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Anna Redwine

Originally from New Orleans, Anna Redwine has been a recognized South Carolina artist for over ten years. Her drawings and paintings are held in public and private collections including the South Carolina State Art Collection and the Abacus Planning Group corporate art collection. Her work has recently been exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum, the Columbia Museum of Art, and 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She was the inaugural artist in residence at Doko Farm in Blythewood, SC, and is currently collaborating with Kentucky poet Julia Johnson on a project addressing identity and displacement.
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David Yaghjian

Columbia, S.C., native and resident David Yaghjian has exhibited across the Carolinas, including Blue Spiral I Gallery in Asheville, N.C., the Florence (S.C.) Museum of Art, Gallery 80808 and Morris Gallery in Columbia and Hampton III Gallery in Greenville, S.C. In Atlanta, where he used to live, Yaghjian has shown in the Spruill Center Gallery, the Right Brain Gallery and other venues. He also painted two murals in the Georgia capital. Yaghjian holds a BA from Massachussetts’ Amherst College and studied in New York City at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Art. Among his instructors were Fairfield Porter, Leonard Baskin, Will Barnett and Chaim Koppelman.
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Eileen Blyth

Eileen Blyth is a Columbia artist known for her paintings, sculptures and installations of found objects.Originally from Charleston, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston and studied graphic design at The University of South Carolina.Eileen's work is represented by The Camilla Art Gallery in Hilton Head, Carol Saunders Gallery in Columbia and Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Heidi Darr-Hope

Having worked as a professional artist and teacher for over 40 years, her approach to art-making and teaching are well honed. Both are influenced by her enthusiastic passion for travel, her quest to understand her nighttime dreams and her longing to find the quiet in the roar. Her art and her teaching are intuitive expressions of the universal search for meaning. This quest has taken her across the world studying spiritual rituals in India and Bali, Mexican death traditions, Jungian Dream psychology, Tibetan mandalas, and expressive writing.
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Kirkland Smith

For a decade, Kirkland Smith has been creating contemporary assemblages using everyday disposable materials as an evocative way to drive home the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Through her work she challenges viewers to consider their consumer habits and believes “what we throw away says a lot about who we are, but what we choose to cherish and protect says even more.”
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Michel McNinch

Michel specializes in portraits, landscapes, and works in series. She enjoys painting realistically with an interpretive style. In her portraits, she strives to create figures that are realistic and uses symbolism to reflect the personality of her model. Constantly inspired by the life and beauty found in everyday surroundings, McNinch conveys that inspiration onto the canvas and seeks to connect with her viewers in the resulting images.
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Patricia Gilmartin

Pat spent her childhood in Atlanta, GA, and West Palm Beach, FL, eventually returning to Atlanta to work and attend college at Georgia State University. Her various work experiences there included retail sales, retail advertising, cocktail waitress, the Federal Reserve Bank, and as a practicing cartographer. From Atlanta she moved to Lawrence, KS, for post graduate work in cartography and then on to Victoria, British Columbia, for her first university teaching job. After four years there, she accepted a position at USC, where she taught cartography until she retired.
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Robert Kennedy

Art has been in my blood from an early age and I have pursued my interest in it for many years, first as a watercolor student then oils, acrylic, and charcoal.For the last 26 years I have focused on the figure as a subject using charcoal and conte crayon on paper or acrylic on canvas as my medium. Working from the live model is my choice setting, which is available with the group About Face or in my new studio at Stormwater Studios.
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Sharon Licata

Sharon is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Art and Political Science, and USC with a Masters of Media Arts. A sculptor of both realistic and abstract form, Sharon works in a variety of media: stone, bronze, clay, and formed stone. Her sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections as she has shown in many parts of the country. When not in the studio, she can usually be found teaching statewide as a "Visiting Artist" for the SC Arts Commission.
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Stephen Chesley

Stephen Chesly was born in Schenectady New York in 1952. He ehibited a natural proclivity for drawing and art almost as soon as he could hold pastel and pencil which were often Christmas gifts from his family.Growing up in Virginia Beach in the late 1950’s he was exposed to the ‘Beat Generation’ of musicians, artist, and writers when Virgina Beach was still a seasonal seaside resort. Self motivated, he continued with his drawing and small paintings along with exposure to local artist.
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