Yesterday, the Back Porch Studio artists met and we have decided to host our first Spring Opening reception and show in honor of our group's mentor: Ilona Royce Smithken on Sunday April 20th, 2008, from 3-5 PM. Come out and meet Ilona and the Back Porch Studio Artists.
Ilona will be teaching at the Phaup home in Forest Acres,
Columbia, SC April 21- April 25. and April 28-May 2.
Classes are held in the mornings from 10am -1pm.
At the end of Ilona's visit we will host a Weekend Celebration with new works to show the work our artists have done and how Ilona has inspired us! So please come out on Saturday May 3rd from 10 am to 6 PM and on Sunday May 4th from 12-6PM
These events will be held at the Back Porch Studio Galleries at 6729 Two Notch Rd. Ste E, Columbia, SC in the same plaza as "Very's Restaurant". From downtown, its about a block or two before Columbia Place Mall on the right, just before Faust St.
Many of our artist work in oil painted impressionism on canvas since that is what Ilona teaches. However, we also have other artists that do work outside of impressionism. We do have abstract mixed media artist Jean Bourque, Christy Aitken who works in a variety of painting styles, photography by Sandra Phaup, charcoal portraits while you wait with Jean Ehler, oil painting portraits with Allan Hobbs and potters Paul Moore, Kevin Smith and Tricia Phaup and sculptor Robin Jones. Members of the Back Porch Studios are: Sandra Phaup, Sheila Watts, Denby Singley, Jean Ehler, Jean Bourque, Allan Hobbs, Judy Boepple, Joan Davis, Christy Aitken, Paul Moore, Kevin Smith, Tricia Phaup, John Sawyer, Robin Jones, Betty Kournegay, Jack Kaneft, Fred Ehler, and Ilona Royce Smithken.