N e w s l e t t e r
August 28, 2021

September Meeting
Mark you calendars for the start of the AAG ‘21-‘22 year with our September meeting scheduled for Monday September 13th.  We have not yet finalized the details for this meeting with respect to our normal social time/refreshments and continuing a Zoom version of the meeting.  More details to follow shortly.

Our speaker in September will be Karen Skiff.  Karen is a local CPA and she will be discussing some of the business and tax aspects of selling art.


The AAG membership year has just started so remember to renew your membership soon.  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 Shirley.

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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