Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2022

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.


Shirley Esco, President

Dorothy Littleton, 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


Now that the 37th Annual ECAG Show is behind us, we can look forward to our next exhibition at the Anita Folmar Gallery located at the Montgomery Cultural Arts Center in Montgomery.  This exhibition will be held in July 2022. Awards will be presented at the reception. As dates and times are finalized, we will provide more information.

Mark your calendars—our next ECAG Membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Coaches Corner. There will also be membership meetings in April and May. We take a break for the busy summer months and resume the meetings in September.

Should you have any questions, please call 334.399.5115.

Shirley Esco, 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.


This year's Spring Workshop Series features artists Perry Austin, Qiang Huang, Greg Barnes, and Amanda Lovett. 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

2022 MONTGOMERY Photo Festival

The call is open for the 2022 Montgomery Photo Festival in Montgomery, Alabama (formerly SAC's/Stonehenge Gallery Photo Competition). This exhibit is presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC’s).

For more information, view the PROSPECTUS

37TH Annual ECAG Show

Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!  The People's Choice Award went to Erica Naylor. Purchase Awards were presented to the following: River Bank & Trust, Shirley Esco; Henderson Investments, Judie Hooks; First Community Bank, Shirley Esco; Edwards & Edwards, P.C., Karen Thornhill.

Follow this link for a list of other 2022 awards: 37TH Annual ECAG Show Awards



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
• Libby Christensen
• Shirley Esco
• Carol Hickman
• Svetlana Nelson

Should you have any questions regarding your artwork at any of these location, please call Shirley Esco at 334.399.5115.

ECAG Judie Hooks


Judie Hooks has been teaching for more than 37 years. After retiring as a public school art and history teacher, she continued teaching studio classes and developed a group of painters known as the Capital City Artists. This group holds an annual exhibition at the Montgomery Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the Armory Learning Arts Center. Artists who enter the show are asked to include one work following a particular theme. The theme for the 2019 show was Alabama 200, which inspired Hooks' painting " Alabama Writers Fact & Fiction." This painting won a first-place award in the 37th Annual ECAG Show.

ECAG Hooks Alabama Writers WEB

Judy Kennedy Hooks, Alabama Writers Fact & Fiction  |  Oil on Canvas

When asked about her work, Judie Hooks explained: "When it comes to subject-matter, I pull from life experiences more often than not. It might be from a walk across a field holding my granddaughter's hand or seeing my grandson study the Hopper painting at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. I also find ideas from family beach vacations and, occasionally, sunlight shining through a window, creating a dramatic play of light and shadow on figurines once owned by my mother. Sometimes I will use black and white photos from one of my albums as inspiration." This was the case for her painting titled "Three Amigos," which features Judie and her two siblings as children.

ECAG Judie Hooks Hopper

Judie Kennedy Hooks, Wade & Hopper  |  Oil on Canvas

ECAG Judie Hooks Three Amegos

Judie Kennedy Hooks, Three Amigos  |  Oil on Canvas

Hooks describes herself as a representational (realist) greatly influenced by painter Edward Hopper. She is a native of Troy, Alabama, and received her Bachelor's degree from Troy University and Master's degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. 

Dauphin Island, Coden, Bayou La Batre Plein Air Paint-Out

The three-day event is a partnership between the Dauphin Island Art Gallery, Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council, and the Dixie Art Colony Foundation. The event will begin on Friday, April 22, and continue through Sunday, April 25, 2022. During the weekend, 40 artists from across the Southeast will disburse across the island and neighboring communities of Coden and Bayou La Batre, where the DAC Bayou Painters, including Wetumpka native Kelly Fitzpatrick, gathered to practice the craft of Plein air painting during the late 1940s and early 1950s. 

Elmore County Art Guild Members Carol Barksdale, Trish Gober, and Shirley Esco are registered artists' participants. Mark Harris, a longtime member of the ECAG and founder and director of the Dixie Art Colony Foundation, will serve as the juror for the painting competition. The DAC Foundation will also present a small exhibition of works by the DAC Bayou Painters, and Harris will also lead an educational program about the DAC Bayou Painters.

For more information, contact Mark Harris at M.Harris@DixieArtColony.org.

Dixie Art Colony Foundation

Genevieve SoutherlandThe Friendship, 1947, 14.75  x 22 inches, watercolor on paper  |  Collection of Mark A. Harris, GMS-2015.AW.0001

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

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