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Local artists showcase work at “Eight days, eight artists” event

Posted: November 12, 2013 5:03 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Beginning Saturday and running an entire week, the Artist’s Attic studio and gallery will be open each day until 8 p.m. The Artist’s Attic is located at 930 Broad St., in downtown Camden. The event, called "Eight days, eight artists," features different local artists and their work each day. The participating artists are as follows:

• Dot Goodwin,

• Emily Houde,

• Ann Starnes,

• Margaret Bass,

• Fletcher Bass,

• Benira Sutphin,

• Jane Hannon, and

• Kathy Redner.

The schedule for the event, with the first shift running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second shift running from 3 to 8 p.m., is as follows:

• Nov. 16 -- first shift -- Houde and Starnes; second shift -- Redner and Starnes;

• Nov. 17 -- first and second shifts -- Margaret and Fletcher Bass;

• Nov. 18 -- first shift -- Goodwin and Sutphin; second shift -- Houde and Redner;

• Nov. 19 -- first shift -- Houde and Goodwin; second shift -- Sutphin and Hannon;

• Nov. 20 -- first shift -- Houde and Sutphin; second shift -- Sutphin and Hannon;

• Nov. 21 -- first and second shifts -- Margaret and Fletcher Bass;

• Nov. 22 -- first shift -- Goodwin and Redner; second shift -- Starnes and Hannon; and

• Nov. 23 -- first shift -- Hannon and Redner; second shift -- Goodwin and Starnes.

Sutphin, Starnes and Fletcher Bass have provided their artist statements. They are listed, beginning with Sutphin.

"Sutphin is one of the artists at Artist’s Attic. She was the featured artist for September’s Chance Art drawing with the Camden Art group. She makes jewelry, mainly from silver and gemstones. She plans on teaching classes next year on the subject of working with wire and beads. She is a level three metal clay in structure and also teaches Enameling. She has been with Artist’s Attic for a little more than a year and feels very lucky to be with such a great group of artists from all walks of art."

Starnes’ statement is provided next.

"The world of natures inspires the art of Ann Starnes. Traveling extensively in the western Rockies, she uses field sketches, observation and personal photos to depict the landscapes and wildlife of the U.S. After a trip to Africa, she has included the flora and fauna there as well. Painting primarily in watercolor, she also uses acrylic, oil and colored pencils to portray her vision.

Starnes is an award-winning artist in many venues, from Nebraska to Virginia and Maryland to South Carolina. She is a past exhibitor in the Artists in Action program which featured artists selected by the National Park Service to display their art on the National Mall in front of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the Art League, Alexandria, Virginia, and has exhibited at the Torpedo Factory there. Her works were also shown in Congressman James Moran’s constituent affairs office.

Primarily self-taught, Starnes has taken workshops along the way, most notably with Phil Metzger in Maryland and John Seery-Lester and the late Paco Young at Beartooth School of Art in Montana. While living in Maryland, she exhibited with the Rockville Art League at the C&O Canal and McGrillis Gardens and served as R&L president. She also wrote and illustrated a nature journal for Croyden Creek Nature Center in Rockville.

Now living in South Carolina, she has her own studio -- Dragonfly Studio in Lugoff, and is a member of the Artist’s Attic cooperative gallery in Camden. She is also a juried member of the Charleston Artist Guild and has participated in shows at Magnolia Gardens. She is a member and past president and vice president of the Camden Art Association, and has exhibited works in the Kershaw County Fine Arts Center."

Finally, Fletcher Bass’s artist statement:

"Bass has been a resident of South Carolina since 1973. He attended the University of South Carolina studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree but took a 35 year detour through the military. Early in his military career, Fletcher expanded his knowledge of graphic arts and advertising -- plate making and offset printing. From 1977 to ’88, he had the unique opportunity to travel across the state taking photographs and writing public service news releases for local National Guard units in the state.

He eventually earned a degree in business management and now uses his talents to create art and promote the visual arts through his photography, painting and pottery. Fletcher also enjoys working with his wife, Margaret, in the art business.

Among other affiliations, Fletcher recently started a nonprofit organization the Foundation for Aspiring Visual Artists (FFAVA). He is the most recent member, and only man represented in the Artist’s Attic cooperative. His associations include Camden Art, Artist’s Attic and FFAVA. His work is sold at 930 Broad Street in Camden."

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