Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2020

Newsletter editing and design courtesy of the Dixie Art Colony Foundation.

The ELMORE COUNTY ART GUILD has been promoting the arts in Elmore County SINCE 1985. This newsletter is published quarterly during the months of January, April, July, and October. Email information to be considered for publication in future newsletters to Shirley Esco at ShirleyEsco1945@gmail.com.


Shirley Esco, President

Barbara Bryan, Vice President

Richard Harbin, Treasurer

Ildiko Andrews, Secretary

Doris Bell, Past President

Mark Harris, Publicity Chair

Robert Bowden, Member at Large

Danae Morgan, Member at Large

Joyce Evans, Member at Large


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, planning ECAG membership meetings has become a bit of a challenge. Based on restaurant restrictions, we have decided to cancel our October Membership Meeting. We will revisit this issue next month. Our newsletter and membership bulletins are the best way to stay up to date on guild happenings.

Also, a factor regarding the scheduling of our regular meeting place is the fact that Coaches Corner has been selected by HGTV for a renovation. It is unclear when we will be able to use their meeting room for future monthly membership meetings.

November is usually the month when the guild elects new officers and new board members. We will keep you posted about the next meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for November 11.

Should we not be able to hold an in-person membership meeting in November, we will make alternate plans for nominating and electing new board members and officers.

In February of this year, Michael Morgan, President of First Community Bank of Central Alabama, expressed a desire to host our 37th Annual Show. Tentative plans for the 37th Annual ECAG Show are underway. The show will be held at the FCBCA branch located in Wetumpka. Take-in for the show is scheduled for February 18, 2021. A reception is scheduled for Sunday, February 21. The take-down for the show is scheduled for Monday, March 01. A prospectus will be sent out at a later date.

Shirley Esco, President


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A FEATURED SPEAKER? If you are interested in being the featured speaker at one of the Elmore County Art Guild's monthly meetings, please contact Shirley Esco at 334-399-5115.


Join the Elmore County Art Guild and show your support for the arts. Membership in the Elmore County Art Guild is open to anyone over the age of 16 that is an artist or is interested in supporting and promoting the arts. All memberships are based on an annual calendar year. Join the ECAG.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the 2020 State Fair Tri-County Art Guild competition on Monday, October 5, from noon to 2:00 pm and on Tuesday, October 6, noon to 2:00 pm. Take-in will take place on the main floor at Garret Coliseum. Masks are mandatory throughout the fairgrounds and the Coliseum.  ECAG members are invited to enter the competition. There are $1,800 in cash prizes!  Follow this LINK for more information.



Exhibiting Artists
• Doris Bell
• Winona Clark-Colvard
• Shirley Esco
• Angela Kimak
• Svetlana Nelson
• Donna Pate


Exhibiting Artists
• Amy Brown
• Libby Christensen
• Shirley Esco
• Donna Pate


Exhibiting Artists
• Kathy Atchison
• Wayne Atchison
• Doris Bell
• Richard Brown
• Barbara Bryan
• Libby Christensen
• Shirley Esco
• Carol Hickman
• Angela Kimak
• Svetlana Nelson

To exhibit your work at any of these locations, contact Barbara Bryan.

DAC Carol Barksdale JH NL Fall 2020

Photograph Source


Carol Barksdale, who has worked as a professional artist for 30 years, has always been intrigued and inspired by travel. Growing up in a military family, she lived in many different countries around the world.  Her favorite place was Rome, Italy, where she graduated high school from Marymount International School in 1975 while her father worked for the American Embassy. After high school, Carol returned to the US and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Alabama in 1978. She has lived in the River Region since that time.  

Carol Barksdale

CAROL BARKSDALE, Court Square Fountain, acrylic on canvas

Carol Barksdale

CAROL BARKSDALE, Evening Falls, acrylic on canvas

She has been featured in many Gallery One art shows and was featured in a one-woman retrospective show at the University of Alabama. The University also has one of her hand-lettered single edition books, The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, in its rare book section at the main campus library.  Carol has taught art many years with the Elmore County Public School system and enjoys sharing the knowledge and love of art with her students.  She has also created posters for the City of Montgomery’s RiverWalk Wine Festival for the past ten years. Her paintings hang in many private and corporate collections.  

Carol Barksdale

CAROL BARKSDALE, Sanctuary in Acrylics, acrylic on canvas

Carol is represented by Gallery One Fine Art of Montgomery, Alabama, and has been a member there since 2001. For more examples of her work, visit GalleryOneFineArt.com.

New ECAG Board Member

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BOARD MEMBER DANAE MORGAN.  Dannae was nominated and recently elected by the membership to serve the remainder of Charlotte Willams' term. Thank you, Charlotte, for your service to the ECAG. Charlotte recently relocated to Tennessee.


JANICE PRESCOTT: Marine Life, First Place, Category 5

SAC's Gallery 41st Annual Waterfront Show

Congratulations to the following Elmore County art Guild members that received awards at the Society of Arts & Crafts Gallery 41st Annual waterfront Show.

  • CAROL BARKSDALE: Morning Mist, Donnave Lindsey Memorial Award Winner
  • CAROL BARKSDALE: Dixie Art Colony, Lake Jordan, Honorable Mention, Category 2, Works on Paper
  • LIBBY CHRISTENSEN: Schooner or Later Totebag, Honorable Mention, Category 5, Fine Crafts
  • LIBBY CHRISTENSEN: Sun Setting Over, Wetumpka Second Place, Category  5, Fine Crafts
  • JENNIFER LEVINS: Autauga Creek View, Third Place, Category  1, Opaque Painting
  • JANICE PRESCOTT: Marine Life, First Place, Category 5, Fine Crafts
  • JANICE PRESCOTT: Birdbath Blues, Purchase Award, River Bank & Trust
  • WARREN SIMONS: Autumn Birdbath, Honorable Mention, Category 3, Photography

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