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Stamie Cline From Anderson, SC, is the 2019 Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Quilter of the Year

November 5, 2019

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT) honored Stamie Cline, from Anderson, SC, as the 2019 Quilter of the Year. The Quilter of the Year award was initiated in 2010 to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. She was present her award on Nov. 2, 2019, at a reception provided by the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild and the UHQT, held at the Anderson County Library and attended by family and community members.

Stamie Cline

Stamie is small in stature with a voice and passion for life that belies her physical self. She started sewing at the age of 12 making her own clothes and learning to embroider. During the Bicentennial in 1976, she began quilting. As a young adult, maybe 25 – 26 years old, she went to the local library in Dyer, Indiana, and searched through all 141 books of patterns, ideas, and sewing directions. Her plan was to display handmade items – clothing and quilts -in the glass case at the library featuring these books.

Stamie comes from a long and distinguished family of seamstresses. Her Aunt Nell taught her to sew and both grandmothers sewed. Her mother’s Aunt Jeanine made custom suits for men. Stamie still has the Slant-a-Matic Singer machine she learned how to sew on as a girl. Her Aunt Floss also inspired her because she did alterations on wedding gowns. Stamie said, “I can still see her at night in a pool of light bent over her machine.”

While living in Indiana, Stamie joined a group of women and learned to hand quilt. When she was 28, she moved to Simpsonville, SC, and two years later to the Anderson area. Now, as a retiree, she devotes her time to philanthropy sewing efforts. Stamie is the philanthropy coordinator for both of Anderson’s quilt guilds, Electric City and Prickly Fingers.

She also is active in the Production Team of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and assists in painting the blocks and teaching others how to master the craft every Friday. She had been teaching a friend, Laura Shiffler to sew – simple blocks and nine patches for PAWS- cats and dogs. Laura says, “Stamie was an introvert when we first met- shy and quiet. Now she is self-confident and when she talks- you know it is her heart coming out.”

Stamie spends much of her time making quilts for children, Quilts of Valor, the Cancer Association and sometimes family or custom orders. After Stamie’s mother passed, she chose to donate the use of that home for teaching quilting, promoting philanthropy efforts, utilizing a midarm quilting machine, and storing the guilds’ library and donated fabrics. Stamie is also part of Quilts of Valor for Veterans and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have classes there.” The house, dubbed the Sew Inn, is open to anyone who wants to learn sewing and machine quilting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

In 2009, Stamie lost her job at Bosch and recounts, “I believed my dream of the Sew Inn was unattainable. But I remembered what Pastor Berry said and stepped out in faith – and look where we are now!” When asked what encouraged Stamie to be involved in philanthropy sewing she said, “Pastor Berry used to say, ‘Pursue your passion – God gives everyone a gift- find your gift, your passion, and pursue it.’” Stamie continued saying, “When you pursue your passion, you will find your purpose. These children who receive our quilts and other gifts will never know who we are. But as adults, they will remember someone did something for them who didn’t have to – and I hope that makes a difference.”

At one point, Stamie owned her own craft shop and was dedicated in teaching many students and encouraging their creativity. Her work – much of it unique and her own design – has been displayed in several venues, including the Anderson County Museum, the Anderson County Library, and the Anderson Quilt Show.

Across the nation, many quilters see that the art of quilting is enjoying a resurgence. Stamie states it is because “People have a need for self-expression that remains after we are gone – something that says I was here – a legacy of love and time.”

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC Adds Another Quilt Block to the Trail in Anderson, SC

June 27, 2018

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC adds quilt block #219 Drunken Sailor to the ever expanding Quilt Trail.

Descendants of Ida Bell Nelson Turner, Quilt Maker, Variation of the “Drunken Sailor” Pattern. Created near Shellhorn, AL, around 1910/20.
Left front to rear: Diann Simms (granddaughter) and Nelson Brooks (great-grandson)
Right front to rear: Simms Brooks (great-granddaughter), Holland Simms (grandson), Eden Brooks (great-great-grandaughter) and Walt Brooks (great-grandson)

Experienced quilters will recognize Ida Bell Nelson Turner’s lovely, complex quilt as an example of the Drunkard’s Path pattern. This is one of the more challenging quilt blocks to construct because of its curved piecing and complicated block layout. Turner’s quilt is distinguished by its intricate arrangement of blocks and its balanced placement of color. Its block layout is more complicated than other common arrangements. Its bright early 20th century fabrics make this Drunkard’s Path an especially cheerful quilt.

