If you want to see what kind of work the members of the Columbus Artists' Guild is doing, go to Columbus State University's Illges Gallery in the Corn Center for Visual Arts downtown, 921 Front Ave.
I walked down there at lunch today and the exhibit is very good. Excellent, in fact.
Three of the artists chose to draw river rafters. I thought maybe more would do that, but I'll bet next year, there will be plenty of whitewater art.
It was good to see that I was not the only person wandering in the gallery, too. There were plenty of people looking at the art as well as checking out a living, breathing artist as she worked in the hallway just outside the gallery. Gloria Sampson was the artist in the hall today.
The exhibit features 100 works in paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolors, sculpture, pottery and photography.
You can see the exhibit between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and June 22. Next week is the final week of the exhibit.
Demonstrations by artists are between 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Here's the list of artists:
Helen Lee: Saturday. Lee is a native Southerner. One of her paintings has traveled the world. Her painting Riverwalk was the cover art for the Columbus International Marketing Campaign folder sent worldwide, describing Columbus as it hosted the womens softball games for the 1996 Olympics. She is known for her watercolor style that is fluid, free and impressionistic. She will demonstrate a riverwalk painting.
Diane Osborne: Monday. Osborne was born in North Carolina but as a military spouse, she has had a life abundant with travel and experiences to draw from. Diane is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and the Alabama Watercolor Society. Her work has also been accepted by the National Watercolor Society. She focuses primarily on architectural designs in pen and ink, watercolor and oils. Fort Benning Command uses her military prints as farewell gifts to soldiers and dignitaries from all countries in North and South America. She will demonstrate house portraiture from photography. Rosanne Peters: Tuesday. Peters is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Portrait Society of America. While her paintings include landscapes, figurative, still lifes and abstracts, portraits are her true passion. Her work can be found in galleries, homes and businesses and collections from California to New York as well as Europe and Asia. She will demonstrate alla prima portraits of her grandchildren.
Len Jagoda: Wednesday. Jagodas passion for horses and dogs is the inspiration for his art. His work in pastels and bronze sculpture can be seen in many juried exhibitions, galleries and shows. Most of his award-winning work is found in private homes, prestigious horse farms of Kentucky, and even in Saudi Arabia but have also been seen on the covers of Chronicle of the Horse and Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He will demonstrate clay sculpture of an animal, starting from scratch, to be later cast in bronze.
Helena Meek: Thursday. Meeks is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the American Impressionists Society. She is known for her ability to capture history on canvas. Her work is in high demand among interior decorators. She will demonstrate pastel oil glazing and undercoating.
Pat Christian: Friday. Christian is a member of the Georgia Watercolor society and has studied under many well-known local and Southern artists. Favorite subjects include landscapes and architecture -- things that capture a sense of place. Her work can be seen in juried shows around the Southeast. A master of traditional techniques and color harmony, she will demonstrate architectural and landscape painting.
Milton Lenoir: June 22. Lenoir is an internationally-known professional artist who has lived his entire life in the Columbus-Phenix City area. His paintings are primarily oil and acrylic and are as diverse as his travels. His work can be found in private collections all over the world. He will demonstrate a moderate-sized landscape from start to finish.
Call Eric Maddox at 706-494-1882.