Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2021

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. Email information to be considered for publication in future newsletters to ShirleyEsco1945@gmail.com.


Barbara Bryan, President

Shirley Esco, Vice President

Trish Gober, Treasurer

Ildiko Andrews, Secretary

Mark Harris, Publicity Chair

Robert Bowden, Member at Large

Danae Morgan, Member at Large

Joyce Evans, Member at Large


I can’t believe summer is upon us, boy, how time flies! At least we are beginning to return to some sense of normality. Although attendance was low, we had our first Guild membership meeting last month. As in the past, the Guild will not meet during July and August. We will hold our next membership meeting in September.

I imagine you have been following the “Hometown Takeover” series on HGTV. The spotlight is indeed on our little corner of the world, and activity in downtown Wetumpka has certainly increased.

Our next ECAG show is scheduled for August, and I hope all of you will consider entering the show at the Armory Learning Arts Center in Montgomery. This will not be a juried show, but we will offer Purchase Awards, and there will be a reception! According to our sources at the ALAC, recent foot traffic in the gallery has been good. This will be a great opportunity to show your work in a more diverse setting.

Please contact me, or Shirley Esco if you have any questions or comments. I hope to see you in August!

Barbara Bryan, ECAG 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 18 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.


The 44th Montgomery Art Guild Show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will be on display through August 1, 2017. 

For more than a decade, the MAG Board of Directors and the MMFA have continued the tradition of selecting a guest artist whose work would be showcased in a solo exhibit to run concurrently with the juried exhibition. This year's guest artist is painter Marguerite Edwards

This year's juror was Dr. Wendy Castenell, an Assistant Professor of African American Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama.

Follow this link for more information: 44th MAG/MMFA Exhibition


This year's Summer Workshop Series  features artists Carol Barksdale, Pam Copeland, Allie Gilmore, and Barbara Binford Davis. The Tallapoosa School of Art is located on beautiful Lake Martin near Dadeville, Alabama.

For more information about their workshops and retreats visit their website: TallapoosaWorkshops.com


The Prattauga Art Guild Summer Member Show will be held in July. Entries may be submitted June 24 and June 25. This hybrid show will be available to view both in the gallery and virtually. 

Follow this link for more information call 334.595.0850 or visit them on Facebook.



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
• Georgia Banks-Martin
• Richard Brown
• Barbara Bryan
• Libby Christensen
• Shirley Esco
• Carol Hickman
• Genie Kline
• Linda Lewis
• Svetlana Nelson


Exhibiting Artists
• Barbara Bryan
• Libby Christensen
• Shirley Esco
• Carol Hickman

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



Teresa's love of art began as a small child after her first-grade teacher hung one of her paintings on the classroom wall. According to Teresa, art has always been her place of refuge. After completing her Art Education degree at American University in Washington D.C., she accepted a position teaching art at a high school in Virginia, where she had previously completed her internship.

However, she only taught for one year prior to her first marriage, child-rearing, and a move to the west coast. Teresa worked in numerous non-art-related fields along her journey, including a receptionist for a construction company, a receptionist and registrar at a judicial college, a newspaper typesetter, legal secretary, and a convention service-sales rep for Walt Disney World. But during this time, she never abandoned her love of creating art.

Elmore County Art Guild

Teresa Wamble, Fish Eyes Bowl

Teresa says, "Gourds alone are a thing of beauty; I always try to match my designs to the shape of the gourd and keep some of the natural color visible. I love using interesting faces, critters, flowers, and bugs as subjects.  Since I live in the woods surrounded by honeysuckle vines, I sometimes used them as handles or stems for my creations. When asked the source of her gourds, Teresa responded by saying, "The gourds I use in my work come from various sources here in Alabama and across the country."


Teresa Wamble, Flipsides

Preparing the gourds prior to transforming them into artwork is a significant task in itself. When creating repetitive patterns, Tresea creates templates, which are then traced onto the gourd using a pencil. This process is done before burning in the design and applying colors with acrylics, waxes, dyes, colored pencils, or stains.

Teresa started participating in art shows around 2008 and has been fortunate to win over 50 monetary awards around Alabama. She says that participating in art shows has helped her discover the beauty and diversity of the state of Alabama.


Teresa Wamble, Bug Eyed Singer

Annual ECAG Armory Show Scheduled for August 2021

Armory Learning Arts Center

We are pleased to announce that the ECAG will hold the Annual Armory Show at the Anita P. Folmar Gallery located in the Armory Learning Arts Center, located at 1018 Madison Avenue in Montgomery, in August.

The exhibit is open to all artists eighteen and older who are members of the Guild. Participants may join at the time of take-in. Guild membership is $35 per calendar year ($45 for couples). Dues will be for membership through the year 2022.

Only original artwork completed by the artist will be accepted. The exhibition committee will review all entries for compliance. Participants may enter up to three pieces of artwork. Volunteers may enter one additional piece.

Take-in will be Monday, August 2, from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, August 3, at 8:30 am. The reception will be held on Thursday, August 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The exhibition will close on Friday, August 27, and all work must be picked up on Tuesday, August 31.

Follow this link to view the prospectusECAG 2021 Armory Show Prospectus

The Elmore County Art Guild maintains a strict policy against PLAGIARISM and COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.

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