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Columbus Artists' Guild opens annual member show tonight

There is a certain philosophy of art, which former Columbus Artists’ Guild president Eric Maddox will share with you, that says any art work should grab your eyes from across the room.

“As you get closer, there should be something in it to entertain you for a while,” Maddox said.

At the Illges Gallery, at Columbus State University’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, there are now 85 pieces to do just that.

That’s not as many as the guild has ever had — the largest show had more than 100 pieces — but it’s more than enough to wrap around the gallery, doubling up occasionally.

This year’s Columbus Artists’ Guild Member Show is the 65th since the guild’s founding in 1950, Maddox said, and will feature pieces in most media you can imagine: watercolor landscapes, photography and six three-dimensional works.

The best part is that this year’s art is the best the guild has had.

“When I look at it in the context of this year versus 10 years ago, there’s quite a difference and we’re progressing and I think we have a much better show,” said Guild president Bucky Bowles. “... People are putting more into it, are a bit more attentive to their art.”

Also, Maddox said as a joke, “The membership is getting older and getting more experienced.”

The member show will come down on Aug. 2 while the gallery will host artist demonstrations on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings until then.

The majority of the 85 works will be for sale; the show will be judged by Canadian artist and Auburn professor Wendy DesChene.

Best in show will take home $800.

IF YOU GO

Columbus Artists’ Guild Member Show — Opening Reception

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Illges Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front Ave.

The show will be on display through Aug. 2

Artist demonstrations are at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

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