Our next event will be Tuesday, January 29. We are showcasing local artists currently exhibiting in our store. Join us from 4 to 7PM to meet some of the artists and perhaps acquire some original artwork for your home. Here’s whom we currently are showing and some examples of their work:
Luiza Somodi is Russian born who spent her early years in New York City. She graduated from The Famous Artists School. She believes “painting is an endless challenge and a perpetual joy. Art is a gift of God and must be used unto his glory.” She taught private piano lessons for 35 years hoping all the time to return to her other love, painting. She now resides in Aiken and is a member of Aiken Artist Guild and has exhibited at the Kroc Center, the South Carolina State Fair, the Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta and the Aiken Center of the Arts.
Karen Bane For 12 successful years, Karen Bane owned and operated “The Silver Spider”, an antique/furniture store in downtown historic Fredericksburg Va. while being an innkeeper at Braehead Manor Bed & Breakfast. Having moved to Aiken in 2016, she couldn’t get away from the retail bug so here she is at Aiken Antiques & Uniques. She is a vendor here at Aiken Antiques & Uniques. In addition to her original watercolor paintings; you can find her antiques, new furniture, one of a kind design pieces and home accessories.
Barbara Woolley- Barbara and her husband moved West in 1990. Barbara was inspired by the magical landscape of the Rockies and the American West and began painting the mountains and wildlife of Colorado and Wyoming. Currently she is enjoying painting in oil with a palette knife. For her, it’s all about color!!
Bill McDougall is a former Army Captain and retired as a Vietnam Veteran. He is a writer and an artist. His art has won competitions in Alabama and New York and sold his work from California to Connecticut. In 1979, his Painted Series on Vietnam traveled across the country with a mobile display of the proposed monument to raise money for “The Wall” in Washington, DC
Courtney Rugg Courtney comes from a lineage of artists. Her gret grandmother was a painter, a grandfather was a singer/actor, and a cousin is a photographer. Courtney believes that God has blessed her and to honor God and the gift he gave her, she paints using the medium that she feels best suits that subject. She paints subjects that God puts on her heart so the result is a wide array of subjects and mediums. Courtney is also a vendor here at Aiken Antiques & Uniques. In addition to her paintings; she sells original cards and other items that strike her fancy.
Carolyn Griffin has loved to draw and wanted to be an artist from a very young age. Although she was born in Washington, she spent most of her life in the Chicago area. For many years she worked in the accounting field. During this time she also completed an art degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Many summer weekends were spent participating in local art fairs. About seven years ago she escaped the cold northern winters for the hot summers of South Carolina.
She works primarily in pastel and pencil, but works in other media as well. Her love of nature and travel is reflected in very realistic images of landscapes, animals and flowers. Many precious pets have been “immortalized” in her custom pet portraits.
Louise Mellon-Louise comes from a family professional artists and was encouraged from an early age. She grew up painting, riding, and driving horses in Virginia. She has traveled the world studying fine art. Her early work was as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work is colorful, quirky, whimsical and illustrative of the way she chooses to view the world. She has served on several boards including the National Gallery of Art and the American Academy of Equine Art. In addition to painting she creates “assemblages” which are full of many details and many levels to explore. There is currently one of her assemblages in the store for you to ponder. Louise, too, is a vendor here at Aiken Antiques & Uniques. In addition to her original watercolor paintings; you may find her antiques, Oriental and Asian rugs, and creations of other artists whom she admires. We know you’ll enjoy her style of vivid color and lively expression.
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