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September 2020 Presenter: Tommy Thompson

We invite you to join us at our meeting on Monday September 21, 2020 for fun and fellowship! This is our monthly members meeting. Hope to see you there - members and guests welcome!

Due to COVID and in light of increased safety and social distancing guidelines, we are (for now) going digital. So, we're bringing this meeting to you online - straight to your home studio or sofa, so we can stay connected during these unprecedented times. Our online presenter for this meeting will be our very own multiple Best in Show winner, Tommy Thompson. This will be a chance to meet Tommy for those who haven't yet had that pleasure, get a personally guided tour of his wonderful studio and be treated to a painting demo where you can learn some great tips and tricks from his techniques.

The Zoom session will open at 6:45pm

The Presentation will begin at 7pm

(See Zoom link details at bottom of this post)

Watercolor Painting: "Christmas Barn" by Tommy Thompson

Watercolor Painting "Christmas Barn" by Tommy Thompson


Photo: Angel Allen

Tommy D. Thompson, a multiple Best in Show winner, has been painting since 1965. He has taught numerous classes and workshops in the greater Columbia metropolitan area since 1989. For the past 10 years, in addition to his watercolor landscapes, he has been concentrating on large, contemporary artwork on board and canvas.

Both his watercolor and acrylic paintings are included in private, corporate and South Carolina State Government collections. His most recent one-person shows were at the Chapin Town Hall in Chapin, South Carolina in 2020, the Art Center in Aiken, South Carolina in 2017 and "City Art Gallery" in Columbia, South Carolina in 2016. He earned signature status of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and is an active member of several Columbia area and state art associations. He has been awarded signature status as a Nautilus Fellowship member in the International Society of Experimental Artists.

His work can be viewed at his studio ( in Chapin ) or Palmetto Fine Arts of Chapin, South Carolina, at his online CCAL gallery page and on his website at


For the last several decades the advances in polymer science have had a dynamic effect on art material. The advent of current acrylic paint and especially the acrylic mediums have opened many new avenues for individual expression. I have always been fascinated by the intensity of colors and the representation of light and shadow in my work. Now, the new acrylic mediums have allowed me to introduce another dimension to the paintings – texture and relief surface work. I work primarily in acrylic paint for my large pieces on canvas. These are contemporary, abstract style paintings, and average about 30 X 40 inches and larger.

My real "love", however, is in doing small watercolors. This is what I teach, and have the most fun creating. I have prints made of these and use them as Christmas cards and note cards. These average 8 X 10 inches or smaller, and usually represent rural scenes which I remember from the time I spent growing up in rural Kentucky.


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A reminder to our members:

A reminder to our members about the TAP Gallery Wall Display:

- Now until Sept 21: Juried Show Winners

- Sept 21 - Oct 19: Solo Exhibit for Best in Show winner - Shin Wilbanks

- Oct 19 - Nov 16: "theme TBD"

Artists with artwork in the current exhibit should plan to take their pieces home on Sept 20-21.

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