Turner likely made this quilt sometime after 1920 while living with her husband, Newman Sebastian Turner, in Pike County, AL. She lived in close proximity to her many relatives and friends who joined with her to complete quilts for each other. Turner’s granddaughter Diann Simms—the owner of this quilt and sponsor of this block—says Ida told her she used to “put the pieces together” and then family and friends would gather and quilt. According to Turner, not everyone in the group got a completed quilt each year. They “took turn about.” While Ida’s quilt is admired for its beauty and craftsmanship today, its original purpose was covering beds and keeping warm. Like many quilts of the early 20th century, this quilt is backed with bright yellow fabric. The quilt top has a border of blue and bright yellow.

The Drunkard’s Path’s zig zag pattern of curved pieces resembles the path a drunk might walk after a night of drinking. Some quilt historians note that the Drunkard’s Path pattern was popular among quilters during the nation’s experiment with Prohibition. These historians believe that women who supported the temperance movement may have used this pattern to express their support of the anti-alcohol cause. There is, however, some disagreement among quilt historians about the theory’s validity. Turner’s granddaughter Diann doubts that her grandmother made this quilt as a political statement but thinks she’d have found its name, Drunkard’s Path, funny since Ida abstained from alcohol all her life.

Turner was born in 1880 and died in 1966. She is buried near Shelhorn, AL. This quilt block is located at 66 Oleander Drive, Anderson, SC.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Offers Quilt Block to Honor UHQT Quilter of the Year – #208 Wild Thing

February 27, 2018

In 2016, The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT) announced the selection of Anderson city resident, Diane Schonauer, as the UHQT quilter of the year. This program is sponsored by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to recognize a resident of either Anderson, Oconee or Pickens County who is a quilter and has provided community service and leadership through their quilting.

Schonauer, a transplant from Illinois, began quilting over twenty five years ago and has experimented with both fiber quilts and hand painted wooden and aluminum quilt panels.

Philanthropy is a core value of Schonauer’s. Her work with the Anderson quilt Guilds, Quilters of South Carolina, Anderson Quilts of Valor and the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and other community organizations keeps her very busy most days of the week.

As the quilter of the year the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail sponsors a quilt in honor of the awardee. Schonauer selected one of her quilts “Wild Thing” to be replicated. She opted to donate the hand painted quilt panel to the City of Anderson. The City of Anderson has placed it on the city parking garage, located at the corner of Murray and 130 W. Whitner Streets, this is the perfect location as one of the buildings visitors to Anderson pass on their trip.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Three New Quilt Blocks

April 27, 2017

# 196 “The Together Tree” and #197 “Star of Leadership”

The first two quilts displayed on Pickens County schools can be found at West End Elementary School on Pelzer Highway, just south of Route 123 as you enter Easley, SC, from the west. They are funded by the school and are the brainchildren of the principal, Angie Rodgers. Resident art teacher, Christina Covington’s 4th grade art students participated in the painting of both “Star of Leadership” and “The Together Tree.” The students also submitted names for the two squares, which were then selected by vote. Covington also was involved in painting, taking time off from her Christmas holiday to come to the Walhalla, SC, studio to paint the geometric details of the background in the “Star of Leadership” quilt square.

“The Together Tree” is based originally on an art project designed by a former art teacher, Erin Murphy, at the school. This framed painting hangs in the front entrance of the school and is decorated with the fingerprints of students and teachers at West End. “The fingerprints symbolize that we are all part of something bigger and how we all work together in our own unique and special ways,” states Covington.

The original quilts were also the inspiration of West End’s current principal, Angie Rodgers, who asked a group of quilters, mostly made up of retired West End teachers, to design and sew two hanging quilt squares for the school to display on the walls. Members of this quilting circle meet weekly to sew and also take sewing trips together. The group started approximately eight years ago and includes; Gail King, Janet Hadaway, Kathy Peot, Beth Holcombe and Paula Grant. King and Hadaway were former 4th grade teachers and Holcombe taught 5th grade. Peot is a retired nurse, but is also the mom of former West End students! Grant, a retired 5th grade Science teacher and the youngest of the quilters has recently retired from West End and can now participate fully in the fun.

“The Together Tree”, designed by Janet Hadaway, depicts a tree, surrounded by an appliqued window frame and decorated with actual buttons on a raindrop printed background. This quilt celebrates the diversity of West End as well as the many students who have come and gone through the school.

