Each year, members of the public and visitors to the Annual CCAL Juried Show have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of artwork. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the People's Choice Award for the recent annual Juried Show was:
Ruby developed a love of nature growing up in a history book on Blackstock Road in Union County. Stories of the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Blackstock where often told. Tales of Old Bloody Bill Cunningham could conjure up nightmares. She, her sister and cousins enjoyed walks along old Indian trails, through woodlands and open fields discovering wild flowers and observing landscapes with waves of wheat blowing in the wind, making grasshoppers spit their tobacco, whistling bobwhite bird calls, and viewing the smoky blue mountain horizon sunrises and sunsets at the Appalachian Foothills. Passionate feelings direct her brush in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums.
After 40 years as an educator, Ruby retired, cleaned out her attic, hired a contractor to add a dormer and created an art studio where she has written and illustrated three children's books (Earth Turns on Its Axis, and..., Growing Little Green Thumbs (SC Book Festival Selection), & Appalachian Mornings). The G.R.O.W! theme of Great Readings Open Worlds echoes through all her books. A forth book, Playing in the Dirt, is in progress. Excerpts can be found in her monthly Growing Little Green Thumbs column at www.jungletaming.com. Ruby's art can be found at Palmetto Fine Arts in Chapin in March and April 2020. In January, she enjoyed being the Author/Illustrator at St. John Neumann Catholic School. She continually adds to her Wild Things and Lucky in Love series. In 2015, designing lamps became an artful pursuit. If you're in need of a lamp Reimagined by Ruby, a children's book, a piece of art for your home or a gift, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to stop by and meet Ruby in person.