Guild members’ artwork wins awards
The Aiken Artist Guild presented 19 Awards and 13 Honorable Mentions at the 2014 Member Show.
The ceremony was held at the Aiken Center for the Arts on June 12.
More than 70 Guild members submitted artwork.
This year’s top award recipients include Wendy Cunico, who won the New Member award; Ginger Ferguson, who won the Best Aiken Scene award and Suzanne Simmons, who won the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.
Gretchen Van Zile, daughter of Guild co-founder Jeanne Van Zile, presented the People’s Choice Award to Simmons.
During the presentation ceremonies, Van Zile commented on her mother’s important statements that positively impacted her as a child.
Van Zile said her mother taught her to see “the beauty of all things.”
The following placed first in their respective categories: Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter in Portrait/Figurative; Dave Muhlbaier in Abstract/Experimental; Jeannette Shoemaker in Still Life/Floral; Ann Rauton Smith in Landscape/Interior and Tom Supensky-Wildlife/Animals.
The 2014 Member Show juror was Alan MacTaggart, art department chair at Georgia Regents University.
MacTaggart chose the winning entries earlier in the week.
He has been involved in the arts and creating art for more than 40 years in the U.S., and abroad.
An estimate of 300 people attended the opening night.
All submitted artwork can be viewed at Aiken Center for the Arts until July 3.
For more information on the Aiken Artist Guild, visit www.aikenartistguild.us.