The “Star of Leadership”, also created as a quilted wall hanging was designed by Beth Holcombe. This block is a variation of the traditional “Star of the Alamo” block pattern. It was inspired by the bright, primary colored blocks in the tiled floors of the hallways of the school, especially where the halls meet at an intersection. This pattern was chosen for its likeness to a compass, directing students to move forward to reach their goals.

The two quilt squares are mounted in front of the school, on a brick marquee, formerly used for school signage and the fabric quilts will be displayed in the school building.

Quilt block #198 has been added to the array of quilts in Anderson, SC

Reagan Smith of 26 Oleander Drive selected a “LeMoyne Star” for placement on her backyard fence. Lystra Seymour from Anderson, SC, made the fabric quilt Smith told us:

“Mrs. Seymour husband is a physician that I call on and he proudly displays his wife’s quilts in his office waiting room as well as his patient rooms….this particular quilt happened to be in his back patient room several years ago when it truly caught my eye… knew that with its simplistic design and bold colors that this was the quilt block design I wanted!”

“This eight point star has many names ‘LeMoyne Star’, ‘Puritan Star’ and ‘Lemon Star’ to name a few. There are several theories on who created this pattern. One theory is that the LeMoyne brothers Pierre and Jean Baptist who founded New Orleans had this particular star pattern prominent in Jean Baptiste’s coat of arms. The earliest published date of the ‘LeMoyne Star’ is in a collection of patterns attributed to Joseph Doyle in 1911, according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of ‘Pieced Quilt Patterns’. The configuration falls into the category of ‘Eight-pointed/45 degree Diamond Stars’. Doyle called this pattern ‘Puritan Star’ as the design traveled throughout the country the name became corrupted into ‘Lemon Star’.”

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Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “42nd Annual Juried Show” – Deadline Apr. 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

The Anderson Arts Center’s “42nd Annual Juried Show” and Partnership for Public Arts: SculpTOUR will accept entries on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, through Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, from 10am–4pm in Anderson, SC. Over $18,000 in prizes for Best In Show, Second, Third with specials awards in photography, watercolor, fine craft, and purchase awards are available. Awards for outdoor sculpture total $6,000. The announcement of winners will be held at the Awards Ceremony on Friday, Apr. 28. The show will run until May 26, 2017.

Entries for the annual juried show should be delivered to 110 Federal Street in Anderson, SC. Sculpture entries may be entered as photographs with full description by e-mail at ( A prospectus may be obtained by calling 864/222-2787 or online at (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Recognizes Tommy Forrest

December 11, 2015


Tommy Forrest was honored with this painted quilt by the members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Anderson Production team in November 2015. The quilt hangs in his quilting room at home in Anderson, SC.

Forrest is the one of the most loved and respected members of our Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild here in Anderson. He started quilting at age 68 with encouragement from his sister, Linda Hempel, following his wife’s death. His first quilt was “Winning Hand” which won a ribbon in a local area quilt show. He and his sister have made dozens and dozens of quilts and pillow cases for local charities and nursing homes since 2012.

Tommy Forrest, chairperson of Anderson area Quilts of Valor (QOV) program and Diane Schonauer , UHQT Anderson production leader presenting painted quilt panel in appreciation for Tommy’s dedication to veterans.

He is the chairperson of our area Quilts of Valor program.  A veteran himself, he feels strongly about his fellow soldiers. The QOV program has become a calling for him especially after being wrapped himself on October 23, 2013. Since then he has made 40 quilts for the program himself and his group has wrapped over 100 veterans here in Anderson County alone.

The original was group project coordinated by Diane Schonauer. She shared that “this quilt pattern was found by my friend, Diane Kunzer, when we lived in Illinois. She put together a group of 10 women to do a Half-quarter square block exchange. Each participant utilized quarter square triangle paper and created 5 full sheets of red fabrics and 4 full sheets of cream/beige fabrics. Once sewn, these sheets were cut apart into Half-quarter squares, and divided by 10. Each person received their pieces and worked to complete the “stripes”. None of us repeated a fabric. Consequently, there are over 180 different fabrics used in the stripes.

“Each participant chose their own design for the star shield portion of the quilt. I selected the Ohio Star that was featured on the quarter square triangle paper package and made half square triangles in cream and blue which finish at 1,” said Kunzer.

“It was challenging to get all the points to match. I put this project away for a few years, moved to SC, and finally finished it in 2004. Nine of the participants are pictured on the quilt label. This piece hangs in my upper hallway where it greets me first thing each day.  It is a reminder of the great country we are fortunate to live in”.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Anderson, SC

July 30, 2015


Concord Elementary, located at 2701 Calrossie Road in Anderson, SC, is the 152nd location to join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Concord Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School meaning students are taught to be responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Kay King, art teacher, stated that “’Lighthouse to the World’ pattern showing children from different cultures holding hands around the world was a wonderful fit for our school.”

