‘Flowers Feed the Soul’ by Joan Eckhardt

Spring Fusion: Renew and Reinvent,  the theme for an upcoming exhibit by the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), includes the art of 27 members from across South Carolina – Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head and Charleston to Greenville and throughout the southeast.   We are pleased to announce that 11  Lowcountry artists were juried into the exhibit:  Earline Allen, Rose Cofield, Shiela Grabarsky, and Bernice Tate from Bluffton, Penny Healy and Candace Whittemore from Hilton Head, Marianne Stillwagon from Hardeeville, Joan Eckhardt and Karen Gottschall from Okatie, Saundra Renee Smith from St. Helena and Sandy Dimke from Seabrook.

The exhibit theme is open to various interpretations, styles

‘Unleashed in Nature’ by Sandy Dimke

and media.  Spring Fusion: Renew and Reinvent captures the energy of Spring, not only in the revival and rebirth in nature, but in the rejuvenation of artists.  Like Mother Nature, artists are constantly recreating every time they pick up their creative tools.

NAWA artists represent all areas of the visual arts. Fifty works will be on exhibit in a variety of mediums – from oil, acrylic, pastel, egg tempera, and mixed media to photography, print-making, sculpture and fiber art.  National NAWA members from CA, FL, NJ, and VA, who are also SC Chapter members, will  have artworks in this exhibit.

The National Association of Women Artists, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1889 when women lacked opportunities to exhibit at prestigious museums and galleries.  Since then, NAWA continues to foster awareness of the monumental contribution women have made to American culture and art. The NAWA SC Chapter follows this mission to encourage contemporary and emerging artists.

‘Field of Flowers’ by Saundra Renee Smith

NAWA has had many talented members who have achieved major recognition for their work, such as Anna Hyatt Huntington, who created the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Museum in South Carolina and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who established the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.

Benefits of NAWA membership are many, including a substantial awards program, the opportunity to exhibit throughout the U.S., educational programs, and scholarships. Artists must be juried in to the national association to become a member of a state chapter.  For more information and to apply for membership, visit: https://wwwthenawa.org 

The exhibit will be held at the Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA), 122 Laurens Street, from March 31 – May 6, 2022.  The Public is invited to attend the opening reception on March 31, from 6-8pm at the ACA gallery.