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April, 2013            


workshops at the art center
Workshop Schedule 

Visual Journaling
with Leigh Williams
April 13

Copper Repousse 
with Anita Ammerman
April 27

Coming in MAY!

Clay Face Jugs
with Teresa Hunsucker 
May 4

Polymer Clay 
with Bobbie Listerman
May 25

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
1:00-3:00 PM
$15 Per Class
Prior Experience Necessary
Instructor:Vicki Galloway
Bring something to paint on

 Pre-registration and payment is required for all classes  


For more information call

Falling Rivers Gallery


Artist Opportunities
City of Locust 2013 Summer Concert and cruise-ins application
Matthews Alive! Poster Contest - deadline April 18th at noon 


TAG Art Show
 deadline May 31
Mystery Build Arts Challenge deadline October 20
Next Monthly Meeting -
                 April 4 at 6:45 PM

I hope you all can make it to our next meeting Thursday, 6:45 at Falling Rivers Gallery.  Our program will feature Leigh Williams, who will give  a presentation on Visual Journaling. Leigh specializes in acrylic paintings and mixed media work. She has a BFA from the College of William and Mary. An award-winning artist who exhibits and sells her work primarily in the Southeast she is a retired art instructor who has taught art to all grade levels, from first grade through Advanced Placement high school. Her students have won both Regional and National awards through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program and she was sited as an outstanding educator through the program in 2007. Leigh delights in passing on her passion for the arts to others. 

Agri-Civic Center in March
Brian Carney 
Since first debuting his oil paintings at the 2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston SC,  Brian's career in wildlife art has come a long way in a short time. His creative obsessions in those days were whitetail deer, mountain lion and  redtail hawk, which over time has evolved to mostly birds of prey. Also, gradually over these last five years, Brian's preliminary sketches in ball point pen have become more popular than his paintings.  Thus, in 2012-13 Brian has decided to take his ball point work to a new level, and concentrated most of his time on developing his skill in this medium.  He's working diligently on this latest series peregrine falcon studies.
Brian also won First Place at our Nature at it's Best Show. Congrats, Brian!

Also at the Agri-Civic Center during April: Bridget Frohreich will be displaying her hand made greeting cards in the Showcase.

Make sure you check out both of these fantastic artist's work!  


Patricia Blake Hartley Scholarship

It's time once again for students from Stanly County that are pursuing an arts degree in college to apply for the annual scholarship sponsored by the Hartley family.  The scholarship amount this year is $1000 and applications can be picked up at the gallery.  The deadline for application and artwork submissions is April 30.  More details are available on the Stanly Arts Guild website.

Featured Artist
Anita Ammerman is this month's Artist of the Month, and her work may be viewed at the Gallery until April 19. Anita, who has been a member of the Stanly Arts Guild since 1987, began painting watercolor florals and was often inspired by the nature around her in her own garden and in other gardens she visited when traveling. She is also an avid photographer, and some of her work is Repousse, a metal relief art with copper foil. Anita has since led others to learn the copper art form through workshops at Falling Rivers Gallery, for Carolina Artists in Salisbury, and the Cabarrus Arts Guild in Concord. Anita has exhibited widely in the region, including the National Arboretum in Washington D.C where she won Best of Show and first place ribbons. Make sure to stop by the gallery to view Anita's works!


From Your President....

I hope all the bright spring flowers and crisp mornings have everyone getting inspired with new projects. If you need any more inspiration, come by Falling Rivers Gallery and check out the Nature At It's Best show. The entire gallery is budding with new creations! If I start listing the new work, I would run out of room, so just let me tantalize you with thoughts of glittering silver, spring pottery, bright stained glass and glorious art work, including photography that will make you feel the sand in your shoes!


Remember that our Guild Election of Officerswill take place in May and we will discuss nominations in April. We are always in need of your time and talents so please consider putting your name on the ballot. All elected positions are available for your consideration. Though I have enjoyed my tenure as President of this group, I will not be in the running for another term. The Stanly Arts Guild is a vital, growing organization and I promise you will be energized and inspired even more by joining our Board. If you have questions or would like to submit your name for election, please contact any Board member. I look forward to seeing you all on April 4 at 6:45 at Falling Rivers Gallery.


Bobbie Listerman

President, Stanly Arts Guild

Margaret Sauls - "Get tight and paint loose!"

            Margaret Sauls marked her 95th birthday on March 3rd with a celebration attended by family and close friends, many of them Guild members.  At 95 she is still teaching a class at Taylor Glenn Retirement Village in Concord where she and her husband Austin now live.

            Prior to moving to Concord, she taught Watercolor classes at the Senior Center right here in Stanly County. She was, and still is, a beautiful Watercolor artist.

            As President of the Guild more than 20 years ago, Margaret held board meetings in her home. Several Guild members remembered these meetings fondly, saying "Her cat, Maggie was always in attendance! We made lots of Guild decisions in Margaret's living room!" Another memory expressed by many was her favorite instruction to her students; "Get tight and paint loose!"

