Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2022-2023

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

Clayton Edgar, Member at Large


As the year closes and we all return to a sense of normality, we look forward to the year 2023. The next ECAG Membership Meeting will be held on December 14, 2022, at Coaches Corner in downtown Wetumpka. Attendees may order the lunch of their choice from the Coaches Corner menu.

Following the lunch and a brief business meeting, where our newly elected board members will be installed, there will be a Christmas Dirty Santa Gift Exchange. For those who wish to participate, please bring a wrapped gift costing no more than $12.00. 

We will change out the artwork at our various locations in January, and the 2023 Annual Winter Show will be held in February. Details for both will follow soon.

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.

SAC'S Open House:

A Holiday Reception will be held on December 11, 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the gallery located at 529 South Perry Street, Suite 14 in Montgomery. For more information call 334-256-9931.


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 March 28, 2023, Workshop titled Plein Air in Soft Pastels features artist Nancie King Mertz. The workshop is designed to improve your speed and confidence when using soft pastels for Plein Air painting. The information shared over the four days will also be helpful for studio work.

One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone. Individual attention is stressed in this workshop rather than group lectures. Short demos will be offered as needed throughout the workshop to help clarify techniques. We will be traveling via pontoon boat to paint waterscapes, private lakefront gardens, and sailboats during this peaceful and beautiful time on Lake Martin.

Artist’s statement: “Pastels are perfect when painting on-site because they’re so immediate…no time is required to mix paint. This is a huge benefit when racing against the clock or chasing the sun. I’ll share techniques that help you capture light & shadow quickly and that enable you to complete your work in 2-3 hours. Lake Martin is beautiful in springtime and provides a wealth of subjects, just begging to be painted!”

The Tallapoosa School of Art is located on beautiful Lake Martin near Dadeville, Alabama.

For more information about their workshops and retreats, call 334.332.8457 or visit their website: TallapoosaWorkshops.com



Exhibiting Artists
• 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


Exhibiting Artists
• Libby Christensen
• Judy Lea
• Shirley Esco
• Sharon Katona
• Marty Woodall
• Donna Pate
• Trish Gober
• Paula Susen
• Bobby Carr
• Doris Bell
• Manju Kumar

Marty Woodall-BIO


Marty Woodall, a native of San Angelo, Texas, says that artistic ability ran in her family. Her grandfather, mother, and sister all painted. Her grandfather mainly painted in oils but taught Marty how to paint with pastels and watercolors; they were not quite as messy for a child to use. 

"Located near our home was the Kendall Art Gallery, which offered programs for young aspiring artists, such as myself," said Marty. She loved the programs and said they were the highlight of her youth. They offered exposure to all types of mediums, but Marty was always drawn to work on canvas. She also took art classes as part of her primary education.

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Marty Woodall, Maureen O'Hara  |  Graphite on Paper

After marrying her first husband, a member of the U.S. Air Force, Marty lived in the Azores region of Portugal, where she studied art with Senhor Maduro Dias. "Senhor Dias required everyone to start with the basics perspective, composition, shadowing, and color theory," said Marty. After about five months of instruction, Dias asked her to assist him in teaching some of the new students the basics.

After returning to the United States, life got in the way of art, but I never gave up on art. "At the end of 2019, I picked up some watercolors, dug out my oil paints and pastels, and even picked up acrylics. By using all these mediums, I can adapt what I am using to the time I can devote to art that day," said Marty. 

Calla lily acrylic

Marty Woodall, Calla lily  |  Acrylic on Canvas

Marty attributes her passion for the arts to her faith in God. At 70-plus, she uses her art to help fund her participation in mission trips to Guatemala and Brazil. In 2020, she participated in the Eclectic Cotton Festival Art Show, where she received two awards. In 2021, Marty joined the Elmore County Art Guild, Prattauga Art Guild, Pike Road Arts Council, Wetumpka Downtown Artists, and The Kelly. This year she entered nine items in the 2022 Alabama National Fair Creative Arts Show, where she was awarded seven ribbons. 

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Marty Woodall, Alabama Scenic River Trail–Coosa River  |  Watercolor on Paper

Looking forward to the coming year, Marty hopes to participate in at least two mission trips in 2023.

Galley One Holiday Open House

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On DECEMBER 1, 2022, Gallery One Fine Art will hold an Open House from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm in conjunction with the Cloverdale Village Open House. Gallery One is located at 423 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, Alabama. Elmore County Art Guild members Dorothy Littleton, Carol Barksdale, and Shirley Esco are represented by Gallery One Fine Art.

For more information visit GalleryOneFineArt.com or call 334.269.1114.

2023 ECAG Board of Directors

The nominating committee consisting of Doris Bell and Judy Lea made the following nominations for the 2023 ECAG Board of Directors. Acting President Shirley Esco has been nominated to serve in the role of President. Due to the resignation of Vice President Dorothy Littleton, Mark Harris has been nominated to serve as acting Vice-President. Dorothy resigned due to the increased demands of other commitments. Doris Bell has been nominated as a new Board Member. Additional nominations may be made by email. Please submit your vote by email to ElmoreCountyArtGuild@gmail.com.  

Additional nominations must be made by November 28. Votes must be received by December 5, 2022. For questions or more information, call Shirley Esco at 334.399.5115.

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

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

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