Art Guild to host three Evergreen artists

Published 8:18pm Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Instead of just one artist of the month, the Selma Art Guild is hosting three seasoned artists from Evergreen, Ala.

Suzanne Skipper, Connie Kilpatrick and Betty Rigsby, all representing the Suzanne Skipper Studio, will be featured at the guild throughout the month of January.

“I would encourage people to come to the exhibit because they’ll see the work of three different people and see how we approach our art,” said Kilpatrick, who works in watercolor, oil and acrylic mediums.

The three Evergreen natives began making art together in May when they established the Suzanne Skipper Studio, which is located in a former business building in McKenzie, Ala.

“We’re doing classes in all mediums and we are about to start a ‘Come Paint with Me’ class every Thursday,” Kilpatrick said. “We’re hoping to have good results with that.

Kilpatrick, who teaches an elementary class at a local private school, said although she, Skipper and Rigsby have never had the label of “artist,” they each have a deep appreciation for art and love sharing their talents with others.

“We all have a great sense of humor and enjoy so much laughter while we’re inspiring each other to paint,” Kilpatrick said. “That collaboration really spurs us on.”

Along with conventional art mediums, Kilpatrick said she also likes to experiment with large decorative painting.

“I’m going to bring samples of work I’ve done with interior designers as well,” she said.

Rigsby primarily works with watercolor and Skipper with oils, Kilpatrick said. Each artist will bring samples of their work to the guild for community members to view.

“I really encourage everyone to come out and see it,” she said.

The Art Guild will be open each Friday and Saturday in January beginning Jan. 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

There is no charge to visit.

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