BONNIE GIEGER has always been fascinated by baskets. She learned to weave in 1999 and spent the next ten years as a solitary weaver who perfected her skills with practice and many hours of trial and error.After retiring from a professional career, Bonnie devoted her time to learning about basketry art from prominent national basketry artists. While she enjoys creating baskets that serve a useful purpose, her main interest lies in creating the unusual. Today she uses a wide range of natural and fabricated materials, metals, papers, wires, found embellishments, and anything her husband leaves lying around the yard to create award winning designer baskets and woven sculptures.
Bonnie’s second passion is teaching. She delights in conducting weaving classes that range across the whole spectrum of skills from beginner to artistic designer. She teaches at the Village Artists and several locations throughout the Midlands.
Watercolor Artist at the Gallery, Paula Gregory, a South Carolina native and raised in the Pee Dee.
I was raised in the Pee Dee region of SC and always had an interest in art, mainly sketching and drawing. Following my mother's death in 1999, art as therapy became my focus. One class in watercolor excited me with its versatility and encouraged me to self-study: it became my preferred medium, using the realistic style. The subjects that interest me most include scenes from travels abroad, locations throughout South Carolina, and my favorite... nature. Most originals are reproduced in greeting card format for all occasions.
Barbara Yongue is an award winning artist in oils.
"I feel very fortunate that I had parents that supported my need to create at a young age. Naturally I have studied art all my life but I feel my real training in portraiture has been thru working from life and models throughout the years."
Eardal is a photographer. His former profession was as an engineer and manager in the nuclear power industry for 40 years. This brought him to South Carolina from Ohio in 1997. After his retirement from Duke Energy in March 2017, he focused on travel and photography including special photography outings and classes. He is a member of the Columbia Camera Club and a State Fair exhibitor. "I am honored to be a part of the Village Artist community."
JEREMY SMITH is an award winning artist in Columbia South Carolina. He specializes in landscape art to include all forms of nature scenes. His passion is painting sky-scapes with an emphasis on clouds. The Palmetto State affords Jeremy with a myriad of images that inspire his creative ambitions. He has always had a passion for bringing to life anything the mind can imagine with his drawings and paintings. Though he considers himself a modern impressionist he has always been up for pursuing any creative style that work may bring him.
Forrest’s love of art began with her great grandmother, Ann Marie Brown, who was a professional artist in multiple mediums in the early 1900s. As a hobby, Forrest experimented with various mediums and self taught arylics and oil. In 2014, she took her first watercolor class with Roy Paschal and has 162 hours of watercolor instruction learning color theory, design, perspective and the importance of values. Forrest also is a pyrographist and paints with fire.
By day Forrest is a director of nursing at Palmetto Health. She obtained her nursing degree from Penn State University and a master’s in training and development from St. Francis University. She has always been creative, artistic and an out of the box thinker as she helped others develop nursing skills throughout her career.
Forrest's art is also available at Swamp Log Gallery in Bishopville, Pistols and Pearls Boutique in Lugoff, and Carmen's Salon in Columbia.
Meet the Artists
CHATCHAKORN "JOM" SONDAY comes to us from Thailand. Her clay flower sculptures are painstakingly crafted to have a very life-like appearance. They are sculpted and hand-painted using a specialty clay from Thailand. Her favorite flowers to sculpt are orchids, which she makes in a variety of sizes and colors. Jom also does commission pieces to match any decor.
NITA YANCEYstarted painting after moving to Columbia in the 1970's. Painting in the realistic style to begin with and gradually painting more abstractly as time went on. Nita belongs to several art guilds around town and has been included in many shows locally and nationally having won awards in both. Nita's artwork is currently featured on a billboard as part of the Lamar Advertising and the Cultural Council's Street Art Project. http://www.nitayancey.com
RITA SMITH,a long-time resident of Columbia, SC, and well known in the art world, works in a variety of mediums. She paints in the realistic style using watercolors, oils or acrylics and has a portfolio of many collector prints and giclees besides the originals in the gallery. Visit Rita's website athttp://www.ritasmithgallery.com
MELINDA KILCOYNE SMITHpaints with pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor. "I consider myself fortunate to have been given this passion and appreciation for painting. To create something beautiful, that others might be moved, as I am, that is my goal."
JOHN MIRANDA graduated in 1976 from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Art Studio. Studies included: Photography, Filmmaking, Sculpture, and Painting in Acrylics and Oil.
After college, John worked in advertising design, logo illustration, and musical performance (John has been a saxophonist/flutist with various bands since the early 1970's, and is currently performing with the party-beach band : Second Nature), In December of 1979, Mr. Miranda started MIRANDA PORTRAITS. From 1980 to 1990, he painted pastel portraits for military personnel at Fort Jackson, Shaw AFB, Myrtle Beach AFB, and Charleston AFB Exchanges. It was there, John developed an appreciation for realistic detail and color. Mr. Miranda left the Exchanges in 1991 to paint portraits at two Columbia, SC galleries: The Erica Hoyt Gallery at Dutch Square Mall and the Rita Smith Gallery at Richland Mall. While at these galleries, John opened his first gallery in Five Points (also in Columbia) in late 1999. In 2001, he closed this gallery and became part owner of Masterpiece Art in Lexington, SC until 2004. Later in 2004, Mr. Miranda took over the Erica Hoyt Gallery and renamed it: John Miranda's SC Artists. After a successful run, in August of 2013 John decided to close this shop and pursue more independent artistic endeavors (website, acrylic abstract painting, etc.). John still believes operating a gallery is an exciting and rewarding experience that every artist, if given the chance, should try. Mr. Miranda is currently showing the last Tuesday of the month at the Blythewood Arts Center in Blythewood, SC, and Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 8pm at the Village Artists in the Village of Sandhills in Columbia, SC. His website is: http://www.mirandaportraitart.com
PAT MCNEELY USC Professor Emerita Pat McNeely taught writing and reporting in the School of Journalism for 33 years before retiring in 2006. Before joining the faculty, McNeely was a reporter and editor for The Greenville News, The State and The Columbia Record.