Students working on quilt


“Lighthouse to the World” was designed by Mike Lucas from the McDowell Quilt Trail in North Carolina and this quilt panel is located on Eastfield Elementary School in Marion. NC. Lucas states “I have been with the quilt trail since we started in 2006, now approaching block #200. I have done all the design work for all the blocks, including this one that is non-traditional. Also I have constructed, painted (with occasional help), and installed (with considerable help) all the blocks”. Lucas worked closely with sponsors to create a quilt pattern that represents their mission.  “Each of the four corners of the block have a yellow and old structure representing a lighthouse with white rays of light radiating from the center on each side.  Boys and girls of all cultures and skin pigments are united hand to hand dressed in bright clothing on a background of black. Their feet are all based around the world in the center of the block, the globe representing land, sea and white clouds in a blue sky.” Additional information about the McDowell Trail can be found at (

Art Beat in Action Day is an annual event at Concord Elementary encouraging learning through art and is sponsored by Wanda Griffin Elrod’s family in her memory. Elrod was a former student and parent of four students who attended Concord, Jenna, Betsy, Allie, and Rebecca Elrod. Her father and mother started the donation, and after her mother’s death, her dad, Gene Griffin, and his wife, Beth continues the legacy. The 2015 event was held on Thursday, March 26.

Campbell and Kay King teachers at Concord Elementary collaborated with the entire staff to create a plan for a day of “art in action.” they had various artists and volunteers from the area assisting students and teachers in creating collaborative art pieces and artifacts that would enhance the school and be permanently displayed for all the school community to enjoy. Third grade students worked with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to paint an outdoor display and create a fabric wall hanging of “Lighthouse to the World”. King stated “This was a perfect fit to tie in to the third grade standards on South Carolina Heritage.”

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds Nine Patch Quilt Block in Anderson, SC

December 31, 2014


The log home of Patricia and Randy Travis located at 301 Lazy Street, Anderson, SC, has been added to the quilt trail by the addition of a Nine Patch quilt family heirloom.


The Nine Patch quilt block is one of several kinds of patchwork quilts. Some of the earliest blocks consisted of blocks made up of 4 squares of fabric sewn together (4 Patch), or 9 squares of fabric sewn together (9 Patch) in many variations. These early patchwork designs allowed thrifty quilters to use very small scraps of fabric.

Annie Mae Hawkins Brewer is the cloth quilt maker and the great aunt of Patricia Travis. She was a significant part of Patricia’s early childhood years. Annie Mae was born in 1892 and was living in Starr, SC, when she died in 1971. According to Patricia, Annie Mae’s mother taught her to sew and make quilts. She would visit Patricia’s grandmother often on Issaqueena Trail in Clemson, SC, often staying for weeks at a time. Annie Mae’s sister, Emily Smith, made cotton shirtwaist dresses for Annie Mae, that included a pocket over the left breast to hold her hearing aid battery. Great Aunt Mae pieced the quilt out of some of the fabric scraps from those dresses, as well as old feed sacks she had saved. She eventually gave the pieced quilt top to Patricia’s mother, Evelyn Nelms, who then asked Patricia to find someone to finish it. Patricia and her husband were living in West Virginia at the time and found a woman who lived near Charleston, WV, to finish it for her.  Patricia inherited the cloth quilt in 1998 after her mother died. It now hangs in their log home. Each family member (her three daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren, and Patricia’s 81 year old Aunt Barbara McLees (her mother’s only living sibling) chose their favorite blocks in the cloth quilt to be painted.

While browsing in an antique shop in Pendleton, SC, Patricia found this quote: “Families are like quilts, lives pieced together, stitched with smiles and tears, colored with memories, and bound by love.”

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger – Every Day

August 24, 2014


Pickens, SC, adds to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail


The Pickens Senior Center located in the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block was sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program. The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger (1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making.

She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the US Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC, area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA, and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers “Medallion Quilt Book”, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail


The Road to Jericho quilt block is designed from a quilt made from fabrics collected over several decades by Clara Webb Lindsay, in 1995. Clara, a longtime resident of Anderson County, attended Roberts until her death in 1998 at the age of 89. The cloth quilt now belongs to her niece, Judy Stevanovich, who is a member of Roberts and lives in Anderson.  The quilt block was sponsored by members of the Unfinished Objects Quilt Bee who meet regularly at Roberts Church.

