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Posted on March 11th, 2007 by Carolyn Miller.
Categories: News and Events.
Reinvigorated artists’ work on display
By Tony Baughman
Theirs is a sisterhood of the brush.
Seven local artists, one common love, and now the chance to display their works together in a single place.
Dale Chew, Jennifer Courtenay, Suzanne Hulligan, Carolyn Miller, Jane Popiel, Barbara Walcher, and Pamela Wilson gathered at Hitchcock Healthcare on Thursday to hand their florals, seascapes, and equine art in the lobby.
The 25 pieces will hang in the lobby through March.
“There’s about seven of us that have renewed our art that we set aside for years to raise families and so forth.” Miller said, “We’ve come together and found the joy of art again, and we decided to come together here because we enjoy being together and doing the artwork.
In the past seven months since picking up her brush again, Miller has created almost 40 works of art. One of them now on display at Hitchcock Healthcare, called “The First Mount,” is a tribute to the center’s namesake — a pencil and ink sketch of Louis Marie “Lulie” Eustis, known as the “Queen of the Winter Colony,” who was married to revered sportsman Thomas Hitchcock.
Dale Chew studied art in high school but hadn’t painted much since until two years ago, when she moved to Aiken. She has since created 15 or so watercolors and pastels, and two of them are now hanging at Hitchcock Healthcare.
Barbara Walcher has been painting off and on for most of her adult life but switched from oils to watercolors two years ago. Jane Popiel is a draftsman by trade, but her business card also proudly touts her watercolors of people and pets - featuring a lifelike painting of her two granddaughters and a neighbor’s cat.
Collectively, these talented women are telling all of Aiken through their various media, from graphite to pastels, how much joy they draw from their rekindled art.
“I’m new to Aiken, I moved here last May, and making new artist funds and gearing back up and painting - rather than doing the architectural design I’ve been doing for years — it’s nice.” Popiel said. “It’s a wonderful camaraderie between us, trying to help each other out, joining together and trying to show out works and get our names our there. This has been a very nice opportunity.”