Her award-winning painting is about to be taken across the state.
Out of more than 200 entries, Aiken artist Mary Ann Brock’s “Lily in Tomales Bay” was one of 30 to win the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 37th annual exhibition.
Entries came from artists in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
“Lily in Tomales Bay” captures Brock’s granddaughter – dressed in a light blue bathing suit – sitting in a pool of water.
Her painting ranked eighth out of the 30 winning entries.
“It is a wonderful example of photo-realist watercolor ... beautifully composed and crafted,” Bill Jameson, show judge, said.
Starting this fall, the winners’ paintings will be traveling throughout South Carolina. This touring show is through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program.
The locations have yet to be announced.
“It’s exciting for me to see it be in different places around the state,” Brock said.
This is her third time being recognized in this contest. The first year she entered, Brock’s painting ranked around 25th. Last year, her entry jumped to the eighth spot.
Brock graduated from the University of Kansas with an art education degree. Her husband Roger Brock and she have lived in Aiken for almost 25 years. She is a past president of the Aiken Artist Guild and a retired special education teacher.
Brock’s “Trailhead – Point Reyes” placed second in the Landscape/Interior category in this year’s Aiken Artist Guild annual member show.
When she retired, Brock resumed her painting. “I love watercolor,” she said. “I love the look of it. It’s very different.”
“Lily in Tomales Bay” is on display at Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal St., Anderson, until Sept. 12.
“Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works toward achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinians,” as stated on the Society’s website.
For more information on the South Carolina Watermedia Society and its traveling show, visit www.scwatermedia.com.
For more information on Brock, visit www.aikenartistguild.us/brock.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.
Aiken Standard File Photo Mary Ann Brock’s “Chasing the Foam” watercolor won last year in the South Carolina Watermedia Society annual exhibition contest. This year her painting “Lily in Tomales Bay” placed in the same contest.×
Aiken Standard File Photo Mary Ann Brock, center, is an award-winning painter. Here she is pictured with Robert Holladay and Susan Pickett during a prior Aiken Artist Guild Member Show.×