The quilt pattern is a deviation of the String Quilt pattern with the Road to Jericho running through the quilt.  Over 250 hours were spent first mapping and then painting the block by a dozen church members along with the Anderson County Production Team. The Road to Jericho Quilt block now hangs on the cemetery side of the church sanctuary.

The Road to Jericho is infamous for the story of the Good Samaritan who journeyed on the 20 miles from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It is a rocky and treacherous journey with a descent from Mount Olives to the Jordan valley below dropping about 4000 feet.  There are many places along the road that allows for hiding places for robbers and murders.

A poor man was traveling along the road when robbers attack him. Because he was poor all they took from him were his clothes and left him beaten and bleeding. Two travelers came by, a priest and a Levite. Extending no compassion to the destitute and wounded man, they crossed to the other side of the road and went on their way.  But shortly, a Samaritan happened by and extended help to the wounded man. The kind, generous benevolence paid to this poor stranger has been retold in every generation since. It will forever exemplify the Christian attitude toward those in need without respect for race, wealth, or standing in the community.

Roberts Church has been here for spiritual guidance to the community since 1789. It was named for a Colonel Roberts who was deeded land in the area in 1784. The whole area was known as the Roberts Community. There are still some member families who can trace their roots back to the founding of Roberts Church, or Simpson’s Meeting House. It was also referred to as the “father of Presbyterianism in Anderson County.” Similarly, it can be said that Roberts’s church was the “mother church” to First Presbyterian and the “grandmother church” to Central Presbyterian, both in the city of Anderson. The main church building was rebuilt in 1824, 1857 and 1937.  Major Renovations and additional facilities were completed in 1965, 1994 and 2000. Additional property was purchased in 1990 and 2010.

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“SC Watermedia Society’s 37th Annual Exhibition” Takes Place at Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC

August 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: For the first time in about 20 years or more – we didn’t offer our readers info about the annual members exhibition of the SC Watermedia Society. Due to health problems the person who usually would get us this info turned over publicity to folks in Anderson. If I had known that ahead of time I would have looked for the info myself. The folks in Anderson have a bad habit of not communicating very well – at least with us, but I don’t see much info about their exhibits anywhere outside of the Anderson area. They receive money from the SC Arts Commission which mostly comes from our tax dollars, but they don’t feel they need to let us know what they are doing with that money. No wonder the Tea Baggers want to take away arts funding. We have had a long time relationship with the SC Watermedia Society and we were not going to let this go by without getting the word out the best we can – now in this post and next month in the Sept. issue of “Carolina Arts”.


The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) announces its annual juried competition. The opening reception was held on Aug. 2, 2014, at the Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC. The exhibition will continue through Sept. 12, 2014.

The juror for the show was William Jameson, an internationally-renowned artist specializing in landscapes and residing in Saluda, NC. The exhibition will feature 100 of the most talented water-based media artists from across the states of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Additionally, SCWS hosted a painting workshop with Jameson at the Anderson Arts Center June 23-25, 2014.

Work by Vickie Bailey Ebbers

Work by K. Wayne Thornley

The exhibition will culminate with the 30-award winning entries featured in a show that will travel throughout the state. The exhibit will provide public access to the “best of the best” and is facilitated by the South Carolina State Museum.

SCWS is a non-profit and IRS 501C3 corporation whose purpose is promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members and providing visual arts programs to the public. Its almost 300 members are from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Work by Steve Garner

Work by Barbara St. Denis

Rosemary Moore of Honea Path, SC, is serving as the 2014 presiding officer for SCWS. In announcing the 2014 plans, she said, “Members of the SCWS represent the most talented and diverse artists in the region. The exhibition will draw many art appreciators to Anderson and to venues that will host the traveling show.”

The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) is the only statewide visual arts organization in South Carolina. It nurtures and promotes artists who work in watermedia (i.e. watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and mixed media in conjunction with watermedia on any surface) by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and educational programs. The public is provided with many quality art experiences including exhibitions and art education in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. For more than 25 years cities across the state have hosted the Annual Traveling Exhibition; more than 20,000 visitors viewed the exhibition last year.

