Columbus Artists’ Guild gears up for annual exhibit

Exhibit chair Geri Davis is exhausted. After putting together the Southeastern Watercolor Show exhibit in Columbus last year, she’s put together the Columbus Artists’ Guild’s annual members exhibit.

But she’ll be the first to admit she hasn’t done either alone. She always credits the committee members who helped on both shows.

Davis is especially happy to have the CAG exhibit at Columbus State University’s downtown Corn Center for Visual Arts on Front Avenue for the first time.

“This is the only time all of the members exhibit at the same time,” she said.

When Columbus Regional Healthcare found out CAG didn’t have the money for the artists’ reception, Davis said Lance Duke and Marian Scott stepped up and underwrote the reception.

She’s also grateful to Joe Sanders, CSU’s new department of art chair, who allowed CAG to exhibit in Illges.

Allyson Comstock, the interim chair of Auburn University’s department of art, is the juror of the show. There will be prizes for Best of Show, First, Second and Third, a member’s choice award and first-time entrant award.

“There are 10 other awards given by community art patrons,” Davis said. “This year, we had four of the CAG members pass away and we have established a memorial ward to be given in their memory.”

The deceased artists are Mollie Mealing, a founding member of CAG, Sigelind “Sammie” Ginn, Manfred Metcalf and Carroll Welker.

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