N e w s l e t t e r
March 6, 2021

Matthew Cornell
The AAG March meeting will be held Monday, March 8 at the Aiken Center for the Arts.  We will again forgo our social time and start the meeting at 7pm.  We will continue to follow the ACA pandemic protocols for distanced seating and face coverings.  The meeting will also be available through Zoom - please follow this link to join the meeting on Zoom:
Monday’s program will feature Matthew Cornell.

Matthew’s biographical information:

Matthew Cornell was born in Fairfield, CA in 1964. His first memories are of traveling across the United States in a car. His childhood was, in a sense, the quintessential American experience, because the notion of a “road trip” was conceived and perpetrated by Americans. The automobile and the family trip was, and still is, ours. It is these experiences driving across this land at a young age that formed his way of seeing things. Cornell says, ”Every year we travelled across the US and I spent most of my time looking out of the window and observing the landscape and weather. We moved a lot and I got to see almost every part of this country. It was a blessing. It made me aware of the variety and the vastness the US has to offer.”

Weather became the dominant influence on his early landscape painting. “I have always been fascinated by the extremes of weather and the power of nature,” he says. "It is in a constant state of creation and destruction, of origin and destination. With everyday, the planet begins anew. Nature seeks equilibrium. It is in a never ending cycle.” Cornell prefers the sublime and meditative observations of land and seascape, the narrative of majestic weather, and somber cloudscapes sweeping across the land and vast empty sea.

Recently his paintings have turned more complex, with dusk and night scenes, streetlights on secluded homes. The visual backdrop has allowed a subtle narrative of mystery and intrigue. “Landscapes at this hour are like ghosts that are unseen during the day, only to be revealed by the strange and myriad ways the night time glows”, Cornell says. These narratives include neighborhoods that mirror the kind he grew up in and the longing he now has to find home. “I spent a great deal of my childhood moving and this has greatly influenced my new work. I am searching for that elusive notion of where I come from and where I belong.”

Cornell has been part of many group, solo, and museum shows since 1997. He now lives and maintains a studio in Orlando, FL.

May 6 - June 11 AAG Member Show In ACA Main Gallery
April 28 - last day for online registration 
April 30 - May 1 - drop off (Please see the AAG website for details.)
May 6, 6-8pm - ACA Reception, COVID protocols in place 
June 11, 10a - 4p - pick up unsold pieces

Please see the member show page on the AAG website for more show details.

To support the ACA publicity campaign for the member show, we need to collect some photographs of art that members are sure they will be exhibiting.  Please send a single JPEG of an item you are sure you will be entering into the show to:  In the subject line, include: “Art for member show”.

The judge for this year’s member show will be Jacki Mayo Van Dyke.  Jacki is a multidisciplinary artist active in the CSRA and particularly in downtown Augusta. She has participated in exhibits at the Gertrude Herbert, Westobou gallery, as well as many local businesses, twice received the Porter Fleming Foundation award and twice been a regional semifinalist for the Bombay Artisan Series Contest showing work at the ZuCot and Mason Galleries in Atlanta. Jacki enjoys  painting live during Arts in the Heart with the Artzilla group, and offering mentorship to others branching out, wanting to share their work with our wonderful community. Some of her work and full CV can be viewed at
Also, note that you will need to be an up-to-date member of the guild in order to participate in the show.
The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch are planning an art show at the Aiken Center for the Arts to be held March 25th-April 30th. 

This show is in honor of our 50th Anniversary. We invite you to be among the participating artists. We will feature watercolors, oils, photographs, all 2D and 3D artwork which reflect the diverse components of Rye Patch and Hopelands Gardens...the Historic Horses of Aiken, the gazebo, the labyrinth, etc. We would preferably like sellable art, 60% to the artist and 40% to the ACA. Please email Eddie Mann, or Peggy Thome, to indicate your interest or to answer your questions. Thank you for your participation! The Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch
In support of the Aiken Center for the Arts - Calling on all AAG golfers - The AAG will be sponsoring a hole in the tournament and we would love to see the AAG represented by a team in the tournament as well!

Please consider forming a team or using the contact form on our website to let us know of your interest and we will try to facilitate forming teams.
$400 for a team of 4. Includes breakfast and lunch. Info at

We are now past November 1, all renewals are now $45.  As always, new memberships remain $40.
It is anticipated that there will be several AAG board member positions to be filled at our May meeting.  Anyone who has an interest in joining the AAG board may use the contact form on our website to let your interest be known.  It is only through the volunteer efforts of all of our members that the AAG is able to continue its mission in our community.  Please consider joining the board or volunteering in another capacity.
The ACA main gallery currently features:

This show will run through March 19, 2021

”Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places”
Celebrating the South

Featuring AAG Members:
Karey Santos, Betsy Hughes, and Susanna King
A Workshop in Acrylics
Sharon Taylor Padgett

Spring color was the theme of Sharon Taylor Padgett's workshop this morning.  It looked like everyone was in creative spring mood this morning!

Keep an eye on this section of our newsletter for future workshop opportunities.

Art Center Classes
Animals in Oils
With Judy Adamick

 This is a 5 week class at Aiken Center for the Arts, the starting date for this class has been pushed forward to May 13th, Thurs., 10 til noon.
Call 803 641-9094 to sign up.

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