N e w s l e t t e r
September 27, 2021

October Meeting
Our October meeting will be held on October 11 beginning with some social time at 6:30 pm with the program to follow.  Please keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for additional details on the October meeting.

We had an excellent turnout for the September meeting, and we hope that everyone enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with the greater AAG community.  If you missed the September meeting and would like information on the tax implications of selling your art, you can contact the speaker, Karen Skiff at (803)643-0190 or 
Membership News
Volunteers Needed Please

Get involved and help the Artist Guild!  We quickly need to fill two roles:

1) We need a new Program Director.  This board position is responsible for soliciting presenters for our monthly meetings.  This is a great way to meet other artists.  We can help guide you through the process, and most of this year’s programming has already been arranged so this is the perfect time for someone to get their feet wet in this role on the AAG board.

2) A volunteer is needed to manage the refreshment area at our monthly meetings.  The snacks and drinks have already been purchased.  It's simply a matter of setting them out on the table!

Please help us fill these roles!  Contact any board member if you are interested in becoming involved in either of these ways.
2022 AAG Gallery Opportunities
We will shortly be putting the 2022 schedule together for the AAG Gallery exhibits.  If you are a member of both AAG and ACA and did not exhibit the previous year, you may exhibit.  We group two or sometimes three artists together to minimize the burden on the artists and to allow for more exposure for more people.  The artists so far who have indicated they want to participate in 2022 are the following:

Whitney Kurlan
Tappy Swarmer
Mike Snug
Melinda Walker 
Catherine Ryder
Lytha Nicholson Coleman

In 2021 we had 19 artists who exhibited so we do need considerably more.  It's a wonderful experience and great fun.  Don't miss the opportunity!

Please contact Celeste Malinowski at or 803-644-2804 if you would like to be added to the list or if you are no longer interested in being on the current list.  Let me know if you have a preference for time of year or an artist to pair up with.
Calling all artists!

Two opportunities for AAG artists:
1) A local man wants to commission an artist  to do a 2' x 4' painting on metal/carbon steel with a South Boundary type scene for outdoor use. If you are interested in this project, contact Ed Thomas (803)640-2428. You can also contact Nancy Kempf at the front desk of ACA.

2) Southside Gallery is having their annual auction for Vets.  They are looking for artists to sell their work. Contact the gallery for details by phone or email:

Memberships and Renewals

The AAG membership year has just started so remember to renew your membership soon.  Renewals after November 1 will be considered late, incurring a $5.00 late fee.

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 current ACA gallery shows will run through October 15th.
The next ACA Gallery shows will open with a reception on Thursday October 21.

Showcased in the AAG Gallery during this show will be:

Pamela Urban-Moore
Maddy Sherman

Maddy is an award winning acrylic artist from Menomonee Falls, WI now living in Aiken, SC. Here's her story...
There is so much beauty in nature and things all around us! I enjoy painting the simple things that we don’t stop to appreciate as much as we should. Art is therapeutic for me, and allows me to get lost in whatever, wonderful world I am creating at that moment.
Aside from high school art classes and a couple of classes at WCTC, I am a self taught artist. My mother was an artist who worked in oils and acrylics. She exposed me to the art world early through her paintings, and the art shows in which she participated.
I've always loved to draw but never really had time to paint. Then, in 2010 I became very ill, suffering from a nervous breakdown and severe depression. I started painting as therapy. It made the thoughts in my brain stop going around in circles. It gave me peace. I guess when God takes something away with one hand, he gives with another. Ever since then, I have become an avid acrylic painter. I thank God every day for the wonderful gift of art he has given me. Acrylics offer an ease of clean up and portability, and allow me to work in a variety of locations. I have also dabbled in charcoal, pastels, oils and watercolors.


Pamela was trained in Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Mannheim/Heidelberg University, Germany. She worked for Lufthansa Airlines for eight years where she designed brochures etc. for International flights.Coming back to America she became Master Artist at Habersham Fine Furniture in Toccoa, Ga. Habersham bought the licensing for the Monet Collection out of France, and painting armoires out of this collection was her specialty. After  8 1/2 years at Habersham she moved back to the South to Edgefield where she opened her own art store, Paperwhites, started Edgefield Regional Arts and the Edgefield Theatre, and she was awarded a grant to paint 3 historical murals around the town square. Before leaving for Germany for art studies she did logos for the Triple Crown, Houndslake, Foxchase, and many other graphic designs and paintings in and around Aiken. Her works are to be found in Europe and the US. She now lives and works in Aiken where she has her studio, Arbutus Studio, and a garden home.


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