Artists Guild showcases local talent


The Carroll County Artists Guild is presenting its monthlong annual exhibit, "Eye of the Artist," at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

"It's part of our goal to promote and encourage local artists," said Executive Director Hilary Pierce.

The artists, all county residents, are members of the guild, an organization that operates under the Arts Council umbrella.

The walls of the gallery are lined with works in several media, from acrylics to watercolors.

"This show has a lot of different types of art," said Sandra Cook, the Artists Guild president. "This show is supposed to represent typical work of each artist.

"The exhibit dwells on the things that we normally paint in, what we paint, and why we paint," she said.

Ms. Cook has an oil painting titled "Christina's Passion" in the show.

To be a member of the guild, individuals must join the Arts Council. Guild members participate in workshops and attend lectures. They sometimes meet socially.

The guild has 26 members and meets monthly. Ms. Cook would like to see that number increase.

"Our commitments are so great, we are constantly painting to keep up," Ms. Cook said.

Membership is not limited to artists, although most of the members are visual artists.

"The only stipulation we have is that the guild is an adult organization, so a person has to be 18 years old or older," said Ms. Cook. "We really enjoy having people who just enjoy being around art."

"The artists that are associated with the guild pursue it as a pastime or participate in juried shows," Ms. Pierce said.

To be "juried," works are critiqued by a panel at the Arts Council.

"We asked the artists to select a piece that they would like to have shown," Ms. Cook.

The show will continue through Oct. 29. Admission is free. All pieces are for sale at prices set by the artists. Prices range from $45 to $650.

Gallery exhibits change monthly. On Nov. 13, there will be an artists workshop featuring artists and a lecture from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The showing will offer works in oil by A.B. Huddleston.

Ms. Cook believes that "Eye of the Artist" is one of the best annual exhibitions thus far.

"Our show has grown because our membership has grown," she said.

The Carroll County Arts Council Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.

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