After retiring, she revived a childhood interest in drawing and painting and worked her way through watercolor, oil, colored pencils and acrylic before settling on acrylic. Inspired by images she remembers from growing up on a farm in Greenville County, she loves to paint old barns and buildings as well as cats and frogs. She has won several awards from the Log Cabin Art Guild and the State Fair.
She is also the author of five books, including “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas … and the Burning of Columbia” published in 2014, and “Hand-written Recipes and Memories from America’s First Families” published in 2015. Her latest book, “Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold,” will be published later this year.
ROY PASCHALis an artist who understands the importance of spirit and personal vision in the creation of art. Roy Paschal was born in South Carolina and is particularly appreciative of its diversity and natural beauty. The wide expanses of a low country marsh to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains provide never ending inspiration. When Roy was a boy he roamed these natural habitats searching for glimpses of wildlife and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. To this day you can find Roy knee deep in a salt water marsh or hiking along a trail with his sketch pad or paints in hand. He is always looking for that special spot to glimpse the magic of nature especially enjoying and painting the diminishing sights being overtaken by ever growing and expanding development and population.
AL LEITCH I was fortunate enough to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. At that time I was a recipient of the Gold Key Scholastic Art Award. However, I studied engineering and business and pursued a teaching and research academic career at several major universities. Inspired by the Hudson River School and their vision of the natural beauty around us I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement from USC. I have taken several art classes and attended numerous workshops from leading artists in South Carolina. I enjoy all forms of art, but landscape pastels are my passion. I recently received the Patron Award at the Crooked Creek Annual Juried Show and Exhibit for one of my pastels. My goal is to capture the majesty of His creation through my paintings.
KAREN LANGLEYcreates beautiful oil paintings, specializing in portraits of pets and people, still life's, flowers, and more. She also creates watercolor batiks dubbed "fun and exciting to create!"
Karen Langley is an award-winning artist whose work is collected both domestically and internationally. She works in a variety of subject matter and styles. A captivating abstract is just as likely to be on her easel as a landscape, style life, wildlife, or seascape scene.
Perhaps Karen’s most emotionally infused pieces are her portraits of South Carolina’s Fallen Soldiers. Video featuring some of her portraits can be seen on youtube.com (search terms Karen Langley, “It’s Him”, or Ben Hoover, “It’s Like a Gift From God”).
Galleries Treasure Nest, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Village Artists and Frame Warehouse, Columbia, SC, and Island Art Gallery, Manteo, NC, represent Karen. Karen teaches classes in the gallery. Visit Karen's website at http://www.karenlangleyart.com
DAWN FABER is originally from Michigan, but iwhas called South Carolina home since 1997. Creative at a young age, Dawn would put together "sculptures" with found objects. At seventeen she received her first art award for a pen and ink still life. Since then she has taken many paths to develop and express her creativity.
Dawn's work has been juried into local and International Art Shows such as ARTPRIZE. Her work can be found in both privates and corporate collections in the States and internationally.
Dawn's abstract paintings are rich with texture, color, movement, and warmth. She allows the artistic process to evolve with each piece. She often states that she lets the painting tell her what to do and that she is amazed at where her art takes her.
LEE BREUER “My creativity is a God-given talent and I pray every day for guidance in my creative work and that it be God’s will that directs me in all I do. I have been blessed with a wonderful life, family, and faith in Jesus Christ. I hope to bring honor to Him by sharing my talents with you.” -Lee Breuer
Because I use broad layers of vibrant color to evoke a sense of movement, time, and place, my paintings share a style of 'chromatic impressionism' introduced by such composers as Debussey and Grieg. Light, music, and color come together in my paintings to create a sense of movement. From the swaying of the Carolina Palmettos to the undulating wake of a shrimp boat to the vibrations of the cello, I feel that my work imbues a feeling of fluidity and anticipation. I have been influenced by a wide variety of artists - from the impressionists and post-impressionists Lautrec, Daumier, Cezanne, and Van Gogh to the illustrations of Dr. Seuss. The formative influences of my youth were my uncle, artist Scholten "Casey" Jones from Ty Ty,Georgia and Ben Hampton, whose studio was located in my boyhood home of East Ridge, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga. I paint from personal emotions evoked from places I have been, stories I have read, and experiences I have had.
GAIL CUNNINGHAM is an award winning artist who uses a variety of mediums and techniques to create multiple layers and textures in her artwork. This experimental process allows her to apply paint, let the colors flow, find shapes and patterns and run with them. The result is her unique style of painting. Gail is a member and past officer of the Trenholm Artists Guild and Seven Oaks Art League. She is a also a Member in Excellence of the SC Watermedia Society. Visit her website at http://www.gailcunninghamart.com
MARLYN BOYDdescribes her painting as fun and free. "I rarely do the same thing twice. I let the subject matter and what I want to communicate to my viewers dictate the materials, mediums and styles I use. I combine what I know and the materials I have to produce a message that I want to share visually.