            Besides being a past President of the Arts Guild, she held many other offices as well. She is now an Honorary Member of the Guild and has artwork in Falling Rivers Gallery.

            Margaret was always and still is the "party person" and loves a good time.  Our picture shows Margaret at her birthday party, her fun witch's hat cocked playfully to the side. She is a special person and has always looked much younger than she is...no wrinkles.


            Happy Birthday, Margaret!



Election of Officers

Stanly Arts Guild

Elections of Board of Directors


The following are candidates presented for election to the Board of Directors by the current Board.

President:                                Susan Lackey

Vice President:                       Millie Campbell

Secretary:                                Jackie Smith

Treasurer:                                 Lorrie Hatley

Corresponding Secretary:      Judith Williams

Member At Large:                   Jackie Layman


At our Meeting on April 4th we will be accepting nomination from the floor. If you wish to run for office please throw your hat in the ring.


Elections will take place at the May meeting and the new board takes office at the June meeting. 

Nature At It's Best Art Show

The fifth annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show opened on Tuesday, March 12 at the gallery. This show, which is sponsored by the Gaskin family was inspired by Ellen Cook Gaskin's love of nature. As a tribute, her five sons honor her memory with this art show reflecting themes from nature. Each year brings wonderful pieces of art, sculpture and other media that represent nature in some way. Artists come from Stanly County and the surrounding area.



Wildlife artist Jeff Christian*, from Pittsboro, NC, is the judge of the show and has expressed his praise for the quality of excellence in the artwork.


Winners are:  First Place - Brian Carney

                        Second Place - Carol Benston

                        Third Place - Anita Ammerman


Honorable Mentions:      Ellen Hill            Ken Hutchins

                                          Toni Galaas      Barbara Jimison  


  The Nature At It's Best Show will conclude on Saturday, April 6 from 6 to 8 P.M. at a reception and awards presentation. Thomas Cureton will provide entertainment for the evening. The public is invited to attend and all of the art in the show is for sale.  


About Jeff Christian: 


               Jeff Christian is a wildlife artist, illustrator, and designer with over 20 years of experience as a professional artist. Jeff grew up in North Carolina enjoying the outdoors, especially fishing, and he draws on his experiences to inspire his craft. 

           Having experimented for years with different media and surfaces, Jeff now mostly works in oils and watercolors, depending on the project. Self-prepared boards give the desired texture for each piece. 

            Jeff has contributed many prints and originals to promote conservation organizations and charities such as the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, & Heroes on the Water. Jeff is an active member of the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society and the Chatham Artists Guild, exhibiting all over North Carolina.

            Jeff creates designs for clients all over the US. Jeff's work can be found in gift shops and state parks along the East Coast, all over North Carolina, and in the marinas and tackle shops of the Louisiana Coast/ Originals, limited edition prints, gifts, hand-crafted gear, and information can be found on his his website - www.jkchristian.com. Contact Jeff at jeff@jkchristian.com.


"I was honored to have been chosen as judge for the Fifth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show and it was definitely "Nature at its Best". I had the very difficult job of choosing the best art from this superb collection of amazing works of all different media and styles. As much consternation the selection caused me, however, is eclipsed by the creative inspiration I derived from spending such focused time on such excellent work."
- Jeff Christian

Gallery News

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          In February, we had a very successful Jewelry and Accessories show.  
  1. Jackie Layman will be responsible for staffing in April and Reda Icenhour in May.
  2. Our Jury Chair, LouAnn Ingram will be out for a couple of months recovering from surgery.    Anita has graciously agreed to fill in for her in April and May.  Please contact Anita if            items are left for jury.
  3. We now have a Pinterest page as well as Facebook and Website.  The Pinterest is a great place to post pictures of new work you have brought into the Gallery.  Please Check us out at www.pinterest.com/fallingrivers/ 

Thank you to all the members and volunteers who have continued to put forth the extra effort each month to keep the doors open and make the Gallery look great!




Member News

Erin Allen will be teaching an Alcohol Ink class as part of Free College Day at Stanly Community College on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00. It's a free one-hour class, materials provided, for anyone who wants to try out alcohol ink. Go to the SCC website for more details on how to register. Class size is limited to 10 students. In the past my class has been quite popular, so sign up as soon as possible


2012-2013 Guild Officers

Bobbie Listerman, President; Millie Campbell, Vice President;

Susan Lackey, Recording Secretary; Reda Icenhour, Corresponding Secretary; Pat Mitchell, Treasurer; Nancy Lipe, Gallery Director; Jackie Layman, Member-at-Large; Carole Poplin, Past President; Community Liaison, Vicki Coggins; Public Arts Coordinator, Anita Ammerman;

Workshop Chair, Anna Walker

  NC Arts Council
The Stanly Arts Guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

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