2009-02-19 / News

MACK art exhibition sparks evening of festivities downtown

The art gallery on the second floor of the Red Rooster is the site of a two-man exhibit. Shaaron Kohl (left), Red Rooster owner, talks art with Sam Thorpe of Lincolnton, Ga., and Ted Hood, Jr. (right) of Harlem, Ga., in front of one of Hood's photo prints. The art gallery on the second floor of the Red Rooster is the site of a two-man exhibit. Shaaron Kohl (left), Red Rooster owner, talks art with Sam Thorpe of Lincolnton, Ga., and Ted Hood, Jr. (right) of Harlem, Ga., in front of one of Hood's photo prints. The Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition of the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK) last Friday evening generated an evening of special events downtown.

"We had more than 100 entries," said Janice Grizzard, MACK director. "We accepted 77 entries, and the quality of work keeps getting better and better every year."

Judged Best of Show was a large water bird watercolor by Bill Updegraff of Savannah Lakes Village (SLV). Updegraff won $500 for his work, and second place, $300, went to Elizabeth Moretz-Britt of North Augusta, who did a collage. Third place, $250, went to an acrylic by Genie Wilder of Lauren.

Honorable mentions went to Lynda Macaluso of SLV for a watercolor; Marcia Murray of Chapin, SC, for a watercolor, Carol Kelly Dorn of Evans, GA, for an oil; Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter of Aiken for an oil, and Jonathan Moore of Columbia for a graphite drawing.

"A juried art exhibition requires a system for evaluating works of art," said Juror Dr. Wendell Mathews. "The first is media, the use of materials and tools; the second is subject matter, the objects represented in the work of art; and the third is design, how the visual elements are put together."

A long-time chairman of the art department at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, Mathews formed a graphic design studio and small publishing company in Chicago to combine his studio work with writing and editing before retiring to McCormick.

"This is the first time I've been to McCormick," said Moore. "I've been drawing all my life, but exhibiting just this past year. This is a nice town and a nice show."

The event generated a capacity crowd that enjoyed the show, each others' company, refreshments and piano playing by Bruce Harling of Ward, SC. Many people took advantage of other downtown events to cross the railroad tracks and Main Street to visit open places of busi- ness.

The Red Rooster Antiques and Art Gallery celebrated its first anniversary with a two-man show in its upstairs gallery. Owner Shaaron Kohl was exhibiting the works of photographer Ted Hood, Jr. and painter Sam Thorpe, both present to talk with visitors.

Hood, of Harlem, GA, brings a lifetime of varied experiences, including photo journalism, to his photography work and home-based art reproduction business. Thorpe, from Lincolnton, GA, does a wide range of oil painting scenes from country landscapes and wildlife to portraits and seascapes that are exhibited in Savannah, New England, the Bahamas and Denver.

The works of all the artists at both the MACK and Red Rooster remain on display for the coming weeks. The MACK and the Red Rooster are working together to promote Art Trot evenings on a regular basis in McCormick.

Other places of business open for the evening and serving refreshments included the Books on Main store operated by Friends of the Library, Kathy DuLaney's Keepsake Friends, the Garrett Law Firm, Aaron Watson, CPA, and Lost and Found Treasures. McCormick was a "happening' place."

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