Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony wraps up 21st yearPublished 6:52pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony wrapped up its four-day workshop by celebrating award winners and honoring those who helped make the colony what it is today.
Held on the Children’s Harbor campus, this year’s workshop attracted 50 artists from around the Southeast.
“This is the 21st year of the Art Colony. I think it’s fantastic. We’ve had artists from Mississippi, Tennessee – primarily Alabama – but some from Georgia as well,” said Art Colony president Sarah Wade. “They love it and so many of them have come back from year to year. We have some new people come this year and sign up for next year. We’re already booking well into next year.”
Wade announced award winners Tuesday night.
Linda Goslin’s ‘Portrait of Hugh’ was chosen as the colony’s purchase piece, which the colony purchases to put on display at the Alexander City Board of Education.
The portrait was of Hugh Williams, who was the first instructor of the Art Colony and had been one more than anyone else.
Lee Ann Ramey’s untitled piece and Melissa Tubbs ‘Southern Depot’ piece won the Merit Award.
Betty Carroll’s piece ‘Davis’ and Laura Gaines Waldo’s ‘Breaking a Stick’ each won the Peer Award.
During Tuesday’s presentation, the Art Colony also recognized Wayne Fuller, who is credited with helping the Art Colony get on solid footing by helping get grants and funding among other actions.
“Without him, I’m not sure we would have an Art Colony. Wayne Fuller has a large body of work in various media. He paints in oil and acrylic,” Wade said. “Thousands of people have seen and appreciated Wayne’s skills in sculpting and design without ever knowing this talented man who created what they’re enjoying.
“When Sarah Carlisle Towery asked Wayne in 1994 if he would take on the Art Colony, he said yes. He gathered a group of talented, dedicated people who worked hard to get the colony on footing.”
Artists painted six hours a day at the four-day workshop.
This year’s instructors were Nancy Chaboune, Rick Mills and Nan Cunningham.