`Singular Sensations' exhibition features works of many artists

Fine arts, crafts show-sale continues through Dec. 14

November 26, 2003|By Tawanda W. Johnson | Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Works by west Columbia artists depicting natural scenes, a farmers' market and ordinary people will be among those spotlighted during the Columbia Association's fourth Singular Sensations fine arts and crafts show.

The exhibition opened Saturday and will continue through Dec. 14 at the association's art center, 6100 Foreland Garth in Long Reach village.

A reception to kick off the event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the center. It will feature food and live music. The event is free and open to the public.

During the exhibition, more than 100 artists will display various types of artwork, including sculptures, fabrics, stained glass, paintings, drawings, ceramics and jewelry. "This show is unique because it is held during the holidays, it is open to all artists of all media, all work is for sale, and [items are] priced at $150 or below," said Rebecca Bafford, the center's art director.

Bafford said the exhibition's purpose is threefold - "to promote and provide exposure for area artists; to provide an opportunity for artists to sell their works; and to promote the art of collecting."

Each of the artists paid a $15 application fee, and an exhibitions committee judged their work for acceptance for the show, added Bafford.

Janet Epstein, a Wilde Lake mixed media artist participating in the event for the first time, said one of her three pieces features a farmers' market fashioned with shipping tags and cardboard.

"I decided to [submit my work] on a whim," she said.

Epstein said she has been an artist since childhood, when her parents encouraged her to paint, scribble on paper and play with clay.

"I was also a collage artist at Bradley University in Illinois and studied at the Museum of Modern Art in New York," she said.

Sue Anne Bottomley, a fiber artist for 20 years, said her work will include birds gathering grass and seeds. "Nature is a recurring theme in my work," she said.

Her talent for making tapestries was passed down from her grandmother and mother, she said.

"It's been a long family tradition," said Bottomley, who owns an art studio in Wilde Lake.

Lynne Curry of Harper's Choice developed a passion for art about five years ago after taking watercolor classes.

"Now I drive every week to Alexandria, Va., to the Art League to take classes," she said.

Her three works in the exhibition depict a lighthouse on Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia; a cat descended from those of writer Ernest Hemingway; and a lake in Maine.

"I travel quite a bit, and I paint pictures [of what I see]," she said.

Bafford said the exhibition has been a success over the years, bringing an average of $3,500 in sales each year.

"One hundred percent of all sales go directly to the individual artists," she said.

Gallery hours and information: 410-730-0075.

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