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

September Meeting
Mark you calendars for the start of the AAG ‘21-‘22 year with our September meeting Monday September 13th.  Social time will begin at 6:30pm.  We will provide bottled drinks and packaged snacks.

Our speaker, Karen Skiff will begin her presentation at 7:00pm.  Karen is a local CPA and she will be discussing some of the business and tax aspects of selling art.

The meeting will be an in person session only, no Zoom this time. However, due to the Delta variant, we will practice social distancing and respectfully ask that you wear a mask. 

 Nancy Reyner is a professional artist from Santa Fe, NM.  We are delighted that she has agreed to be our guest speaker in March (with a different topic)!  Don't miss this opportunity for her exciting webinar!
6 Ways to Know Your Painting is Truly Finished
Nancy Reyner presents this Webinar, Wednesday September 22, 7 pm ET.

Is my painting truly finished? The #1 question I hear from fellow artists and students!
Learn my secrets to finishing a painting with confidence! On Wednesday September 22, I’ll present this free webinar, Six Ways to Know Your Painting is Truly Finished. You’ll learn foolproof ways to know your painting is not just finished, but at its very best, communicating your ideas in the most powerful way possible.
In this presentation I will show you:
  • how to clearly visualize your ideas, add ease and flow to your creative process, and make creative decisions with confidence.
  • the power of analysis and how to edit your paintings for a deeper viewing experience.
  • my step-by-step process I use in my own studio to complete each of my paintings.
Join me for this live one-hour online presentation, and please bring your questions for the Q&A immediately following.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET for Six Ways to Know Your Painting is Truly Finished
Includes live Q&A.
See you soon for this free webinar!
The AAG membership year has just started so remember to renew your membership soon.  Renewals after November 1 will be considered late.

Early renewals help your board budget and plan for the coming year. Also, guild membership is a prerequisite for participation in the AAG member show.  You may become an AAG member or renew your membership through the AAG website. In the Menu pull down just select Membership.
The next ACA main gallery show will kick off with a reception on September 9th from 6 to 8 pm and the show will run through October 15th.
Showcased in the AAG Gallery during this show will be:

Brooks Brown and Elizabeth Shirey

Brooks attended the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, graduating with a B.F.A. in painting and returned to her family home in the Virgin Islands with a plan to stay six months, she stayed for 45 years.  Brooks retired to Aiken in September of 2018 primarily after seeing the Aiken Training Track with horses, a house for sale that she liked, and a place to hang her art at the Aiken Center for the Arts, all on the same day!
These days Brooks uses an iPhone exclusively to capture and render everyday landscapes, horses, trees, trains, flowers and oceans into works of art.  
Brooks knows she's making a one of a kind artograph style with each new photo she creates, but more importantly she's found her Joie de Vivre.  As Ansel Adams once said "I don't take a photograph I make one".  She hopes you'll enjoy the feeling of being "there" when you see her artographs come to life on the walls at Aiken Center for the Arts!

Elizabeth describes her art journey and her work as follows.  
I began painting in 2011, picking up a paintbrush for the first time.  I fell in love with it and with oils.  I’m self-taught and prefer realism, even photorealism.  If something or someone catches my eye, I want to paint it.  People’s faces really seem to draw me in.  Flaws, wrinkles, freckles, etc I find the most beautiful.  It is what gives each of us interesting character.  I do, however, also enjoy painting animals, landscapes, seascapes, still life, and whatnot.  
Something I do that makes my paintings unique is my addition of an infinity symbol hidden within the art and a real diamond at my signature.  The infinity symbol is an Easter egg of sorts.  I enjoy watching people search for it.  It is added because my daughter and I have a special way of saying we love each other, and the infinity symbol is included. The addition of the diamond is to acknowledge my son as it is his birthstone.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without my children.


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