Meet the artists

Christy Aitken

“I shut my eyes in order to see”…Paul Gauguin Images painted with energy, meditative landscapes that involve the viewer in a contemplative state. Figures, landscapes and animals who create a story into a world that is at times surreal and detached. There is still strength even though the images seem isolated.

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Jay Bender

“The Off-Center Paintings of Jay Bender are each carefully titled to allow the viewer to consider the message of the work. The message of the painting is considerably important to me”…Jay Bender Jay is a Columbia attorney and University of South Carolina Law School and Journalism professor. He is also a contemporary artist. He uses…

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Mary Frances Bishop

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how but very difficult when you do”…Edgar Degas Mary Frances lives in Charleston, SC and has been involved in art for many years. Her career as an art broker in a city with tremendous focus on “the arts” gave her an understanding of the emotional and difficult pursuit…

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Noelle Brault

Noelle Brault is an impressionist artist who utilizes a unique blending of vibrant colors to capture the beautiful  light and shadow found in South Carolina’s low county and her native home of Columbia. She won the first art contest that she ever entered and Noelle’s work became the poster for the  2010 Central Carolina Food…

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Jane Couch-Osmelowski

“Art washes way from the soul the dust of everyday life”…Pablo Picasso Jane Couch-Osmelowski, a native South Carolinian, is a ceramicist currently living and working in Columbia, South Carolina. She earned her BA in Art from Winthrop University in 1973 and a MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina in 1974. She…

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Dylan Critchfield-Sales

Dylan Critchfield-Sales was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). He completed his Master of Fine Arts at The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. In the Fall of 2012 he was the Artist in Residence at the…

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Karen Dickey

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”…Edgar Degas Karen is a Columbia resident who worked in finance and accounting for many years. Ultimately, she decided to follow a new avenue in art and began designing jewelry. Her pieces range from themed re-constructed charm bracelets to collaged cuffs and necklaces. Karen…

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Joe DiGuilio

“Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body”…Wassily Kandinsky Joe is a professional abstract painter and art instructor from Raleigh, NC. He attended the School of Art at East Carolina University and serves on the University’s Advisory Board. DiGuilio has worked…

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Sharon DiGiulio

Sharon DiGiulio is a multi-media artist living and working in Raleigh, North Carolina. She currently runs her own business, DiGiulio Project, LLC, teaches workshops in and around the area in Acrylic Collage, Mixed Media, and Encaustic and is the director of Art of the Carolinas, the largest consumer art supply and workshop expo in the…

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Edmund Frampton

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”…Thomas Merton Edmund grew up in Columbia, but now makes his home in Meggett, SC. A BFA graduate of Clemson University, he paints and sculpts as much as possible while juggling his employment in ecological technology. His subject matter is often his portrayal…

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Marshall Foster

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing,”…Marc Marshall is a Columbian and graduate of the University of South Carolina. she grew up in a family with a profound interest in art and she learned early on to support the arts. Recently, Marshall decided to begin painting seriously.…

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Kakie Honig

Kakie is an artist who has evolved over the years, inspired by her love and appreciation of nature for it’s many unexpected designs and colors. She is a native of Marion SC and has been a fused glass artist since 1995. Following a 25 year career as a registered nurse, she decided to follow another…

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Cami Hutchinson

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others”…Salvador Dali Cami is a Columbia native whose busy life consists of her family, her painting, and her work as an interior designer. She creates beautiful landscapes that are so sought after that they have become known only as “Cami’s”. The oil…

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Jeannie Irvin

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”…Pablo Picasso A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Jeannie Irvin has lived in Columbia since the mid-70s. She studied art at USC but struggled because she drew, painted and made pottery her way.  Michel McNinch has been Jeannie’s teacher,…

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Robert Kennedy

Robert , a Columbia architect, has discovered his ability to create a different kind of art. His figure drawings are lyrical renderings similar to the style of Degas, expressive and lyrical. Sepia and rudy lines wind and curve to present energy and poetry in human forms.

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Chappy Manning

Art is a line around your thoughts”…Gustav Klimt Chappy is a life long Columbian whole experience in painting was limited until a decade ago. After taking painting lessons from Frances Nelson, she joined Studio Carlisle and became a serious painter. Chappy is an Impressionist whose subject matter is diverse ranging from figures to landscapes. She…

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Stephanie McCabe

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”…Leonardo da Vinci Stephanie loves to paint with a palette knife. At her studio in her home in Columbia, she creates heavily textured paintings often of natural settings. Her marsh and seascapes are painted in exciting vibrant tones appearing sun drenched and inviting.…

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Salley McInerney

Salley is a former columnist for The State newspaper. She makes folk art from sewing, gluing and weaving old things into a wire backing to create an image from “olden times”. Her delightful characters inspire us to remember our own customs and cultures of long ago.

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Julia Moore

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist”…Rene Magritte Julia, a native Columbian, received BA and MAT degrees in art education from the University of South Carolina. Since then, she has raised a family, worked as an educator, business owner, and community volunteer. She considers her greatest gifts to be her family…

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Page Morris

“I could say it in words but there would be no reason to paint”…Edward Hopper Page is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has studied with a number of well known contemporary artists. She believes that creativity happens while working. For Page “it happens as a part of a process. Getting an…

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Leslie Newman

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love”…Claude Money Leslie is an independent abstract expressionist painter and the Workshop Coordinator for the Art School of Sandy Springs in Atlanta. She also leads workshops teaching the techniques of abstract painting. Leslie is…

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Peggy Porter

Peggy is from Florence where she teaches art lessons to adults. She paints in oils and focuses on South Carolina landmarks.

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Ruth Saunders

“Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see”…Paul Klee I started painting around the time I retired from full-time teaching at the University of South Carolina in early 2015, something I’d wanted to do for many year. I began painting because I wanted to experience nature more directly and I believed that…

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Clare Scurry

Growing up in Johnson City, Tennessee, nature was all around…colors and textures of the East Tennessee mountains never escaped us. My mother’s love of gardening also emphasized nature’s bounty and later my attachment to the seasonal beauty of South Carolina’s coastal marshes. Clay is the perfect art form to evoke this sensibility, the medium is…

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Kevin Smith

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint boy, and that voice will be silenced.”…Vincent can Gogh Kevin calls himself a Sunday painter. He paints on the weekends at Studio Carlisle with his five painting partners. During the week, Kevin works as an executive in…

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Marian Soule

Marian is a Columbia, SC native who has been interested in painting for 25 years. As a self taught painter, she has taken classes in all mediums from professional artists around the country. She prefers watercolor on paper, hand-stretched around an empty canvas frame which is then varnished to add durability.

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Lani Stringer

Lani is an artist and graphic designer in Charleston, SC. Her firm, Mustard Seed Graphics, has won numerous local and regional awards for design and illustration. Her recent exhibitions include Painted Violins, Runaway Runway Volumes One. In addition to graphic design, Lani paints and builds sculptures. Her range of skills is amazing! She is a…

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Cindy Walton

“The creative habit is like a drug.  The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of Cindy Walton, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, is resident of Asheville, North Carolina. A committed artist from childhood, Walton earned a BA degree from Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a BFA degree from the University of…

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Nini Ward

For years Nini’s focus in painting has been influenced by the warm colors and textures of Tuscan architecture and landscapes. Her interests are evolving to the point that she is limiting her focus on shapes, color and texture in a more abstract manner. The tactile factor in collage has become a serious interest for me…

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Margaret Woodrum

Margaret graduated from USC with a BFA in printmaking and drawing. Her paintings represent a wide variety of subjects. They are usually small and colorful. She enjoys painting in acrylic, oil and watercolors.

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