Now Showing: Women on Paper's "New Expressions" exhibition will be through May 27 at Art on Broad Gallery, 1028 Broad St. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Art on Broad Gallery. For more information, call 722-1028.
The sunny breezy Wednesday morning was a perfect day for the artists of Women on Paper to paint.
Five of the seven group members settled on the banks of the Augusta Canal near Columbia County's Savannah Rapids Pavilion for their weekly get-together.
"We're painting the same still life, but we all do something different," said Caroline Swanson, an original member of the group, which has been together for 15 years.
An exhibit of the group's work will be on display beginning Thursday through May 2 at Art on Broad Gallery, 1028 Broad St. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery.
Women on Paper formed after members of the group met in a watercolor class at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. At the prompting of Nancy Schultz, who is still a member of the group, the artists began meeting outdoors to paint with the inspiration of their natural surroundings.
Some of the artists participating in the Women on Paper art exhibit, Nancy Schultz (from left), Lauren Kerbelis, Martha Piper, Caroline Swanson and Karen Banker, stand next to a few of the paintings that will be exhibited.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Seven women, including Swanson, Schultz, Martha Piper, Frances Wells, Ingrid Hoger, Lauren Kerbelis and Karen Banker, make up the group.
They paint at Riverwalk, Appleby Branch Library, at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and sometimes in each other's back yards.
"We get a lot of inspiration and encouragement," said Schultz. "We all deal with rejection. I think this helps us."
The women offer each other camaraderie and give each other tips on techniques and new classes.
"It's a way of sharing information," said Piper. "People will go to workshops and share through demonstration."
Women on Paper's last exhibit was in November 2002 at The Pinnacle Club.
Many of the works, which will be on display through May, are new pieces by group members.
For Swanson, it's the first time she's exhibited oil paintings. Piper said she's excited about her entries.
"They are from my sunflower series," she said. "They are probably the best I've ever done."
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