more evident in his paintings in recent years.

Kelly says“ I have always been interested in telling stories through my paintings. Farming is a hard but very rewarding way of life and it reminds me of a simpler time. We all have moments in our day that we can sometimes take for granted moments that are worth capturing with a brush “.

This exhibition also presents works by new member Erin Webb. For her it is the journey that has made the artist. Like her Celtic ancestors she has wandered much, always exploring new ideas, new images and new passions. And, as each new experience became part of her life, so it became part of her expression as an artist. From the beautiful images of the herons and egrets of the Low Country, to the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains, to the faces and lives of people Webb has captured, to the enduring relationship between man and dog….All are reflections of her of her personal journey.

Today Webb’s time is spent between painting, training her German Shepherds and competing in obedience trials, and gardening. While she has worked in all mediums, her true love is for pastel and the elegance and softness it lends to all subject matter.

Webb has been a past participant in the prestigious Greenwich Village Art Show in New York, has conducted numerous workshops in pastel and portraiture and is a member of The American Society of Portrait Artists. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

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