Nature at its Best – 2018

Our 10th annual Nature at its Best show opened this week with a striking collection of nature scenes and nature-themed pieces in various media. The show is held in memory of Ellen Cook Gaskin and sponsored by her sons in memory of her love of nature and of art. It is a very popular show and draws some of the top artists from the area.


The show was judged by  Regina Calton Burchett, who teaches drawing and
pastel classes and painting workshops in her studio. Prizes were awarded to first, second, and third place as well as four honorable mentions. Judging was performed across all media.

First Place – “Chasing Tail” by Ed Lipe

The first place ribbon went to this unique composite photograph of two catfish swimming in a circle.

Second Place – “One Fish, Two Fish” by Dianne Roberts

This colorful mixed media piece touches on the fanciful world of imagination, with colorful blue, green and purple fish swimming in a sea of colors and notes.

Third Place – “Ruby” by Cindi Poole

Third place went to a hard-to capture photo of a hummingbird frozen in flight while working on a flower. Excellent focus and detail capture “Ruby” in a glimpse we rarely see.

Honorable Mention – “Path in the Woods” by Anita Ammerman

This acrylic painting captures the beauty and serenity of those special paths we find as we wander the woods looking for the beauty of nature.

Honorable Mention – “The Morning after the Storm” by Derrick Smith

This photograph beautifully captures the morning after the big snow – with the sun blazing through the trees lighting up the winter wonderland that appeared overnight.

Honorable Mention – “Tranquility” by Breanne Storms

This photo captures the play of light on water and moss-covered rock as a waterfall tumbles through a forest creating a peaceful scene despite the churning water.

Honorable Mention – “Sprigged Bird – Salt Fired” by Judith Williams

This piece captures a delicate branch and a bird on a salt-fired vase – the sprig and bird almost lost in the texture of the glaze.

Which one is your favorite?

Congratulations to the winners! While these pieces caught the judge’s eye, you may find a different piece that speaks to you. There are many more entries and all deserve a good look.

The show is open until April 21st, when we will have an artists’ reception and presentation of the prizes from 6 to 8 PM. Everyone is invited, so please stop by and see nature at its best!

Welcome to Mystery 2018

Our Welcome to Mystery Gala this year was bigger and better than ever, with lots of attendees dressed in their steampunk finest having lots of fun.

This is our major fundraiser for the year and the community really showed their support. We received around 50 items for our live and silent auctions along with cash and in-kind donations to support the event.

The Guild showed up in force with volunteers preparing and serving food, taking tickets, running the auction and making sure everyone had a good time.

A special thanks to the following for donating goods and services for the event:

  • Hinson Auction House
  • Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Pizzantica Italian Restaurant
  • Little Tokyo Restaurant
  • Steve Jones
  • Daniel Lipe

We all look forward to seeing you next year!