South Carolina Watermedia Society

Sumter Artists’ Guild Winners

Claude Buckley: Currency

“South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition”, “Sumter Artists’ Guild Winners Show” and Claude Buckley: Currency


When: Wednesday, January 16 through February 15, 2013

Opening reception on Friday, January 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm


Where: Sumter County Gallery of Art, 200 Hasel St., Sumter, SC 29150 (adjacent to Patriot Hall on Haynesworth St.)


Highlights: The Sumter County Gallery of Art opens the New Year with three special exhibitions: The 35th annual “South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition”, the “Sumter Artists’ Guild Winners Show” and “Claude Buckley: Currency”.


The South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS) is the largest statewide visual arts guild with a mission to promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities and educational programs. The 2012 SCWS show is an especially vibrant one. The juror for the 2012 SCWS show was Carol Carter. Carter is a watercolorist living and working in St. Louis, MO. She received her MFA from Washington University, St. Louis. She exhibits and teaches locally, nationally, and internationally with workshops in France, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Norway, and Malta.

Winner of the Best in Show award was “Sandstone Falls” by Kathy Caudill. Sumter is represented in the 2012 SCWS show by Carol Carberry and her piece titled “Dressed for Dinner”. Frank McCauley, Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art, says: “This show has a wonderful selection of diverse work with a little something for everybody. The variety of imagery and subject matter is stunning; from mixed media abstract works to more traditional representational work including landscapes, figural, and still life compositions. The South Carolina Watermedia Society Show is one of the finest examples of the incredible talent of South Carolina artists.”


McCauley says that this year’s Sumter Artists Guild Winners Show is excellent because it showcases such a broad range of mediums and approaches: Patz Fowle’s wonderfully humorous ceramic piece titled "Smoked Salmon" won first place, Rose Metz, whose captivating painting “Desert Rain” won second place, and Kathy Casey, whose abstract painting, “Say What You Will” won third place. SCGA Director Karen Watson states: “This years winners exhibition is particularly exciting because the work was so strong that the judge Wendy Wells, during her review, asked if it would be possible if she could include an extra honorable mention, which we were happy to oblige!” Honorable mentions included - Mike Tucker for his piece “Burly Maple Knife”, and rounding out this impressive group are Marcia Bugg for her Honorable Mention work “Green Urn”, Sylvia Pickell’s quilt “Styx”, and finally long time guild member Ray Davenport with his Honorable Mention painting “Lamplight”.


The Sumter County Gallery of Art is also proud to present a special exhibition of work by Camden artist Claude Buckley titled Currency. This exhibition highlights a selection of his allegorical currency painting from his ongoing series “In America”. In his recent catalog, “America Goes For Broke”, it states his work can be “called a visual financial statement on the nation’s economy. Buckley’s works are built upon imagery of American currency, most often the dollar bill.  Using his uniquely poignant symbolism, Buckley has revealed – through his paintings – his vision that the nations economic integrity has slipped down the slopes of greed, mistrust, and callousness.”

Claude received his Bachelors degree from the University of the South at Sewanee. He has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City and has also worked as a sculptor’s assistant at the New York Center for the Media Arts. His works can be found in collections across North, Central, and South America, the Philippines, and in Europe.




Opening  Reception

Friday, January 25, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm

Many of the winners of the Sumter Artists Guild show will be in attendance to discuss their work.



Location: 200 Hasel St., Sumter, SC 29150 (adjacent to Patriot Hall).

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

            Sunday  1:30 – 5:00 pm.  Closed Mondays and major holidays



Karen Watson, Executive Director, Sumter County Gallery of Art, 803.775.0543, or


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