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January 2022 Presenter: Anne Hightower Patterson

It's a whole new year and a chance to restart your artwork for the coming year. We invite you to join us at our meeting on Monday January 17, 2022 for some fun and fellowship! This is our regular monthly members meeting.

NOTE: Due to rising Covid numbers, we will now offer this as a virtual meeting on Zoom ONLY. Hope to see you there - members and guests welcome!

For January, we're in for a treat. Our presenter will be long time CCAL member, national award winner and all around great person Anne Hightower Patterson.

How is Your Composition Doing?

Anne will offer a critique of members’ current artwork with an Eye on Composition. Each artist is invited to send no more than one jpeg image to Anne at Please list in the subject line: Your Name / Crooked Creek Art League. Please also include in your email the title of the piece.

Always extremely popular, Anne has offered this opportunity to our members in prior years and it has always been a big hit and a great learning experience for all. Anne will critique as many pieces as time allows.

Emailing her your images in advance offer us three advantages:

  1. Everyone can participate, whether in person or via Zoom

  2. Anne will have advance time to really analyze the pieces and potentially show (using digital editing) why the changes she suggests might help improve the work.

  3. We will have a record of the recommendations that all our members can go back to again to learn more.

You are not required to actually bring your painting to the meeting but you can if you want. If you do, please plan to bring your own easel or stand to display the piece.

Samples of Anne's artwork

NOTE: We have made an adjustment to the time and location for our meetings due to a permanent change to earlier closing hours at Crooked Creek Park. Please be sure to make a note on your calendar and plan accordingly!

Refreshments/Social Time: 5pm-6pm

Meeting runs 6-8pm.

Presentation will be approximately 6:30-7:30.

To give us a little more space to spread out, we will meet in the FRONT meeting room adjacent to the kitchen (where our awards reception has been held in the past). This is the first room on the left after entering through the lobby.

  • In light of current high rates of infection and CDC guidelines, we request that everyone wear masks during the meeting except when eating. The Board will revisit this policy as the situation evolves or park policies change.

To keep the business meeting shorter, please review the information provided by our President regarding Board business activities and decisions prior to the meeting <Click HERE one week prior to the meeting>.

The Zoom session will open at 5:45pm

The Meeting will begin at 6pm

(See full Zoom link details at bottom of this post)


Anne Hightower Patterson White

Photo of Artist: Anne Hightower Patterson White

Anne Hightower-Patterson B. 1950

A native of South Carolina, Anne is now ending her fifth decade of creating art. At the age of 12, her

school system provided the opportunity for art classes. It was the first step awakening that artist in her.

Under the tutelage of her high school teacher, Virginia Fouche Bolton, she found her lifelong love and passion for making art.

In 1972, Anne graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in studio art. In 1975 she earned a Master’s Degree in education also from USC. In 2002 she retired from the Richland One School system where she worked for 27 years as an art teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal. In her final years, she served as Principal of Crayton Middle School which provided a curriculum rich in the arts. The school provided studies in visual art, band, chorus, strings, ballet and drama. After working 29 years in the public-school system, Anne now paints full time in her studio and teaches classes and workshops in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. Her background as an artist and experience as an educator has enabled her to be a highly popular instructor in watercolor.

Her work was featured in Splash 16, 17 and 18 The Best of Watercolor in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Her painting “Fishermen’s Tales” was featured in the April 2016 issue of Watercolor Magazine as a part

of their Watercolor Showcase. This is the second time her work has been featured in their Watercolor


In 2016, she was selected by Watercolor Magazine as one of 10 artists selected nationally in the annual

feature as “Ones to Watch”. This article highlights 10 emerging watercolor artists across the United

States. To be considered for this award, the artist must be nominated by a Master Artist chosen by the


Signature Memberships: SC Watermedia Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama, Mississippi Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, and the prestigious Rocky Mountain National Watercolor group.

Associate Memberships: American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent

Watercolor Society

In 2005 she received the Fine Art Spirit Achievement Award from the SC State Fair. (For 21 years, the

South Carolina State Fair named annually an individual who had notably contributed to the arts of South

Carolina. Each merit award given annually is named after a South Carolina State Fair Fine Art Spirit

Achievement Award winner. No one can apply for this award. It is selected by committee based on the

recipient’s involvement in the community.)

She served on the Board of the South Carolina Watermedia Society from 1987 until 2009.

She is member of Crooked Creek Artist guild where she had served on the board for several years and

taught workshops and given multiple presentations.

In 2018 she served as President of the South Carolina Watermedia Society and served on the board as past

president in 2019.

She currently serves on the Board of Create Newberry which is a supporting foundation for the Newberry

Art Center.

Publications: Splash 16, 17 and 18; Watercolor Artist Magazine Article August 2017; Watercolor

Showcase Selection 2011, 2016

Anne is one of 10 artists who is featured in the upcoming book: Her Voice: Contemporary Watermedia

Masters Speak, By Laurie Goldstein-Warren.

Represented by: The Carpenter Gallery, Newberry, SC and The Newberry Art Center

*A former Fellowship Winner


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A reminder to our members:

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

Dec 20 - Jan 17

  • The Artists Place (TAP) Gallery theme: Cool, Crisp, and Bright

Jan 17 - Feb 21

  • The Artists Place (TAP) Gallery theme: Boats

Feb 21 - Mar 25

  • The Artists Place (TAP) Gallery theme: Lake Scenes

All members are invited to participate. A monthly Best in Show will be selected and awarded a ribbon. Happy creating!


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