Art Guild show opens

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sunday’s opening at the Selma Art Guild Gallery (SAGG) was quite unlike their usual openings.

In addition to displaying a new selection of artwork, local artists were on hand to actually demonstrate their unique style of art.

“This is the first time since I’ve been the president that someone actually demonstrated art techniques,” said Joanne Nichols.

Nichols, who showed methods of watercolor painting, said that Jo Taylor created pottery on the pottery wheel and Charles “Tin Man”

Lucas made wire sculptures.

“We’re really, really thrilled to have the Tin Man here,” she said. “I hope we will keep some of his work.”

The opening also allowed the SAGG to show off improvements that were made to the building.

“We’ve done a lot renovations here,” said Cam Walker, SAGG Treasurer and former president. “We have new floors, new hangings, and new lighting.”

Those who were present seemed to appreciate the organization’s efforts.

“I just think they’ve done wonders with this,” said Jackie Lord. “The support here is wonderful.”

Lord, who is now the director of the Tuscaloosa Art Guild, said that she was the president and director of the Selma Art Guild many years ago.

“Selma has always supported art,” she said. “I’m just glad to see it going so well. There are many talented, talented artists here.”

Velma Moore, who has been painting as a hobby for five years, said that she came to the opening to see the work of more seasoned artists.

“I enjoyed it,” she said. “We need more galleries in Selma. In the future, maybe I will display some of my work, but I do it as a hobby, not as a way to make money.”

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the people of Selma to see artists at work,” said Inell McGee. “To see the creativity and differences from watercolor – to wire sculpture – to pottery, is just wonderful.”

McGee brought her nine-year-old neighbor, Amanda Tate with her so that Tate could experience a gallery opening for the first time.

“I think its creative what there doing,” said Tate. “They make all different stuff and it looks so real. I think they really show what they feel.”

“I think it’s wonderful,’ said Gery Anderson. “I’m a big supporter of arts in the community. This is a wonderful representation of the tremendous art talent we have in Selma.”

“We’ve had a great history of artists here in Selma, that continues today,” he said. “It’s amazing how a small community like this can foster so many talented artists.”

Located at 508 Selma Avenue, the SAGG is open on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The current artwork will be displayed until November.