Work by Constance McKeown

Work by Jane Doyle

The Top 30 Award Winner Are: (listed by value of awards):

Vickie Bailey Ebbers, of Hilton Head Island, SC, for “Bill’s Bucket”, watercolor on gessoed paper – First Place “Best of Show” – SCWS Award in Honor of Scottie Hodge: $1000

Xiao Xing Hu, of Greenville, SC, for “Little Miss Evelyn”, Transparent Watercolor – Second Place, Webb-Craft Family Foundation Award: $750

K. Wayne Thornley, of Columbia, SC, for “Figure 536”, Acrylic and ink on canvas – Third Place, Robert and Lou Rainey Award: $500

Carolyn Epperly, of Charleston, SC, for “Dokbua”, transparent watercolor – Wells Fargo Bank Award: $500

Lori Solymosi, of Pendleton, SC, for “Neptune Beach Carnival Cuties”, Acrylic on Canvas with some collage – Georgetown County Watercolor Society Award: $350

Constance McKeown, of Rock Hill, SC, for “Negotiations”, watercolor on Yupo – Supporters of Artists (SOA) Award: $300

Maura Kenny, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Homage to Joan of Arc”, watercolor, beads, stitching – In Honor of SCWS Educators Teaching Future Generations of Artists Award: $300

Mary Ann Brock, of Aiken, SC, for “Lily in Tomales Bay”, watercolor on paper – Honea Path Arts Center-Memorial to Lou Ashley Award: $300

Randy Armstrong, of Greer, SC, for “Sparkling Stream”, Acrylic on Board – Anderson Arts Center Award: $250

Rebecca Lawson Carruth, of Hartwell, GA, for “Kiss of the Moon”, Watercolor on Watercolor paper – Belton Center for the Arts Award: $250

Anne Hightower-Patterson, of Leesville, SC, for “Miss Sarah”, Watercolor and Casean on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper – Helen Beacham and Workshop Students Award: $250

Carrie Burns Brown, of Greenville, SC, for “And The Beat Goes On”, Acrylic on Paper – SCWS Past Presidents Award: $250,

Sherry Strickland Martin, of Myrtle Beach, SC, for “Crabbing on Caper’s Creek”, Transparent Watercolor – SCWS Board of Directors Award: $250

Becky Hollingsworth, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Middleton Kettles”, Watercolor on Arches Paper – Al Stine Memorial Award: $250

Alexis Lavine, of Greensboro, NC, for “Rooftop Congregation”, transparent watercolor – Friends of Damita Jeter Award: $250

Heather Noe, of Columbia, SC, for “Lofty Vista”, Acrylic on canvas – Rosemary Moore Award, Given by Jan Meeks and Nancy Foster: $250

Steve Garner, of Simpsonville, SC, for “Prairie Power”, acrylic on canvas – Ann Finch Memorial Award: $200

Melinda Kilcoyne Smith, of Columbia, SC, for “Rhapsody in Purple”, acrylic – Toni and Sam Elkins Award: $200

Rose Metz, of Sumter, SC, for “Abstract Floral,”, Watercolor with some collage – Lena Massara Memorial Award: $200

Rosie Coleman, of Athens, GA, for “The Pearl Earring,”, Watercolor – First Time Exhibitor Award from Pawleys Island Art Studio, Brenda and Herb Lawson: $200

Denise Athanas, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Making a Connection II”, acrylic on paper – City Art/ Art Express Award: $200

Lee Monts, of Columbia, SC, for “Broken Fence”, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper – Artist of Studio South Award: $200

Barbara St. Denis, of Easley, SC, for “Time Series 162: On an Upward Swing”, Acrylic Collage with Found Objects – Renea Eshleman Award: $200

John Anderson, of Hendersonville, NC, for “I Think I’m Losing My Marbles”, watercolor – Trannie and Mazen Abboushi: $200

Jane Doyle, Racing Time, $925, Trenholm Artist Guild Award: 200, Greer, SC, acrylic on canvas

Brenda Lawson, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Out to Dry”, watercolor – Bay 3 Artist Award in Memory of Liz Cox Smith: $200

Dixie Leibert, of Morehead City, NC, for “See Me Mommy”, Watercolor – Denise Athanas, DBA Aqua Media Art Award: $200

Lynn Schilling, of Lake Wylie, SC, for “Mary Sunshine”, watercolor – Art Award in Honor of Mary Elizabeth Ferdon by Georgetown County Watercolor Society: $200

Sandra Roper, of Fountain Inn, SC, for “Thinking of Home”, watercolor – Joe Holladay Award in Honor of Efforts with the 2014 Exhibit: $200

Lynn Greer, of Greenville, SC, for “One Arrow”, watercolor – SCWS Award in Honor of All Artists’ Continued Participation: $200

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