Friday, August 31, 2007

Saluda Shoals Park: Finding Our Places

Through the Eyes of Art at Saluda Shoals Park

Yesterday; we had our meeting at Saluda Shoals Park. Many of the artists attended and we enjoyed a BEAUTIFUL DAY walking along the river and the nature paths. Dolly led the way and showed each of us where we would be performing for the October 7th art event; " Through the Eyes of Art".
On the Nature Path; near the River the following artists will be demonstrating their art...
Barbie Mathis will be doing an oil painting en plein air overlooking the river; on your right side. She will be high above the water and have a unique vantage point to paint from.
Next on the path; to your left; Jean Bourque is posted in a shady area with many vines and old, bent and loopy looking trees. This should make a real interesting backdrop for her pastel and acrylic abstract painting on canvas.
After that; you will continue along the path and to your right meet Ruby DeLoach who will be performing Haiku Poetry & Watercolor Painting.
Next up on your left will be Jean Ehler. She will be painting in oil paints on canvas a landscape scene inspired by Saluda Shoals. From her position there are many paths that could be painted so it will be very interesting to see what she paints.
Along the water's edge to your right is Melinda Smith. She will be painting a watercolor with collage inspired by the Saluda River. Melinda had brought a sample of her water color painting of Saluda Shoals giving us all a preview of what she will be starting with.
Of course; there are many more artists than this. However; this is the group that will be along the river and this is the area that I actually toured; since this is where I will be on October 7th. We all hope you take the time to come out to enjoy a unique day at the Park.
Saluda Shoals Park is located off Old Bush River Rd. which is located off St. Andrews Road in Columbia, SC. It is a 350 acre park overlooking the Saluda River in Columbia, SC. They are hosting the event "Through the Eyes of Art" on October 7th 2007 from 1-5 PM. The Park will be hosting some of Columbia's most talented artists; which will feature the above artists as well as: Betsy Brown, J. J. Casey, Beth Cavanaugh, Eboniramm, Martha Brim, The Columbia College Dance Company, Julianna Gillespie, Vicky Saye Henderson, Howard Hunt, Barbara Anderson's Interpretative Dance with Invasion Performance Group, Alicia Leeke, Susan Lenz, Michel McNinch, Roy Pascal, and Tina Milhorn Stallard.
From I-26 take the Piney Grove Rd. exit; go about one mile and then turn right onto St. Andrews Rd. Get into the left lane; take your left at the first traffic light. Go a little more than 1.5 miles on Old Bush River Rd. and Saluda Shoals Park will be on your left. For more info ; please call 803-213-2035 or visit their website at

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