Art exhibit opens in North Augusta

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Sep. 28—In a new art exhibit, 2D and 3D artwork are placed throughout the foyer of the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center.

The Clay Artists of the Southeast, known as the CASE, displayed their works of pottery in the form of bowls, vases and cups.

"I think that three-dimensional and two-dimensional art frequently complement each other and, as you can see in this show, many of our pieces go well with the painter that is here, Anne Nielsen," artist Gerry O'Meara said.

"So it's a good way to share what I do at home with everyone else," artist Ellen Griffin said. "Ceramics to me is tactile expressions. It's a tactile way of expressing what you feel. So being able to show someone as opposed to saying it is very helpful sometimes."

Along the walls, Appling, Georgia, artist Anne T. Nielsen displayed her genre-bending paintings.

Nielsen was inspired by an article about atom movement.

"I asked myself when I read that article, 'What if we could see the motion that was in every atom and as motion?'" Nielsen explained. "... I started having dreams and they came out like ribbons, but they have layers of meaning."

Nielsen, who is a self-taught artist, takes information from abstract and portraiture style painting to create a "glowing" effect from the canvas.

"It's not just color, it's how you use them to make it look like it's glowing," she said. "Things like when you recede into the distance, it cools off and it gets darker — it loses chroma. When you proceed, it warms up, so what's cooler blue back there might be warmer out here, and it's still blue. It's just information that is used differently."

Nielsen loves how the arts are supported in South Carolina.

"South Carolina is more supportive than any other place that I have been and South Carolina is kind of like an art machine," she said. "They support the arts, they follow through, they have programs to help artists, and I am always really impressed with South Carolina."

She has found a home for her work in North Augusta.

"I cannot tell anybody how much it means to me how supportive and open to new things because this is so different," Nielsen said. "It's not easily pegged as this or that, so for them (North Augusta) to say, 'Sure, let's try this,' ... it just means the world to me as an artist."

The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 14. To learn more about the exhibit, visit

Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community oriented business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.

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